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Eat & Drink

Dooney's to return to Bloor St. (but not the Annex)

Posted by Derek Flack / November 25, 2014

DooneysDooney's, the much loved Annex cafe and restaurant, is set to make a return to Bloor St. after closing its doors at Bloor and Borden streets back in 2009. The rebirth of the cafe will not, however, take place in the old hood. As the CBC reports, the new iteration will be located at Bloor and Carling, just over a kilometre west of the original spot.

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Ontario bans flavoured tobacco and restricts e-cig sales

Posted by Derek Flack / November 24, 2014

flavoured tobacco banSmoking restrictions in Ontario are getting tighter than ever. New legislation will ban the sale of flavoured tobacco -- including menthol cigarettes -- throughout the province, while the smoking of e-cigarettes will be forbidden in all those places regular tobacco is restricted (e.g. restaurants, bars, parks, etc.). The sale of e-cigarettes will also be prohibited to those under the age of 19.

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10 signs you grew up in the Annex

Posted by Derek Flack / November 24, 2014

annex vintageThe Annex, like so many Toronto neighbourhoods, is a very different place than it was a couple decades ago. Beyond the updated mural at Lee's Palace, the rise of corporate chains, and the recent loss of Sonic Boom, the place has undergone subtle shifts over the years -- some for the better and some for the worse. It's hard not to miss some of the old places even as it's imprudent to groan about the putative loss of authenticity tied to a more bohemian past.

Growing up, I never actually had an Annex address, but I spent every weekend there once I hit 16 and became friends with a group of neighbourhood kids. As much as North Toronto was where I spent my youth, it was the Annex that captured my heart when I was old enough to choose where I spent my time.

Here are 10 signs you grew up in the Annex.

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Arts

World's Biggest Bookstore meets the wrecking ball

Posted by Derek Flack / November 24, 2014

Worlds Biggest BookstoreThe World's Biggest Bookstore was demolished this weekend, bringing a close to an era that began in 1980 on Edward St. The store had already closed its doors back in March, but the loss of the structure that once housed the shop serves as a sort of exclamation point to end the narrative, one which has troubling implications for other bricks and mortar bookstores around the city.

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Bike Pirates launches crowdfunding effort to relocate

Posted by Derek Flack / November 24, 2014

Bike Pirates TorontoAfter eight years near Bloor and Lansdowne, DIY repair joint and community hub Bike Pirates is set to relocate. The volunteer-run organization wants to expand to a bigger space, for which it's asking for the public's help via an Indiegogo campaign to the tune of $20,000.

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Swimming Anyone?

Posted by Derek Flack / November 24, 2014

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