Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.
- After months of waiting, Kensington Market now has swing gates at most of its major intersections. They’re custom designed, they look spiffy, they’re removable during the winter snowplowing season, and they’ll allow the neighbourhood to close its streets to car traffic more frequently than it has in the past. Less hassle crossing Augusta Avenue? Yes, please.
- So that T-shirt with a picture of Mayor Rob Ford giving the middle finger on it? The one that had been signed by Margaret Atwood? It just sold for $7,100.
- A lot of downtown Toronto’s waterfront is actually artificial. Pretty much everything below Front Street is built on layers of landfill dumped in Lake Ontario over the course of the past century and a half. And then there’s the Leslie Street spit, another artificial landmass that was still growing and changing well into the 1980s, as these satellite photos show.
- Big Smoke Burger, one of Toronto’s homegrown gourmet-burger joints, is looking at a major stateside expansion. To US eaters, the term “big smoke” will maybe suggest something about the burgers’ flavour. But we’ll always know the truth.