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Arts

Toronto bakery captures the soul of its neighbourhood

Posted by Rick McGinnis / June 19, 2015

souls of st clairGrowing up in and around his grandparents' bakery and deli on St. Clair West, Franco Deleo was surrounded by Italian-speaking adults on both sides of the counter. Part of the great wave of immigration to Canada after the Second World War, they'd made the family bakery and the streets outside a community - a place where they felt comfortable as they shopped and socialized.

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Sports & Play

Honda Indy a wet treat for Toronto race car fans

Posted by Rick McGinnis / June 16, 2015

Honda Indy TorontoThe Honda Indy returned to Toronto a month early this year, running a single race in June instead of a double header in July, thanks to the Pan Am Games. While it was fortunate that the schedule could be changed to let the race happen - it was thanks to the Games that Toronto didn't get a taste of the Women's World Cup of Soccer - it meant that the cars raced in the cool air and occasional rain of late spring instead of the usual summer sun.

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Sports & Play

What you'll see at the 2015 Toronto Auto Show

Posted by Rick McGinnis / February 14, 2015

Toronto auto showThe 2015 Toronto Auto Show kicked off with a keynote address from Ford that touched on every possible theme in the auto industry's repertoire. Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford in the Americas, talked about congestion, pollution, urbanization, social media, China, millennials and autonomous cars in a speech that was equal parts economics and sociology.

I patiently endured the speech, knowing that the new Ford GT was sitting under a big blue sheet just behind him.

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Sports & Play

Where to fly a Boeing 737 in Toronto

Posted by Rick McGinnis / November 15, 2014

Threshold AviationFlying a plane isn't the sort of challenge that most people respond to with "how hard can it be?" We all have a pretty good idea how difficult it is to fly a plane, even if we've never gotten closer than peering through the cockpit doors when boarding or watching Air Force One on Netflix. Now you can walk into a storefront just beneath the flight paths at Pearson and find out just how complicated the task is.

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City

Ford Nation down but not out in Toronto politics

Posted by Rick McGinnis / October 28, 2014

Rob FordThe results were already in by the time public transit got me to the Rexdale banquet hall where Doug Ford had hoped - like any candidate, however they've polled - to hold his victory party. It wasn't good, but the atmosphere wasn't nearly as subdued as I expected.

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Sports & Play

How to spend a day in Corso Italia

Posted by Rick McGinnis / October 17, 2014

corso italiaCorso Italia is basically Little Italy 2.0 - the next place postwar Italians lived after College Street got crowded and Woodbridge was still farmland. It's retained its Italian character - alongside a Portuguese and more recently arrived Latin American one, and its residential side streets are full of cute little houses that are going up in value every month, but hey - welcome to Toronto.

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