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Wild winds blast through Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 24, 2014

toronto windMonster winds are rocking Toronto this evening, knocking down trees and hydro poles, and leaving pockets of the city in darkness. There have also been isolated road closures in the west end due to danger from blowing debris.

Environment Canada issued a wind warning earlier this afternoon, calling for gusts of up to 100 km/h through the evening and into the night. So far, blasts of up to 80 km/h have been recorded within the City of Toronto. Temperatures are expected to fall to around 1 degree later tonight.

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The five spookiest abandoned buildings in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 23, 2014

toronto hearn generating stationToronto might be in the midst of a construction boom, but there are still abandoned buildings across the city stuck in limbo, awaiting restoration, demolition, or repurposing. In the cases of the massive Hearn Generating Station in the Port Lands and the Symes Transfer Station near St. Clair and Keele, the challenge of successfully rescuing the long-abandoned structures has so far proved too great for even the boldest developers.

However, the future appears brighter for the disused Canada Linseed Oil Mills Building on Sorauren and Kodak Building #9 on Eglinton, both of which have been recently targeted for adaptive reuse. The Kodak building, it seems, will be folded into a new transportation hub on the new Eglinton-Crosstown LRT.

Here are 5 abandoned Toronto buildings that could use some

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5 early entrepreneurs who helped shape Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 23, 2014

toronto ed mirvishWhere would Toronto be without the contributions of Timothy Eaton, Robert Simpson, William Davies, Henry Pellatt, or Ed Mirvish? It's hard to say, but we would all be worse off were it not for the success of their businesses or the timing of their financial investments.

Some of the names on this will be familiar, others less so, but their legacies are still tangible. Toronto has streetcars, its downtown mall, and one of its defining foodstuffs thanks to the input of these early businessmen.

Here are 5 early entrepreneurs who helped shape Toronto.

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Explore the complex history of Toronto with this map

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 22, 2014

toronto park lotsIn 2012, Wendy Smith became curious about the owner of the laneway behind her Harbord Village home. After digging through the provincial property records, Smith came up with a name: "F. W. Jarvis." One of her neighbours, she assumed, because the same person also owned the narrow alleys in the Victorian terrace.

Not quite.

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The tourist's guide to 5 alternative Torontos

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 22, 2014

toronto australiaToronto, Ont. getting you down? Why not seek out a new Toronto, one on the shore of a saltwater lake in the near the Pacific Ocean, maybe. Or perhaps another amid gently rolling verdant countryside in the north of England. If not, there are plenty of small towns in the United States (emphasis on small) using the Toronto name.

It's safe to say every other Toronto in the world is named for our Toronto. This city derives its name from a Mohawk word used to describe an area where trees grow in shallow water, anglicized variously as: "Tkaronto," "Taronto," and "Taranteau" before the current spelling was decided in the 1830s.

Here are 5 other Torontos of varying quality for your next trip.

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New entrance to Dufferin Station set to open

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 21, 2014

Dufferin StationDufferin station has been a construction site for four years, but finally, on Monday, the finishing touched will be unveiled following a $30 million renovation that has dramatically transformed what was once one of the TTC's most dreary stations.

But before that can happen, the TTC needs to close the station for two full days over the weekend to complete last minute jobs, like wall, ceiling, and floor finishes, and deep cleaning.

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