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A love letter to Toronto's alleyways and lanes

Posted by Derek Flack / April 30, 2016

toronto alleywayThe Toronto laneway is the vein to the artery that is the city's streets. There are over 250 kilometres of laneways and alleys spread across the city, though you wouldn't know it without looking at a map. You could pass by the entrance to a laneway for months without taking notice of it, relegated as they are to background status.

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5 small towns to visit two hours from Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / April 30, 2016

small town ontarioThere are small towns all over Ontario worth exploring but there are a select few worth seeking out as destinations unto themselves. Be it on account of an exciting culinary scene, historical architecture, or natural beauty, these are places where you immerse yourself for a weekend while escaping city life and soaking up the quaint culture of this province.

Here are my picks for 5 small towns worth visiting within a two hour drive of Toronto.

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What kind of apartment does $1250 get you in Toronto?

Posted by Derek Flack / April 29, 2016

1250 dollar apartment torontoThe $1250 apartment in Toronto is a good litmus test for the state of the rental market in general. Unsurprisingly, then, the first thing you notice about units at this price point is that you get less than what you used to. Where $1250 once easily secured a nice aboveground one-bedroom, today one sees more and more basements and bachelors.

Here's a sample of apartments listed for $1250 in Toronto.

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Arts

The top 33 bookstores in Toronto by type

Posted by Derek Flack / April 27, 2016

bookstores torontoToronto book stores haven't all packed up shop just yet. On the contrary, a survey of the city's book scene reveals that bricks and mortar shops are still plentiful despite the near-constant doom and gloom we hear related to online sales. In fact, the local book shops that have been the most resilient in the face of competition are independent outfits with a specific focus.

These are the top book stores in Toronto by type.

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Best of Toronto

The Best Bike Stores in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / April 27, 2016

bike stores torontoThe best bike stores in Toronto cover a wide variety of specialities, from the needs of the humble commuter to the featherweight road racer. In general, the city's most established shops are run by cycling fanatics whose passion shines through in their service. While you might rightfully be loyal to a local shop, some speciality stores are worth the trip for service and selection.

These are the best bike stores in Toronto.
City

All of Toronto's libraries might shut down next week

Posted by Derek Flack / April 27, 2016

toronto library strikeToronto Public Library branches might be closed across the city next week as workers prepare to go on strike in the face of labour negotiations the union characterizes as of "extreme concern." The city's previous four-year contract with library workers expired on December 31, and negotiations have crawled along since February.

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