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Google Street View Reveals Toronto’s Past

Posted April 23, 2014 by Anonymous

New feature will let you track changes around the world and here at home.


Thanks to a new feature from Google Street View, users will soon be able to explore images showing how Toronto has changed since 2007. Within the next 24 hours, Google will be giving users access to its photo archives, which date back to Street View’s original launch seven years ago. The new feature took off […]

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Sound Advice: Beach Holiday, by Soft Copy

Posted April 23, 2014 by Chris Dart

Local post-punk act makes virtue out of necessity and embraces new, drum–machine driven sound.


For most bands, losing a drummer represents a pretty severe crisis. Either you find a new one, and hope that her commitments to three other bands won’t screw with your plans too much, or else you break up. (For all the jokes made at their expense, drummers are to rock and roll what goalies are […]

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I Want Your Job: Dr. Leo Rosenberg, Animal Chiropractor

Posted April 23, 2014 by Kaitlyn Kochany

The chiropractor who gets touchy-feely with Toronto’s pets.

“I’m so old, I remember when the Dead Sea was just sick,” jokes Dr. Leo Rosenberg. We’re chatting by phone about his five decades as a chiropractor, and in particular about the last dozen or so years, which have seen him offering his services to Toronto-area dogs, cats, and horses. Rosenberg is jovial and funny, […]

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Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For April 23, 2014

Posted April 23, 2014 by Jack Landau

Ottawa rejects idea of giving Toronto control of Downsview Park; John Tory vows to plant almost 4 million trees if elected; Adam Vaughan leading the polls in Trinity-Spadina byelection; and more news…

Rob Ford calls to eliminate ombudsman after scathing TCHC report released (Toronto Star)

Vaughan could be next MP of Toronto’s Trinity-Spadina (Globe and Mail)

John Tory vows to plant 3.8-million trees across Toronto if elected(National Post)

Executive committee to discuss councillors, mayor pay raise (CityNews)

Feds say no to giving Downsview Park to Toronto (Toronto Star)

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Heritage Toronto Kicks Off its 20th Season of Tours

Posted April 22, 2014 by Editor

Heritage Toronto is about to kick off another season—their 20th—of walking tours throughout our city, and the second in which they have also offered bike and bus tours. The first tours of the year start as of Saturday, April 26. Gary Miedema, Chief Historian and Associate Director at Heritage Toronto wants people to know that “Heritage Toronto’s tours are a wonderful way to get out, explore, and get to know this city. Our tour leaders and volunteers take you on a journey, from neighbourhoods to tourist landmarks, from exploring the heritage of Toronto’s many cultural groups to touring our amazing river valleys. This year, we are running 64 unique tours, more than ever before. There is something for everyone.”

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Heritage Toronto’s tour program now includes boutique walking tours—which offer a more intimate experience with a smaller group size—and special walking tours designed for children and their families. 

Highlights of the 2014 season include:

Asian Heritage Month walking tours: with the support of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Heritage Toronto presents tours throughout May of Korea Town, Gerrard India Bazaar, Old Chinatown and the Filipino history of St. James Town.

“Creating Toronto: The Story of the City in Ten Stops” walking tour: this is an excellent tour for residents playing host to out-of-towners, those who have just moved to the city, and tourists looking to get a tour of Old Town Toronto. Visit Toronto landmarks and hear inspiring stories about the people who built Toronto. Tours run every Thursday starting at 6:30pm from July 10 to August 28.

“Pride Walk: Discovering Toronto’s LGBTQ Heritage” walking tour: in conjunction with World Pride, Heritage Toronto and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives offer a tour of Toronto’s LGBTQ history. Tours run daily from June 21 to June 26.

 A music lover’s paradise: Toronto’s rich music history is highlighted by Nicholas Jennings, one of Canada’s most respected music journalists, with two returning favourites. He will present last year’s popular Yorkville Music Scene of the 1960s boutique walking tour as well as the Music on the Yonge Street Strip boutique walking tour several times this season.

“Before Toronto: An Archaeological Bus Tour of Our City’s First 13,000 Years”: on June 14, climb aboard a chartered bus with archaeologist Dr. Ronald F. Williamson and discover Toronto’s rich Aboriginal history through visits to some of our city’s most significant sites of past archaeological digs. Take this rare opportunity to stand where Aboriginal villages once flourished, hundreds of years before contact with Europeans, and come to understand the city’s complex pre-colonial past.

“The Don Valley: Todmorden Mills to Lake Ontario” bike tour: on June 28 and September 21, bike the lower Don Valley with historian Jennifer Bonnell and explore the rich human and natural history of one of Toronto’s great rivers.


Tours range in difficulty so that those with different levels of mobility can attend a tour that is accessible for them.

Many of the walking tours are free and do not require pre-registration, but donations are encouraged at the end of each tour. All bike tours, bus tours and boutique walking tours require pre-payment and pre-registration.

From family adventures on our children’s tours, to singles looking for fun date ideas, to tourists wanting to see our great city, Heritage Toronto’s tours are invaluable for anyone interested in exploring the largest city in Canada and the fourth largest city in North America.

Click here for a digital version of this season’s Heritage Toronto Tours brochure which lists all tour dates, times and descriptions.

Heritage Toronto thanks the TD Bank Group, Tours Sponsor, for making the program possible.

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Lost: One Pet Pigeon

Posted April 22, 2014 by Anonymous

His name is Pilot, he’s tame and friendly, and his owner wants him back.

Photo courtesy of Janelle Iandoli.

Recently, Parkdale residents have been noticing some unusual signs: “Lost pet pigeon,” they read, “very tame. Will pay reward for safe return or tips leading to it. Owners are devastated.” This is not a joke: Janelle Landoli loves her pigeon and wants him home as soon as possible. Six months ago, she was walking along […]

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‘Grammar is coming between One Direction and I’

Posted April 22, 2014 by Aaron Hutchins

Grammar police aren’t going to enjoy the boy band’s latest track

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Brooklyn Borough President Wants to Make a Basketball Bet With Our Mayor

Posted April 22, 2014 by Anonymous

Winner would give loser a CD—but no beer.

Photo by Howard Yang, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

You may already be aware that that Toronto Raptors are currently doing pretty well. Sure, they’re one game down to the Brooklyn Nets in their first-round playoff matchup, but they are, after all, in the playoffs—and that’s an accomplishment any Toronto sports fan can appreciate. On April 19, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams suggested that […]

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Duly Quoted: Jonny Dovercourt, on Diversity in Toronto’s Music Scene

Posted April 22, 2014 by Anonymous

Promoters are teaming up to bridge divides among Toronto’s music communities.


“With our legendary cultural diversity, Toronto seems primed to be a musical melting pot, but instead we all seem to be stirring different cauldrons.” -Jonathan Bunce, a.k.a. Jonny Dovercourt, talking to Spacing about the “genre-rigidity” of Toronto’s music scene. As it stands now, he explains, “you have indie-rock bands on one stage, hip-hop acts on […]

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Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For April 22, 2014

Posted April 22, 2014 by Jack Landau

Toronto Councillor claims Federal Government attempting to auction off Downsview Park; Runnymede fire station “closed by Rob Ford”; Adam Vaughan emerging as star candidate in Liberal byelection; and more news…

Toronto councillor Adam Vaughan emerging as a star candidate in Liberal byelection (National Post)

‘Closed by Rob Ford:’ Runnymede fire station shuts down (Toronto Star)

Toronto Councillor challenges Ottawa over future of Downsview Park (Globe and Mail)

GTA communities mark Earth Day with public makeovers (CityNews)

Ball python found in Toronto woman’s apartment bathtub(Global News)

Kathleen Wynne’s brother-in-law named interim head of eHealth Ontario (Toronto Star)

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Rep Cinema This Week: House, The Husband, and Nymphomaniac: Volume I

Posted April 21, 2014 by Angelo Muredda

The best repertory and art-house screenings, special presentations, lectures, and limited engagements in Toronto. At rep cinemas this week: Nobuhiko Obayashi’s hysterical cult classic, Bruce McDonald’s Toronto-based black comedy, and Lars von Trier’s career-capping biography of a sex addict. House Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West) Thursday, April 24, 9:30 […]

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Spotted: Four Generations of Streetcars

Posted April 21, 2014 by Anonymous

Old and new TTC streetcars rode the rails together at the Beaches Easter Parade.

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SPOTTED BY: dtstuff9, from the Torontoist Flickr pool. WHERE: Toronto Beaches Lions Easter Parade, which ran along Queen Street East from Neville Loop to Woodbine Avenue. WHEN: Sunday, April 20, 2 p.m. WHAT: The streetcar model we are all currently familiar with, accompanied by a Peter Witt streetcar (which operated here from 1921 until 1963), […]

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Televisualist: Dead People, They’re Creepy

Posted April 21, 2014 by Christopher Bird


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. Monday The Voice begins the live shows, which is when we peons get to vote. Yay, peons! (CTV2, 8 p.m.) Archer concludes its fifth “we’re tired of […]

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Scene: Red Carpet Cats

Posted April 21, 2014 by Anonymous

The Just for Cats: Internet Cat Video Festival brings us the red carpet event we’ve all been waiting for.

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WHERE: Atrium of TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West WHEN: Thursday, April 17, 6:15 p.m. WHAT: The Toronto debut of Just for Cats: Internet Cat Video Festival. If you are not already familiar with Lil Bub, and Grumpy Cat, and the late and lamented Colonel Meow, then you are missing out on a furry […]

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Allan's Perspective

Can we make an entire University administration our “Assholes of the Day?”

Posted April 21, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Enough has been said about the debacle at University of Regina, and how they tried to shut up a anti-abortion protester by having him arrested, that I don’t think my two cents worth will add or subtract significantly from the discussion. HOWEVER, the tendency, especially among our academic institutions, to muzzle free speech […]

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Daily Headlines: News From The Internet For April 21, 2014

Posted April 21, 2014 by Jack Landau

U of T faculty considering unionization; Toronto has four less fire trucks as of today; Market Street revival a testament to late developer Paul Oberman; and more news…

Sam the Record Man is still spinning – far from Toronto (Globe and Mail)

Olivia Chow attack ad takes aim at the core of mayor’s brand (National Post)

U of T faculty consider option to unionize (Globe and Mail)

Toronto to have four fewer fire trucks starting today(Global News)

What legacy will the PanAm/ParaPan games leave on Toronto’s infrastructure?(CityNews)

Market St. revival a testament to late developer Paul Oberman (Toronto Star)

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Toronto’s Junction Community Creating a Hub for Itself

Posted April 17, 2014 by Anonymous

The Junction is one of Toronto’s most interesting neighbourhoods. Untouched by gentrification until relatively recently, the area which is home to a broad mix of blue collar and professional types, and which supports one of the most eclectic arts scenes in the city, has recently seen a major upwelling of community spirit as many improvements have come to its main retail strip along curving Dundas Street West.

Yesterday the Junction Commons Project (JCP) held the second of five community meetings to discuss the redevelopment of 209 Mavety Street, the former home of Toronto Police Division 11, into a community hub for the Junction. The meeting, held at the West Toronto Masonic Temple, was well attended by residents and organizers from the neighbourhood. A member from the City department responsible for community revitalization as well as MP Peggy Nash and MPP Cheri DiNovo for the Parkdale-High Park riding were in attendance.

The meeting was held to discuss the results of the feasibility study that the JCP, which was recently granted not-for-profit status, used its Ontario Trillium Grant to fund. The first half of the meeting was spent presenting the results of the findings and the second half left the floor open to comments and questions from the audience.

Junction Commons Project Audience at secondJunction Commons Project Town Hall Meeting, image courtesy of Agnieszka Foltyn

The evening began by addressing the three major questions that the study sought to answer: Is it feasible to turn 209 Mavety into a community hub; how much would it cost to do so and; is there sufficient community interest in the project. The answers were all positive. According to the study, carried out by UrbanMetrics and ERA Architects, it is feasible to convert the two-storey modernist building, it would cost $3.5 million to do so, and there is sufficient community interest in the project.

Junction Commons Project

2011 Google Street View picture of the 11 Division Police Station at 209 Mavety Stree

The presentation then moved on to discuss the need for a community space in the Junction. The Junction has been growing at an unprecedented pace in the past few years with new developments like the coming DUKE Condos as well as a growth in new businesses, restaurants, bars and shops, on the Dundas West strip. This growth means that more of the neighbourhood has become privatized—even the space for the weekly farmer’s market is on privately owned land that is in jeopardy of being developed at any time—and this makes the need for a truly public space is more important than ever.

The JCP organizers said that based on the study, the five most important uses for the hub—according to community opinion—were Arts, Food, Health, community building, and local exchange. These “5 Pillars” were extracted from demographic analyses, stakeholder meetings and feedback from an online survey and the previous community meeting held in November of 2013.

On its path to redevelopment, the JCP has looked to two of Toronto’s other 24 community hubs, citing the Centre for Social Innovation, Artscape Wychwood Barns, and the East Scarborough Storefront as models. The JCP wants to incorporate a public community space, similar to the Centre for Social Innovation’s first Annex location’s ground floor cafe. They hope to have the same level of involvement as the Scarborough Storefront, and a self-sustainable model like St.Clair’s Wychwood Barns.

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Ryerson School of Interior Design rendering for Junction Community Hub, image by Salena Barry

Junction Commons Project, Ryerson School of Interior Design

Ryerson School of Interior Design rendering for Junction Community Hub, image by Salena Barry

The plan for the redevelopment of 209 Mavety is still in its early stages, but the two-storey, 20 000 square foot building has a good deal of potential. Although there is no fixed plan for how the new building will look, students from Ryerson’s School of Interior Design have developed a collection of renderings for how the hub’s renovation could be realized.

While the form is still in flux, the function of hub is much more concrete. The JCP has decided to designate the second floor of the building as an income-generating area where the hub’s tenants would be housed. Potential partners are University Health Network, Canadian Mental Health Association and Bento Miso. The ground and basement levels would be community space that could be rented at a low cost or used free of charge. This multi-use design would give the hub a variety of community functions which would help to draw community members and also provide a self-sustaining way to pay for the hub’s revitalization.

Before these ideas even considered, the JCP still has to acquire possession of the former police station. Currently, the JCP is considering signing a 100-year lease with the City instead of buying the property outright which would be considerably more expensive. There is still time to decide how to proceed since the City has decided to not to touch the property for one year.

Following the presentation the floor was open to questions, most of which centred around financing the redevelopment and the JCP’s choice of potential partners were raised. The Good Food Box was also presented as an initiative that the hub could house. During this period Parkdale-High Park MP Peggy Nash, and MPP Cheri Di Novo, gave their support of the project. Sarah Doucette, the councilor for Ward was not in attendance, but has expressed her support of the project as well. Other community partners include Four Villages Community Health Centre, Junction Farmer’s Market, Junction Residents Association and the Junction Business Improvement Area.

At the end of her short speech, MPP Cheri DiNovo praised the members of the audience by saying, “I know you will succeed, not because you have the money or a plan in place, but because you want to succeed.” Judging by the level of support this project has garnered, both from within and beyond its community, at this early stage in the project’s development more than supports this statement. It also speaks to the spirit of community and innovation that has come to define the Junction.

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Rob Ford: Why does the term “white trash” keep coming to mind?

Posted April 10, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

The more I hear about Rob Ford, the more the term “white trash” comes to mind! One of the first members of Rob Ford’s campaign team is the co-host of an online marijuana show, High F—ers, in which he smokes joints until he vomits, tells profane stories while high, and dedicates his drug use to […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion About Rob Ford Reality Show!

Posted April 5, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

STOP THE PRESSES FOLKS: An American production company wants to record the everyday life of Rob Ford, Toronto’s crack-smoking half-mayor, and turn him into a reality television star. Ford might be the perfect reality television star! The Globe and Mail‘s Ann Hui reports that Pilgrim Studios, the company responsible for The Ultimate Fighter, American Chopper, Dirty […]

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Honing In On Friday’s #WaveOfAction

Posted April 2, 2014 by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

We need to think about two things for this Friday’s Occupy Movement reboot in the Worldwide #WaveOfAction: When thinking about pursuing social, political and economic equality, what is the list of things we need to change, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally? Who do we need to build coalitions with to listen to them, support them, […]

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Quebec Real Estate on Hold Until After Election!

Posted March 30, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

(PLEASE NOTE QUEBEC’S POST-REFERENDUM SHAPE ………….., IT ACQUIRED LABRADOR, BUT LOST THE SOUTH SHORE!) The Quebec election has real-estate agents on both sides of the Quebec-Ontario border agreeing on one thing: the market is on hold as home buyers await the outcome. Realtors say a Parti Quebecois majority on April 7 would likely result in […]

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Ya can’t fix stupid!

Posted March 25, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, I would like to show an article here that I think exemplifies what is wrong with a lot of people in general! Here is a guy who was dead set against GMO’s (genetically modified foods) the same as some people are bent out of shape about fluoridation of water, immunization shots, climate change, nuclear […]

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“Asshole of the Day” – Quebec Separatists!

Posted March 14, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, it constantly amazes me how some groups can live in their own world, without regard for anything we like to call “common sense!” Oh, there’s the people on the west coast who believe in all that new age stuff, there’s the religious types who get brainwashed by church “doctrine,” there’s various ethnic groups that […]

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Key, Key.., key-rist it’s cold outside!

Posted February 28, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

While Winnipeggers have endured months of bitter cold, one family is struggling to adjust after arriving in the city from Sierra Leone just eight days ago. When his family first arrived, his children were thrilled to see the snow. They ran out of the airport to play in it. Gibril Bangura, his wife and three […]

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So far, no death threats for Katy Perry!

Posted February 26, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Singer Katy Perry has upset members of the Muslim community by featuring “blasphemous” imagery in the music video for her new hit Dark Horse. In the promo, the Roar hitmaker plays an Egyptian queen who has the power to zap her subjects with lightning and turn them into sand, and she has offended Muslims by […]

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Gay is not O.K. at Sochi!

Posted February 17, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Folks, a lot of people might read this headline and think the article is in defence of Gay Rights. But it’s NOT! It’s not about right, or wrong, or gay or sad, or any other queer reason at all. It’s about being STUPID! And it also makes this woman our “Asshole of the day!” An […]

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Hooker delight at Superbowl!

Posted January 31, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

The Superbowl doesn’t just attract football fans, bunky! Police are also expecting a major influx of HOOKERS from all across the States! ———————————————— Speaking of the Superbowl: More women are victims of domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day of the year. (Probably from trying to hide the remote!) —————————————————— Watch […]

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Posted January 29, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Traffic inches along the connector of Interstate’s 75 and 85 as snow blankets Metro Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 28, 2014 as seen from the Pryor Street overpass. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is preparing to declare a state of emergency as a winter storm coats the region with snow and ice. State transportation officials said […]

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I am NOT a racist, I’m a culturalist!

Posted January 26, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: I started out many years ago saying: I’M NOT A RACIST …………………., I’M A CULTURALIST! In other words, I don’t care if you’re black, yellow, green white, red or purple ………………, that’s got nothing to do with anything! BUT! If you’re a black, yellow or white “low life” without an education and no […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion! Bieber to get deported?

Posted January 25, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Justin Bieber could be deported back to Canada if he is convicted of a crime, it has been revealed. Attorney Michael Wildes said that if Immigration and Customs Enforcement wanted to go after him, they could make a case, ABC News reported. He added that with the 19-year-old singer’s arrest and with him being linked […]

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