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The Rob Ford Radio Recap: A Working Class Hero (Burger)

Last week, Rob made a vomiting sound that launched a thousand animated GIFs, endured a news report that claims he regularly works four-hour days at the office, and called getting city council to agree to allow a hamburger joint to open in Nathan Phillips Square “a good victory.” Where will our Fordian entropy propel us […]

City Staff: We’d Need to Over-Size a Casino to See Major Economic Benefits

This morning Toronto’s top civil servant released a long-awaited report on the prospect of allowing a new casino in Toronto. That report is an exercise in diplomacy—or hedging, depending on your point of view—and comes to no conclusions about whether we should permit a major gaming complex downtown. (The report does recommend expanded gaming at […]

The Toronto Tool Library Brings a New Model of Resource Sharing to Parkdale

It seems surprising that Toronto is just getting its first tool library, but in an economy where bartering has increasing currency (so to speak), a place where people can cheaply borrow home-repair equipment is clearly an idea whose time has come. Partners Lawrence Alvarez and Ryan Dyment launched the Toronto Tool Library on March 23, […]

Historicist: Elvis in Toronto, 1957

“It goes without saying,” Toronto Star music critic Hugh Thomson wrote in a scathing review of Elvis Presley’s two-concert apperance at Maple Leaf Gardens on April 2, 1957, “he has all the appeal of one-part dynamite and one-part chain-lightning to the adolescent girls, but to one like myself who is neither a girl nor adolescent, […]

Extra, Extra: Liberals, Scanners, and the Mayor’s Work Habits

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. The Liberal Party of Canada is apparently having some trouble filling seats at a “leadership showcase” scheduled to take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this weekend, where all six leadership candidates are supposed to be speaking. […]

What We Thought of The Bicycles’ Record-Release Show

It was a special show indeed Thursday night at the Lula Lounge, a venue not normally frequented by indie-rock fans. With The Bicycles, Hooded Fang, and The Magic billed together, attendees got to see three of Toronto’s most tuneful pop bands—though each one utilizes those pop hooks markedly differently.

Lunch + Learn: Human Rights Watch

Lunch + Learn: Human Rights Watch is a discussion about sexual violence around the world. Jasmine Herlt, Canada Director of Human Rights Watch, will be leading the talk, the aim of which is to explore the reasons women continue to live in unsafe conditions. In addition to the talk, a bag lunch will be offered. […]

Spice City Toronto: Persian Breakfast on College Street

Residents of Dufferin Grove/Brockton Village were excited on Good Friday to discover that the long under-construction space at 1120 College Street is now open. Turns out it’s the home of Tavoos, a Persian restaurant from the owners of Pomegranate and Sheherzade at College and Bathurst streets. The restaurant’s full name is Takht-e Tavoos, which means […]

Extra, Extra: Roger Ebert, Doug Ford, and a Football Coach

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. You’ve probably already heard that Roger Ebert died today. He was a cherished visitor to Toronto during each year’s film festival (the photo above was taken during a festival-related event in 2010), and he will doubtless be missed […]

City Council Votes to Increase Homeless Shelter Capacity

City councillors have overwhelmingly endorsed a plan to add more capacity to Toronto’s homeless shelter system. With a 40-1 vote earlier today—Mayor Rob Ford was the only one opposed—council endorsed a motion by Joe Mihevc (Ward 21, St. Paul’s) to keep shelter occupancy at or below 90 per cent. (The rate has hovered at 96 […]

250 Religous Leaders Issue Joint Statement Opposing a Casino

More than 250 religious leaders from across the GTA released a statement today, expressing their shared opposition to the prospect of expanded gambling in Ontario, and in particular to a new casino in Toronto. The leaders, representing Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Jain, and Christian coalitions, as well as numerous congregations across Toronto, also took their message […]

Public Works: Political Leadership Needed on Transit Funding

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. In the effort to find the $2 billion a year Metrolinx says will be needed to build enough new transit infrastructure to keep the GTA from permanent traffic disaster, the rubber has […]

Spur Festival Soon to Launch in Toronto

The Spur Festival, a fledgling arts and ideas celebration, hopes to get people rallying behind the issues. “We didn’t want to just have a festival for festivals’ sake,” says Helen Walsh, one of the co-founders. “We wanted to do something that would spur people into action, and spur thought into action.”

Municipal Arts Funding Consultations

So the city has more money to spend on the arts, but how should it be spent? You decide! Toronto is holding a series of joint public consultations on how best to invest the new money. (The events are taking place in different parts of the city. This listing is for the downtown consultation.) If […]

Extra, Extra: Bixi, Vomiting Sounds, and Streetcars

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Spring is here, in name if not in practice, and that means you may be thinking about getting yourself a Bixi membership so you can use public bikes in the nice weather. If that’s the case, you should […]