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Your photos of parks in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 28, 2014

Parks TorontoToronto's public parks are just one of the perks of summer in the city. We challenged our readers to share their favourite picnic spots, playing fields and green spaces. Congratulations to stilez for the above photo, which has earned our prize of a Pure Leaf Real Brewed Kit for winning this edition of our photo challenge series.

Check out all the submissions in our Toronto Parks stream.

5 things you didn't know about Olivia Chow

Posted by Chris Bateman / July 28, 2014

olivia chow mayorWhen Olivia Chow announced her plan to run for mayor of Toronto, no one was really surprised. The Trinity-Spadina MP had long been connected with a run for the office of the city's chief magistrate, especially during the Rob Ford drug scandals. Without expressing an official interest in the job, polls regularly placed her as the most likely contender to unseat Ford.

Born and raised in Hong Kong until aged 13, Chow and her family fled to Canada in 1970 amid the Cultural Revolution in China. In her memoir My Journey, she described her experience as part of a struggling immigrant family in Toronto's St. James Town.

Chow first became involved in politics in 1981 as an assistant to Spadina MP Dan Heap. She was elected a public school trustee in 1985, campaigning for gay rights, championing anti-racism and native language policies. As a Metro councillor and later city councillor and MP, affordable childcare became an important part of her focus.

Following her first election win in 1991, Chow emphasized the importance she places on working with the public. "If you work with people and organize them, they realize they can make a difference."

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Thousands turn out for bizarre, tense Ford Fest

Posted by Chris Bateman / July 26, 2014

toronto ford fest"He's had his problems, but he's not the boogeyman," said Allie as we rode the bus up Brimley Road to Thomson Memorial Park. A woman in her sixties, she had traveled alone from her home near St. George station, and although she didn't know how she would vote, she wanted to witness the spectacle of Ford Fest first hand. She wouldn't be disappointed.

Several thousand people, some of them in white Ford Nation t-shirts, many of them fanatical in their support for the Ford family, descended on Scarborough last night, lured by the promise of free burgers and the chance to meet the city's incumbent mayor.

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New food truck takes the funnel cake to new heights

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / July 26, 2014

funnel cake dream torontoFunnel Cake Dream is the result of one man's lifelong love affair with the favourite carnival snack. Paul Juchniewicz's food truck hit the road this spring, dishing out deep-fried squiggly treats to crowds across Toronto. The classic strawberry-topped funnel cake is - obviously - still on the menu, but you can get everything from Nutella to apple-cinnamon compote to maple syrup and bacon bits. (That's right - he'll make you a maple bacon funnel cake. O Canada!)

Read more about Funnel Cake Dream on Toronto Food Trucks.

5 lost neighbourhoods in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / July 25, 2014

toronto neighbourhoodsThe ever-expanding City of Toronto has absorbed and digested a multitude of once-independent small towns in its hungry quest for size and strength. Among the lost communities are Brockton, Carlton, Davenport, and Chester; some, like Parkdale and Yorkville, live on as well-known neighbourhoods.

The shifting urban landscape has also led to the loss of at least one prominent neighbourhood, The Ward, pictured above. Though new condos are bringing residents back to the area around City Hall, Yonge Street, and University, north of Queen, the name of the densely-populated immigrant area was lost long ago.

Here are 5 lost neighbourhoods and towns in Toronto.

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Yonge and Bloor streets to go car-free this summer

Posted by Chris Bateman / July 24, 2014

open streets torontoA large portion of Yonge and Bloor streets will be handed over to pedestrians, cyclists, and outdoor community events for two Sundays this August as part of an plan to create two temporary linear parks.

The Open Streets concept, which has been adopted in major cities such as New York and Los Angeles, promotes physical activity and allows businesses on the route to temporarily open onto the street (no outside vendors are allowed.) Toronto's event, the first of its kind in the city, will operate on Sundays two weeks apart: Aug 17th and 31st.

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