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New condo will restore historic clock tower in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 26, 2015

toronto 484 yongeA proposed 45-storey residential tower planned for the corner of Yonge and Grosvenor could include a restored former fire hall clock tower, if plans released this month come to fruition.

The 484 Yonge Street project, which is being developed to designs by Quadrangle Architects, would extensively alter the west side of the street just north of College. Almost all of the existing structures would be torn down, save for the 144-year-old timepiece that juts bizarrely out the roof of a music store.

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Twitter digs deep for gags about the Toronto tunnel

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 24, 2015

toronto tunnelWas it the work of enthusiastic engineering students? Shady drug dealers? Minecraft fanatics? Right now, no-one knows who built the sophisticated 10-metre tunnel that was found near York University last month. Whoever decided to build the t-shaped underground passageway knew what they were doing: the walls were reinforced, a generator powered electric lights, and a sump dump deposited groundwater away from the dig.

While police and national security officials probe the incident, Twitter users did what they best--made wise cracks. Here's the best of the reaction to the Toronto tunnel.

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Toronto tunnel mystery gets even more bizarre

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 24, 2015

toronto tunnelToronto police say they found a rosary, a Remembrance Day poppy, and a ladder inside the mystery tunnel (alright, "bunker") discovered near York University on January 14.

At a press conference this morning, cops said the chamber was 6 feet 4 inches from floor to ceiling, 2'10'' wide, and more than 30 ft. long. The walls and roof had been reinforced with wood and it appeared more than one person was involved in its creation, likely using shovels and a pulley system to remove the dirt.

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Secret tunnel discovered near York University

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 23, 2015

toronto tunnelA mysterious seven-metre tunnel containing tools, lights, and a generator was discovered in woodland near York University in January, CBC News is reporting. The underground passageway had reinforced walls and was tall enough for a person to stand up in.

According to the CBC, a Toronto and Region Conservation Authority employee found the entrance beneath a sheet of corrugated metal last month. It appeared to have been dug using a shovel over a number of weeks, possibly months, by persons unknown.

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Massey Hall to undergo $135 million renovation

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 23, 2015

toronto massey hallMassey Hall is going to get a comprehensive $135 million renovation over the next seven years that will will see the venerable 2,700-seat auditorium significantly upgraded and expanded for just the second time in its lengthy history.

Originally announced in April 2013, the first phase of renovations will add a loading dock, backstage, and technical facilities to the rear of the 120-year old Shuter St. building using land made available by the developers of the Massey Tower, a 60-storey residential building currently under construction on Yonge St.

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A brief history of anti-vaccination in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 22, 2015

toronto antivaccinationOn November 13, 1919, a couple of hundred protesters gathered on the steps of City Hall to air their discontent with the city's compulsory vaccination program. Since 1914, Toronto had been allowed by the province to vaccinate school children against smallpox in the event of an outbreak, with or without the permission of parents.

The organizers of the rally, the Toronto branch of the Anti-Vaccination League, had been active for at least 20 years prior to the event. Their notices first appeared in the classified sections of newspapers alongside ads for "pretty, wealthy Canadian girls" looking for husbands and gypsy astrologists.

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