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Watch a guy smash his head into window on Dundas St

Posted by Derek Flack / November 17, 2014

bikes wheels window smashedHere's an eerie video if we've ever seen one. Captured on a security camera outside of Bikes on Wheels new location at Dundas and Brock, a solitary male figure suddenly enters the frame and smashes his head through the large front window, as a group of people smoking in the foreground seemingly pay no attention at all.

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First men's centre opens its doors in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / November 17, 2014

toronto mens centreRemember the men's rights group who tried to throw a music festival this spring? The Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE), are back in action, opening a new centre following a summer crowdfunding campaign. The Canadian Centre for Men and Families opens today at 152 Carlton St., with a slate of programming providing support for men, including counselling, support groups and workshops.

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How Toronto got its various nicknames

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 15, 2014

toronto skylineEvery major city has a cliched nickname: New York is the Big Apple, Los Angeles is Lalaland, Chicago the Windy City, and literally every metropolis on earth is The Big Smoke to its less urban neighbours.

Toronto's most unique overused nickname is surely Hogtown (or, perhaps, "T.O.") For a city that's conspicuously pig-free, it's a strange title to bear in the age of condominiums and skyscrapers, but one with an interesting history.

Here's the backstory on Toronto's most famous nicknames.

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What Toronto neighbourhood most needs an LCBO?

Posted by Aubrey Jax / November 14, 2014

LCBOWhich Toronto neighbourhood most needs an LCBO? If the question makes your ears perk up and your pulse race, it looks like you might live in the southern portion of the Annex - or at least a lot of eager Annex drinkers were online yesterday evening when we posed the question to our Twitter followers.

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A map of every laneway in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / November 14, 2014

lameways torontoToronto is a city of laneways. There are over 250 kilometres of these mostly unnoticed urban arteries, places that are typically granted practical status but that also serve as the site of some of the city's best graffiti, some of our most interesting houses, and more basketball and road hockey games than you can imagine. For as little as we talk about laneways, they're a core feature of Toronto's built landscape.

Prior to last night, I had never seen Toronto's laneways mapped. This, in fact, had been a something that I've wanted to investigate for a while, but there's no need. Thanks to a late night visit to Reddit TOMaps, a resource all urban nerds should visit once in a while, I've discovered that there are already multiple Toronto laneway mapping projects.

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What the Island airport tunnel looks like right now

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 14, 2014

toronto island airport tunnelAfter almost three years of construction, the pedestrian tunnel to the Toronto Island airport is finally nearing completion. According to the latest status update from the Toronto Port Authority, much of the technical infrastructure is in place and the pouring of concrete for the base of the land side entrance portal is complete.

The news also means the days are numbered for one of the most ridiculous ferry rides in the world.

The tunnel, which will be the first permanent public link to the Toronto Islands, is due to feature four moving sidewalks along its 243.8-metre length. A bank of elevators on the mainland and a set of escalators on the airport side will move passengers the 30 metres from the tunnel to the surface.

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