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Protesters Want Queen’s Park to Rethink Food Policy

Occupy Gardens Toronto really likes puns. City Hall is known as “Seedy Hall,” “peas” is employed as a substitute for both “please” and “peace,” and before Wednesday’s event at Queen’s Park (titled SOILidarity City: Free Food For All Festival) the online invite encouraged participants to “mark your calendula.” Wordplay aside, the group, a local chapter […]

Feeling Pug-ish About Toronto Architecture

It’s time for the architectural debate to begin. Online voting opened yesterday for this year’s ninth edition of the Pug Awards, which allow the public to decide which buildings completed in 2012 they like (or hate) the most. Voters have until May 31 to choose among 43 nominees, divided between commercial/institutional and residential categories. Judging […]

Picture Day pre-release party

Canadian feature film Picture Day, which opens May 24 at the Tiff Bell Lightbox, has already racked up awards on the festival circuit, including best picture at the Whistler Film Festival, as well as best performance award for breakout star Tatiana Maslany, whose starring role(s) in BBC America’s Orphan Black is also earning high praise. […]

Illustrator Gemma Correll Fills a Toronto Shop With Pug-Themed Merch

For someone well known for her expressive and awwww-inducing drawings of pugs, U.K.-based illustrator Gemma Correll came to her love of the animal late. “I was always a cat person growing up, so I think the pug was like my gateway dog,” she said at Magic Pony, an art and design shop on Queen West […]

TTC Survey Says, Close Pape Station for 12 Straight Days

A couple weeks ago, we told you about the TTC’s attempt to have riders decide whether Pape Station should be closed in order to facilitate renovations. Well, the online poll results are in, and it seems as though the majority of those who participated support the rip-off-the-band-aid approach.

Toronto Urban Legends: The Mad Cows of Osgoode Hall

The truth behind the tales people tell about Toronto. Osgoode Hall, at Queen Street West and University Avenue, is an edifice of distinction. Home to the highest courts in Ontario and to the Law Society of Upper Canada, it’s one of a few rare old Toronto buildings that have staved off the lapping tides of […]

HOT DOCS 2013

Toronto’s documentary film festival runs from April 25-May 5. Here’s what to see and what to skip. Hot Docs leaves its teen angst behind this year, marking its 20th year with 205 documentaries screening over 10 days. With 44 world premieres and films from 43 counties, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the choices. Luckily, […]

MEC Bikefest Toronto 2013

Attention cyclists! The 4th MEC Bikefest is here to offer you a full day to satisfy your inner cycling needs. There’ll be plenty of things here to keep you occupied, like group rides throughout the city, tune-up tents (these are the best), workshops, exhibitor booths, and more. Online registration starts on May 4th.

Cyclists Seek Help from on High at the Blessing of the Bicycles

Dozens of cyclists came to Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church in the Annex on Sunday hoping for a little divine protection. The Blessing of the Bicycles, as the event is known, started fifteen years ago at New York City’s Cathedral of St. John of the Divine. Trinity-St. Paul’s picked up the tradition four years ago at […]

One on One: Our Conversation About Transit With Kathleen Wynne

Ontario is gearing up for a major debate about how to pay for a major round of new transit infrastructure, a set of projects collectively called The Big Move. Metrolinx, the regional agency responsible for transit planning, is expected to deliver its strategy for raising the requisite $34 billion on May 27, 2013. We sat […]

Public Works: Use Your Phone To Pay For Parking

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. If you drive in Toronto, you already know the hassles: the perpetual gridlock, the widespread disregard for road etiquette, the unseemly interaction with lesser road users on bikes or in streetcars. And […]

These Are the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games’ Mascot Finalists

Bear in mind that all of these designs were inspired by contest submissions from children aged 16 and under. Even so, we’ll admit to being a little perplexed by this group of finalists for official mascot of Toronto’s 2015 Pan Am Games. (All six choices were revealed earlier today.) Is that a porcupine? And a […]

Extra, Extra: Airport Complaints, the Mayor’s Newest GIF, and Stephen King

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. The most interesting paragraph in this Royson James column about Porter’s expansion plans may be the last one. According to Porter CEO Bob Deluce, over half of last year’s 119 noise complaints against Billy Bishop Airport were from […]

Liveblog: Torontonians at City Hall Share Their Views About a Casino

Today, after months of build-up, the formal debate about whether to permit a new casino in Toronto begins at City Hall. The debate will be in two parts: first, the executive committee (that’s the most powerful of all the various council committees, and the one stocked with most of Mayor Rob Ford’s closest allies) will […]