The funny thing about Toronto’s ban on single-use plastic shopping bags is that councillors voted it into existence sight unseen. They had no notion of what the exact language of the bylaw would be when they approved it on June 6—and, yeah, for something with such widespread consequences that’s pretty unusual. Today, the public can […]
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One thing becomes abundantly clear after listening to the self-titled debut from local rap collective Zoo Babies: the only thing the Babies take seriously is rap itself, and that’s generally a good thing. The five members of the group have a gift for cracking wise. They trade flows easily, and it feels like each MC […]
Municipal leaders have spent a lot of time arguing about the future of Toronto’s Port Lands, but always with the understanding that the district will require hundreds of millions of dollars in investment before any development can begin, because of how woefully inadequate all the infrastructure is down there. Anyone who wants to drive a […]
Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Canada’s new, plasticky $20 bills are going to be entering circulation tomorrow. Go get some, so you can gaze upon Queen Elizabeth’s neck wrinkles in stunning high-def.
The Toronto Police Service and the TTC both provided updates on the latest mayoral controversy this afternoon, in the hopes of clearing up lingering questions as to why two buses were pulled off their routes and sent to pick up the Don Bosco Eagles, the football team coached by Rob Ford. Superintendent Ron Taverner outlined […]
Third World Canada Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park) November 8, 7 p.m. $25 Filmmaker Andrée Cazabon didn’t have to look very hard to find the eight children, all orphaned after parental suicides, who are the subjects of Third World Canada, her latest film. The documentary tells the story of those children, and also of […]
It’s election day south of the border, which means many Torontonians will spend tonight glued to televisions or to social media, awaiting the results of an endless campaign. Among tonight’s options for analysis is CBC, which provided plenty of coverage during a three-way presidential race 44 years ago—even if most of it came from another […]
When the flagship Lick’s Restaurant at Queen and Kenilworth announced it would be closing for good after 32 years slinging burgers, to make way for a condo development, some Beach residents balked. The proposed new six story building does not fit in with their sense of neighbourhood, and they’ve been rallying to try to stop […]
Each week, Now in Rep Cinema compiles the best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements. FOR YOUR EYES ONLYDIRECTED BY JOHN GLENTIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) Tuesday, November 6, 9 p.m. MANBORGDIRECTED BY STEVEN KOSTANSKIThe Royal (608 College Street) Showtimes HOW TO SURVIVE […]
After a day-long debate Monday, the executive committee has given the green light to public consultations on the prospect of opening a casino in Toronto. Those consultations will begin soon: a report on the results is due back at City Hall by February or March. Unfortunately, however, Torontonians won’t get to find out exactly how […]
Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. The Christmas season is here, and by all indications it’ll be sticking around for two months or so. One of the perks of being a member of the media at this time of year is direct access to […]
Love it or hate it, Yonge-Dundas Square is the crossroads of Toronto. Not necessarily because it’s the face of anything, or because it somehow represents the city’s character at large, but simply by virtue of being the snarled, heaving, chronically blocked artery through which a majority of the city’s population passes. Stand on the sidewalk […]
The City’s new graffiti panel held its first meeting last Friday morning. There, the fates of nine murals on the exteriors of Toronto buildings were decided. The owners of the buildings had submitted applications to the City requesting that the murals be declared “graffiti art,” or “art murals.” Either designation exempts a painting from enforcement […]
Each week, Torontoist examines the upcoming TV listings and makes note of programs that are entertaining, informative, and of quality. Or, alternately, none of those. The result: Televisualist.
You probably can’t vote in Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, either because you’re not a US citizen, or because you are a U.S. citizen but you forgot to register to vote from abroad. (In which case you’re lazy, and you should feel bad.) But that doesn’t mean you can’t watch the votes be tallied. Why shouldn’t […]
The Santa Claus Parade Parade route November 18, 12:30 start FREE During a drive along the 401 to the Toronto branch of Santa’s Workshop on Friday, there was a sign that Santa Claus was bringing a touch of the holiday season with him for his preview of the 108th Toronto Santa Claus Parade: gentle snow […]
Today at City Hall the powerful Executive Committee will debate, and almost certainly authorize, a round of public consultations about the prospect of building a casino in Toronto. Their discussion—and any public consultations that follow—will be based on a report prepared by City staff, with the help of external consultants Ernst & Young, which outlines […]
As has been widely reported, last week a TTC bus was requested by police to pick up the players of the Don Bosco football team—whose coach, famously, is Mayor Rob Ford. It’s not entirely clear why officers judged the special-order bus to be necessary: various spokespeople have alluded to tensions between players at the game, […]