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. The movie won best screenplay at Cannes Film Festival.

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.

The film is composed of four different segments. The four incidents depicted in the segments are not directly related. If you don’t like one particular segment, you can skip to next segment. I personally liked all the segments.

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”. When you go to The New Republic website, you might see a pop up asking you to subscribe. You don’t have to subscribe to read the article. Click the close button at top right hand corner of the pop up to close it.

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. This movie could not be found in the Markham Public Library catalogue.

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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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Politics

I will not be voting for the Conservatives in Ontario elections

The poll numbers show Doug Ford and the Ontario Conservative Party with a sizeable lead over the Liberals and the NDP.

Doug Ford has no platform. The PC platform written by Patrick Brown is not supported by Doug Ford.

I don’t like to vote for a party when I don’t know what they will do once they attain power.

Doug Ford has promised to find $6 billion in inefficiencies to cover the deficit. It is going to be extremely difficult for Ford (in my opinion, impossible) to find $6 billion in efficiencies.

Doug Ford has so far refused to say exactly where he is going to make the cuts.

Some people might remember that Rob Ford once claimed that he found $1 billion in savings while he was mayor of Toronto from 2010 to 2014.

Some people are probably thinking “if Rob Ford can find $1 billion in inefficiencies, surely Doug Ford can find $6 billion in efficiencies at Queen’s Park”.

But when you look at the numbers, a lot of what made up the $1 billion dollars was not savings generated through cutting inefficiencies.

Click here to read Toronto Star article and see what actually made up the $1 billion figure.

I am going to vote for the NDP.

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