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Spoof mayoral campaign skewers Doug Ford

Posted by Derek Flack / October 1, 2014

doug ford spoof campaignThe 2010 Toronto election had its fair share of spoof campaigns to bring a little levity to what is a long campaign, but there's been little of this sort of fun this time around. Well, that is up until now. This campaign on behalf Doug Ford is wonderfully simple and also hilarious. Perhaps the best part is that Michael Dunbar Jr., the person behind the spoof (or least the name associated with the Twitter handle), actually managed to get these brochures onto a table amongst the official version at a recent debate. They stayed there for about 15 minutes, he reports.

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Chaos reigns as TTC shuts down part of Bloor Line

Posted by Chris Bateman / September 30, 2014

TTC shut downThe TTC was forced to shut down a large portion of the Bloor-Danforth line at the height of this morning's rush hour after debris was found on the tracks near Dundas West station.

The closure forced packed trains to empty at Keele and St. George, leaving hundreds of people to crowd into station corridors and stairways. There were reports on Twitter of people fainting amid the crush.

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Toronto to get its first sky park as part of mega project

Posted by Chris Bateman / September 30, 2014

toronto 45-141 bayDevelopers have released the first firm details of a massive 8-acre, $2 billion downtown office development that will include a new GO Transit bus terminal, two 48-storey towers, and an elevated park over the Union Station rail corridor.

The long-rumoured 251,000 square metre development is planned for the east side of Bay between Front and Lake Shore. According to Metrolinx and IvanhoƩ Cambridge, the developer behind the project, part of the complex will straddle the Union Station rail corridor, providing space for a new aerial park, a first for Toronto.

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Condo developers propose King High Line

Posted by Derek Flack / September 30, 2014

King High LineToronto is in love with the idea of the High Line, New York's much-lauded elevated park. There have been dreams of re-purposing the Gardiner Expressway in such a way, but no one is holding their breath for such a scenario to unfold in our lifetime. The latest Toronto High Line proposal seems at least a bit more realistic, even if it's still a stretch. Pitched by developers Urbancorp and First Capital Realty, this vision would see an extended pedestrian bridge constructed to connect Liberty Village with West Queen West.

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House of the Week: 309 Indian Road Crescent

Posted by Isabel Ritchie / September 30, 2014

309 Indian Road CrescentThis narrow home located at 309 Indian Road Crescent is newly renovated and move in ready. Coming through the front door, you enter a small but light-filled living room. With hardwood floors, 10 foot ceilings, and large front windows, the room flows seamlessly into the dining area and kitchen. It's not a big space, but it makes the most of what there is. You couldn't ask much more of row house of this size.

The dark hardwood floors continue onto the second floor throughout all three bedrooms. The Victorian era home has also been updated with a Master bedroom ensuite. No bathroom sharing necessary. The third bedroom is small - maybe better converted into an office or nursery. But if you don't have a lot of bodies in your family, this house could be the perfect size.

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5 things Toronto could learn from Singapore

Posted by Chris Bateman / September 30, 2014

singapore skyline5.3 million people are crowded into the island nation of Singapore. At just a touch larger than the City of Toronto, the city-state is the most densely populated country in the world, a place where car ownership, public transit, water conservation, and income disparity are critical issues that affect the entire population.

Because it has absolute authority over its own affairs, Singapore is able to control its urbanity to a much greater degree than Toronto, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of good city-building ideas within our reach. Here are 5 things Toronto could learn from one of Asia's leading commercial hubs.

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