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Toronto kills plan for bike licenses

Posted by Staff / September 27, 2016

bike licenseCan you imagine if you had to get a license for your bike? The idea's not so far-fetched - apparently Toronto had made people license their bikes from 1935 until 1957. But don't worry Toronto cyclists, you won't have to get a license to keep cycling around the city any time soon.

That's because the public works and infrastructure committee voted (four to one) to defer this issue indefinitely at a meeting earlier today.

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One of Toronto's oldest eyesores will finally see new life

Posted by Derek Flack / September 27, 2016

bloor lansdowneThere are huge changes in store for the Junction Triangle, but an announcement today that the long vacant lot on Lansdowne Avenue between Bloor and Wallace has been finally been freed up for redevelopment might be the most significant.

The four acre site was the subject of a long dispute between the TTC and General Electric over TCE (trichloroethene) contamination. Vacant since 1997, now that the two parties have settled, the gaping hole in the neighbourhood can finally be reanimated. Anyone who's passed by here in the last nine years will know what a big deal this is.

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10 quirky things you might not know about Queen St.

Posted by Derek Flack / September 27, 2016

queen street torontoQueen is a street steeped in Toronto lore. From its status as the city's first major east/west thoroughfare to the arts and music heyday of the 1970s and '80s, to its ranking as one of the coolest strips in the world (thanks Vogue!). Behind Yonge, it might be the most important street in Toronto, and with that comes all sorts of quirky trivia to soak up.

Here are 10 quirky things you might not know about Queen St. in Toronto.

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1970s Yorkville relic to be razed for swank new retail

Posted by Amy Grief / September 27, 2016

101 yorkville torontoYorkville is already pretty fancy, but the neighbourhood near Yonge and Bloor is about to get even swankier. That's because Greybrook Realty Partners Inc. and First Capital Realty are getting ready to demolish the existing building at 101 Yorkville Ave., to make way for a new 35,000 square foot space, as Retail Insider reports today.

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Toronto again under attack by swarms of tiny insects

Posted by Derek Flack / September 27, 2016

midges torontoToronto is once again under siege by swarms of insects looking to mate before they perish later this fall. Those who live near that water will find the clouds of these chironomids (a.k.a. midges) particularly thick and bothersome, though they can also be found in other areas.

The city typically experiences two of these midge attacks a year, though the number can be as high as four. So far, the concentration hasn't been as bad as last year, but it's also earlier that they've been spotted.

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Rogers gets into real estate with massive condo project

Posted by Derek Flack / September 27, 2016

Rogers Condos MississaugaRogers is getting into the condo game -- in a major way. Plans for a 10 tower Mississauga condo complex were revealed today for a swath of land that Ted Rogers purchased in the 1960s with the intention of building a radio transmitter there. Now it will serve as the site of the first project for Rogers Real Estate Development Limited.

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