Direct Flights From Toronto to Muskoka, Watchdog Finds Councillor's Conduct "Shocking," and Toronto's VR Theatre
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Direct Flights From Toronto to Muskoka, Watchdog Finds Councillor’s Conduct “Shocking,” and Toronto’s VR Theatre

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  • If you like going up to your cottage in Muskoka, but hate waiting in traffic with the plebs, you might be in luck. A regional tourism group called Explorers’ Edge has pitched the idea of direct flights from Toronto to Muskoka. The plan is far from complete, but the group has a meeting with District of Muskoka on June 23, where Explorers’ Edge will make the case for making some upgrades to the local airport in Gravenhurst and trying to get clearance security screening authorization from Transport Canada. It may never happen, but if it does, it will definitely make the people who tell you about their wonderful trips to Muskoka even more smug.
  • A City watchdog found that Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt) targeted and intimidated local residents, and his “shocking” conduct broke council’s rules. The complaints stemmed from two incidents last year. One resident of Karygiannis’ ward was unknowingly driving behind him, and when she pulled into her driveway, he stopped his car and told the woman that parking on the apron of her driveway was not allowed. He came back a week later to say the same thing, and had an “abrupt” and “loud” conversation inside a shisha bar with the woman’s father. The other incident involved an UberX driver, and Karygiannis told the driver, again in a loud voice, that he was breaking Ontario law. There’s still dispute as to whether or not Karygiannis leaned into the Uber driver’s window. No punishment was recommended, but this isn’t the rookie councillor’s first time being scolded by council.
  • Toronto is getting its first virtual reality cinema. The theatre is named Vivid VR, and unlike normal movie theatres, the VR cinema will only sit 20 people. Each virtual moviegoer will get his or her own headset, and presumably wave their heads around like they’re watching ping pong in space. The new kind of theatre will run out of Milk Glass Co. art gallery from July to September, and if that goes well they will open a permanent location. It’s probably just a fad, just like those pesky talkies.