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The top 5 late night drives in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / August 29, 2014

late night drive torontoThe late night drive is a quintessential urban experience, one that reveals the city in its purest visual form, a mass of glimmering lights set against a black sky. It's late at night when one can really explore a city by car (during the day walking or cycling are vastly superior), when the traffic has thinned and it's possible to cruise along with no other purpose than to soak up the scene and the cool air that pushes through an open car window.

"I used to get in my car, get on the highway and drive and it would be nighttime and I would be looking at this city and if the music matched that scenery, then it was right for me," Drake has said of his last album Nothing Was the Same, underscoring, once again, that our biggest star is also our biggest fan -- not to mention someone who understands that late night driving is all about atmosphere.

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Waterfront LRT back on Toronto's transit roadmap

Posted by Derek Flack / August 29, 2014

waterfront lrt torontoTwo of Toronto's top bureaucrats are pushing to bring a waterfront LRT to Toronto. TTC CEO Andy Byford and City Manager Joe Pennachetti have already had talks with the provincial government about a line stretching across the foot of the city, which would ease congestion on Lake Shore Blvd. and the Gardiner Expressway.

Rather than taking the proposal to city council first, the two are trying to secure provincial and federal funds for the project prior to a formal debate. It's a savvy move, and one that just might bypass the flip-flopping that has characterized Toronto's transit plans over the last decade or so.

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Toronto postcards from the 1980s

Posted by Derek Flack / August 29, 2014

Toronto postcard 1980sToronto postcards from the 1980s are a bit more difficult to come by than you might think. While we're blessed with a huge collection of these bits of nostalgia from the 1970s, less have made their way online from the decade that followed. That said, it's irresistible for me to pull together than ones that are floating around out there because I just love Toronto of the 1980s. During this period, the city was at once modern and sparse, on the brink of the condo development boom that would so drastically transform its landscape in the decades that followed.

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Arctic Char at the Chase

Posted by Derek Flack / August 29, 2014

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New in Toronto real estate: The Ossington Townhomes

Posted by Derek Flack / August 28, 2014

ossington townhomesThe Ossington Townhomes is a luxury development on Ossington just north of Dupont. While located significantly north of the section of the street known as the epicentre of cool (one should always doubt such designations), it's hard to argue against the location, which offers easy access to a ton of amenities but is quiet enough to appeal to those looking for something away from the bustle of downtown.

From a design standpoint, these are less modern than some of the recent developments we've seen. According to the developer, the idea is to inject some British flair into the neighbourhood, which basically ensures that the project features architecture that's on the conservative side. Given the neighbourhood's existing architecture, that's probably not going to bother current residents one bit.

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5 lowlights from Rob Ford's football coaching days

Posted by Derek Flack / August 28, 2014

Rob Ford FootballNew documents obtained by the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail via a freedom of information request reveal that Rob Ford's tenure as the football coach for the Don Bosco Eagles was at least as troubled as his time in the big chair at city hall. In fact, it'd be difficult to imagine a high school coaching scenario more dramatic than Ford's time with the Eagles. Of the various highlights from the documents obtained, a report entitled "Critical incidents involving Mayor Ford" alleges these startling events:

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