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Eat & Drink

The Beer Store wants to scare you

Posted by Derek Flack / April 16, 2014

Beer store adThe Beer Store is really worried that one day alcohol might be sold in convenience stores, which, you know, would put a damper on its partial control of fun in this province. As part of its campaign against this possibility (the sum of which you can find on the "Ontario Beer Facts" website), it's released a new ad meant to strike fear in the hearts of anxious straight edge-types and parents everywhere. In it, a group of underage-looking dudes confidently stock up on booze at a local store without getting carded by the guy working the counter, who repeatedly refers to them as "boys" by way of encouraging their purchases.



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City

Latest Toronto election poll shows a tight race

Posted by Derek Flack / April 16, 2014

toronto election pollEarly polling is a dubious indicator of who will ultimately win an election, but as far as trends go, it's becoming clear that the Toronto mayoral race is going to be a tight battle between its three frontrunners. In the latest poll, conducted by Forum Research for The Toronto Star, Chow leads the pack with 34 per cent of respondents, followed by Ford at 27 per cent, and Tory at 24 per cent. Karen Stintz and David Soknacki, meanwhile, lag behind at six and four per cent.







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Tech

Bike Share Toronto gets a new app

Posted by Derek Flack / April 16, 2014

Toronto bike share appBike Share Toronto, the new company that has replaced BIXI, currently lacks its own mobile app to track bike availability and station location. They currently recommend that users try Spotcycle, but there's a new player on the scene that it might make sense to download. While I like Spotcycle, some of its extra annotation-based features might not appeal to users who are only looking for basic information about Bike Share stations.

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Sports & Play

The top 5 bike trails in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / April 15, 2014

Bike Trails TorontoCycling trails in Toronto offer sanctuary from both vehicular traffic and the general hustle and bustle of city life. We are a city blessed with ravines, and that is a very good thing if you like to ride your bike off road. While Toronto is also endowed with a healthy number of bike paths, the idea here is to focus in on unpaved places to ride your bike, where you can sometimes fool yourself that you've left the city altogether. The level of difficulty of these trails varies widely, so you need not own a full suspension mountain bike to enjoy all of the off-road opportunities around town. And, unsurprisingly, should you wish to drive a short distance outside the city, there's a ton of trail systems to choose from.

Here are the top 5 bike trails in Toronto.

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City

TTC construction forces long closure of Queen & Leslie

Posted by Derek Flack / April 15, 2014

Queen Leslie constructionThose fancy new streetcars sure are nice, but the TTC needs somewhere to put them. Enter the Leslie Barns, a new car house being built at Lake Shore that will accommodate about half the fleet of new low-floor vehicles. As part of this project, the TTC has to install new tracks at Queen and Leslie streets, which will result in an extended closure of the intersection this spring. Between May 11 and June 21 (assuming everything goes according to plan) the corner that's home to The Duke and The Nose will only be passable if you're on foot or bike.

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City

Province announces $29 billion transit funding plan

Posted by Derek Flack / April 14, 2014

ontario 29 billion transit fundingPremier Kathleen Wynne made a major promise to fund transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas today at Queen's Park. As part of a 10 year plan that would involve a $29 billion investment in provincial transportation infrastructure, the GTHA would receive as much as $15 billon of funding for projects like new subways, roads and bridges. That sure sounds promising, but where exactly the full sum of this money will come from has yet to be revealed.

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