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Newsstand: July 9, 2014

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Oh, Brazil. Poor, sweet Brazil. A 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals yesterday. It's safe to say much of the world pitied the host nation for that spectacular defeat. In the news: Rosedale residents fight over the construction...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: July 9, 2014

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In today's Urban Planner: an '80s Fright Night, and rare films by Satyajit Ray. Film: Since they’re sooo cool, the curators of The Black Museum are playing a bit of hooky this month. Taking a break from schooling horror fans on the finer details of the genre, they’ll be kicking back with a screening of 1985?s atmospheric vampire flick Fright Night. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Rob Ford’s Sobriety Coach, High Park “Alligator” Capture, and Road Construction

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. “Rob Ford’s sobriety coach accused of kicking protestor at press conference” is a headline from the Star, and not simply a string of words produced by an absurdity-powered, Rob Ford–headline-generating machine. The “alligator-like creature” that was paddling […]

Toronto Fringe Festival 2014: The Best Plays We’ve Seen So Far

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

We've seen dozens of shows—here are the standouts so far. We’re six days into the 26th annual Toronto Fringe Festival, and there are two words echoing around the festival hub at Bloor and Bathurst streets. No, they’re not “beer tent,” or “musical satire,” or even “Rob Ford” (thankfully). Show More Summary

Opinion: Our Transit Agency Shouldn’t Be in the Business of Endangering Drivers

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Metrolinx wants to allow eight new giant electronic billboards—right along the 401 and 427. How is an agency that's supposed to make travel better issuing such an absurd proposal? Metrolinx, the provincial agency responsible for developing transportation in and around Toronto, is by definition in charge of helping us all move around more effectively. Show More Summary

Here’s How You Can Bug a City Planner to Learn More About Development in Toronto

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Information booths will be popping up throughout Toronto to answer all your questions about transit, permits, and public planning. Do you want to know more about what the City is doing to reduce congestion or streamline permit systems?...Show More Summary

Public Works: Understanding Public Space Through Data Collection

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Chicago is mounting "sensor nodes" on downtown lampposts in effort to improve city streets and produce open data. 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

What’s on Council’s Agenda: July 2014

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Here's what city council will be debating at this month's meeting. In which we highlight key items from the month’s city council meeting. You can also watch it live. Tuesday and Wednesday, council will convene for its first regular meeting since Mayor Rob Ford’s return from rehab. Show More Summary

Newsstand: July 8, 2014

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Apparently deaths related to opioid painkillers in the province increased by a seriously alarming 250 per cent between 1991 and 2010. It looks like that early-'90s PSA in which the furry blue puppet ran around singing to not put drugs in your mouth didn’t have the intended effect. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: July 8, 2014

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In today's Urban Planner: Caribbean Carnival kick-off, an all-Canadian concert, and movies on the patio. Festivals: Caribbean Carnival, Toronto’s three-week celebration of all things Caribbean launches this afternoon at Nathan Phillips...Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: High Park Alligators, Superman Would Be Ashamed, and 13-Year-Old Takes on Doug Ford

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Why, what’s that active little creature swimming about actively in a High Park pond? Certainly looks like a “alligator-like reptile” to us—and apparently looks like an adult caiman to those who know slightly more about alligator-like reptiles. […]

Cheri DiNovo: Ontario NDP Must Acknowledge Election “Debacle”

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Parkdale-High Park MPP says her party abandoned its socially progressive values during the recent provincial election. The Ontario New Democratic Party needs to reclaim the socially progressive values it abandoned in the recent provincial campaign, according to one of its own MPPs. Show More Summary

Toronto Urban Roots Festival: Good for Both Settling In and Rocking Out

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Eclectic lineup at second annual TURF had country twang, hardcore punk, and at least one Santa Claus beard. Considering the weekend’s cooperative weather, the second annual Toronto Urban Roots Festival saw surprisingly low numbers. “Tell...Show More Summary

Rep Cinema This Week: Life Itself, Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, and Borgman

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: a moving look at the life and career of Roger Ebert, an absorbing take on the Whitey Bulger trial, and a surrealist Dutch thriller. Life Itself Directed by Steve James TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street […]

Mississauga Hangs Clotheslines Out to Dry

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

City's recent bylaw lays down strict rules about drying laundry—and it's a mistake. The City of Mississauga has regulated clotheslines. As per a new bylaw, passed and enacted July 2, households in the land of Hazel McCallion are permitted...Show More Summary

Televisualist: The Last Days of Soccer

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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 Secrets and Lies is a Australian murder mystery series about a dead kid, because dead children are the new little old ladies solving crimes in ornate […]

Newsstand: July 7, 2014

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

It's a dreary Monday, so here's some news to take your mind off the rain. Olivia Chow has a new affordable housing plan, one-third of Ontario residents want Andrea Horwath to step down, and a local parachute school has had three fatalities in a year. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: July 7, 2014

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In today's Urban Planner: stellar stand-up, and theatre at the Fringe. Comedy: With so many festivals on the go—the Fringe Festival, TIFF screenings, even the Toronto Urban Roots Festival with its post-fest club shows—a number of regular events are taking the day off. Show More Summary

Historicist: The Inn on the Park

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Resort-style relaxation by the Don Valley. The story goes that, around 1961, Murray Koffler was driving by Leslie and Eglinton when he noticed a “for sale” sign on the lot at the northeast corner. Koffler, the founder of Shoppers Drug Mart, made a U-turn. Though he earned a traffic ticket for his illegal manoeuvre, he knew he had to race off […]

Weekend Newsstand: July 5, 2014

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Welcome back to the weekend; we hope you enjoy your stay. Here’s the news: Doug Ford keeps offending people, Toronto Transit Commission vehicles have been in 18,000 accidents in the past four years, the majority of Torontonians want marathons and parades moved off city streets, and Avery Edison files two human-rights complaints. Show More Summary

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