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City brandishes court order to threaten remaining dispensaries

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Recent spate of closures drives customers to other pot stores At a spartan Queen West storefront on a sunny afternoon, more than 20 people sit shoulder to shoulder, waiting to be served by one of several busy employees. Eden, the Bellwoods-adjacent...Show More Summary

The Case for Free Public Transit

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The TTC's goal should be to help Torontonians get around. So why do fares keep rising? Metrolinx recently announced a program to discount TTC fare for those transferring from the GO Transit system. (Other TTC riders and those transferring...Show More Summary

Could you die in a Grenfell-esque inferno in Toronto?

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Toronto Fire Services promises to tell you—soon As an inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower that killed 80 people gets underway, the long-standing concerns of its residents are now coming to light. Residents of the London apartment had noticed the building was missing fire alarms, sprinklers, and a fire escape. Show More Summary

Don’t sell the Hearn

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Losing the landmark would be an irreparable blow to waterfront redevelopment. Back when the Hearn Generating Station was opened in 1951, it was the largest enclosed space in Canada: a cavernous, 40,000-square-foot hulk on the waterfront that powered the surrounding city, until it was decommissioned in 1995. Show More Summary

Twitter cracks down again on Ford satire accounts

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The latest crackdown targeted accounts including one that tweeted out factual historical information. A second Doug Ford satirical account, @frodnation2018, was suspended on Oct. 12, but it is unclear what suddenly prompted the suspension. Show More Summary

Cookie baron’s factory lands could become massive new development

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The realty company behind Liberty Village is now eyeing 27 acres in south Etobicoke. William Mellis Christie’s cookie empire once stretched across Toronto: factories on King Street East and on Adelaide, a family mansion on Queen’s Park Crescent, and, ultimately, a 27-acre plot in Mimico where, from 1948 up until 2012, Mr. Show More Summary

Toronto witches gather in celebration and resistance

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A recent resurgence in witchcraft’s popularity seems only fitting during these troubled times. Under a full moon in the first week of October, the spiritual supply shop WonderWorks hosted the kickoff for Witchfest North. “It is the season...Show More Summary

Bloor Street bike lanes and the business of road safety

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Instead of attempting to balance parking, driving, greenery, and mercantile concerns, city councillors should prioritize safety above all. Mayor John Tory today endorsed making the pilot Bloor bike lanes permanent. His decision was based...Show More Summary

Where the final season of Orphan Black was filmed in Toronto

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Bidding a fond farewell to two Torontoist favourites. Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Show More Summary

Torontoist‘s Fall Theatre Round-Up, Part 2

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This week's round-up features a Hitchcock classic. Last week’s Part 1 of Torontoist‘s fall theatre round-up ferreted out most of the indie shows opening in September. This week’s Part 2 looks at some of the city’s most successful companies,...Show More Summary

Torontoist‘s Fall Theatre Round-Up: Waiting For Godot

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Waiting For Godot (Soulpepper Theatre Company) One of the most influential works of theatre in the 20th century, Waiting For Godot is about nothing—and everything—as its two hapless main characters wait for the titular Godot, who will never show. Show More Summary

Torontoist‘s Fall Theatre Round-Up: North By Northwest

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

North By Northwest (Mirvish Productions/Kay and McLean Productions/Theatre Royal Bath Productions) Perhaps Alfred Hitchcock’s most stylish film, in a long career full of them, North By Northwest is a classic of cinema, and a tall order...Show More Summary

Torontoist‘s Fall Theatre Round-Up: Picture This

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Picture This (Soulpepper Theatre Company) The action opens on the lobby of an elegant hotel in Budapest, where seemingly a legion of staffers are there to cater to the guests’ whims. But it soon becomes clear most, if not all of them, are there for another reason. Show More Summary

Torontoist‘s Fall Theatre Round-Up: Undercover

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Undercover (Tarragon Theatre/Spontaneous Theatre/Vertigo Theatre) A theatre performance is never the same twice. Numerous variables—the actor’s focus, the audience’s engagement, external factors like police sirens or some idiot’s cell phone—will change how the show unfolds. Show More Summary

Torontoist‘s Fall Theatre Review Round-Up: Life After

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Life After (The Musical Stage Company/Canadian Stage Company/Yonge Street Theatricals) Neither writer-composer Britta Johnson nor star Ellen Denny are making their Toronto debuts with Life After, the extraordinarily moving new musical on now at Canadian Stage. Show More Summary

“Rent control vs. housing supply” is the debate landlords and developers want us to have

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The key fact of today’s rental market is that the majority of renters cannot afford new-construction apartments.   Gentrification, taxation, the sheer horror of a small luxury-condo building displacing a few trees down the street from the tony manse you and your partner share as a CanLit power couple: housing in Toronto is a complex, divisive issue. Show More Summary

How should Toronto balance urban growth and environmental protection?

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Everything you've ever wanted to know about the environmental assessment process.   If Brampton City Council had their way, there’d be an LRT running through the sensitive, flood-prone land of the Etobicoke Creek Valley. It was onlyShow More Summary

Urban Planner: Wednesday, October 4

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Toronto is bursting at the seams with fall theatre productions (here’s the first part of our review round-up), but there’s always room for a bit more, especially new work. The Caminos 2017 festival of new works by local Pan-American,...Show More Summary

Civic Tech: The TTC’s Problematic $500,000 Software License Shows Why Procurement Matters

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The software licensed by the TTC for its anti-harassment campaign was cheap. But is it ethical? Racist Application of Technology As part of its new customer safety campaign, the TTC licensed a safety app from a U.S. company called Elerts. Show More Summary

Trying to Fix a Bad Land-Use Plan With a Bad Transit Plan

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Why do we make people commute so far? I have been thinking a lot about the megaproject phenomenon lately. I wrote about it with specific reference to the Scarborough Subway Extension recently, and I also noted that the extension is only one of several transit megaprojects in the works or hoped for in Toronto. Show More Summary

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