Extra, Extra: Non-Lethal Ninjas and a Younger Yonge
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Extra, Extra: Non-Lethal Ninjas and a Younger Yonge

  • How would you have reacted to Improv in Toronto‘s Dare to Fight? mission last Saturday? Would you have picked up a sword and battled the ninjas, or would you run away screaming? Or would you have carried on with whatever you were doing, like the people in this video’s first scene? The takeaway: we’re pretty lucky to live in a city where, when people are suddenly rushed by a horde of sword-carrying ninjas, they assume it must be part of a harmless flash-mob stunt.
  • A fire at 295 George Street this week prompted this Star story about the rich history and uncertain future of the property, which was owned by the Allan family (as in, Allan Gardens) and later by William Gooderham Jr., whose family established what we now call the Distillery District.
  • What did Toronto’s main drag look like from the ’70s to the early ’90s? Check out TorontoHistory’s “Hip Yonge Street” photo set on Flickr, and prepare to see some serious bellbottoms.
  • Christopher Hume thinks Occupy Toronto protesters are doing themselves a disservice by camping out in St. James Park. He writes that tucking themselves away in the shadow of a cathedral is more harmful to their cause than having an unfocused message, and they’d be better off in Nathan Phillips Square.

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