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Civic Tech: A list of questions we’d like Sidewalk Labs to answer

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Help expand on this list of questions – there's a lot that we don't know about the company's plan for its Toronto project. The first public meeting for Sidewalk Toronto is scheduled for this Wednesday, November 1. The free tickets to register “sold out” within a day of being posted. Show More Summary

Chez Boris’ Doughnuts Are Coming Back From the Dead With a Very Fresh Business Model

Beigne Oui will run as a co-op Former Mile End café-doughnut shop Chez Boris is set to return, kind of: Co-Op Beigne Oui, a collectively-run spin-off from the café’s former staff is set to open in April 2018. Chez Boris’ shutter last...Show More Summary

Historicist: Fixing the Broken Column

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

William Lyon Mackenzie King encountered his grandfather's grave and decided that something just wasn't right. Here is a story about the fallout from what could have been a civil war, but thanks to our national genius for compromise, was not, and about the way that we remember that conflict and those who participated in it. Show More Summary

Will Toronto invest in its future?

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A close reading of the top bureaucrat's state of the city address. City manager Peter Wallace delivered his third annual state of the city address yesterday at the Munk Centre. His speech, titled “Investing in Toronto’s Future,” was aimed squarely at the council yet to come, the crew who will be elected for the 2018-2022 term. Show More Summary

Critic Finds the Habs’ New Mega-Restaurant Mediocre and Unseasoned

While Montreal’s first no-tipping restaurant is “fun” Earlier this month, the Montreal Canadiens opened Canada’s largest restaurant (by capacity), a stone’s throw from the Bell Centre arena — now, Taverne Moderne 1909 gets its first review (from JP Karwacki at Cult Montreal), and it’s the epitome of mediocre. Show More Summary

25 Essential Montreal Microbreweries and Craft Beer Bars

What's on tap Good beer isn’t hard to find in Montreal. Since Le Cheval Blanc first broke the seal back some 30-odd years ago, the scene has progressively bulked up with sleek new bars, brewpub expansions, and microbreweries doing everything...Show More Summary

Toronto voters, candidates still unclear on ward boundaries as election draws near

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A decision by the OMB is expected by December 31, or the City risks another term of outdated boundaries. The clock is ticking on a decision by the Ontario Municipal Board that will determine whether Toronto will have new ward boundaries, including three entirely new wards, in time for the next election in 2018. Show More Summary

Joe Beef Plot a Little Italy Wine Bar For This Winter

Breaking away from Little Burgundy Big news: the full team behind famed Little Burgundy restaurant trio Joe Beef, Liverpool House, and Le Vin Papillon are planning a fourth venue to open this winter: a wine bar named Mon Lapin. The group...Show More Summary

CAMH announces McCain Complex Care and Recovery Centre?

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

New facility emphasizing integration feels more like a home than a hospital. “I don’t think there’s a family anywhere in North America that hasn’t been touched in some way, directly or indirectly, with the challenges of mental illness,” says Michael McCain, a decade-long donor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Show More Summary

The Very Best Eats in Montreal’s Mile End

Beyond the bagels A former hub for creative types (now being replaced by young families), Mile End has slowly shifted over time — now in the warmer months, tour groups are a common sight, gawking eagerly at bagel stores and the large church. Show More Summary

A Canadian Version of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ Is Coming Next Week

And it follows the British show to the letter Canada’s public broadcaster is premiering a local franchise of hit British TV competition The Great British Bake Off, and it’s set to follow the original format very closely. Named The Great...Show More Summary

Hatewatch: Neo-Nazis in Nathan Phillips Square

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

One officer was quoted saying counter-protestors and neo-Nazis were "two sides of the same coin." Hatewatch is a new column that will run bi-weekly, tracking the rise of hate groups and their activities in and around Toronto.  Earlier,...Show More Summary

Introducing: Hatewatch, a new column monitoring hate groups in Toronto

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Yes, it can happen here. Hatewatch is a new column that will run bi-weekly, tracking the rise of hate groups and their activities in and around Toronto.  Make no mistake: anti-Muslim and “alt-right” groups are active in Toronto, recruiting in our universities and holding monthly rallies in Nathan Phillips Square. Show More Summary

Police Hunt Woman Who Scams Restaurants by Pretending to Choke on Food

More than 120 restaurants may have been affected Quebec police are on the hunt for a woman suspected of stealing hundreds of dollars of free meals from at least 120 restaurants across a swathe of land from Quebec City through to Granby...Show More Summary

Civic Tech: On Google, Sidewalk Labs, and Smart Cities

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

What happens when a tech company tries to build a neighbourhood? We're about to find out. Waterfront Toronto announced last week that Google-affiliated company Sidewalk Labs won the bid to be the “innovation and funding partner” on developing the Quayside neighbourhood in Toronto’s Port Lands. Show More Summary

St-Henri Finally Gets Its Uniburger — And Other Expansions to Note

Including more vegetarian dining, and more Korean fried chicken There seems to be an ongoing parade of establishments adding second (or third, or fourth) locations around Montreal these days. Here are some to note. ST-HENRI — Uniburger now numbers three locations in the city, as its much-anticipated Notre-Dame West location opened Sunday. Show More Summary

The best places in Toronto to appreciate fall foliage

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Here’s some free advice from conservationists on where to go. The Ontario countryside is awash with vibrant colours, an annual autumnal spectable that many city-dwellers might sadly miss out on. Never fear: the Toronto and Region Conservation...Show More Summary

Escondite Flings Open Doors on a New Bell Centre-Adjacent Taqueria

Double the tacos Hot downtown taco spot Escondite has been working on opening a second location for a while now, and as of today (that’s Tuesday, October 24), it’s open for business. Escondite’s new location (Escondite 2, if you will)...Show More Summary

A requiem for @norm

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Norm-mania that swept Toronto in 2015 is dead, and whatever remains is the lingering vanity of a man too proud to admit when he’s finished. @norm is dead. Oh sure, the online simulacrum of Scarborough-Agincourt Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40) still technically exists in some zombified form. Show More Summary

After Three Decades, a Montreal Haitian Staple Just Expanded

Méli Mélo moves on Rosemont Open for 33 years as a part-market, part-eatery in Villeray, Méli Mélo has built itself into a hub for Haitian food in Montreal — now the go-to for griot, breadfruit and more has opened a Rosemont location,...Show More Summary

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