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Who’s Running in the Ward 2, Etobicoke North By-Election?

One of these quirky characters will become the new councillor of the former Ford Nation today.

Photo by asianz from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Photo by asianz from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Etobians head to the polls today to fill the shoes of late councillor Rob Ford in Ward 2, Etobicoke North. After more than a decade of Ford domination in the ward, many predict that the former mayor’s nephew, Michael Ford, will sweep the by-election—despite his young age and lack of political experience.

But Ford is not the only candidate vying for the spot, with 11 other names on the ballot.

Who are the candidates, and what will they do with the ward formerly known as Ford Nation? Torontoist breaks down the Etobicoke by-election so you don’t have to.

Keep reading: Who’s Running in the Ward 2, Etobicoke North By-Election?

cityscape

Hanlan’s Point Beachgoers Shouldn’t Have to be Nude

Nudists are vying for a bare-only beach. But the clothed deserve space, too.

Photo by Lú from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Photo by from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

On a blazing hot summer day in 2012, a friend of mine and I made the ferry crossing to Toronto Islands. We trekked down a sun-dappled, treed-in path a few minutes to a beach, found a quiet space, set up our towels, and slapped on some sunscreen—the usual beach routine, save that I had forgone a swimsuit. Hanlan’s Beach is, after all, one of Canada’s two clothing optional beaches, and I took full advantage of that.

It was my friend’s first time at Hanlan’s. He was nervous leading up to our beach plans, but I assured him that, while I’d be going nude, he was free to wear a swimsuit on the clothing-optional side of the beach. During one of our quick dips in the lake—where I tried not to think about what’s in the Lake Ontario water—he said he would go nude. I thought that was great, and let him peel off his swimsuit in his own time and adjust. We spent the rest of the day reading and chatting, cooling off when we needed to. It was a perfect beach day.

Hanlan’s Point beach has been a leisure destination for Toronto since the late 19th century. After years as an unofficial nude beach and a pilot project by the City, it received its designation as an official clothing-optional beach in 2002 due to the advocacy of several nudist/naturist groups. “Clothing-optional” is key, because you’ll see a spectrum of dress and undress along the southern side of the beach.

But some beachgoers are taking umbrage with that option.

Keep reading: Hanlan’s Point Beachgoers Shouldn’t Have to be Nude

culture

An All-Too-Real Fake History of Toronto Transit

Relief Line is your not-so-serious glance at the city we love.

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Even the most casual follower of Toronto transit news can come to one conclusion: it doesn’t always go well.

In fact, our City has a very proud tradition of going nowhere fast on the transit file.

To pay tribute to this legacy, with a little guesswork and fill-in-the-blanks, this week’s Relief Line honours the transit history we call the better way.

Keep reading: An All-Too-Real Fake History of Toronto Transit