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Ford Fest 2014 Starts Weird and Turns Ugly

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Tempers flare, crowd confronts LGBTQ activists at annual Ford family barbecue. Men and women who have been in a warzone describe it as long stretches of boredom punctured by short bursts of action. Ford Fest 2014 was hardly Da Nang, but it was slow, it was hot, it was tense, and it was confusing. It was sometimes pitiful and largely absurd. It was a lot of […]

Weekend Newsstand: July 26, 2014

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The weather calls for rain this weekend, so stay inside and on the internet. Here's some weekend news: A local business owner makes a statement about the Israel-Palestine conflict, mulberries are an overlooked urban treat, and Annaleise Carr ends her swim across Lake Erie. Show More Summary

Weekend Planner: July 26-27, 2014

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In this Weekend Planner: highlighting Anishinaabe art, a painting showdown, and a Hasselhoff extravaganza. Art: “Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes“ is a collaborative effort of the AGO and the Smithsonian...Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: The Ford Gravy Train, Houseboat Living, and Why Ending Poverty Is Uncharitable

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. “DO THE FORDS HAVE THEIR OWN GRAVY TRAIN GOING ON?” So asks thefordgravytrain.com, a new website “authorized” by the John Tory for Mayor Campaign. And the answer is a resounding “yes,” which will not surprise anyone who […]

Urban Toronto: Excavation Uncovers Remnants of Historical Wharf

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

New condo construction provides glimpse of 19th-century Toronto. The development, design, and history of building projects, brought to you by UrbanToronto.ca. It seems that nearly every time a new building is under construction in the area south of the Gardiner Expressway, another reminder of Lake Ontario’s former size pops up. Show More Summary

Making Toronto Safer for Pedestrians

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

How improving infrastructure for drivers, walkers, and cyclists can make our streets more pedestrian-friendly. About three times a day, a pedestrian and a vehicle collide in our city. This month, three of those collisions resulted in pedestrian deaths. Show More Summary

Summer Festival Will Open Yonge and Bloor to Pedestrians and Cyclists

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This August, Open Streets TO will turn two iconic routes into hubs of activity and exploration. On August 17 and 31, Yonge and Bloor will be not merely be routes, but destinations. As part of a massive street festival known as Open Streets...Show More Summary

Vandalist: Four Eyes

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Beware what lies beneath big bangs... BY: Unknown LOCATION: Unknown PHOTO BY: Mark Beauchamp FIELD NOTES: We’ve never quite understood the insult “four eyes.” Maybe it’s because our fancy, newfangled, modern-day glasses aren’t as reflective as when that insult was at its peak. Show More Summary

Newsstand: July 25, 2014

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

It's going to be a blustery, rainy weekend, so settle in and catch up on the news. A squirrel is pretending to run for mayor, Bloor and Yonge will be blocked off two mornings in August to allow more space for pedestrians and cyclists, and a 16-year-old attempts to swim across Lake Erie. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: July 25, 2014

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In this Urban Planner: a food-filled night market, and ruminatively toe-tapping indie music. Festivals: The fifth annual Waterfront Night Market, held a stone’s throw from the lake, on Cherry Street, will feature a vast array of “street food,” predominantly Asian-style. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Ford Meets Snow, Councillor Writes a Book on Mayor, and Passing the Budget

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. “I guess he’s been through a whole lots more than I have,” said Darrin O’Brien, after meeting with Mayor Rob Ford today. “You just gotta ease up on him. Say let him run, because he is doing […]

Here’s What Renaissance Man Looked Like Without His Skin On

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

U of T exhibits centuries-old anatomical masterwork by Andreas Vesalius. This year marks the 500th birthday of the founder of modern anatomy, Andreas Vesalius, and to celebrate, the University of Toronto has put a 459-year-old copy of...Show More Summary

Sound Advice: /?mp??f?k??(???)?n/, by Nadja + Vampillia

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This drone and classical collaboration embodies an eerie, icy threat. /?mp??f?k?(?)n/ by Nadja & Vampillia When experimental doom/drone/ambient project Nadja toured with Osaka, Japan’s Vampillia in 2012, the experience resulted in a collaborative record, The Primitive World (later re-released by Important Records as The Perfect World). Show More Summary

Former Supreme Court Justice Recommends Giving Toronto Police Officers Tasers and Body Cameras

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Frank Iacobucci makes 84 recommendations for officers dealing with emotionally disturbed people. In a highly anticipated report on the use of lethal force by Toronto police, former Supreme Court judge Frank Iacobucci recommends that front-line officers be equipped with body-worn cameras and Tasers, and undergo enhanced training. Show More Summary

Glad Hand: Poll Troll

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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

A Who’s Who of Toronto Wildlife

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

You may have seen them around, but can you name these lesser-known local critters? Torontonians encounter wildlife every day. Pigeons and gulls, chipmunks and squirrels, skunks and raccoons, deer and now even coyotes are common sights for downtowners and suburbanites alike. Show More Summary

Newsstand: July 24, 2014

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

According to an Algerian news agency, air navigation services lost track of a Swiftair plane—Flight AH5017—50 minutes after takeoff in Burkina Faso en route to Algiers, early this morning, with 116 people aboard the flight. In less-startling...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: July 24, 2014

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In today's Urban Planner: a festival of burlesque, learning about urban wood, and undead comedy. Performing Arts: So far, this summer has seen music, film, theatre, and food in the spotlight, and now it’s time to focus on the foxy females (with a few guys thrown in for good measure). Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Ford Fest Robocalls, Anti-Streetcar Arguments, and Disappearing Bookstores

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Yesterday, the City issued a permit that will allow Rob Ford to hold the annual Ford Fest barbecue in a public park—because Ford Fest is a special event and not a special campaign event. It is such […]

Poll Position: Ford, Chow, and Tory in Three-Way Tie for First

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Statistically, it's a dead heat in the mayoral race. If a mayoral election were held today, who would you vote for if the candidates were Rob Ford, Karen Stintz, John Tory, Olivia Chow, and David Soknacki? Rob Ford: 27% Karen Stintz: 6% John Tory: 28% Olivia Chow: 29% David Soknacki: 5% Some other candidate: 1% Don’t know: 4% Poll taken: July 21, 2014 Sample […]

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