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VICE Says Rob Ford’s Staffer Tried to Hire a Hacker to Destroy the Crack Video

As if Rob Ford’s crack revelation earlier today wasn’t enough, we now have another completely bonkers accusation to add to Toronto’s mounting pile of mayoral misdeeds, both admitted and alleged. VICE, of all places, has just published a long story about an alleged attempt by Amin Massoudi, Rob Ford’s communications director, to hire a hacker […]

Watch Jon Stewart Mock Mayor Rob Ford, Again

Mayor Rob Ford made the rounds of U.S. late-night talk shows back in May, shortly after Gawker and the Star revealed the existence of the now-infamous video that appears to show Ford smoking crack. Thursday’s confirmation from Police Chief Bill Blair that police actually have a copy of the video has set off a second […]

Historicist: Cabbagetown Horatio Alger

He was among the most popular mayors in the city’s history. Some suggested he was its best mayor. R. J. Fleming pulled himself up from austere origins on the strength of hard work and his proclaimed Christian convictions to become a business leader and municipal politician in the late 19th century. Then, in economic collapse, […]

A Don Mills Subway for Toronto

View A Don Mills Subway Proposal in a larger map Toronto should have a subway line that runs from Front and Spadina to Eglinton and Don Mills. Formerly known as the “Downtown Relief Line,” it should instead be called the “Don Mills Subway,” and there should be no pretensions about it being some sort of […]

The Rob and Doug Ford Radio Recap: Super Fact-Check Edition

Oh, boy—another week, another instalment of our favourite radio show! There aren’t too many of these left, because the show will have to go off the air once Rob formally files his nomination papers for the 2014 mayoral election. Sure, he’s been campaigning on this show for almost two years, but that’s because rules are […]

Extra, Extra: Newspaper Losses, Police Surveillance, and Cultural Exports

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. In case there was any doubt, things are still grim in the newspaper world. Despite making Canadians pay for online access to the National Post, Postmedia is still reporting big losses, and it’s safe to assume that the […]

What to See at Toronto Theatres This Halloween

In parlour rooms and diners, in parks and on stage, spooky, scary, and downright silly theatre befitting the Halloween season is cropping up all over town. Some of it is funny, some of it is unsettling, all of it intends to be engrossing and entertaining. Rather than just see one of the several local productions […]

Toronto’s Haunted Hot Spots, a Photographic Guide

Although Toronto is a relatively young city by international standards, we seem to have crammed a decent amount of murder and mayhem into our brief but vivid history. As Halloween draws near, we at Torontoist thought we would draw on a number of online sources (including our own Toronto Ghost Map) to provide a compendium […]

Friend. Follow. Text.

There’s no denying it: social media will continue to exist (and take over our lives) whether we like it or not. A new book, Friend. Follow. Text., illustrates this through a collection of funny and poignant short stories inspired by life online. The launch party will feature two-minute readings from contributors Zoe Whittall, Jessica Westhead, […]

imagineNATIVE Showcases Indigenous Film From Canada and Beyond

Now in its 14th year, the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival returns with a full slate of feature films, shorts, video essays, and live performances designed to showcase the range of Indigenous media arts from around the globe—with a particular emphasis, this year, on artists from the Maori nation in New Zealand.

Extra, Extra: Injured Mascots, Renovated Theatres, and Expanding Airports

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. The Toronto Raptors have lost their MVP. No, not Drake. We’re talking about the mascot, whose human inhabitant blew out his Achilles tendon, apparently during a school visit in Halifax. He’s not expected to return this season. Embedded […]

Spotted: New Streetcars by Night

SPOTTED BY: YouTube user ttcgeek WHERE: At the TTC’s Roncesvalles Yard WHEN: Unknown WHAT: The TTC has been testing its next-generation streetcars on public streets for quite a while now, and there are plenty of pictures of the new vehicles available online. This video, which was posted to YouTube yesterday, is notable for the especially […]