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How Toronto almost landed the 2008 Olympics

Posted by Chris Bateman / July 28, 2015

toronto 2008 olympicsWhen former champion gymnast Li Ning lit the Olympic torch at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing in 2008, it heralded the beginning of 16 days of high profile (and high cost) international sporting competition. Had things been just a little different, however, it might have been Toronto hosting the Games.

The bidding process for the 2008 Olympics started in 1998, the same year Vancouver began courting the winter event. In March of that year, Toronto city council overwhelmingly voted to form a committee that would be responsible for delivering the Games by a vote of 54-1.

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Toronto getting another heat wave this week

Posted by Amy Grief / July 27, 2015

heat wave torontoAs July draws to a close, we're finally getting the hot, humid weather that's mostly evaded us this summer. Environment Canada expects today's high to hit 33 C. It could reach 34 C tomorrow and 35 C on Wednesday. However, the humidex could make seem even warmer outside.

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Toronto company makes SUV bigger than a Hummer

Posted by Amy Grief / July 27, 2015

knight xvIf you're in the market for an armoured SUV, and have a high six-figure budget, you can buy local. That's because automative company Conquest Vehicles Inc. manufactures its Knight XV sports utility vehicles in Toronto.

According to a Canadian Press report, the luxurious and highly secure Knight XV starts at a whopping $629,000. Though, because the trucks are fully customizable, most cost much more. There are only 17 on roads worldwide and buyers include the prince of the United Arab Emirates and Houston Rockets centre Dwight Howard. Aside from the company's test SUV, none are driven in Canada.

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What kind of apartment does $5000 get you in Toronto?

Posted by Chris Bateman / July 25, 2015

toronto apartmentA $5,000 apartment isn't necessarily all that swank in Toronto these days. With the average price of a condo atmore than $400,000, a detached home more than a million, and, rental prices are likewise rapidly spiralling upward. For the most part, this list of $5,000-a-month properties is frighteningly mundane: there are no moats, no turrets, no champagne filled swimming pools or basement cinemas.

This is what $5,000 a month gets you in Toronto's rental market.

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30 signs you grew up in Toronto in the 1980s

Posted by Ed Conroy / July 24, 2015

toronto 1980sCongratulations to anyone who grew up in Toronto in the 1980s - you had it all! The city was big but still had a small town vibe, it felt safe, clean and seemed to provide endless exciting opportunities.

It was multicultural, innocent and free-wheeling. The contemporary pop-culture was exhilarating: Movies were events, TV was chock full of good stuff for kids and music was still something very special. Cynicism was a word you could not spell.

Everyone who grew up in Toronto in the 1980s will remember it slightly differently, but these are some of the retro ties which universally bind us.

Behold, 30 signs you grew up in Toronto in the '80s.

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Soon you can own a piece of Jilly's strip club

Posted by Amy Grief / July 23, 2015

jillys torontoEast-end strip club Jilly's shut its doors in July 2014, but that can't stop you from owning a unique piece of this iconic Toronto joint.

The Toronto-based reclaimed furniture company Bread&Butter recently bought all of the wooden joists from Jilly's, which used to be located on the first floor of the Broadview Hotel.

Owner Blake Shaver salvaged the still workable material after stopping by the construction site and speaking to foreman. "Instead of taking this wood and throwing it in the dump," he said. "I would love to come by and grab it, salvage it, make some stuff, so the history of it can continue on."

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