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We Should be Grateful to the YouTube Star Who Captured a Cyclist Accident on Camera

12 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Viral video forces Torontonians to confront the realities of road safety. The accident happens in a matter of seconds. A courier cyclist riding north on Bay Street motions at a taxi driver, and bangs on his window. Then the driver veers right into the cyclist, and knocks him onto the sidewalk, bending his front wheel. Show More Summary

In Praise of Unsexy Infrastructure

13 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

New federal money for TTC planning studies, accessibility, bike lanes, and the Railpath deserves our attention. In Toronto, no one wins elections for ensuring water comes out of your tap or the streetcar comes on time. You can lose votes if these things don’t happen, and that’s because this is basic infrastructure that we take for granted. Show More Summary

How Toronto’s Papers Covered a Drunken American Invasion

14 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. The Olympics are over, and Toronto’s daily newspapers are cooling off during these final dog days of August by scouring the wires for strange local and international stories. Show More Summary

What Indigenous Torontonians are Expecting from the Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women

17 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The hopes and fears of three members of Indigenous communities. Earlier this month, Canadian federal ministers announced that an inquiry into the country’s murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls would officially commence in September. Show More Summary

Toronto Should Get Angry About How Council Has Failed to Address the City’s Social Housing Crisis

While politicians fight to look like budget hawks, the city's most vulnerable see their homes fall apart. You’d be forgiven for thinking that transit is the most immediate crisis in the city—but then you take a close look at Toronto Community Housing. Show More Summary

Newly Licensed Uber is Not Part of the Sharing Economy

Instead, our city has licensed an American for-profit monopoly. After months of unprecedented lobbying by U.S. corporate giant Uber, the City of Toronto is implementing a new set of rules that legalizes the hitherto illegal 12,000 cars whose owners work for Uber. Show More Summary

This Event Encourages Men to Open Up and Talk About Their Emotions

ManTalks steps away from hyper-masculine, macho culture. Years ago, when Connor Beaton was struggling with addiction and depression, he felt like he had nowhere to turn. While men have innumerable spaces for social interaction—bars, locker rooms, golf courses—these aren’t places that typically invite deep, emotional conversations. Show More Summary

Why Ontario’s Growth Plan Misses the Mark

New report says the plan relies on "fatally flawed” approach to determining how much land is needed to meet growth targets. The latest report from Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is claiming that loopholes in the Ontario Growth Plan...Show More Summary

What to Check Out in Toronto August 22–28: Shakespeare in the Ruff, Open Roof Festival, and Keys N Krates Birthday Party

As summer's close nears, we focus on screenings, Shakespeare, food and art festivals, and booming beats—all outdoors. Urban Planner is your weekly curated guide to what’s on in Toronto—things that are local, affordable, and exceptional. Show More Summary

The Terrible John Tory-Backed Zoning Change That Undermines SmartTrack

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Against the advice of City staff, John Tory's and his allies backed a zoning change that benefits a developer, but undermines SmartTrack. Item PG12.8 did not receive much advanced media attention before council debated it in June. After...Show More Summary

Historicist: The People’s Champion

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The impressive, inspiring, and possibly unsportsmanlike athletic exploits of Ned Hanlan. This Historicist installment originally appeared on September 7, 2013. Ned Hanlan, the world’s single-sculls rowing champion from 1880 to 1884, was this country’s “first national sporting hero,” in the estimation of the Montreal Gazette. Show More Summary

The Spots Where Toronto Most Needs Wi-Fi

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Because free internet keeps us going. Yesterday, a Toronto Redditor with a keen eye snapped a shot of a router being installed at Donlands Station on the city’s east end. The installation is part of the TTC’s efforts to connect riders while underground, a project that launched last April. Show More Summary

Debunking the Myth that Cyclists Don’t Pay Their Fair Share for the Road

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Everyone pays for the road. “Cyclists just don’t pay for their fair share of the road.” Have you ever heard that statement from a driver in Toronto, and felt your gut wretch in response? Perhaps you agree with the sentiment. After all, 56 per cent of Torontonians support licensing of cyclists, according to a Forum Research Poll in June. Show More Summary

Leslieville Welcomes a New Brewpub with a Radical Edge

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Radical Road opens in the east end—and it's been a long time coming. After a long time planning and what is sure to be a welcome addition to the east end, Leslieville’s Radical Road Brewing Co., located on 1177 Queen Street East, has finally opened its doors. Show More Summary

Toronto Street Art for the Optimist In Us All

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A step-by-step look at graffiti. BY: Unknown LOCATION: Church and Wellesley PHOTO BY: Randy McDonald FIELD NOTES: Those graffiti artists are always getting up to something. Or maybe they’re getting down to business. It would seem we have something of a glass half-full/empty situation. Show More Summary

Introducing Newsstand, Torontoist’s Daily Newsletter

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Now available to the public! Torontoist wants you to be the most informed of your colleagues around the water cooler. That’s why we created Newsstand, your morning newsletter that features gotta-know news about the city—delivered straight to your inbox every morning. Show More Summary

How Yonge-Dundas Square Can Solve its Programming Gap During The Off-Season

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The public square is relatively empty during winter months. Yonge-Dundas Square has played host to many of the city’s cultural events and arts programming. In the summer, it’s the mainstage for Pride performers. Companies rent the space out to promote their new products. Show More Summary

Yorkville’s Riverboat Coffee House, Which Helped Launch Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Now and Then explores the stories behind Toronto’s historical plaques and monuments. As Canada prepares to say goodbye to the beloved Tragically Hip with their nationally televised Kingston show on August 20, it’s an interesting time to reflect on Canada’s homegrown talent and famous jam spots. Show More Summary

CNE Rides, Games, and Attractions for Overly Anxious People

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Or, how to avoid dreaded teenagers. Relief Line is your not-so-serious glance at the city we love. Most Torontonians will be flocking to the Canadian National Exhibition over the next couple of weeks to enjoy all the rides, games, attractions on display. Show More Summary

This Toronto Start-Up Wants More Women to Get Screened for HPV

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Eve Medical has developed a self-testing kit for STIs. Six years ago, Jessica Ching was working towards her master’s degree in industrial design at OCAD University. One day, while she and some of her female friends were chatting over coffee, the topic of Pap smears came up. Show More Summary

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