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Extra, Extra: Mystery Tunnel, Sex-Ed Sadness, and Doomed Ice Rinks

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Unless you’ve been hiding in an underground bunker yourself, you’ve heard about the mystery tunnel. Discovered in a wooded area near York University last month and reported by the CBC yesterday afternoon, the tunnel is large enough […]

Poll Position: Toronto Wants a Downtown Relief Line (At Least, If They Live Downtown)

Transit priorities largely depend on geography, but one thing is for sure: people want to be less smushed on the subway. “What are Toronto transit voters’ top transit priorities?” Downtown Relief Line: 29%  Scarborough Subway: 19%  Eglinton...Show More Summary

Heritage Toronto Unveils Major Report in Face of Budget Woes

Heritage Toronto might need more political support to make their preservation priorities a reality. Heritage Toronto released its State of Heritage report [PDF] this morning, detailing policy strengths and weaknesses when it comes to preservation of the city’s historical buildings. Show More Summary

Should We Care About Douglas Coupland?

The Canadian artist-novelist came up with his best ideas 20 years ago. Here's why we're still paying attention. For the past few weeks, Douglas Coupland has left his mark scattered around the city. But it might be difficult to understand why he...Show More Summary

Public Works: More Diversity in City Government

Lexington, Mass., is being recognized for increasing multiculturalism in civic leadership. Here's why Toronto could and should be doing the same. 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: February 24, 2015

The truth is stranger than fiction. That phrase should be a platitude, except that it is, well, true. Just take today’s mixed bag of news: a mysterious tunnel discovered near Rexall Centre, Toronto’s worst parking offenders, the woes of the Toronto Transit Commission, and a new job for Hazel McCallion. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Mother Nature Is Cruel and Unloving, Wayne Gretzky Has a Political Endorsement, and Olivia Chow Goes Back to School

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Photo by Kelli Korducki. If you’ve been outdoors to endure Mother Nature’s corporal punishment today, you’ll know it’s cold. But maybe you didn’t realize that it was record-breakingly cold. Today’s 6 a.m. temperature of -21.6 C at […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Birdman, Whiplash, and Two Days, One Night

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: the high-flying Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Oscar’s favourite bad jazz teacher, and Marion Cotillard’s nominated but sadly unrewarded performance in a drama from the Dardenne brothers. Show More Summary

Massey Hall’s Major Facelift Kicks Off

The historic performance venue embarks on its seven-year-long revitalization. Massey Hall’s projected seven-year, $135-million revitalization project kicked off today, with representatives of the federal and provincial governments in tow to announce respective $8-million investments in the project’s privately and publicly funded first phase. Show More Summary

Scene: Icycle Race 2015

Cyclists try to zip along the iciest bike lane in the city. WHERE: Dufferin Grove Park WHEN: Saturday, February 21, 8:30 p.m. WHAT: At the 14th annual Icycle Race, adventurous and silly cyclists raced inside the Dufferin Grove ice rink in an event that draws bike nerds and everyday thrill-seekers alike. Show More Summary

Duly Quoted: Josh Colle, on Twitter

The TTC chair gives Twitter an existential crisis. “Real people aren’t on Twitter.” —TTC chair Josh Colle (Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence) speaks with the press at a City Hall event that brings together nine former TTC chairs. Presumably,...Show More Summary

Televisualist: Now Adapted From Australians

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 The Night Shift returns for a second season of doctors…but at night! How are night doctors different? Well, for starters, it’s harder to see them, and […]

Newsstand: February 23, 2015

The family of Elijah Marsh, the little boy who died after leaving his apartment last week, says the support they've received since is "more than anyone can imagine." Elsewhere in the news this morning: a baby was born at Pearson Airport,...Show More Summary

Historicist: Ascending the Nile

Frederick Denison leads Canadians into battle with Mahdist Sudan in 1884. On the morning of August 25, 1884, when he was about depart for Toronto after a quiet weekend at his summer home in Chippawa, Frederick Charles Denison received...Show More Summary

Weekend Newsstand: February 21, 2015

In the news this morning: the province's new sex-ed curriculum is set to come out Monday, the Bay-Bloor pedestrian scramble is in trouble, and the city aims to improve George Street. According to an email obtained by the Canadian Press, the new Ontario sex-ed curriculum will be unveiled Monday. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Shinny is Saved, Buy the CBC Building, and Meth is Bad

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. In what has become an annual event, the City faced criticism today that despite the cold weather, budgetary constraints will force its 35 shinny rinks to prematurely shut down for the season on February 22. But this […]

Duly Quoted: Morgan Rielly, on the Leafs’ Work Ethic

The promising Leafs defenseman uses unfortunate language to frame the team's struggles. “You’re not here to be a girl about it.” —Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly on the need for the team to have a better work ethic and be positive as it goes through some tough times. Show More Summary

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