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TTC Chair Talks Privacy, Councillors’ Text and Email Habits with the FOI Raccoon

1 hour agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Josh Colle discusses our FOI request, which he calls "invasive." When TTC Chair Josh Colle (Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence) received a recent freedom-of-information request from Torontoist, his first thought was, “That was a bit invasive.” Then he called me to talk about it. Show More Summary

Where Queer as Folk’s First Season Was Filmed in Toronto

1 hour agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

You're not in Pittsburgh anymore. Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. The post Where Queer as Folk’s First Season Was Filmed in Toronto appeared first on Torontoist.

Pride Must Be Political

1 hour agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Our mayor has called for Pride to be less political. I am calling for the opposite. Pride isn’t for people with bodies and wallets like mine. I say this knowing that I’m not old enough to have screamed “Fuck you, 52” at police after the bathhouse raids. Show More Summary

Meet Alexander Wood, the Pioneer of Toronto’s Gay Village

6 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Delving into the complicated history of a man who helped found the Church-Wellesley Village. At the corner of Church and Alexander stands an two-and-a-half-metre-tall bronze statue of Alexander Wood, the early Canadian merchant who owned much of the surrounding land that has since become the Church-Wellesley Village. Show More Summary

Both Capybaras Captured, No One Knows Where to Sell Legal Weed, and Rick Mercer’s Plane Ticket

21 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. After more than a month, both capybaras have been caught, and are about to be reunited at the High Park Zoo. While the first capybara...Show More Summary

John Tory is Lying About the Scarborough Subway

21 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We break the mayor's latest op-ed down, line by line. John Tory’s greatest power as a politician is his veneer of respectability and reasonableness. No matter how irresponsible a position Tory takes, he is masterful at presenting himself as someone who has considered all positions and chosen the most moderate and reasoned course. Show More Summary

Photoist: Waiting for Pride

Anticipation 2016 The post Photoist: Waiting for Pride appeared first on Torontoist.

A Look Inside Honest Ed’s Months Before Closure

Sixty-eight years since its opening—and now near closing—the iconic Toronto shop still has dedicated customers. Ed Mirvish was surely honest with his thrifty prices at his iconic bargain centre. But after 68 years of living at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst, Honest Ed’s will be closing down for good by the end of the year. Show More Summary

How Toronto’s Papers Covered the Brexit Fallout

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. What a difference a few days make. Since the last edition of Front Page Challenge, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, a stunning...Show More Summary

A Look Back at the Origins of Photography in Toronto

In this book excerpt, a look at how photography has evolved in the city. Excerpted from Picturing Toronto: Photography and the Making of a Modern City by Sarah Bassnett, courtesy of McGill-Queen’s University Press. By the early twentieth...Show More Summary

How Torontonians are Modernizing the Mental Health Care System

Resources, like the City of Brains Project and 211, help those in the city get the help they need. Mark Freeman did what many of us do when he experienced mental health issues a few years back: he started looking online for help. InShow More Summary

The CN Tower Turns 40, Pot Shops Get An Unlikely Ally, and More Bike Share for Toronto

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Sunday marked the 40th birthday of the CN Tower. For four decades, the structure has stood proud as one of the tallest buildings in history,...Show More Summary

How Tegan and Sara are Queering Toronto’s Mainstream Pop Circuit

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The pop band is expanding its appeal to the masses. Exist in Toronto’s lesbian community long enough and you will become accustomed to all the usual tropes: that you will likely know your ex-girlfriend’s new girlfriend; that U-Hauling is a reality for many; that Canadian pop band Tegan and Sara are gay lady favourites. Show More Summary

I’m a Scarborough Resident and I Don’t Want a Subway

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

It's time for politicians to admit they're wrong about the Scarborough subway extension. It’s becoming painfully clear that Mayor Tory, MPP Brad Duguid, Councillor De Baeremaeker, and the rest of the pro-subway political class are not interested in building transit that serves Scarborough in any meaningful way. Show More Summary

The Toronto Veggie Pride Parade Creates Visibility for Vegans

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The vegans are coming! The vegans are coming! The marchers looked like they were suited up for a Halloween party as they took to Bloor Street: adorned in pig costumes, dressed up in bright orange carrot ensembles. “Let’s go veggies, eat your broccoli,” they chanted. Show More Summary

Public Art Remembers Victims of Pulse Nightclub Shooting

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The painted planter outside of The Beaver pays tributes to the 49 Orlando victims. WHERE: Outside of The Beaver, 1192 Queen Street West WHAT: In the weeks following the massacre of 49 Floridians at a gay Orlando nightclub, Toronto’s LGBTQ communities have come together to reflect on the realities of being queer and trans in 2016. Show More Summary

The Truth About SmartTrack

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

John Tory's plans are no more than a brand name for pre-existing transit projects. In 2014, then-mayoral candidate John Tory ran on a campaign of sound fiscal management, returning decorum to City Hall, and a curious new transit plan called SmartTrack, which promised “London-style” rapid transit from Mississauga to Markham. Show More Summary

Help Us Hire an LGBTQ Staff Writer

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We need your help! This Pride Month, Torontoist made a commitment to publish one LGBTQ story every day. So far, we’ve managed to keep it up. But once July rolls around, we’ll need more resources to continue to bring you awesome stories queer and transgender Torontonians and the issues they face. Show More Summary

How LGBTQ Youth are Dealing with Drug Addiction

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Pieces to Pathways is one of Toronto's few safe spaces for queer and trans youth with substance abuse issues. Content warning: this article describes first-hand accounts of drug use. Before his first manic episode and a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, RJ’s substance use was a daily routine. Show More Summary

Historicist: How the St. Charles Tavern went from Chinese-Food Restaurant to Popular Gay Bar

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

"Meet under the clock" was a slogan ingrained in the city's gay community. “Meet me under the clock”—for several decades, it was the slogan of the St. Charles Tavern. While it began in the early 1950s as a cocktail lounge owned by a prominent local horse breeder, the St. Show More Summary

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