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The leaves were red and yellow and green and brown

It’s that time of year when the landscape becomes a gorgeous palette of colours. Enjoy it, because before long we return to a world of white and dingy grey-brown (a.k.a. where cars have dirtied the snow).

Want to know the best place to see the changing leaves? Ontario Parks has a very handy fall colours report, which lays out how far along the various parks are in their seasonal transformation. The good news is most parks are still under 10%, so you have lots of time to absorb the beauty of the red, yellow and orange leaves.

Bask in the glow of nature as the temperature drops to perfect walking weather. It’s the ideal way to spend your fall weekends.

GAYPOST: City of Cleveland blames gay bar for hate based violence they experience

The City of Cleveland has come under fire for requesting an ‘action plan’ from a gay bar in response to frequent emergency calls to the bar costing the city money.

The bar, Cocktails Lounge, was recently the backdrop of a violence gay bashing incident where the bartender at contacted emergency services to save a man who was being savagely beaten by a group of young thugs. The bar has had 9 visits from police in the past year and is being treated as if they are responsible for preventing discrimination based violence, you know, the thing that the police exists to stop.

What dimwit Martin Flask fails to realise is that the safety and protection of human beings is worth more than the hundred odd bucks it costs to dispatch a cop car when there is imminent danger.

Read the letter sent to Cocktail’s owner Brian Lyons below:

 

Martin Flask (who casually calls himself Marty this time around) responded to the outcry last night through a statement posted on the city’s website.

Read Martin Flask’s response to Cocktails Lounge below:

As someone who has had the pleasure of visiting Cleveland’s gay scene I can say in total honesty that I have never encountered such a sweet and upbeat gay community in any other city I’ve visited or lived in.

The gay people of Cleveland deserve more from their city officials.

 

 

 

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York University gets ‘verbed’ — and it isn’t a good thing

For any of York U’s 55,000 students it might come as no shock that getting “Yorked” has no less than six entries on user generated slang website Urban Dictionary — and the top two are not too happy reviews of the school.

Whether it is accusations of the administration stifling academic freedom, or the near riot that broke out over imported conflict between Jewish and Muslim students over Israeli Apartheid Week, the string of record breaking, academic career ruining strikes that have plagued the campus, or the never ending stream of sexual assaults that take place on campus, York always seems to get a bad rap.

And the students who wrote these definitions don’t disagree, either.

Read on to see the web definitions of ‘Yorked’

 

8 disgustingly homophobic tweets about George Smitherman’s missing husband

Because someone’s missing spouse is apparently an opportunity to show off your ignorance.

While George Smitherman has broken down barriers as one of the first openly gay big-name politicians in Toronto and Ontario it is sad to see that so little has changed over the years, namely the media’s inability to cover the story of his husbands two day disappearance without improperly using the term “partner” instead of “husband” and trying to dig out some sort of drama or scandal from the parents of a missing man.

To title a story on any missing person as being about their so-called ‘on-again off-again relationship‘ — which, in the frame of the article, refers to their relationship before getting serious a decade ago — is so utterly tasteless , tabloid, and would most likely not be the case if this story were about a straight couple.

One basic rule to identify news from simple events is to spot the unusual. If a dog bites a man, it isn’t news. If a man bites a dog, however, it is. What is increasingly evident with the coverage surrounding Christopher Peloso’s disappearance is that the media coverage surrounding it from the start was due to the fact that George Smitherman was once the second in command of this province and almost held the top spot in Toronto, but that that continued coverage was due to the news media and the newsreading public having a sick hard on for the drama surrounding the personal lives of a gay family.

The fact that this is a gay couple and a gay family and a gay person missing is what makes the story a ‘man-bites-dog’ and that is totally unacceptable.

To the mainstream media: Trying not to be offensive and failing at it is still offensive.

On top of all that professional incompetence comes the deluge of hate filled tweets directed at a man and his family who, at the time these were posted, were most likely experiencing the most harrowing moment of their lives.

Read on to lose faith in humanity.

 

 

 

 

 

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Too far? Drag queens make fun of mentally ill Amanda Bynes in new Blurred Lines parody

Warning: This video features some seriously sexy men in some seriously tight underwear. 

While these girls have a history of making fun of current events with their covers of popular songs have they gone too far this time by making fun of mentally ill Amanda Bynes?

The video, a cover of the already questionable summer hit Blurred Lines, features references to the former child star’s meltdown, Twitter rampages, and arrest that led to her psychiatric evaluation along with images of the three drag queens in straight jackets and suggestions that the actress has been abusing drugs.

What do you think, has this comedy trio gone too far by picking on someone suffering from mental illness?

 

You can follow Travis on Twitter at @TravMyers.

WATCH: This TIFF short about Facebook will make you hate your computer

This unique Canadian short film, Noah, explores something we don’t see in too many other movies: just how much our online lives have supplanted our real interactions.

“In a story that plays out entirely on a teenager’s computer screen, Noah follows its eponymous protagonist as his relationship takes a rapid turn for the worse in this fascinating study of behaviour (and romance) in the digital age.”

The film by Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg explores the concept of isolation in a world where we are so connected to everyone around us all the time and has the added benefit of making you want to disconnect from Facebook and throw your laptop out the window.

Let us know what you think in the comments below. Is the strange girl on Chat Roulette right to think that Facebook is destroying our lives? Have you ever done the not-so-unthinkable and hacked your significant other’s Facebook account to get dirt on them?

 

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Christopher Peloso, husband of George Smitherman, is missing

Christopher Peloso, 39, has been missing since Monday afternoon. The husband of George Smitherman, former mayoral candidate, was last seen in the Davenport Road/Bathurst Street area.

Peloso was last seen wearing a dark-blue hooded jacket, tan cargo shorts and blue flip flops. He is 5 foot 8 and 150 pounds, white with brown hair and brown eyes.

Through his website, Smitherman released a statement about his husband’s disappearance.

“I regret to confirm that Christopher Peloso has been missing from our home for almost 24 hours. Michael, Kayla and myself, with the support of family and friends, are hopeful that our husband and father will be home safely soon,” he wrote.

Smitherman and Peloso were married in 2007 and have two adopted children.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1300, Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477,  online at 222 Tips, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or leave a tip on the Toronto Police Service  Facebook page.

 

UPDATE: Peloso has been located. Police tracked his cellphone signal to Dupont and Lansdowne and found him alive and conscious.

Here is a shocking list of celebrities the same age as Céline Dion

Ah Céline, the sweet songstress of French speaking Canada whose music has long been the go-to last minute gift for your mother or any other woman who you have unconsciously categorized as perpetually uncool.

In celebration of her new future drag queen anthem dropping this week we’ve decided to take a look at a great mystery: Céline’s age.

There is something shocking about learning she is only 45 years old. No, you think, she’s at least in her mid fifties. Actually, believe it or not, she was only 28 years old when she was singing the theme to Titanic.

Perhaps it is the fact that her husband is 26 years her senior that makes you think of her as old. Or maybe her history of making nothing but sensible choices and mid tempo music makes her seem out to pasture. That, and you mom does actually love her, and she’s old too, right?

What is even more mind blowing is that in Hollywood, a land obsessed with youth, so many other 45 year old celebrities seem eternally young. Gwen “Hollaback Girl” Stefani is a mere 18 month younger than Céline who was busy releasing an Anne Geddes babies-in-flowers lullaby album while Stefani was singing Rich Girl with Harajuku Girls and Eve.

Here are some of Céline’s other shocking contemporaries.

6. Jamie Foxx — 45

The perpetually sexy actor (and sometimes rapper) who we saw naked not too long ago in Django Unchained is just as old as Céline.

5. Jason Statham — 45

The action star, who has been in literally every action movie made in the last ten years, is the same age as Céline Dion and manages to look great and do all of his own stunts.

4. Criss Angel — 45

The self described “mind freak” magician who looks like he just wandered out of a My Chemical Romance music video is the same age as Céline Dion.

3. Catherine Bell — 45

The actress, known for her roles on JAG and Army Wives, along with her rockin’ bod, is the same age as Céline Dion.

2. Tony Hawk — 45

The professional skateboarder, sometimes Jackass co-star, video game mogul, and “Coolest Guy Ever” to 13 year old boys 2001-2005 is the same age as ol’ Céline.

1. Kristin Chenoweth — 45

The bubbly actor and singer from Broadway’s Wicked is, you guessed it, the same age as Céline Dion.

 

Honourable mentions:

Jennifer Lopez — 44

Jennifer Aniston — 44

Jay-Z — 44

Hugh Jackman — 44

David Boreanaz — 44

DJ Tiïesto — 44

Paul Rudd — 44

 

 

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You can follow Travis on Twitter at @TravMyers.

16 slut-shaming tweets about Miley — and 5 more about her inviting rape

Ladies be warned, if you’ve ever worn a bathing suit or enjoyed dancing, this is what Twitter thinks of you.

Be warned that there is plenty of awful language (and awful people) showcased below. Take a moment to remind yourself that every human being has worth and shouldn’t be judged based on their sexuality, and provocative dancing is not an invitation for sexual assault.

Before you delve below, let’s take a moment to look at a photo of a kitten.

Okay, that should float your soul up a little bit before it utterly plunges when you read the tweets below.

Let’s begin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 And apparently this is grounds to rape someone:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ugh…

 

 

You can follow Travis on Twitter at @TravMyers.