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The story of T. H. Johnson and the great fire of Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 19, 2014

toronto fire 1904The night of April 19, 1904 was unseasonably cold. The temperature lingered around three degrees Celsius and persistent snow squalls dragged on a stout breeze out of the northwest had men and women across the city turning up the thick collars of their coats.

The news of the day dealt with the possible construction of a Methodist hospital at the bequest of the recently deceased Hart A. Massey, the namesake of Massey Hall, and salary cuts at the Board of Education. Prof. Bradley, a doctor accused of treating his patients with various "queer" methods, including pouring honey in the eyes of a Junction woman, was in court charged with breaching the medical act.

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Rob Ford ignites re-election bid with bombastic fan fest

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 18, 2014

toronto rob fordRob Ford's bid for re-election is officially in high gear. Before a raucous crowd of some 1,000 Ford Nation patriots, the mayor, surrounded by people in baggy white "Ford More Years" t-shirts, pledged to keep working for the taxpayers and battling the gravy train. He said be believed in "the spirit of second chances."

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New condo set to shake up Queen and Greenwood

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 18, 2014

toronto queen greenwoodQueen Street East at Greenwood has (so far) been mostly overlooked by the recent popularity of Leslieville and the Beaches, perhaps because the stretch doesn't quite feel like it's part of either neighbourhood.

But that could all be about to change with the arrival of an 8-storey, mixed-use condo on the south side of the street, just west of Greenwood. Where there are currently three semi-detached homes that date back to before 1913, developers are planning a new mid-rise residential building with room for four stores.

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The top 5 issues set to define the 2014 Toronto election

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 16, 2014

toronto island airportSo you want to be the next mayor of Toronto. Well, you'll have to learn to talk the talk on a bunch of issues that matter to the people of the city (or at least be good at deflecting questions for the next few months.) Toronto needs new transit and leadership on a range of issues from the expansion of Billy Bishop airport to who's going to pick up the garbage east of Yonge Street.

Here's a quick guide to the top 5 issues in the 2014 election.

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Huge blackout hits the west end of Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 15, 2014

toronto blackout 2014A large portion of Toronto's west end was in darkness this evening following a sudden and massive power outage. The lights went off around 9:15 and stayed off for close to two hours in parts of the city.

Toronto Hydro said the blackout was caused by a Hydro One transmission issue. While the city was dark, the outage map on the electricity provider's website was down due to a surge in demand. At its greatest extent, the problem affected most of the west end south of the 401, parts of downtown west of Yonge, and the Port Lands. A small pocket in the Beach also appeared to get hit.

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Is Bay & Bloor in danger of becoming a condo jungle?

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 15, 2014

toronto yorkvilleFour major residential towers planned for the south end of Yorkville, near Bloor and Bay, are putting the local area on course for a "disturbing" future, the chair of the city's Design Review Panel says.

The group of experts who advise city staff about how to blend new developments with the public realm is worried the size of condos proposed at 50 Bloor Street West, 2 Bloor Street West (which already has OMB approval,) 37 Yorkville Avenue, and 1 Yorkville Avenue could ruin the livability of the upscale neighbourhood.

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