Censorship, Freedom of Expression, Movies

China does not want you to see this film

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The title of the film is “A Touch of Sin”. I saw this film and I really liked it. It has 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 78 reviews.

Synopsis:

A Touch of Sin was inspired by four shocking (and true) events that forced the world’s fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination.

Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke, this daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends.

Notes:

Synopsis was copied from official site of film. Click here to go to official website of the film.

Click here to read article published by The New Republic. The article is titled “China does not want you to see this year’s best Chinese film”.

Unfortunately, this movie is not available on Netflix. Check your local libary. They might have it. You can borrow the movie from Toronto Public Libary.

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Animals, Personal

I am a dog person

We recently had a family gathering. We had dinner at an East Indian restaurant. During the dinner, the following was part of the conversation I had with my nephew, Brendan.

Brendan: Are you a dog or a cat person?

Marvin: I am a dog person.

Brendan: If you got a dog, would you get a small dog or a big dog?

Marvin: I would get a small dog.

Brendan: Why?

Marvin: If I travel on the TTC, I would be able to take the dog with me as long as the dog fits in a bag.

Brendan: Don’t you want a big dog to protect you?

Marvin: I don’t need a dog to protect me. I can protect myself.

I actually confused Toronto with New York City. It is New York City that requires transit users to travel with their dogs in a bag.

Read this article by People magazine for more details.

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Food

Man tries to sell 6 year old Mcdonalds cheeseburger and fries on Ebay and item is delisted by Ebay

A southwestern Ontario man tried to sell a six year old Mcdonalds cheeseburger and fries on Ebay. Ebay removed the listing from their site because of Ebay policy that states any food sold on the website must be clearly marked with an expiry or use-by date.

Read the whole story as reported by Global News here.

There is a picture of the cheeseburger and fries in the Global News article. I could not see any mold or fungus on the hamburger bun. That is amazing!

Somebody actually bid $150 on the burger and fries.

 

 

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Politics

Doug Ford violated Toronto city council’s code of conduct

The Ontario Provincial Election is just a week away. I watched the first debate between the three leaders. I was surprised no one brought up this finding by the Integrity Commissioner.

In her report, Valerie Jepson concluded that Doug Ford had improperly used his influence as a City of Toronto Councillor in 2011.

Doug Ford made inquiries and arranged meetings between city officials and two companies who were also clients of the company owned by the Ford family. The name of the Ford’s company is Deco Labels and Tags.

Doug Ford arranged meetings for two companies. The name of the first company is Apollo Health and Beauty. The name of the second company is RR Donnelley and Sons.

According to a Globe and Mail investigation, Doug Ford helped Apollo lobby Joe Pennachetti, who was then the city manager, for a larger property-tax break than it had received under an incentive program.

Ms. Jepson says in her report that Deco refused to provide documents she sought in a summons. Apollo provided some records, but refused to hand over specific information about the value of its business with Deco.

Mr. Ford, she says, after agreeing to provide information about the value of business relationships between Deco and the two companies, “failed to do so.”

Sources:

Integrity commissioner finds Doug Ford improperly used influence as a councillor. CP24.

Doug Ford violated Toronto city council’s code of conduct, watchdog rules. Globe and Mail.

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