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Newsstand: February 17, 2015

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Six Canadians are still in the running to join the Mars One project. If selected, they could get a one-way trip to Mars to try and establish the first off-planet colony of humans. This sounds pretty amazing, until you remember that MIT studied the project's feasibility and learned that the life expectancy could be as short as 68 days. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: A Christian Measles Festival, a U.K.-to-Toronto Music Festival, and a Value Village Surprise

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. If you were among the 1,300 Christian youth at this past weekend’s Acquire the Fire festival, the Ontario health ministry says you may have acquired a little something extra, too: measles. The event, described as a weekend […]

Newsstand: February 16, 2015

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In the news this holiday morning: three paintings have been stolen from the University of Toronto, the community health workers who have been on strike for two weeks return to work Tuesday, and a family blames the Toronto police for failing to alert them to a relative's death. Show More Summary

Historicist: I Sing The Body Politic

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

As Xtra winds down its print edition, a look at the pioneering gay journal that spawned it. The year 1971 was critical for Toronto’s gay community. The federal decriminalization of homosexuality two years earlier, combined with the general spirit of 1960s activism, opened discussions on a taboo topic. Show More Summary

The Bigger Picture for Budget 2015

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The $86-million operating deficit in the City budget is the product of bigger problems, and Toronto needs to address them. Yesterday, council’s budget committee passed a plan to address the City’s $86-million budget deficit. It is inaccurate to call the plan a “fix,” because it is a one-time approach to an ongoing problem. Show More Summary

Weekend Newsstand: February 14, 2015

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In the news today: ongoing budget struggles in city council, Rob Ford is auctioning off a bunch of his "memorabilia," the community and home care workers' strike enters its third week, and a demonstration to remember the three Muslims killed in Chapel Hill this week. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Cussing Councillors, Selfie Stick Bans, and Tragedy at Toronto South Detention Centre

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. You can’t say that on TV…or can you? Today Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park) dropped an accidental F-Bomb on live television while talking about the calculations for filling the city’s budget deficit. How F’ing embarrassing! […]

Unicorn Chaser of the Day: City Hall Valentines

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Nothing says romance like City Hall. Isn’t It Romantic?: Drawing on a tried-and-true civic nerd tradition we’ve covered here in the past, City Hall watcher Neville Park put together a heartwarming collection of 25 valentines featuring all your City Hall favourites. Council may be grappling with a deficit, but at least they’ll have love.

Torontopia Lives

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This weekend marks the 15th annual Wavelength Music Festival with a glance at the city's utopian indie rock past and weird-but-wonderful future. controller.controller, photo courtesy of Wavelength Wavelength Music Festival 15?? Various...Show More Summary

Vandalist: Brrrr, It’s Cold!

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Summing up winter with one syllable. BY: Unknown LOCATION: Queen and McCaul PHOTO BY: Georgette P. FIELD NOTES: We get it, Canada, it’s winter. Maybe you want to ease up on the cold just a little? Winter could be a perfectly delightful season if you kept it warmer than -10, even -15. But no. You just have to make it mind-bogglingly […]

Sex, Drugs, and Sonnets

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Ken Gass kicks off his second Canadian Rep season with a revisionist take on poet-lovers Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning. How Do I Love Thee? Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs [26 Berkeley Street] Runs to February 22 $35-$40 It’s nice to finally be able to talk to Ken Gass on a happy occasion. Show More Summary

Black Hole Sun (News)

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A eulogy for the Sun News Network. Sun News is dead, and although we might mock the Ezra Levants and Michael Corens and other such types who now have to scurry to find another conservative cause to monetize, in some ways it’s almost a shame. The network employed approximately 200 people, and most of those 200 people are not Ezra Levants and […]

Newsstand: February 13, 2015

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The most relevant Toronto news is that Drake's mix tape came out last night. Put that on while you cue up this morning's news. Toronto has more than six million people, Sun News Network is no more, and John Tory has an idea for saving the city's budget. Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Drake’s 14 Minutes of Toronto Feelings, Budget Plugs, and a Baby Bear’s Farewell

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. “The whole energy out here is just changing,” says Drake as he revisits his hometown in his new 14-minute film dropped today, Jungle. The film features, among other things, local footage, Drake being pensive, Drake being nostalgic, […]

Post-Jilly’s, Plans Revealed for the Future New Broadview Hotel

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Change is afoot for the historic Riverdale landmark. When it was announced last spring that the Riverdale strip club Jilly’s was closing down in the historic century-old Broadview Hotel building at the corner of Queen Street East and...Show More Summary

“A Black Clint Eastwood with Martial Arts:” An Interview with Fred “The Hammer” Williamson

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Just don't call his movies "blaxploitation." Fred “The Hammer” Williamson earned his nickname during his years in pro football for using martial arts moves against opposing players. So, right there you know he’s a cool guy. But while Williamson’s NFL and AFL football career lasted nine years and saw him play in Super Bowl 1, his greatest legacy is as one […]

Glad Hand: Enchantment Today

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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

Duly Quoted: Rob Ford, on His Secrets

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Despite a possible Sandro Lisi tell-all, Rob Ford claims that he has nothing left to hide, again. “If you want to go write a book, knock yourself out…I am looking right now in my closet, I think I have two hangers left in my closet. Everything is out there that people want to know. Show More Summary

From Then to Now: Muddy York Brewing Co. Launches

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The launch of a brewery is always a very tense time for the brewer. Years of perfecting and planning finally get put into motion and the beer moves from the safety of a circle of friends and colleagues to the glasses of the general public. The initial reception can tell the brewer several things, like […]

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