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TTC Fare Hike on the Horizon

Mayor John Tory is hoping improvements can be made to the city’s transit service—and soon. At a press conference this morning, he announced that he’ll be looking for a $95-million investment in the TTC, which would fund, among other things, increased service on many bus and streetcar routes, a series of new express bus routes, […]

Televisualist: Too Sane to Solve Crimes

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: The Yonge Street Mall

For Globe and Mail columnist Bruce West, the debut of the Yonge Street Mall in the spring of 1971 offered Toronto “an enjoyable thing that used to exist only in small towns on a Saturday night. I refer to the simple pleasures of ambling up and down Main Street meeting your fellow residents eye-to-eye and […]

Extra, Extra: Norm Tweets, A Ford Endorsement, and Media Criticism

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. One of the most surprising developments in Rob Ford’s term was Norm Kelly, or at least his social media presence. Today brings another classic @Norm tweet, which is itself a great Twitter handle, as he wishes Raptors […]

Vandalist: The Good Ol’ Hockey Game

BY: Whatisadam LOCATION: Unknown PHOTO BY: Martin Reis FIELD NOTES: Montreal-based street artist Whatisadam has returned to Toronto, and he brought along his hometown pride. Look out, Maple Leafs, the Habs are out for blood. Once a week, Vandalist features some of the most interesting street art and graffiti from around Toronto. Find something great? […]

Extra, Extra: Mimico Development Allegations, Sony Shuts Doors, MLS Draft Picks

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. A residents’ association in south Etobicoke claims their neighbourhood lost out on $100,000 in community benefits due to a last-minute amendment by Councillor Mark Grimes (Ward 6, Etobicoke-Lakeshore). The CBC report says that the developer building an […]

Spice City Toronto: A Taste of Macau

Downtown Toronto chefs at restaurants like The People’s Eatery and Oddseoul have made names for themselves by serving creative fusions of Asian and Western food. But the strange legacy of colonialism has produced culinary experiments that are far more inventive. One of the oddest real-life experiments has to be the food of Macau, the island […]

Duly Quoted: Margaret Wilson, on the “Culture of Fear” at the TDSB

“I’ve dealt with this level of professionals throughout my career. I’ve never interviewed people before where they’ve burst into tears, they were under such stress.” —Consultant Margaret Wilson, speaking to reporters today about the results of her independent review of the Toronto District School Board. Wilson, the former registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers, […]

Target Is Closing Up Shop in Canada

Target’s Canadian experiment has officially ended: today, the retailer announced that it will be halting its operations here and seeking court approval to start the liquidation process. The company currently operates 133 Target stores across the country—five in Toronto—and employs about 17,600 people. Target is looking for court approval to establish an employee trust, which […]

Extra, Extra: Beer Lawsuits, Toronto FC Moves, and XTRA Folds Print

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. The Beer Store might have to drink a cold one, because it’s being sued. The private monopoly has faced intense criticism lately over its ownership structure and retail practices, and Kathleen Wynne has promised reform. Michael Hassell, […]

What’s the Deal with MUJI?

MUJI has landed in Toronto. The Japanese design-oriented shop opened its doors at Yonge and Dundas at the end of last year following commercial success in Europe and, more recently, New York City. MUJI’s concept is simple: no-brand, good-quality design that’s made to last. Such an ethos should fit right in here in Toronto, where […]

Being Bahia Watson

Oh, for the life of an actor! One month you’re at New York’s Public Theater, knocking ’em dead as a talking (and singing) vagina. The next, you’re at Toronto’s Canadian Stage, performing with the likes of Yanna McIntosh and Eric Peterson in a hotly anticipated all-star revival of Chekhov’s The Seagull. But such is the […]

Duly Quoted: Andy Byford, on the Delayed Arrival of New Streetcars

“We are pressing Bombardier to fix these production issues. We do have a contract with them. There are penalties within that contract and we will apply them. I am not going to let them off the hook. We cannot continue struggling through winters with streetcars that are worn out.” -TTC CEO Andy Byford, speaking on […]

Vintage Toronto Ads: Big Boy

He’s an icon of the North American roadside. Garbed in his red-and-white checked overalls, cowlick resisting the wind, Big Boy holds his signature double-decker hamburger aloft with pride. During his heyday from the 1950s through the 1970s, Big Boy’s smiling face graced drive-ins and family restaurants owned by franchisees whose names spanned the alphabet from […]