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National Hot Dog Day brings free franks to Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / July 18, 2014

Hot Dog Day TorontoNational Hot Dog Day in Toronto is a relatively new invention, though similar celebrations have taken place since as early as the 1970s south of the border. Our homegrown version was started by Fancy Franks, who will once again carry the torch in support of SickKids charities on July 23rd. The promotion runs at Fancy Franks College St. location between 12-7pm on the patio, where guests will be entitled to one free dog.

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Queen and Broadview to reopen early, more woes loom

Posted by Chris Bateman / July 17, 2014

toronto queen broadviewIt looks like relief is in sight for the businesses of Riverside. The TTC says it is planning to reopen the intersection of Queen and Broadview a week earlier than scheduled following streetcar track replacement work.

TTC spokesman Brad Ross attributes the rare good news to "a lot of really good timing and hard work by everybody involved to get things finished ahead of schedule."

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New in Toronto real estate: YC Condos

Posted by Derek Flack / July 17, 2014

yc condos torontoYC Condos at (surprise, surprise) Yonge and College is a dramatic development that while shorter than nearby Aura to the south, is far nicer looking. The two-toned rectangular sections nicely split up the 66-storey tower and the seven story podium retains a good relationship with the neighbouring Odd Fellows Hall (you know, where the Starbucks is on the northwest corner), which is the same height. Let's be clear, this is not on par with, say, Frank Gehry's designs for the Mirvish project on King West, but it's well above average for Toronto condo developments.

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The best and worst hospitals in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / July 17, 2014

hospitals torontoWhat are the best hospitals in Toronto? What are ones that could use some love? In a country with universal healthcare and hard working doctors, nurses and staff, it's sticky to call out a hospital for its old facilities or long wait times without considering all of the factors. Hospitals in busy downtown neighbourhoods often have higher traffic volumes and older buildings, and construction for necessary updating and streamlining, takes place in already tight quarters.

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The 10 worst people on the TTC

Posted by Chris Bateman / July 17, 2014

ttc rude peopleWith the all-too-common short turns, delays, and random outages, using the TTC on a regular basis is tough enough without seat hogs, backpack wearers, and other transit monsters screwing up your ride. A half-century ago, the TTC printed cartoon etiquette guides that taught riders to have change, hold on to handrails, and move back through the bus or streetcar. Maybe it's time to revisit that idea.

As something of a passive aggressive anthropological exploration, here's a list of the 10 worst people on the TTC.

Why can't we all just learn to get along?

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Construction killing businesses at Queen & Broadview

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / July 16, 2014

construction queen broadviewSummer and road closures go hand in hand in Toronto, but this year has been particularly harsh with a string of shutdowns stretching along Queen St. as the TTC repairs aging infrastructure. The latest neighbourhood to feel the squeeze? Riverside, which has spent the past month cut off from traffic - and TTC service via the King and Queen streetcars - by a major closure at Queen and Broadview. The road has been torn up since June 30, and with nine days to go in the project, local restaurants and shops are struggling.

Michael Summerfield, of Prohibition, estimates a 30% to 35% drop in business this month. "I know we're probably one of the least impacted," he adds. "There are some places that are just completely dead - they probably have a 60, 70, 80% drop in sales."

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