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TIFF Audiences Show a Little Love for Alan Turing, Benedict Cumberbatch

The biopic of the British code-breaker persecuted for his sexuality took home the coveted Grolsch People’s Choice Award.

Still from Imitation Game

Still from Imitation Game.

To the delight of Cumberboys and Cumbergirls citywide, TIFF brass took to the InterContinental earlier this afternoon to announce that the coveted Grolsch People’s Choice Award, the festival’s top honour, belonged to Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, an Alan Turing biopic starring Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch. Voted by audiences throughout the festival, the prize is seen as a bellwether for future awards success, owing to the strong track record of prior winners and Oscar darlings like Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, and, just last year, 12 Years a Slave. As per tradition, the award also comes with a free public screening at the Ryerson Theatre at 6 p.m., with prospective audiences already starting to line up around the mega-theatre for tickets, to be dispersed at 4 p.m.

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The Never-ending Hubris of the Fords

In a game of municipal musical chairs, multiple Fords are now running for office on the grounds that they are entitled to do so, because they are Fords.

Doug Ford on election night 2010, when he was elected councillor and Rob was voted in as mayor.

So things went a little bit nuts at the City Hall registration desk on Friday as Rob Ford pulled out of the mayoral race; Doug Ford took his place in the mayoral race; nephew Michael Ford withdrew his candidacy for Doug’s (formerly Rob’s) council seat in Ward 2 (Etobicoke North); Rob signed up to run in that old council seat; and, finally, Michael filed papers to compete for school trustee in Etobicoke North (which encompasses city council wards 1 and 2—the school board has half as many wards as council does).

While we wish Ford a speedy recovery—this is not how we’d ever wish to see him leave the mayor’s office—this isn’t just about him. These decisions are about the future of Toronto, and it is staggering to see the arrogance on display here from the entire Ford family.

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Historicist: H.H. Holmes in Toronto

The search for—and discovery of—two of H.H. Holmes's victims in Toronto.

The Toronto News, July 16, 1895.

On the evening of July 10, 1895, Detective Frank Geyer invited reporters from Toronto’s major newspapers to his hotel room at the Rossin House. Geyer explained that he had been in Toronto for three days, trying to track down what happened to two missing girls who were last known to be in the custody of a man known as H.H. Holmes, who was now being held in Philadelphia. Working with local Toronto police detective Alf Cuddy, Geyer now believed that Holmes had rented a property in Toronto the previous October. Initial enquiries had yet to reveal the location of this property, and they were now calling on the local press to appeal to the public for help.

This unusual press conference would yield quick results. A few days later the remains of the two girls were discovered in the basement of a downtown house, and it soon emerged that Holmes had been committing undetected murders for years, with his total number of victims falling anywhere between nine and 200.

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Weekend Newsstand: September 13, 2014

Mayor Rob Ford may go down in history as the only municipal politician to ever steal headlines away from TIFF. Somewhere, Cameron Bailey is angrily shaking his fist. In the news: Rob Ford is out of the mayoral race, and Doug Ford may or may not have long been a backup candidate; early polls indicate that Doug Ford is already a more popular mayoral candidate than his brother was; what the ballot switch means for Doug Ford’s campaign financing; and a Toronto teachers group complains about trustee Sam Sotiropoulos’s comments about transgender people.