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Another tower could be coming to Bay and Lake Shore

Posted by Chris Bateman / January 24, 2015

toronto 30 bayAn early rendering for a new office tower near the Air Canada Centre is providing a hint at the future of Bay St. south of the railway tracks. Planned by Oxford Properties for the parking lot surrounding the heritage-protected Toronto Harbour Commission Building, the designs show a 45-storey, 944,000 sq. ft. building with an unusual point at its northeast corner. An outdoor space appears about a third of the way up the west side of the building.

A time of writing no development application has been filed with the city's planning department and it's not clear how the building will affect the 98-year-old Harbour Commission Building, which has been designated under the Ontario Heritage Act since 1973. Before the area around the building became a parking lot, it was the location of two steamship passenger terminals.

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The 5 oldest restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / January 24, 2015

toronto lakeviewNailing down a list of the oldest restaurants in Toronto is much harder than you might think. There's no central database (that I know of) that details exactly when each of this city's thousands of eateries were founded, and there are all kinds of grey areas. Like whether or not a hotel or bar that serves food counts as a restaurant, or if a move to a premises kills some of the magic. Because this post was intended to be a list of places one can dine in historic surroundings, we had to establish a set of ground rules.

We decided changes are OK, but the restaurant has to have remained in the same location--moves reset the clock, the primary purpose of the business must be serving food (apologies to the Wheat Sheaf, Kind Edward, and Royal York,) and prolonged closures (more than a couple of years) are also grounds for disqualification.

With these criteria in mind, here's a list of (what might be) the oldest restaurants in Toronto.

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TTC releases 2015 customer charter full of promises

Posted by Derek Flack / January 23, 2015

ttc charter 2015The TTC has released its customer charter for 2015, which includes a long list of performance and maintenance promises tracked on a quarterly basis. In total, there are 38 goals laid out in the document. Some highlights include the installation of 90+ additional information screens, spring and fall cleanings of every station, a new route map in streetcars, all collector booths will accept debit and credit payment, Presto will be available in all streetcars and 10 new subway stations.

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Toronto startup lets landlords & tenants rate each other

Posted by Aubrey Jax / January 23, 2015

rental apartment rating torontoSince we're spending half our paycheques on rent, Toronto renters will interested to learn there's a site launching soon that will allow renters to rate their landlords in a way similar to existing sites like couchsurfing.com and Airbnb.

Landlords, the real victims of the landlord/tenant system (if you ask a, uh, landlord about it), can also utilize the site to check up on tenants' histories and dig for dirt. The startup is called R3NTR, and interested parties can sign up now as beta testers before the site's official launch.

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What kind of apartment does $650 get you in Toronto?

Posted by Alana Charles / January 22, 2015

toronto apartment 650 dollarsLast week I showed you what $1,000/month rents you in six Toronto neighbourhoods. Unsurprisingly, a grand doesn't go so far in a competitive rental market like Toronto where rents are sky high and apartments are small. Finding an apartment in this city can be a major challenge, one that sucks the very life out of you.

Let's delve even deeper into the rental bones of our city to see what type of hidden gems are available. Is it possible to find a place that's decent for less than $700? Basement apartments, bachelors, studios, shared toilets -- how far will your dollar stretch? Today's price: $650/month.

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More shelter space for women and LGBTQ youth coming to Toronto

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / January 21, 2015

womens shelter torontoCommunity activists have been pleading for more shelters for some of the city's more vulnerable women and LGBTQ youth for years. Now, it looks like that's finally going to happen: The city's proposed 2015 budget includes funding for two women's all-night drop-in centres, as well as funding for two shelters for the city's LGBTQ youth.

There will be one drop-in centre in the east end and one in the west -- ditto for the shelters.

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