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Extra, Extra: More Holiday Shopping, More Winter Cycling, More Open Data

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  • Would letting stores stay open for Christmas help ease overcrowding on days immediately before and afterward and avoid scenes like this 2010 Boxing Day madness at the Eaton Centre? The City of Toronto wants to know if you’d like to spend your holidays shopping, and it’s conducting a retail holiday shopping consultation to get feedback on whether Toronto’s Holiday Shopping Bylaw, which requires most retailers to close on nine holidays each year, should change. Take the online survey here.
  • Aiming to encourage winter cycling in the city, one of our heroes, Bixi Toronto, is launching its Winter Warrior Contest. Bixi Toronto’s most active members between January 1 and March 31 will win prizes, and the person who racks up the most kilometres will be crowned the Winter Warrior King or Queen.
  • Knowledge is power, the saying goes, so when it comes to municipal government, the more a city’s citizens know the better. In recognition of cities that made their data public in useful ways this year, Atlantic Cities put together a list of the best metro data releases of 2011. Alongside Vancouver, Edmonton, London, and a few U.S. cities, Toronto made the list for a data set about our one-way streets, which is available here.

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