Bob Storey stands with a segment of the historic maple tree said to have inspired “The Maple Leaf Forever,” before it would be cut to create small medallions. The milling, held at the Evergreen Brick Works and eight months after the tree was toppled in a windstorm, created segments to be kiln dried for eight weeks and then put into the hands of artists, carvers and woodturners. Tom Hicken for The Grid Magazine

Bob Storey stands with a segment of the historic maple tree said to have inspired “The Maple Leaf Forever,” before it would be cut to create small medallions. The milling, held at the Evergreen Brick Works and eight months after the tree was toppled in a windstorm, created segments to be kiln dried for eight weeks and then put into the hands of artists, carvers and woodturners. Tom Hicken for The Grid Magazine

Margaret Webb gets on the bullhorn to encourage runners during the “Run to Protest Putin & Celebrate Gay Athletes” at Queen’s Park on the eve of Sochi Olympics. About 50 walkers and runners sporting pink running gear, glow sticks, streamers, and balloons formed a human pink triangle as a demonstration against the anti-gay policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tom Hicken for The Grid Magazine.

Margaret Webb gets on the bullhorn to encourage runners during the “Run to Protest Putin & Celebrate Gay Athletes” at Queen’s Park on the eve of Sochi Olympics. About 50 walkers and runners sporting pink running gear, glow sticks, streamers, and balloons formed a human pink triangle as a demonstration against the anti-gay policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Tom Hicken for The Grid Magazine.

Around two dozen at-risk youth gathered in the basement of 4301 Kingston Rd., a massive public housing tower, for a Justice 101 workshop to learn about their rights from judges, lawyers, cops, and criminals. The panelists—Yolande Edwards, duty counsel at a Scarborough courthouse; Roger Shallow, a Crown lawyer; and Milton Ferguson, a Toronto police officer—opened the floor to questions which centred around racial profiling. Tom Hicken for The Grid Magazine

Around two dozen at-risk youth gathered in the basement of 4301 Kingston Rd., a massive public housing tower, for a Justice 101 workshop to learn about their rights from judges, lawyers, cops, and criminals. The panelists—Yolande Edwards, duty counsel at a Scarborough courthouse; Roger Shallow, a Crown lawyer; and Milton Ferguson, a Toronto police officer—opened the floor to questions which centred around racial profiling. Tom Hicken for The Grid Magazine

Randy McNeil, a former industrial millwright mechanic, lost the use of his legs after an MS attack. He now attends school for community and justice services, but the trek from his Vaughan home to downtown Toronto spans over three separate commuter systems, which takes him three-hours each way and is a nightmare to arrange. You can read more the difficulties disabled commuters face in Toronto here. Tom Hicken for The Grid Magazine.

Randy McNeil, a former industrial millwright mechanic, lost the use of his legs after an MS attack. He now attends school for community and justice services, but the trek from his Vaughan home to downtown Toronto spans over three separate commuter systems, which takes him three-hours each way and is a nightmare to arrange. You can read more the difficulties disabled commuters face in Toronto here. Tom Hicken for The Grid Magazine.

Writer Luc Rinaldi and I hung out with a group of talented teens as they scrambled to make a movie in under 24 hours for TIFF’s Next Wave challenge.

Quick Captions:
1) The gang: 
Simon Popescu, Liam MacAloney, Emma Mills, Kasia Borkowski and Emily Silver converge while other teams do the same at TIFF Bell Lightbox early Saturday morning.
2) Mills whispers to MacAloney during the Next Wave introduction.
3) The team talk ideas on the way to Popescu’s house.
4) Mills checks out the makeup job done by MacAloney.
5) A prop gun is raised 
in the Applewood Shaver House, a historic space chosen to shoot one of the scenes.
6) Borkowski (center) takes a break as cinematographer to fill in as a character in the film.
7) Never a dull moment with the prop gun
8) The gang review a scene after a million takes due to giggling. 
9) While editing in the basement, Rinaldi’s parents, Mary-Anne and Dave, chat with us upstairs about his previous films and how Dave always stars in, and dies in every one of them.

Full story here