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Massey Hall to undergo $135 million renovation

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 23, 2015

toronto massey hallMassey Hall is going to get a comprehensive $135 million renovation over the next seven years that will will see the venerable 2,700-seat auditorium significantly upgraded and expanded for just the second time in its lengthy history.

Originally announced in April 2013, the first phase of renovations will add a loading dock, backstage, and technical facilities to the rear of the 120-year old Shuter St. building using land made available by the developers of the Massey Tower, a 60-storey residential building currently under construction on Yonge St.

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TTC expects loads of new streetcars to arrive this year

Posted by Derek Flack / February 23, 2015

New TTC streetcarToronto is about to see a lot more of the new streetcar fleet on the rails in the coming months. For all the initial buzz generated by the arrival of the slick Bombardier streetcars in Toronto, it's been a bit underwhelming to have only three of the low-floor vehicles on the street since their launch at the end of August.

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10 signs you grew up in Etobicoke

Posted by Staff / February 23, 2015

etobicoke torontoWhile I often boast that I was born and bred in Toronto, that's not exactly true. Etobicoke, my childhood home, is a part of Toronto today but it wasn't pre-amalgamation in 1998. Living on the outskirts of a major metropolis, kids were raised a little bit city and a little bit suburban which combines to provide its own set of unique circumstances and memories.

Here are 10 signs you grew up in Etobicoke.

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The top 10 new office rental and coworking spaces in Toronto

Posted by Sima Sahar Zerehi / February 22, 2015

office rental torontoOffice rental and coworking spaces in Toronto help small, growing businesses, entrepreneurs and lonely freelancers find a place to get their work done. Laptops, smart phones, wifi, and teleconferencing were supposed to free us from office spaces. No luck.

As a follow up to our previous post on the top shared office space options in Toronto, here's a look at some of the top new coworking spaces and short-term (and fully furnished) office rental options now available in Toronto.

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A brief history of anti-vaccination in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 22, 2015

toronto antivaccinationOn November 13, 1919, a couple of hundred protesters gathered on the steps of City Hall to air their discontent with the city's compulsory vaccination program. Since 1914, Toronto had been allowed by the province to vaccinate school children against smallpox in the event of an outbreak, with or without the permission of parents.

The organizers of the rally, the Toronto branch of the Anti-Vaccination League, had been active for at least 20 years prior to the event. Their notices first appeared in the classified sections of newspapers alongside ads for "pretty, wealthy Canadian girls" looking for husbands and gypsy astrologists.

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Get to know the sister cities of Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 21, 2015

sister cities torontoCities like Toronto love to make friends. The idea of sister cities began in Europe after the second world war as a way to repair the relationships shattered by the conflict. People from twinned towns were encouraged to contact each other, meet, and learn about each other.

These days cities link up for more mundane reasons: usually to boost economic interests. It's for that reason Toronto has various twin cities, some under the heading "partnership" and others as "friendship."

Toronto has entered into "friendship" agreements with five cities: Ho Chi Minh City, Kiev, Warsaw, Quito in Ecuador, and Sagamihara in Japan. Unlike partnerships, these relationships are initiated by members of the community and endorsed by city council. Toronto's friendship with Warsaw dates back to 1990. Sagamihara and Kiev were added in 1991 and Quito and Ho Chi Minh City in 2006.

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