This Magazine is kicking off its new series of the Every Film is Political on September 25 with WAL-TOWN, a documentary about the business practices of the mega-retailer Wal-Mart. The kickoff coincides with the September/October issue of the magazine's annual Corporate Hall of Shame issue. And it sheds light on events that are taking place a few blocks from the This Magazine offices.
With Wal-Mart Canada eyeing Toronto’s historic Kensington Market neighbourhood for future development, public attention has again turned to Wal-Mart and the radical effects of the retail giant’s business practices. When RioCan announced plans to install a 125,000-square-foot Wal-Mart in the former site of Kromer Radio (just beside the distinctive, fabled Kensington Market), the Friends of Kensington Market formed to oppose the deal, and Toronto City Council passed a bylaw to freeze current development on the Bathurst strip.The film series at the TRANZAC (292 Brunswick Avenue) in Toronto is a fundraiser for This Magazine's Red Maple Foundation. Tickets are $15 at the door or available in advance at the online shop.