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5 things Toronto could learn from Copenhagen

Posted by Chris Bateman / September 16, 2014

CopenhagenOver the least 50 years, Copenhagan has transformed itself from an auto-focused city into a paradise for cyclists. Every day, more people bike to work in Denmark's capital and its surrounding urban area than in the entire United States, despite the city having less than one percent of America's population.

Cycling detractors in Toronto often point to the weather, believing that cyclists will flee during a cold snap regardless of the available facilities (just like hockey players don't.) Copenhagen's winters are mild compared to Toronto, but the city still sees frequent snow and rain during its coldest months. Despite the frigid conditions, cycling remains attractive year-round, in part due to the quality of the infrastructure. Toronto, it seems, needs to find a way to make cycling pleasant in the cold as well.

Here are 5 ideas Toronto could borrow from bike-friendly Copenhagen.

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Rob Ford is out of the Toronto election race

Posted by Chris Bateman / September 12, 2014

toronto rob fordRob Ford won't be mayor come November. Just days after entering hospital for treatment on a tumour in his abdomen, Doug Ford has decided to step up and replace his brother on the mayoral ballot, making it certain that Rob won't be head of council when the new term of office begins December 1. He may, however, still be a presence at city hall.

Rob Ford is currently listed as a candidate for councillor in Ward 2, displacing Michael Ford, Doug Ford's 20-year-old nephew, who had been planning to contest the seat. He is currently listed as a candidate for the school board trustee position in Ward 1.

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Little India set to get major makeover

Posted by Chris Bateman / September 12, 2014

toronto little indiaMore big changes are coming to Little India. Nine stores at Gerrard and Coxwell are getting a complete overhaul in the hope of enticing new tenants and bringing a fresh look to the busy intersection.

News of the remodelling comes at a pivotal time for the neighbourhood; many of the South Asian families and stores that gave the area its name are moving out, and new enterprises like the Flying Pony cafe and the Gerrard Art Space are moving in. The changing character attracted the attention of the New York Times last week.

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The 10 most important buildings in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / September 11, 2014

important toronto buildingsWhat would Toronto be without the spike of the CN Tower, the great hall of Union Station, the modernist curve of City Hall, or the ramparts of Fort York? No-one can really say, but the city would undoubtedly be worse for their absence.

Choosing just 10 buildings for this list was a difficult task. The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, Osgoode Hall, St. Lawrence Market, Wheat Sheaf Tavern, Don Jail, Ontario Legislature, Gooderham (Flatiron) building, and numerous others were reluctantly cut, so too were numerous important buildings that have been destroyed or demolished.

Ultimately, my intention was to come up with a list of iconic, culturally important buildings that have become integral part of the Toronto zeitgeist.

Here are 10 of the most important buildings in Toronto, selected for their physical and cultural presence, listed in order of age.

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Road closures in Toronto: September 13-14

Posted by Chris Bateman / September 11, 2014

toronto road closedRoad closures in Toronto for the weekend of September 13 and 14 rounds up the key transportation shut-downs affecting the city, including street and TTC closures.

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Rob Ford hospitalized with suspected tumor

Posted by Chris Bateman / September 10, 2014

toronto rob fordRob Ford has been admitted to Humber River Hospital on a "working diagnosis" of an abdominal tumor. Speaking at a press conference earlier this evening, Dr. Rueben Devlin, the president and CEO of the hospital, said Ford was suffering from pain in the lower left quadrant of his abdomen when he entered the emergency department earlier today.

A subsequent CT scan confirmed the presence of a tumor and doctors are conducting a biopsy to determine whether the mass is cancerous, he said.

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