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10 things you didn't know about Chinatown in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 14, 2014

toronto spadina dundasToday, the main Chinatown in Toronto is centred around Spadina and Dundas, but it wasn't always that way. The city's first predominately Chinese neighbourhood was once anchored around a now-demolished portion of Elizabeth St., where City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square stand today. Over the years, the community shifted west and smaller Chinatowns, like the one at Gerrard and Broadview, have appeared. Chinatown's home, it seems, is where the heart is.

Here are 10 things you didn't know about Toronto's various Chinatowns.

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Everything you need to know about rats in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 14, 2014

toronto ratRats are the archetypical urban critters. As long as there have been towns and cities, these furry rodents have been scurrying through our buildings, scavenging our food, and sometimes infecting us with diseases.

Toronto's rats the same ones found in almost every corner of the world. An aggressively invasive species that likely originated in Asia, the Brown rat is everywhere except the high Arctic and, strangely, Alberta (thanks to its geography, the province is almost entirely surrounded by natural rat barriers, like mountains and prairie.)

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A 1950s Toronto photo extravaganza

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 13, 2014

toronto 1950sThe 1950s were a time of profound change for Toronto. In the boom decade following the second world war, the city built its first subway line under Yonge Street, welded together its downtown expressway, and created new downtown land by infilling south of Front St.

1954 was a particularly big year: The provincial act that created Metropolitan Toronto, the now defunct senior level of government, took effect in January, Toronto opened its subway in March, Marilyn Bell became the first person to swim across Lake Ontario in September, and Hurricane Hazel caused widespread destruction in October.

In short, the 1950s were an exciting time. Here's a look at the decade in photos.

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The TTC wants you to know about its airport bus

Posted by Derek Flack / December 12, 2014

192 Airport RocketAs the Union-Pearson Express continues to make headlines for its costly fare(s), the TTC has revealed that it's taking steps to raise the profile of the 192 Airport Rocket. The bus, which runs from Kipling Station to Pearson International, has never been advertised heavily, even as it provides the cheapest way to get the airport and is now fitted with luggage racks.

According to the Star, the current ridership of the bus is 4,500 daily. With a desire to double that number, the TTC will wrap the vehicles with travel-themed graphics and add the service to the official route map that appears on subway vehicles.



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Your photos of Toronto's first major snow storm

Posted by Staff / December 12, 2014

toronto snowstorm 2014Toronto got its first real dumping of snow yesterday, which bathed the city in white for a pretty morning scene before everything turned bad when people hit the road to commute to work. The city was hit harder than expected, which meant that the afternoon ride back home wasn't any better -- and any prettiness that one could have cited in the morning was replaced by giant heaps of slush sure to cause soaked feet all around town.

Here's what it all looked like through the cameras of our Instagram followers.

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Heavy snowfall brings Toronto commuter woes

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 11, 2014

toronto snowThe first significant snowfall of the season is making for a sloppy commute in Toronto. Highways, city streets, and surface transit lines are all moving slowly as a heady blast of wintry weather makes its way through the province.

As forecast, the snow began falling in the early hours of this morning, with about two to four cms on the roads by 7 am. Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for a large swath of Southern Ontario, calling for a total of 10 cms by the evening and potentially setting the stage for a rough trip home, too.

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