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How to watch the April lunar eclipse in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / April 14, 2014

Lunar Eclipse TorontoA full lunar eclipse will be visible from Toronto starting just before 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Unlike other cosmic events like the Aurora Borealis, light pollution won't prevent city residents from taking in the show. While it'd be a good idea to find a relatively dark place to do your viewing, the so-called blood moon is easily visibly with the naked eye (though, in fact, it's more of a rust/copper colour).

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Jimmy Kimmel appears on Ford Nation YouTube show

Posted by Derek Flack / April 14, 2014

Kimmel Ford NationJimmy Kimmel actually made it onto Ford Nation, the Ford brothers floundering YouTube show. Dressed in a facsimile of the red and black "magician's outfit" that the mayor wore when he appeared on Kimmel's show last month, the late night host showed off his Rob Ford bobblehead dolls, fielded some inane questions from Doug, and cracked a few jokes at the Fords' expense. There wasn't much to it all, but you can bet that it'll be spun as something pretty major by Ford Nation.

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Toronto deemed the most resilient city in the world

Posted by Derek Flack / April 11, 2014

Toronto resilientToronto tends to do well on lists. In addition to high marks on various livability rankings, we were recently deemed the best city for youth in the world. And now we can add resiliency to our portfolio. Grosvenor, a London-based developer, recently compiled a list of the world's most resilient cities and we earned top marks. Notably, the top three was rounded out by Vancouver and Calgary, signalling the strength of the Canadian economy.

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That time when Toronto was in love with Niagara Falls

Posted by Derek Flack / April 11, 2014

Niagara Falls History TorontoFlying into Toronto from the south, you might get lucky and see Niagara Falls. You need a west-facing seat, of course. And you best hope the Ativan has thinned in your bloodstream enough to allow your sagging eyes to recognize what amounts to a bit of mist. But if you know where and when to look, you can't miss the Queen of the Cataracts, rumbling away just 50 kilometres from the CN Tower -- two wonders of the world separated by half a lake.

Today we tend to look at Niagara with disdain. Tourist trap. Motel wasteland. Kitsch paradise. This is a place where the various wax museums seem to spill out into the streets and claim the town in suspended animation. The heart-shaped jacuzzi tubs are mostly empty now, residual metaphors of a place down on its luck. These days you go to Niagara to gamble, to revive old love in a falls-view suite. And you always come back broke.

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Posted by Derek Flack / April 11, 2014

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Toronto just made liquor licences even harder to acquire

Posted by Derek Flack / April 9, 2014

Liquor Licence TorontoThose looking to open new bars and restaurants in Toronto are going to face new hurdles after the City changed its process for the acquisition of a liquor licence in response to relaxed enforcement efforts on the part of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). In the past, the AGCO policed special conditions attached to many city liquor licences like the requirement to sell food or regulate noise, but in mid March it announced that it would now restrict its focus to core issues like service to minors and overcrowding.

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