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Historicist: The Tiny Perfect Candidate

8 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

David Crombie and reformist council candidates rode upon a wave of discontent to capture City Hall in 1972. Victory took a while to sink in for David Crombie. As returns flowed into his campaign headquarters at 887 Yonge Street on December 4, 1972, he sat in a back room for several hours watching television coverage. Show More Summary

The Strange Journey of Ari Goldkind

8 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Over the past four years, countless Torontonians frustrated with Rob Ford have engaged themselves in municipal politics for the first time. This one decided to run for mayor. There are two Ari Goldkinds: the one before the gunshot, and the one after. Show More Summary

Weekend Newsstand: October 25, 2014

8 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Election, election, election. It's happening Monday and it's probably all you'll hear about until it's over. (You may well hear about it for a while after, but let's pretend while we can that Monday will be the end.) In the news: Cycle...Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Doug Ford Decries Disingenuous Pollsters, Students Protest Grimy Portables, and Paying More to Watch the Jays Lose

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Doug Ford says his campaign’s internal polling puts him in a dead heat with John Tory, despite the fact that Tory has led in every single public opinion poll conducted since early July, including one published today […]

Weekend Planner: October 25-26, 2014

In this Weekend Planner: strolling around with zombies, a sketchy mayoral concession party, and the El Mocambo's last slam. Offbeat: It would seem that there’s no more room in hell, as the dead will be walking the earth—or at least our streets—this weekend at the Toronto Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade. Show More Summary

TTC Explains Its Blue Priority Seating

New video outlines the purpose behind the TTC's bright blue seats—and how they should be used. All TTC vehicles will eventually boast blue priority seating—it’s intended for people with disabilities, seniors, and expectant mothers, as the decals positioned near the areas make clear. Show More Summary

Torontonians Treated to a Partial Eclipse of the Sun

Here's what it looked like when the moon got up close and personal with the sun yesterday. At about 5:40 p.m. yesterday, the moon passed in front of the sun, covering roughly one-third of it and creating a partial solar eclipse. TheShow More Summary

The Property Tax Myth of Campaign 2014

The leading candidates promise they can keep property taxes around or below inflation. Here's why that promise is either irresponsible or the product of wishful thinking. On the mayoral campaign trail, it has become an accepted truism through sheer force of repetition: Toronto cannot afford a property tax increase beyond the rate of inflation. Show More Summary

Vandalist: Happy Days

This time they're here to stay. BY: Unknown LOCATION: Unknown PHOTO BY: Martin Reis FIELD NOTES: It’s easy to get bogged down by the constant bombardment of bad news. Sometimes it seems as if we can’t go five minutes without hearing of some new tragedy. In times like these it’s important to step back and remember that although the world can […]

Newsstand: October 24, 2014

Happy birthday, Drake! Yes, the holiday that will (hopefully) one day surpass Christmas in Canada has arrived: our own Aubrey Graham is one year older. It hardly seems worthwhile, but there's also other news to look at today: Doug Ford...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: October 24, 2014

In today's Urban Planner: a musical anniversary, a new stand-up showcase, and a whole lot of sex. Offbeat: The 15th-annual Everything to Do With Sex Show will feature three days of… well, everything to do with sex. That includes fetish and burlesque exhibitions, conferences, artwork, toys, seminars, and so on, and so forth. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Partial Solar Eclipses, Sandro Lisi’s Electioneering, and House Hippos

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. At about 5:40 p.m. today, you might notice something slightly unusual about the sun—that’s because the moon will be throwing its weight around and end up covering roughly two-thirds of that fine star, creating a partial solar […]

Toronto Public Health Launches Flu Clinics

Flu season has returned, and the Ontario government and Toronto's medical officer of health want you to get the shot. Toronto Public Health today launched its flu immunization clinics, which offer free flu shots to anyone six months or older at a number of locations across the city. Show More Summary

Scene: Candlelight Vigil for Soldier Murdered in Ottawa

A small ceremony at Queen's Park on Wednesday night honoured the memory of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. WHERE: Queen’s Park WHEN: Wednesday, October 22 WHAT: Toronto first-aid trainer Mark Dewdney saw the news unfold on Wednesday that a Canadian soldier, Cpl. Show More Summary

In Concord Floral, the Kids Aren’t All Right

Jordan Tannahill's funny, haunting new play focuses on the dark secrets of troubled suburban teens.

Your Toronto 2014 Election Navigator

How the candidates compare on some of the city's biggest issues.

Newsstand: October 23, 2014

Sometimes, you just have to get right to it. In the news: Parliament will sit today in the wake of the Ottawa shootings, Bill Blair says there is no credible threat of a similar attack in Toronto, Queen’s Park holds a moment of silence...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: October 23, 2014

In today's Urban Planner: a nightmare on Queen Street, showcasing Latin-Canadian playwrights, and a small but mighty music festival.

Immigration and Visible Minority Status Shape Toronto Election Turnout, Study Finds

Candidates often don't reflect the diversity of their constituencies—and that may be keeping some residents away from the ballot box.

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