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Historicist: The Canada Spelling Book

In the early 19th century, before the establishment of formal, publicly funded education in the Canadas, most schooling took place in private homes, after church on Sundays, and in the few schoolhouses that existed. In the absence of regulation or standardization, schoolmasters used whatever school-books were most easily available. Most often they were imported from […]

Now on Screen: Killing Them Softly, Anna Karenina, A Late Quartet

Because Toronto’s more movie obsessed than a Quentin Tarantino screenplay (yuk yuk), Torontoist brings you Now on Screen, a weekly roundup of new releases. Click on any film title for our review.     KILLING THEM SOFTLYDIRECTED BY ANDREW DOMINIK Showtimes     ANNA KARENINADIRECTED BY JOE WRIGHT Showtimes     A LATE QUARTETDIRECTED BY […]

Executive Remains Elusive for Council’s Women

In the 2010 election 15 women were elected to city council, out of 45 members in total. But since Rob Ford took office, only two have served on the influential, 13-member executive committee. This week, council had a chance to at least maintain the status quo: they were debating the mid-term shuffle of committee appointments, […]

Fare Game‘s a Boon to Cabbies, But Less So For Audiences

Fare Game: Life in Toronto’s Taxis Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue) November 16 to December 8 Tuesday to Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. $15–$35 In the opening sentence of the program for Fare Game: Life in Toronto’s Taxis, the show’s creators write, “When we started this piece, we didn’t know what […]

Rob Ford Can Run in a By-Election To Replace…Himself

If Rob Ford loses his seat as mayor and city council decides to hold a mid-term election to replace him, Ford himself can run. Because of an ambiguity in the ruling by Judge Charles Hackland that booted Ford from office on Monday, this had been a matter of dispute. The ruling says that the judge […]

This Year’s CBC Canada Reads Books and Panelists Announced

Thursday morning, the host of CBC’s annual Canada Reads event, Jian Ghomeshi, officially introduced 2013′s slate of five panelists and the books they’ve chosen to defend. This year’s twist is that each book (and therefore each panelist) will correspond to a different region of Canada. Olympic wrestler Carol Huyhn, representing the region British Columbia and […]

Metrolinx Chief Says His Agency Aims to Build the Downtown Relief Line in 15 Years

Today at the Toronto Board of Trade, Metrolinx president and CEO Bruce McCuaig unveiled his organization’s plans for the next phase of transit improvements in the Greater Toronto Area, and some proposed infrastructure investments are now further up on the agency’s priority list than they were before. Torontonians might be pleased to hear that the […]

Extra, Extra: Surreal Rob Ford, Fake Toronto Star, and Don Cherry Gets Real

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Someone took a video of a Rob Ford press conference and dubbed over the audio with a surreal, halting monologue, done in an authentically high-pitched Rob Ford voice. The result is hilarious, but also frightening, because you […]

Subway to Be Closed Between Keele and Kipling Stations This Weekend

If you’re planning on riding the rocket to points west this weekend, you might want to allot a few extra minutes for your trip. The TTC has announced that it will be replacing cross-over track at Jane Station, which means trains won’t be running between Keele and Kipling stations on Saturday and Sunday. As usual, […]

The City of Brotherly Mayors?

A father who served as an elected representative. Run-ins with an unyielding city council. One sibling removed from office for legal reasons. The Ford brothers, right? Yes, but these characteristics also apply to the only pair of brothers to have sat in the mayor’s chair (so far), William Holmes Howland (served 1886 to 1887) and […]

Public Works: Making Asphalt Greener

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Sometimes a new idea has to make it big somewhere else before it is accepted at home. Toronto company GreenMantra Technologies is working with the City of Vancouver to incorporate its eco-friendly […]

Mr. Christie, the Ontario Food Terminal, and Development in Etobicoke

A few weeks ago, there was an announcement that saddened many Torontonians: the Mr. Christie bakery, near Lake Shore Boulevard, would be closing. It’s the end of a longtime landmark, and also of 550 jobs. Etobicoke councillors are concerned that factory owner Mondelez Canada wants to have the land rezoned for residential development—cue the condo […]

Extra, Extra: Globe Offices, Witchcraft, and a Price Tag for the Leafs

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Lost in all the Ford-related excitement of the past couple days was this interesting piece of news: the Globe and Mail‘s parent company is abandoning plans to build a new headquarters for the paper on a plot […]

Why the City Hesitated to Proclaim the Anniversary of the Nanking Massacre

Official proclamations of special commemorative occasions are plentiful at City Hall: the City has publicly declared everything from Foursquare Day to Bullying Awareness Week. But Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) was frustrated by the difficulties she encountered when she tried to win official recognition for the 75th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre. Council […]

Plastic-Bag Ban Killed at Council

The long, roller coaster saga of Toronto’s vexed relationship with plastic bags took one last sharp turn today: council has decided to nix its plan to implement a ban, at least for now.