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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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Would Toronto rather just vote in a Squirrel for Mayor?

Posted by Aubrey Jax / July 24, 2014

Mayor Squirrel TorontoI would. Squirrels help put Toronto on the map - most of our Flickr pool is squirrel pics, and while we can't claim to be one of the five locales warring for albino squirrel capital (as Exeter, Ontario can), our black squirrels are famed, and many a fresh young face on Queen West would be happy show off their squirrel tote bags, clothing, accessories, and tattoos - well, maybe not all the tattoos. It's squirrel-mania out there.

So no one should be particularly surprised that a squirrel is now running for mayor of Toronto, ostensibly on the implied slogan "nuts not crack." Conveniently, the squirrel in the running has the surname of Squirrel, as I suppose most squirrels do. Does Mayor Squirrel have an official ring to it? Compared to Crack Mayor, yup.

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New in Toronto real estate: 1000 Bay Condos

Posted by Derek Flack / July 24, 2014

1000 Bay condos1000 Bay Condos (or 1Thousand if you're into the developer's branding) are one of a series of new condos in the works on this particularly stretch of the street, the most notable of which is the Britt at the former Sutton Place Hotel site. Not as soaring as some of the other developments nearby, the development will nevertheless contribute to the further densification of Bay St., something that makes sense given its amenities and the width of the road (it's rarely snarled with traffic south of Bloor).

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The Toronto airport rail link will be epic, apparently

Posted by Chris Bateman / July 24, 2014

toronto union pearson expressToronto had a dream. It wasn't lower crime, or better living conditions, or even a downtown relief line. No, it was the ability to get to the airport without using a car or bus. Now, according to an unintentionally hilarious promotional video just released by Metrolinx, that dream is almost a reality.

According to the assembled stock footage, climactic music, and emotional voiceover, when the Union-Pearson Express opens in 2015 it will not only "establish Toronto as the undeniable symbol of progress and prosperity in Ontario, but help seal our credibility as an international player on the global stage." Finally!

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Latest poll shows Tory, Ford and Chow in dead heat

Posted by Derek Flack / July 23, 2014

rob ford pollThree months from the Toronto mayoral election, the latest poll puts the race at a dead heat between frontrunner candidates John Tory, Rob Ford and Olivia Chow. These new numbers suggest a boost for the incumbent relative to Chow, who's numbers have sharply declined since the company's last poll. According to Forum Research, the current breakdown of the vote is as follows: Chow (29 per cent), Tory (28 per cent) and Ford (27 per cent). Karen Stintz and David Soknacki trail well behind at six and five per cent respectively.





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Transit App is voted best TTC app

Posted by Staff / July 23, 2014

best ttc appWhat's the best transit app in Toronto? According to readers of this site it's the aptly named Transit App which edged out Moovit and Rocketman in our recent poll. As the winning app, Transit App will be promoted on ttc.ca and officially endorsed by the TTC for the next year.

"We couldn't be more happy that Toronto chose Transit App! We're thrilled the TTC is officially endorsing our app, and we're proud that tens of thousands of the region's commuters use it every day. We look forward to improving the transit experience of many more users in Toronto and around the world," said Transit App Co-Founder and CEO Sam Vermette.

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