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Encapsulating Toronto’s Past

A look at time capsules across the city—and what's in them.

The Ontario Legislative Building is home to one of Toronto's many time capsules  Photo by Alfred Ng from the Torontoist Flickr pool

The Ontario Legislative Building is home to one of Toronto’s many time capsules. Photo by Alfred Ng from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

Email, cell phones, Twitter, and even old-fashioned snail mail mean there are plenty of ways to communicate in the present—but if you want to send a message to the future, there’s only one thing for it: a time capsule. Toronto has been squirreling away all sorts of trinkets in time capsules over the past hundred years. We’ve tucked away everything from newspapers to rock-and-roll albums, from vials of pollutants to peanuts. With their open dates still decades away, we map out a few of Toronto’s time capsules—and let you know what’s inside them.

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Vandalist: Hand Guns

Pew pew.

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BY: Unknown
PHOTO BY: Lisa Dejong
FIELD NOTES: Everyone get ready to unholster your fake guns—Halloween is here and we expect to see all kinds of creative prop usage. We anticipate cowfolk, gangsters, spies, and more packing “handmade” heat while gorging on candy and chocolate. We’re looking forward to everyone dressing up, living out their fantasies, and having a great time. (I, for one, will be embodying the spirit of Molly Ringwald in my prom-scene Pretty in Pink dress.) Weather be damned, let’s enjoy some fun and fakery tonight—and discount candy tomorrow.

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Newsstand: October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween, everyone! Don a costume today if only to pretend for an evening that the past week hasn't happened. We certainly will. Before you do that, though, read some news! Rob Ford's tumour hasn't shrunk (but it also hasn't grown), the TDSB will see plenty of new faces, Ontario's proposed worker protection legislation leaves temporary workers behind, and an inside look at Jian Ghomeshi's firing from the CBC.


Newsstand: October 30, 2014

Halloween is tomorrow―this means only one more day of having to suffer through that annoying Village People–themed Value Village radio commercial. We may not have costumes, but we sure do have some news for you: The provincial government aims to cap executive salaries at public sector agencies, a Trailer Park Boys actress accuses Jian Ghomeshi of sexual violence, paramedics concerned over lack of Ebola preparedness training are ordered back to work, and a woman is seriously injured after falling onto the 401.