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Introducing Newsstand, Torontoist’s Daily Newsletter

Now available to the public!

Torontoist wants you to be the most informed of your colleagues around the water cooler. That’s why we created Newsstand, your morning newsletter that features gotta-know news about the city—delivered straight to your inbox every morning.

We launched Newsstand back in May, and after months of beta testing with our Patreon supporters, we’re ready to share it with everyone. (You check out a sample newsletter over here.)

So, if you want to impress your friends and rack up those likes and retweets, sign up to receive Newsstand here. And tell us what you think at editors[at]torontoist[dot]com.

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How Toronto’s Papers Covered a Drunken American Invasion

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies.

The Olympics are over, and Toronto’s daily newspapers are cooling off during these final dog days of August by scouring the wires for strange local and international stories. As a result, this week’s Front Page Challenge competition is arguably more bizarre than the events recounted in the 1996 hit single “How Bizarre.” But which of the city’s papers will be in our face every time we look around for this week’s winner?

Keep reading: How Toronto’s Papers Covered a Drunken American Invasion

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Torontoist Wants to Follow Your Apartment Hunt

The struggle is real.

In Toronto’s housing market, finding the right apartment can be extraordinarily difficult. There are affordability issues as incomes haven’t increased with housing prices. With affordability concerns comes increased difficulty to find a place that’s transit accessible, near grocery stores, or near other community amenities.

These stories, and the accompanying issues, are a big part of the housing market, but they largely go untold in favour of checking out the latest multi-million dollar home purchase. (If you have millions of dollars to spend on real estate, please do not get in touch with us.)

We’d like to follow various people on their quest to find an apartment that works for them for a series that we will launch in the coming weeks. It involves keeping Torontoist journalist Sarah Niedoba updated via email, some Torontoist photography, and sharing your experience and thoughts as you go through it.

If you’re interested in sharing your apartment hunt, let us know. Send an email to editors [at] torontoist.com with the subject “APARTMENT HUNT” and describe your situation as well as what you’re looking for. We’ll be in touch, and happy hunting.

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How Toronto’s Papers Covered Trump’s Falling Poll Numbers

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies.

This week’s Front Page Challenge finds our city’s newspapers dialing down their Olympic coverage and concentrating on other developments, including musical chairs at CBC Radio, a growing battle between Ontario’s doctors and the Province, and the continuing collapse of Donald Trump’s once-mighty presidential campaign. Which of our regular combatants will emerge victorious this week?

Keep reading: How Toronto’s Papers Covered Trump’s Falling Poll Numbers

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You Can Now See the Rob Ford Crack Video


Long after Rob Ford claimed it did not exist, and Gawker crowdfunded $200,000 to try to purchase it, the (first) Rob Ford crack video is now publicly available.

The one minute and 13 second video became the subject of an investigation after police became aware of it during a gangs investigation. For six months, beleaguered mayor Rob Ford steadfastly denied using crack cocaine as alleged in Gawker and Toronto Star stories in May 2013. Ford then admitted to smoking crack cocaine after former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said they had come into possession of the video.

The video became public today after the Crown dropped the case against former Ford associate and driver Sandro Lisi.

Ford, who was mayor from 2010-2014, passed away in March 2016 due to cancer.

More to come.