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10 signs you grew up in Thornhill

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 25, 2014

thornhillPlenty of Torontonians (myself included) will fiercely defend their right to call Toronto their place of origin, but like so many others transplanted in this city, there are some easy tells (and collective memories) if you spent your formative years just outside the city limits.

Here are 10 signs you grew up in Thornhill.

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10 questions for Olivia Chow

Posted by Chris Bateman / October 25, 2014

olivia chowAfter months of campaigning, a seemingly endless series of debates, and countless hours of canvassing, the 2014 Toronto municipal election is finally at hand. On Monday, voters will finally elect a replacement for Rob Ford. Prior to entering the race, Olivia Chow was widely tipped to be a shoo-in for mayor. Even without expressing a formal interest in the role, the Trinity-Spadina MP was polling even with Rob Ford.

At the time of writing, however, momentum appears to be firmly with John Tory. The latest Ipsos Reid poll of decided voters, released yesterday, gave the former Greater Toronto CivicAction chair a commanding eleven-point lead over his nearest rival, Doug Ford. In addition, all four of the city's major daily newspapers have officially endorsed Tory. Olivia Chow, it appears, will have to deliver an epic election night upset in order to return to city hall.

On the eve of the election, I connected with Chow to discuss how she'd improve Toronto and a number of other election issues that haven't received much play. Requests were also made to speak with her main competitors -- John Tory and Doug Ford -- but neither made the time to chat with us.

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Doug Ford team goes on illegal sign spree

Posted by Derek Flack / October 24, 2014

ford mayor signDoug Ford's campaign team hasn't exactly played by the rules when it comes to the placement of election signs. A report from the Toronto Star reveals that Toronto by-law officers have removed 336 illegally placed "Ford for Mayor" signs since October 2nd when candidates were authorized to distribute and post their campaign materials in designated areas. That might not seem like an enormous number, but considering that both Olivia Chow and John Tory have had 25 and 21 signs removed respectively, it's difficult to be particularly sympathetic.

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Does Toronto need a TTC university?

Posted by Chris Bateman / October 23, 2014

toronto ttcWhen mayoral candidate Ari Goldkind released his surprisingly complex (and expensive) "More than a Map" transit plan earlier this week, one of the proposals that stood out among the tangle of light rail and bus rapid transit was the idea of a TTC "UniverCity," "the world's first post-secondary institution dedicated to transit." But what exactly would that look like?

Goldkind says the $50 million educational institution would develop innovations in transit that could be marketed outside Canada, as well as advocating for better planning and helping to shape public opinion.

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You can watch a partial solar eclipse in Toronto today

Posted by Derek Flack / October 23, 2014

solar eclipse torontoToronto will be witness to a rare celestial occurrence today in the form of a partial solar eclipse at sunset. The eclipse will get underway at around 5:40pm local time and continue until the sun dips below the horizon. During this period, viewers in Toronto will be see about a third of the sun covered by the moon. At the eclipse's peak this will grow to roughly two thirds of the surface, but unfortunately that'll be after the sun has set. If you're super keen to see more of the eclipse, you can head way north and west, where the sun's relative altitude is more optimal.

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10 quirky things to know about Etobicoke

Posted by Chris Bateman / October 22, 2014

EtobicokeModern day Etobicoke, like the City of Toronto, is a relatively recent construction. Once a disparate collection of small towns and villages, the current city is a suburban spread of high-rise apartments, leafy residential streets, and tough-looking industrial zones.

Toronto's western neighbourhoods are also home to numerous tantalizing curiosities, including remnants of a lost village absorbed and almost erased by the encroachment of modern industry, a massive and ornate Hindu temple, a pioneer cemetery landlocked by highway ramps, and a tiny fragment of a cancelled light rail line at Kipling station.

Here are 10 quirky things to know about Etobicoke.

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