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Explore the complex history of Toronto with this map

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 22, 2014

toronto park lotsIn 2012, Wendy Smith became curious about the owner of the laneway behind her Harbord Village home. After digging through the provincial property records, Smith came up with a name: "F. W. Jarvis." One of her neighbours, she assumed, because the same person also owned the narrow alleys in the Victorian terrace.

Not quite.

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The tourist's guide to 5 alternative Torontos

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 22, 2014

toronto australiaToronto, Ont. getting you down? Why not seek out a new Toronto, one on the shore of a saltwater lake in the near the Pacific Ocean, maybe. Or perhaps another amid gently rolling verdant countryside in the north of England. If not, there are plenty of small towns in the United States (emphasis on small) using the Toronto name.

It's safe to say every other Toronto in the world is named for our Toronto. This city derives its name from a Mohawk word used to describe an area where trees grow in shallow water, anglicized variously as: "Tkaronto," "Taronto," and "Taranteau" before the current spelling was decided in the 1830s.

Here are 5 other Torontos of varying quality for your next trip.

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New entrance to Dufferin Station set to open

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 21, 2014

Dufferin StationDufferin station has been a construction site for four years, but finally, on Monday, the finishing touched will be unveiled following a $30 million renovation that has dramatically transformed what was once one of the TTC's most dreary stations.

But before that can happen, the TTC needs to close the station for two full days over the weekend to complete last minute jobs, like wall, ceiling, and floor finishes, and deep cleaning.

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5 things you didn't know were underground in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 21, 2014

underground TorontoThere's more underground in Toronto than just the PATH, the subway, and the sewers. In fact, there's everything from solid gold to rotting garbage hidden beneath our feet, you just have to look for the clues. For urban explorers and believers in urban legend, the subterranean world is a happy hunting ground. Abandoned subway stations and disused tunnels make for great photographs, and even better stories (who can forget the one about the secret alien city or the bizarre Tunnel Monster of Cabbagetown.)

Here are 5 (real) things you didn't know were underground in Toronto.

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King streetcar gets steamy & gross following "sex act"

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 21, 2014

toronto king streetcarA group of passionate riders rode the rocket a little too hard Thursday night, shutting down the King streetcar and thoroughly grossing out dozens of unfortunate witnesses.

According to police, the incident took place around 5:30 p.m. at the height of the evening rush hour. The CBC reports two men and a woman, all of whom appeared to be intoxicated, were engaged in "sexual activity" (though it's not clear what that involved exactly) as the car headed westbound near York St. After being confronted, the amorous bunch disappeared into the night, but not before causing a 20-minute delay.

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10 quirky things to know about the Junction

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 20, 2014

toronto junctionThe Junction has a history unlike any other Toronto neighbourhood. Growing up near the crossroads of two ancient portage trails, the hardscrabble, boom-and-bust Town of West Toronto Junction was given life in the late 1800s by four major railway lines and numerous mills, factories, and other heavy industries located within its boundaries.

The Junction, briefly the independent City of West Toronto, was annexed in 1909, five years after the town declared itself alcohol free. Remarkably, the prohibition of alcohol within the neighbourhood persisted until 1997, around the time gentrification began to take hold. Today, condos are sprouting inside former factories, but there are still pockets where manual labour persists.

Here are 10 quirky things to know about the Junction.

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