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Latest Toronto election poll shows a tight race

Posted by Derek Flack / April 16, 2014

toronto election pollEarly polling is a dubious indicator of who will ultimately win an election, but as far as trends go, it's becoming clear that the Toronto mayoral race is going to be a tight battle between its three frontrunners. In the latest poll, conducted by Forum Research for The Toronto Star, Chow leads the pack with 34 per cent of respondents, followed by Ford at 27 per cent, and Tory at 24 per cent. Karen Stintz and David Soknacki, meanwhile, lag behind at six and four per cent.







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Huge blackout hits the west end of Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 15, 2014

toronto blackout 2014A large portion of Toronto's west end was in darkness this evening following a sudden and massive power outage. The lights went off around 9:15 and stayed off for close to two hours in parts of the city.

Toronto Hydro said the blackout was caused by a Hydro One transmission issue. While the city was dark, the outage map on the electricity provider's website was down due to a surge in demand. At its greatest extent, the problem affected most of the west end south of the 401, parts of downtown west of Yonge, and the Port Lands. A small pocket in the Beach also appeared to get hit.

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Is Bay & Bloor in danger of becoming a condo jungle?

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 15, 2014

toronto yorkvilleFour major residential towers planned for the south end of Yorkville, near Bloor and Bay, are putting the local area on course for a "disturbing" future, the chair of the city's Design Review Panel says.

The group of experts who advise city staff about how to blend new developments with the public realm is worried the size of condos proposed at 50 Bloor Street West, 2 Bloor Street West (which already has OMB approval,) 37 Yorkville Avenue, and 1 Yorkville Avenue could ruin the livability of the upscale neighbourhood.

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TTC construction forces long closure of Queen & Leslie

Posted by Derek Flack / April 15, 2014

Queen Leslie constructionThose fancy new streetcars sure are nice, but the TTC needs somewhere to put them. Enter the Leslie Barns, a new car house being built at Lake Shore that will accommodate about half the fleet of new low-floor vehicles. As part of this project, the TTC has to install new tracks at Queen and Leslie streets, which will result in an extended closure of the intersection this spring. Between May 11 and June 21 (assuming everything goes according to plan) the corner that's home to The Duke and The Nose will only be passable if you're on foot or bike.

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House of the week: 5 Hawthorn Gardens

Posted by Staff / April 15, 2014

5 Hawthorn Gardens Toronto5 Hawthorn Gardens is a dream home -- particularly as it's staged for sale. Despite its nearly $16 million asking price, one doubts that its future owner will be able to match the artistic pomp that's on display as this Rosedale residence goes to market. Look carefully at the photos below and you'll see the work of Diane Arbus, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and a host of other big name photographers beside collections of ceramics carefully sealed away in display cases around the home. And that's not to mention the library, which is Disney-esque in its grandeur and beauty.

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Province announces $29 billion transit funding plan

Posted by Derek Flack / April 14, 2014

ontario 29 billion transit fundingPremier Kathleen Wynne made a major promise to fund transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas today at Queen's Park. As part of a 10 year plan that would involve a $29 billion investment in provincial transportation infrastructure, the GTHA would receive as much as $15 billon of funding for projects like new subways, roads and bridges. That sure sounds promising, but where exactly the full sum of this money will come from has yet to be revealed.

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