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Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon road closures, route and cheering zones

Posted by Chris Bateman / October 17, 2014

toronto waterfront marathonThe Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is here again, and for most of us that means an afternoon spent watching other people exert themselves. This year's event, the 25th anniversary of the original Coors Light Toronto Half-Marathon, is expected to draw more than 150,000 spectators and raise at least $4 million for local charities, according to the event's organizers.

As the name suggests, the route of the marathon will closely follow the waterfront, from High Park in the west to the Beach in the east, via downtown. For spectators, 12 official "cheering zones" will be set up at various intervals on the course where there will be neighbourhood themed music, food, and other events.

The scale of this year's marathon will mean significant disruption for motorists and TTC riders, the full details of which are outlined below.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2014 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

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Heavy rain triggers flash floods in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / October 16, 2014

toronto floodIt's raining in Toronto, and that can only mean one thing--a flood. Steady late afternoon rain followed by a series of powerful thunderstorms made rivers out of streets in northern parts of the city, disrupting subway, streetcar, and bus service. Railway underpasses and streets with drains blocked by leaves are currently no-go zones, but things are steadily improving.

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Man takes epic drone selfie from Scarborough Bluffs

Posted by Derek Flack / October 16, 2014

drone selfie scarborough bluffsThere's selfies, and then there's drone selfies. Visual producer Jon Corbin sent us this short clip of an attempt at a rather epic self portrait at the Scarborough Bluffs, one that is ultimately sabotaged by a random jogger who creeps into the frame and then stays to mug for the camera at the end. If there's one thing that's particularly noteworthy about the video, it's how stunning the the bluffs look when the drone creeps over the edge and hovers above the photographer at the controls. They look enormous from the perspective of the drone.

Have a look.

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Tory carries six point lead over Ford in latest poll

Posted by Derek Flack / October 16, 2014

John ToryJohn Tory is six points ahead of Doug Ford with less than two weeks to go before the municipal election, according to a new poll by Forum Research. In the company's last poll on October 6th, Tory and Ford were neck and neck. Forum has the current breakdown of candidates as follows: Tory at 39 per cent, Ford at 33 per cent, and Olivia Chow at 23 per cent.

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10 quirky things to know about Scarborough

Posted by Chris Bateman / October 16, 2014

scarborough historyScarborough is an excellent shape shifter. Over the course of its 200-year history it has been a tiny rural village, a township, a borough, a city, and an amalgamated part of Toronto. From some angles it's familiar postwar, ranch-style suburbia with driveways, double garages, and strip malls, from others it's hardscrabble industrial; railway sidings, highways, and processing plants.

Scarborough is also one of the great immigrant areas of the city. There is Chinese, Filipino, Somali, Indian, and Caribbean culture in abundance here, just to name a few, and plenty of curiosities as well: parks containing pieces of lost downtown buildings, faded motels, hidden suspension bridges, and radioactive soil.

Here are 10 quirky things you might not know about Scarborough.

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5 things Toronto could learn from London

Posted by Chris Bateman / October 15, 2014

london houses of parliamentCities like Toronto love to compare themselves to London. A major metropolis and world financial centre, the United Kingdom's biggest and most populated urban centre has been a trend setter for centuries, pioneering or popularizing many of the features standard to cities around the world.

Some 8.4 million people live in Greater London, even more in its sprawling commuter belt. The city has a massive and growing public transport network that comprises subways, surface rail, streetcars, light rail, buses, even a weird novelty gondola thing. Paying to ride transit is astonishingly simple, its endless tangled network of ancient streets includes pedestrian-friendly zones, and many of its best museums are completely free.

Here are 5 things Toronto could learn from London.

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