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Old 06-09-2003, 10:24 AM   #16
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theres not much anyone can do about this. SARS happened, its new and curious so the media are going to over analyze. unfortunately perception is everything so if you travel based on what you hear...toronto is an unlikely destination this summer. the dollar doesn't help, nor does bush's staff posturing about a 'fractured relationship'.

ill be flying in and out multiple times this summer...
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This just takes the cake!!!!!


Horror of inflight movie star


Have you heard the one about Sarah Polley on a plane to Los Angeles?

Polley, one of our national acting treasures, was seated between two businessmen and having a delightful inflight conversation with them until she took off her jacket revealing shock, horror! a dreaded Toronto T-shirt.

It was the deal breaker. Polley's hitherto affable flying companions asked to be assigned new seats.


"The world loves to be paranoid," says Polley's agent Celia Chassels. "Remember when bacon was going to kill us?"

Now, Bacon may save us. Because fear of SARS has devastated the entertainment industry in Toronto, Kevin Bacon could be the only American star coming to Toronto to film this summer. He and his wife, Kyra Sedgwick, are due in this city in July to shoot the TV-movie Cavedweller.

Not only is SARS-paranoia taking food from the mouths of everyone from makeup artists to dry cleaners, SARS has impacted on the hands that feed the talent.

The care and feeding of cast and crew have become so antiseptic, it looks like Halloween on TV and film sets. The traditional groaning board of goodies huge bowls of candy and snacks to dive into indiscriminately has been replaced with individual portions of chips, candies, nuts and trail mix similar to the treats dispensed at the door to goblins during Halloween.

But there is no assembly line of elves wrapping the treats one by one in plastic wrap. They have been custom wrapped by suppliers, says David Kinnersly, operations manager of Star Craft, which provides craft services the life-sustaining snack foods on sets up to 12 hours a day.

"There is no more communal food," attests Kinnersly. "There are no longer big bowls of goodies because it is not as hygienic. Everything has been pre-portioned. Instead of giving us a large container of candies, our suppliers parcel out a reasonable amount of candies."

The crudities they do themselves.

"We cut up the veggies and portion them out in zip-lock bags. We need to reassure the people in L.A. that it is safe to work here: Everything the crew and cast eats is pre-packaged or prepared for safety. Our suppliers basically came on board because if we are not busy, they are not busy. It's a chain reaction. The livelihoods of thousands of people are affected."

Star Craft is currently servicing 11 productions including Welcome To Mooseport, Doc, Street Time, Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen and Radio Free Nutley and there have been no SARS specific riders in the contracts of the talent.

"There has always been the `I want this, I want this' factor," Kinnersly allows. "There have always been crazy requests (like exclusively black jujubes) but there is nothing related to SARS."

Capers On Location has provided on-site hot-and-cold meals to Toronto shoots and concerts for the last two decades. Capers fed the entire production of Chicago, is currently providing sustenance to such productions as Soul Food, DeGrassi, Mutant X, Dawn Of The Dead, The Playmakers and will feed Coldplay at the Molson Amphitheatre tomorrow.

Using hand sanitizers is a given and food handling has become a labour of glove, emphasizes Shaire Stevenson, Capers owner.

"No one is wearing a SARS mask," she emphasizes, "but everyone wears gloves. Crews are not allowed to touch the food; only a server using salad tongs and wearing gloves does.

"That said, SARS is not spread by food handlers, though we have lots and lots of precautions. Everything is clean and safe."

If SARS has induced a major headache for the caterers and craft services, they can't even dip into an industrial-sized bottle of Advil on set.

They have to break into a zip lock baggie bearing the prescribed two tablets.
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Old 06-11-2003, 09:20 PM   #18
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What about concerts and other gatherings? A scare like this could wipe out any travel to places that could be on the tour agenda for many a group, U2 included. No one wants to draw 20 to 50,000 people together with the possibility of spreading SARS.
*begins to worry about seeing anyone in concert*
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SARS is NOT in the community right now. That means that unless U2 or anybody else is performing in a hospital ward, there is no fear of spread.

Coldplay just put on a show last night, it was brilliant, and they said they did not want to cancel.

The Stones should be coming on July 30th for a concert for half a million people and tix are $20. The concert for Toronto, with all Canadian acts goes on in the next couple of weeks, and all 70,000 tickets have been sold out.
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anitram....is OLP playing that gig?..man I really want to see them live.
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Yeah, they're playing in the Skydome, I believe.
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Monkeypox......

This is just plain STUPID. Who the HELL hold Prairie Dogs as pets? And WHY? You almost are asking for something to happen.

SARS and Toronto: If I see another report about Toronto and SARS...I am going to scream. Everytime a baseball team is scheduled to play the Blue Jays, the big story is SARS...not baseball.

I look forward to my next trip to TO.

I think I posted a thread about "racism and SARS" a while back. I talked about "avoiding" people at the airport with masks on. Is this something that is happening in TO?
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Sensible minds prevail again!!!.
*Continues to put some money into to travel fund savings*
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I was in Burger King at the airport in Phoenix waiting for my connecting flight home yesterday and a woman was sitting near me, trying to eat a hamburger with a SARS mask on. She looked like a jackass. The paranoia out there is amazing.
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well I jsut aprtied with the TO u2 fans..pleased to say they all passed my medical examination
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well I jsut aprtied with the TO u2 fans..pleased to say they all passed my medical examination
You didn't examine me.
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Just got back from an all staff meeting at the National Ballet School. SARS is costing us $20,000 from a rental of our theatre, because the company who was going to rent it has pulled out, fearing lack of attendees at their show.

Our teachers' seminar is also down this year, and we usuall make money from fees from teachers from outside of T.O. and around the world. These losses are all totally unexpected and unbudgeted, and will put us in a deficit for the first time in 8 yrs. Fortunately, we have enough to cover it in our surplus, but it totally sucks because it isn't our fault!
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Big Grin Advisory: G.A.S.H.

While everyone else is getting their usual dose of porn spam I get this stuff...lol...NOT trying to make light but it did kind of hit a funny bone.


A man returns from a trip and is feeling very ill. He goes to see his doctor and is immediately rushed to the hospital to undergo a series of tests.

The man wakes up after these tests in a private room at the hospital and the phone by his bed rings."This is your doctor," says the voice on the phone. "We have the results back from your tests. I'm sorry to report that you have an extremely contagious deadly disease known as G.A.S.H."

"G.A.S.H?" replies the man. "WHAT in the h@!! is THAT?"

"It's a combination of illnesses including Gonorrhea, AIDS, SARS, and Herpes,"explains the doctor.

"My gosh, Doc!" screams the man in a panic, "what are we going to do?"

"Well we're going to put you on a strict diet of pizza, pancakes, quesadillas, and pita bread," says the doctor matter-of-factly.

"Will that cure me?"

"Well, no," says the doctor, "but it's the only food that will fit under the door."
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