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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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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.

Once a week, Vandalist features some of the most interesting street art and graffiti from around Toronto. Find something great? Email vandalist@torontoist.com.

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Public Works: Creating a Natural Swimming Pool in the Heart of Berlin

Swimming, boardwalks, and wetlands could transform a bustling Berlin tourist area—and bring the city together with nature like never before.

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them.

Rendering of the proposed natural swimming pool. Courtesy of Flussbad Berlin.

Rendering of the proposed natural swimming pool. Courtesy of Flussbad Berlin.

Museum Island, at the heart of Berlin, is an urban tourism haven. The triangle of land, bordered on one side by the Spree River and on two others by a bending canal, is home to five Berlin State Museum buildings, as well as the Lustgarten parklands. Currently in the works are a reconstructed historical palace and a monument to Germany’s reunification.

It’s a bustling place. But a group known as Flussbad Berlin (that is, “Berlin river pool”) wants to re-invent the canal along Museum Island, creating “natural” public space and “restor[ing] the ecological integrity of the river.”

Keep reading: Public Works: Creating a Natural Swimming Pool in the Heart of Berlin

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TTC Explains Its Blue Priority Seating

New video outlines the purpose behind the TTC's bright blue seats—and how they should be used.

All TTC vehicles will eventually boast blue priority seating—it’s intended for people with disabilities, seniors, and expectant mothers, as the decals positioned near the areas make clear.

If you don’t fall into any of those groups, you’re expected to get up and offer your seat to someone who does. And although operators aren’t in a position to make you do so, transit enforcement officers are, and you could find yourself facing a fine for your unwillingness to accommodate your fellow riders.

These bold blue seats are part of the TTC’s efforts to meet its requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Unfortunately, the commission is facing a challenge when it comes to covering $480 million’s worth of planned accessibility initiatives—half of that amount is currently unfunded.

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Torontonians Treated to a Partial Eclipse of the Sun

Here's what it looked like when the moon got up close and personal with the sun yesterday.

At about 5:40 p.m. yesterday, the moon passed in front of the sun, covering roughly one-third of it and creating a partial solar eclipse. The spectacle could be seen by viewers across Canada, and those watching in the west end of Toronto and in Mississauga got a particularly glorious eyeful.

The next solar eclipse—which will be of the more dramatic total variety—won’t be coming around for another three years or so, so we hope you got a good (but safe) look at this year’s celestial display. And if you weren’t able to construct a pinhole camera in time to take it in, this video will give you a good sense of what it was like.