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Why You Should Get a Casper

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In a buzzing city like Toronto, quality sleep (even if it’s usually a little shorter than we’d like) is key to keeping up with all the fun. While a great mattress is one of the most important purchases Torontonians make, shopping for one is an incredibly outdated experience, complete with tired product lines, inflated prices and high-pressure, commission-driven service.

Enter sleep startup Casper to turn the archaic industry on its head: the company has developed a patent-pending mattress that’s perfect for everyone—yes, even those weird sleepers who prefer extra-hard or extra-soft surfaces. It’s made with a carefully balanced combination of hypoallergenic latex foam, which keeps you cool and adds a bit of spring, and high-density memory foam, which provides just the right amount of pressure relief. Surrounding it all is a surprisingly chic cover woven from super-breathable, durable textiles.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Electoral Reform

So many options: the Thunderdome, a staring contest, picking a name out of a hat.

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

Electoral reform has been dominating headlines lately. From the recent vote in favour of proportional representation in PEI to the Trudeau government’s campaign promise to consider alternative voting methods, it’s all anyone is talking about.

It’s even come up here in Toronto. Just last week, a blow for democracy was struck when our executive committee decided against convening an independent panel on ranked ballots.

It’s all very exciting, but what exactly is electoral reform? And what does it mean for democracy?

The basic idea is simple: Reform the current voting system so that it better represents the views of Canadians and restores faith in the democratic process. Of course, it is a little more complicated than that. There still no consensus on the best way to achieve electoral reform. So far, most discussions have revolved around ranked ballots and proportional representation, but these are not the only options.

To help keep you informed, we have come up with a comprehensive list of the pros and cons of all the potential electoral systems. Which is the best one? Well, that’s for you—the Canadian voter—to decide.

Keep reading: A Beginner’s Guide to Electoral Reform

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Where Suicide Squad Was Filmed in Toronto

On our streets, bad guys take on badder guys.

Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city.

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Suicide Squad is not the first blockbuster film to shoot on our fair streets but it probably was the most visible. Whether it’s simply because it was 2015, where everyone has their cellphone ready to tweet and YouTube when they come across a big shoot, or whether it’s because fricking Batman was rolling down Yonge Street on the back of a neon purple Lamborghini, it was kind of hard to ignore that they were in town.

And if, once the movie came out, it turned out to be kinda fun but not really great, well, that’s okay. At least it wasn’t Batman v Superman, right? And now, as it’s about to come out on home video, you can see the extended cut with more of Jared Leto’s oh-so-method Joker and, sure, more Toronto, too!

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