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Glad Hand: Turd d’Art

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

Newsstand: December 11, 2014

McDonald's is set to get rid of eight menu items. Does this mean that the Fillet-o-Fish has finally met its end? In the news: Gord Perks doesn’t think that TTC fare inspectors should carry batons, Scotiabank is accused of racial profiling, and Councillor Rob Ford is already eyeing a 2018 mayoral bid. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: the Mysteries of Pedestrian Buttons, Selling a Book to the Library, and Understanding Electricity Is Hard

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Many subjects that initially appear to be both straightforward and quite dry upon further examination turn out to be both incredibly complex and surprisingly interesting: such is the case with the city’s pedestrian signal push-buttons. In Spacing, […]

Toronto Comedy: We’re Here All Week

Every night in Toronto, there's a comedy show worth seeing. We went to a week's worth of long-running shows to see why they've lasted a decade or more. Toronto has always had a thriving live and underground comedy scene, though television...Show More Summary

Sound Advice: I, by Olde

The Toronto heavy music veterans in Olde come together to make some exceptionally textured doom.

Here’s How Much You’ll Pay to Ride the UP Express

The regular fare will run you $27.50—but Presto card users will get a discount. When the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games roll around, you’ll be able to hop on a train at Pearson Airport and then pull into Union Station 25 minutes later....Show More Summary

Newsstand: December 10, 2014

In case you were wondering, if ever confronted with the choice, Mayor John Tory would pick fighting a gorilla over a bear. What about you? In less outlandishly hypothetical news: the environmental assessment meeting for the Billy Bishop...Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Beer Store Shenanigans, the High Cost of Electricity, and Rescued Kittens

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. The Star today reported on “the secret details of how Ontarians are being hosed by The Beer Store with the wilful involvement of elected officials.” The Beer Store and the LCBO reportedly entered into a “mutual non-aggression […]

City Looks to Secure Heritage Status for El Mocambo

Provincial heritage designation would protect the club and its iconic neon sign. Toronto sure loves its vintage neon signs. The City is trying to secure provincial heritage status for the El Mocambo—a Spadina Avenue landmark that’s hosted...Show More Summary

Spotted: Flower People

These beautiful floral creations are silently judging you. SPOTTED BY: Jeremy Gilbert, from the Torontoist Flickr pool. WHERE: Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Avenue) WHEN: December 7, 2014 WHAT: Slightly terrifying, flower-bedecked green people at Allan Gardens. Show More Summary

TD Bank to Sponsor Bike Share Toronto

Funding will cover the program's operating costs for the next two years. Toronto’s bike share program has found itself a corporate sponsor. Today, the Toronto Parking Authority—which assumed control of the program last spring—announced...Show More Summary

Public Works: Turning Wind Turbines Into Functional Urban Art

A French startup has found a way to harness wind power that's easy on the eyes and ears. Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Show More Summary

Newsstand: December 9, 2014

As daylight breaks over our fair city, there are things happening all around you that are worthy of your attention. So keep your head up, or you might miss something. On that note, let’s see what is going on in the news: A TTC pilot project improves route service on Dufferin and St. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Mammo’s Respect for Taxpayers, the Raptors’ Taste in Music, and Toronto’s Satisfaction With Its Police

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West), whom his constituency saw fit to re-elect despite everything, wants taxpayers to reimburse more than $48,000 in legal expenses he’s incurred trying to get out of paying a $26,000 fine […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Full Metal Jacket, Nightcrawler, and John Wick

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: Stanley Kubrick’s anti-war satire, Jake Gyllenhaal’s turn as a monstrous freelance journalist, and Keanu Reeves’s triumphant outing as a turtlenecked assassin. Show More Summary

TTC to Allow All-Door Boarding for 504 King Streetcar

The new policy, aimed at increasing capacity on Toronto's busiest streetcar route, comes into effect January 1. For the 57,000 passengers who travel Toronto’s busiest streetcar route daily, relief is on the way. Starting January 1, 2015,...Show More Summary

Scene: Miniature Holiday Trains

Festive display greets commuters at Bloor-Yonge Station. WHERE: Bloor-Yonge Station WHEN: Friday, December 5 WHAT: A holiday train display near the southbound platform at Bloor-Yonge Station. For many years, such holiday displays were for the enjoyment of transit staffers only, gracing the lobby of the TTC’s head office. Show More Summary

Televisualist: Holiday Irony Is Dead

Each week, Torontoist examines the upcoming TV listings and makes note of programs that are entertaining, informative, and of quality. Or, alternately, none of those. The result: Televisualist. Monday Returning tonight: Fat joke! Fat joke, fat joke, fat joke, fat joke, ethnic joke, fat joke. Fat joke, fat joke, fart joke, fat joke, fat joke, […]

Newsstand: December 8, 2014

On this day 34 years ago, John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman. Expect the Beatles fans in your life to be moodier than usual. Here are some more current events: Kathleen Wynne takes on the new prostitution bill, the King streetcar might be getting a commute-friendly change, and U of T's business school has a gender problem. Show More Summary

Historicist: Here Comes the Equestrian Statue

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Toronto erects a statue of King Edward VII—in 1969. “A five-ton equestrian statue of King Edward VII has arrived in Toronto from India and is now lying in crates on the waterfront, ready for assembly in a city park,” announced the Toronto Star on January 16, 1969. The statue, the Star explained to its bemused readership, had stood atop a plinth in Delhi, and […]

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