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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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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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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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How to spend a day in Mount Dennis

Posted by Rick McGinnis / October 5, 2014

Mount DennisMount Dennis might be the next neighbourhood to transform itself, but even if real estate here is no longer the cheapest in the city, there's still a waiting game to be played. Spending a day here is nothing like dawn to dusk in any of Toronto's more desirable districts. For one thing, you'll save a lot of money, and you'd better bring some decent walking shoes.

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Stunning Visitor Centre finally opens at Fort York

Posted by Rick McGinnis / September 22, 2014

The site of the Visitor Centre, 2014The new Visitor Centre at Fort York opened this past weekend, a year late and not completely finished, but looking very much like the architectural drawings that announced the project in 2009. While the Common Ground Festival went on inside the Fort and musicians played on the temporary stage in the square outside the new centre and directly beneath the Gardiner, the public got a chance to see the new addition to the crown jewel in the city's inventory of historical properties.

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The sights and sounds of the CNE at night

Posted by Rick McGinnis / August 30, 2014

the cne torontoJust before the sun starts going down you see them - the exodus of fairgoers through the Princes' and Dufferin Gates out of the CNE, but after nearly five decades of the Ex I have never understood why they're going just when everything's about to get good.

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