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In Toronto, Driving is Often a Deliberately Unhealthy Choice

The case against driving is as strong as the case for exercise.

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Taking public transit instead of driving adds much-needed exercise to your daily commute. Photo by momentsneverseen via Torontoist Flickr pool.

Most people know they need more exercise. But it often involves time and money that they may not have. Each year, gyms are full in January but quiet down considerably by March. When something isn’t integrated into our regular routine, making that extra effort is difficult, even when we know the rewards are substantial.

Research shows that incorporating small amounts of exercise into your daily routine improves your chances of avoiding diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mobility issues, and mental health. Just 20 minutes per day would improve our collective health enough to lower health care costs significantly.

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Catch Local Jazz Fresh from La La Land

Toronto's Elise LeGrow (and her band) play the second of three weekly residency shows tonight.

Elise LeGrow. Photo by Matt Maltese.

Elise LeGrow. Photo by Matt Maltese.


While it still had an impressive haul of wins, movie musical La La Land missed out on some key awards at the Oscars last night. Most notably, there was no Best Actor win for Canada’s Ryan Gosling, who played a jazz musician and enthusiast in the film, and in a shocking end of the night twist, the Best Picture initially accepted by La La Land‘s producers turned out to actually belong to Moonlight.

But if you’re itching to see live jazz after watching La La Land, Toronto native Elise LeGrow just returned home from Los Angeles, and tonight (and next Monday), she and her band play The Orbit Room as part of a limited residency. LeGrow and co. are playing two sets, including some of the new material she’s been recording recently in New York for an upcoming album.


Monday, February 27, The Orbit Room (580A College Street), doors at 9:30 p.m., show at 10 p.m., $10.


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Inspire Toronto’s Next Vision for Bike Lanes

Copenhagen can teach Toronto a thing or two about cycling infrastructure.


Last week’s panel discussion on the Bloor bike lanes was packed. Interest spiked likely due to the release of the City’s metrics for the pilot project earlier in the day. Where else should the City make infrastructure changes to promote more cycling? Mikael Colville-Andersen, CEO of the Copenhagenize Design Company, which is known for creating inventive bicycle-friendly and pedestrian-friendly spaces, has a few ideas. For the Getting Cycling Right event, he’ll make a keynote speech, followed by a panel discussion with Toronto’s chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat and Taras Grescoe, author of Straphanger.


Monday, February 27, Fairmont Royal York (100 Front Street West), 7 p.m., $20–$35.


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