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This Danforth Mural Makes for a Tight-Knit Community

A purl of a mural BY: Uber 5000 LOCATION: Pape and Danforth PHOTO BY: Mary Crandall FIELD NOTES: Darn, the Pape and Danforth neighbourhood has really frayed—it’s become known for its needles and hookers! It’s really getting under my skein. Show More Summary

The Worst Part of Rob Ford Was His Policies, Not the Crack Video

If there's one thing to move on from, it's how he shaped the discourse at city hall. That video went public earlier today. The video everyone with even a passing acceptance of reality knew existed. When extortion charges against former...Show More Summary

As the City Grows Vertically, Here’s Why Elevator Service is More Important than Ever

It might not look like it, but working elevators are a health and accessibility issue. When Susan Chan moved in Aura last summer, she wasn’t expecting to spend five to 10 minutes waiting for the elevator when she arrived at her building. Show More Summary

You Can Now See the Rob Ford Crack Video

Long after Rob Ford claimed it did not exist, and Gawker crowdfunded $200,000 to try to purchase it, the (first) Rob Ford crack video is now publicly available. The one minute and 13 second video became the subject of an investigation after police became aware of it during a gangs investigation. Show More Summary

How You Can Bathe in Chihuly’s Colourful Light For Free Downtown

NAME: Untitled (Ceiling) LOCATION: 318 Wellington Street West (between Wellington and Blue Jays Way) INSTALLATION: 2003 “Chihuly has arrived in Toronto,” as the Royal Ontario Museum announced the opening of its latest headliner. ButShow More Summary

Nope, the Private Sector Doesn’t Magically Pay For High Speed Rail

Please do not take any more ideas from True Detective season two. John Tory loves the private sector. By itself, this is not bad. The private sector and the free market frequently serve people well, particularly when there’s high levels of competition and low barriers to entry for goods and services. Show More Summary

Why 48 Layoffs at the Toronto Star is a Loss for the City

Forty-five newsroom staff will be laid off. In news that surprised no one in the world of Toronto media, the Toronto Star will lay off 48 employees–including 45 in the newsroom. The reasons are straightforward. Advertising revenues are down significantly as more money goes to Google and Facebook, and the value of each page continues to decline. Show More Summary

Why the Toronto Star’s Landmark Carding Project Might Not Be Possible Today

The FOI that changed policing in Toronto would be difficult to do today with falling journalism revenues. What we now know about police carding can be traced back to 1999 when a police bulletin that described a suspect as “yellow” inspired...Show More Summary

Where Bob Dylan’s Terrible 1987 Movie Hearts of Fire Was Filmed in Toronto

At his 1980s nadir, Dylan starred in a Toronto and Hamilton-shot musical drama from the director of Return of the Jedi. 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. Show More Summary

What to Check Out at SummerWorks 2016

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Musical collaborations, a mysterious hacker, and a YouTuber love triangle. The 26th annual SummerWorks Performance Festival is in full swing, and today marks the half-way point. Some shows, such as the rock n’ roll clown/dance show NO...Show More Summary

Why We Should Talk About Mental Health More

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Conversations about mental health can lead to meaningful cultural shifts, writes Lindsay Hill. If I’d stopped to think about it, I would never have done it. It was early 2010. The Toronto Transit Commission was hearing submissions on the issue of suicide in the subway system. Show More Summary

How Transit App Saved Me From a Terrible Commute

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The app also highlights gaps in the GTHA's transportation network, from cycling to transit. My commute is any cyclist’s dream—I ride 100 metres on a side street, and then it’s a straight shot down Sherbourne—one of Toronto’s only proper cycle tracks—to the beautiful and cyclist-friendly Martin Goodman Trail. Show More Summary

How Toronto’s Papers Covered Canada’s Olympic Victories (and More Shirtless Trudeau, of Course)

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. The 2016 Olympic Games are now well underway. Toronto’s daily papers are covering Canada’s winning achievements in these first few days of competition,...Show More Summary

Why The Police Chief’s Letter to Pride Toronto Misses The Point

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Highlighting coffee socials misses the larger context when it comes to LGBTQ and TPS community relations. Last week, Police Chief Mark Saunders sent a letter of support [PDF] to Pride Toronto’s Board of Directors. Officially, he says...Show More Summary

The Case for Keeping Casey House in the Neighbourhood

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A hospital for people with HIV/AIDS expands its services. For almost 30 years, Casey House has provided care to Torontonians living with HIV/AIDS, home care, and other supportive healthcare programs. For some patients, it has been a home away from home when they needed the support most. Show More Summary

Blue Jays Lead AL Attendance, Curiously Happens When the Team is Winning

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Winning is nice. As it turns out, the secret to getting Toronto Blue Jays fans out to the ballpark is to win games. For the first time in 13 years, the evil New York Yankees will likely not lead baseball’s American League in attendance—if trends continue, it will be the Toronto Blue Jays, reports TSN’s BarDown. Show More Summary

This Somali Chef Shows the Potential in Toronto’s Food Scene

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Bashir Munye explores interculturalism in the kitchen. Born in Somalia—where it’s unsafe to return—raised in Italy, and trained as a chef at Toronto’s George Brown College, Bashir Munye has become well known in the farmers’ market scene...Show More Summary

Torontoist Nominated for Five Heritage Toronto Awards

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We do love our history. Torontoist leads the way in the annual Heritage Toronto Awards in the Short Publication category. Led by three nominations from Historicist, Torontoist‘s award-winning Saturday history column, the publication is proud to have five nominations. Show More Summary

What to Check Out in Toronto August 8-14: Blockbusters, Harry Potter, and The Beatles

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A live reading of The Cursed Child; re-live the Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens; vegan food, community arts, and Shakespeare in our parks. Urban Planner is your weekly curated guide to what’s on in Toronto—things that are local, affordable, and exceptional. Show More Summary

Historicist: Canada’s First Olympic Gold

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A Canadian-born athlete won the country's first Olympic gold medal in Paris in 1900, but no one realized. George Orton probably never knew he won Canada’s first Olympic gold medal. The talented, record-setting Ontario-born runner claimed first place in the 3,000-metre steeplechase at the 1900 Paris Games. Show More Summary

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