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Arts

Arts and culture hub could be coming to Weston

Posted by Derek Flack / March 31, 2015

artscape westonSigns that Weston is a neighbourhood on the rise received a major endorsement from city council today in the form of a new arts and culture hub planned for 33 King St. to be managed by Artscape. The new development will feature 8,500 square feet of what's being called "cultural space" and will include 24 live-work spaces along with a neighbouring tower that will house 350 rental housing units developed by Rockport Group.

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City

Toronto ranked the 47th worst traffic in the world

Posted by Derek Flack / March 31, 2015

congestion torontoAccording to a new global ranking, Toronto is the 47th most congested city in the world. Is that better or worse than you'd imagine when you're stuck on the Gardiner Expressway? For what it's worth, that ranking puts us 8th in North America and 2nd in Canada, trailing cities like Los Angeles, Vancouver, San Francisco, New York and Seattle.

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Eat & Drink

Detroit style pizzeria to open in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / March 31, 2015

detroit pizza torontoToronto may have an (over) abundance of Neapolitan pizza places, a rising faction of Roman-style pizzerias, and a few New York-influenced pizza joints, but the Detroit pie is something that to my knowledge we haven't seen much of around these parts (we're still struggling in the Chicago department as well).

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City

Bold plan aims to cut Toronto emissions in half by 2030

Posted by Derek Flack / March 31, 2015

district 2030 torontoToronto is set to join the 2030 club, a group of cities across North America that aim to drastically reduce their emissions over the next 15 years. The initiative is the result of public-private collaboration that includes founding sponsors Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC), the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), and Enbridge Gas.

While the initiative doesn't cover the whole city, the so-called 2030 District in Toronto spans from Dupont St. to Lake Ontario, and the Don Valley to Bathurst St. It's all very ambitious -- and exciting depending on how one cares to regulate his skepticism.

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City

Toronto stays mostly bright for Earth Hour 2015

Posted by Derek Flack / March 30, 2015

Earth Hour 2015Evaluated on the numbers alone, Earth Hour 2015 failed to register much of a mark in Toronto. Shortly after the power down wrapped up, Toronto Hydro tweeted that energy consumption dipped by about 3.5 per cent between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on Saturday, which is a reduction of 103 megawatts.

That's about half of what the city managed last year (6 per cent), and less than a quarter of the 15 per cent drop achieved back in 2009 (which may have had some help from the weather). On the bright side, a 3.5 per cent drop is still the equivalent of taking 42,000 homes of the grid during the period in question.

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City

All Target stores in Toronto will close by mid-April

Posted by Derek Flack / March 30, 2015

target close torontoThe end of the line for Target stores in Toronto has now come into focus. As the retail giant continues to clear out its remaining Canadian inventory, it appears poised to accelerate its shutdown strategy. The original plan called for the company to windup local operations in May, but the new timeline moves that up to mid-April.

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