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Public Health Report Prefers Gardiner Removal

A new report from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, prefers removing the Gardiner east of Jarvis rather than preserving it with Mayor Tory’s hybrid option. McKeown’s report comes on the heels of Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat’s public statement on Friday, in which she strongly endorsed removing the 1.7-kilometre stretch of the Gardiner […]

Rep Cinema This Week: Roar, Iris, and It Follows

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: a mind-boggling cult film about a modern Swiss Family Robinson besieged by lions, tigers, and elephants; a charming profile of a 93-year-old New York style maven; and a smart new thriller about a sexually transmitted curse.

Televisualist: Americans Got Cookfood

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.

Historicist: Raiding the Bathhouses

Every weekend, Historicist looks back at the events, places, and characters—good and bad—that have shaped Toronto into the city we know today. This article originally ran on June 26, 2011. February 5, 1981, 11 p.m. Patrons of four bathhouses in downtown Toronto (The Barracks, The Club, Richmond Street Health Emporium, and Roman Sauna Baths) were […]

Torontoist Week in Review: May 19-22

A lot happens in the course of a workweek. Here’s a look back at the top stories from the past five days that you might have missed, or might care to revisit. Torontoist Explains: Cap and Trade In April, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that Ontario would implement a “cap and trade” system to reduce greenhouse […]

The Big Five: May 22-24

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five. Doors Open Toronto Various Locations May 23-24 Free. More than 155 buildings across the city will open their doors for free walking tours this weekend in this once-a-year discovery weekend, […]

Chief City Planner Jennifer Keesmaat on How to Think About the Gardiner

In conversation with former Chief City Planner Paul Bedford earlier today, Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat came out strongly in favour of removing the Gardiner east in order to create a boulevard. Her statement, made to a university theatre filled with landscape architects and urban planners at the “Second Wave of Modernism III” conference, echoed Bedford’s […]

TCDSB Accepts Report Recommendations After Double Shooting

The long-awaited Safe Schools Panel Inquiry was presented to Toronto Catholic District School Board trustees Thursday night following the fatal 2014 double shooting of Don Bosco students Michael Menjivar and Zaid Youssef, who died steps away from school. The board approved all of 33 recommendations. Led by retired TCDSB superintendent Paul Crawford, the panel recommended […]

Four Reasons Why the Pan Am Games Won’t Suck

The mere mention of the upcoming Pan Am Games has the power to elicit a very special kind of groan from…well, almost everyone who lives downtown. Tourists! Traffic! Years of never-ending construction on legacy projects we probably wouldn’t get it together to build otherwise! Yeah, we hear you. But, contrarians that we are here at […]

Development Signs Could Become Less Boring, More Readable

The current signage for Toronto’s development proposals are anything but inviting: the language is boring, the images uninspiring or difficult to decipher, and consequently the offer to become involved seems disingenuous. This could soon change. The drab-looking boards could be phased out, as the planning and growth management committee received a report from City staff […]

The End of The Simpsons’ Era

It’s the longest-running televised cartoon, and it’s spawned comics, a movie, music albums, and countless merch. The Simpsons is clearly, to anyone who came of age since the 1970s, one of the most important cultural artifacts of late-20th-century American culture. But what can explain the enduring popularity of a show many people claim to disdain […]