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No Subway Service Between Union and St. Andrew Stations This Weekend

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Portion of Yonge-University-Spadina line will be closed so that the TTC can get ready for the opening of Union's second platform. Trains won’t be running between Union and St. Andrew stations on August ?16 or 17, but not because theShow More Summary

Scene: Blackout Anniversary Party 2014

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The lights went out and the music went up at the 10th annual celebration. WHERE: Christie Pits, and then to Central Tech WHEN: Thursday, August 14 WHAT: The 10th edition of Toronto’s annual Blackout Party, which marks the anniversary...Show More Summary

Union Filing Grievance Over City’s Handling of Bomb Threat

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

CUPE Local 79 president Tim Maguire says Mayor Rob Ford "acted inappropriately and irresponsibly" and put staff at risk. CUPE Local 79 president Tim Maguire announced today that the union—which represents City workers—will be filing a grievance over the mayor and City’s response to a recent bomb threat. Show More Summary

How to Give Money to a Municipal Candidate

The complex rules and restrictions for contributing to mayoral and council campaigns. Running a municipal election campaign can be an expensive business. Fortunately for the candidates, there’s no shortage of generous donors willing to send money to their favourite politicians. Show More Summary

Newsstand: August 15, 2014

In the news this morning (this cool, chilly morning): Sarah Thomson robocalls went out late last night, Bombardier employees occupied the Metrolinx office yesterday, a woman with tea-related burns was rebuffed by Tim Hortons, and the PATH sports a shiny new above-ground addition. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: August 15, 2014

In today's Urban Planner: a hip-hop block party, and a festival celebrating queer and radical communities. Festivals: The one-day In Honour Festival, celebrating queer and radical communities in Toronto (and further), kicks off with a kids dance party from 3 p.m. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Confiscated Bikes, Singing Baggage Handlers, and Facts About the Don

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. If you’ve locked your bike up outside the Hudson’s Bay Centre, you might have noticed that it’s then proceeded to disappear. That’s because Brookfield Office Properties claims a certain pole at Yonge and Bloor is on Brookfield’s […]

Campaign Fact-Check: Rob Ford on Toronto’s Fiscal Health and Future

Responding to a U of T report on the City's finances, the mayor played fast and loose with the truth. In contrast to the conclusion repeatedly drawn by Rob Ford, Toronto does not have a spending problem, nor are we awash in gravy and waste. Show More Summary

Spotted: Signs Urging Drivers to Slow Down and Keep Kids Safe

Residents show their support for safer streets after 6-year-old girl was struck and killed last month. SPOTTED BY: Twitter user (and Toronto’s chief planner) Jennifer Keesmaat WHERE: Midtown Toronto WHEN: August 14 WHAT: Signs provided as part of Kids at Play‘s Slow Down campaign. Show More Summary

Chief Bill Blair Accepts Doug Ford’s Apology

Blair will drop legal action now that Doug Ford has apologized in writing for comments he made linking the chief to alleged information leak. Now that Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) has complied with the terms of Chief Bill Blair’s defamation notice and offered an apology in writing, the chief is willing to accept it. Show More Summary

Cyclists Have Reported 62 Doorings Since November

Dooring incidents appear to be down—but that doesn't necessarily mean streets are safer for cyclists. Between 2012 and November 2013, Toronto police weren’t collecting data on dooring incidents—which involve a motorist opening a car door in the path of an oncoming cyclist. Show More Summary

Glad Hand: Refining Your Technique

Glad Hand is Torontoist’s political cartoon, created by Brett Lamb and appearing here every Thursday.

Newsstand: August 14, 2014

Just in case you were wondering, there are 38 days left in summer. In the news: Joe Pennachetti says that Toronto has never been on the edge of a fiscal cliff, University Avenue might be ceremonially renamed to honour Nelson Mandela, a mattress fire at the old Jilly's building, and a Toronto-bound plane makes an emergency landing in Ottawa. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: August 14, 2014

In today's Urban Planner: an old-timey Paris cabaret, and sailing in to the cinema. Performing Arts: Attention all anachronists and romantics! We’ve come across a simple way to get you to old-timey Paris, so you can quit working on that time machine. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: New Subway Platforms, Historical CNE Highlights, and Pooping Barn Swallows

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. As of Monday, Union Station will boast not one, but two subway platforms: construction on the station’s new second platform is now complete, and soon Yonge-line riders and University-line riders will be able to head down their […]

Food at the CNE: What You Should Eat and What You Should Probably Avoid

The Ex has unveiled its newest culinary concoctions. Here's the scouting report on the the must-haves and must-avoids on this year's menu. They’re here. Today, the new foods of this year’s Canadian National Exhibition were revealed. Swoon at the bacon. Show More Summary

Sound Advice: Stigmata, by Tre Mission

Toronto producer Tre Mission took his talents to the U.K. and came back with a fresh perspective on Canadian hip-hop. After wearing the hell out of the “next big thing,” 22-year-old Tre Mission drops a full-length project, Stigmata, which follows his well-received debut, last year’s Malmaison. Show More Summary

Doug Ford Publicly Apologizes to Chief Bill Blair

Councillor retracts his statements about Blair and alleged information leaks from the police after Blair files defamation suit against him. Two days after Chief Bill Blair filed a defamation notice against Councillor Doug Ford (WardShow More Summary

I Want Your Job: Michael Smith, Pastry Professor

The Toronto baking instructor talks foodie trends, carnival confectionery, and the architecture of cakes. The Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts is an unexpectedly sweet wonderland hidden away on an industrial stretch of Caledonia Road. Show More Summary

What Mayoral Candidates Want to Know About Art

In a twist on the traditional election debate, cultural leaders took questions from mayoral candidates about art's place in the city. The Toronto mayoral election is more than two months away, but voters have already had ample opportunity...Show More Summary

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