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25 hacks to make your life easier in Toronto

Posted by Hannah Jack / May 18, 2015

toronto life hacksKnowing a few life hacks in Toronto will make it a whole lot easier to get the most out of this vibrant city. From expertly navigating the TTC to knowing where to get free stuff, there's a host of little tricks that'll save you time and money and make you feel like you're the master of your domain.

Here are 25 hacks to make life easier in Toronto.

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The top 10 events for Toronto Bike Month 2015

Posted by Chris Bateman / May 18, 2015

toronto bike monthTime to pump up the tires and lube up the chain, Bike Month is here again. From May 25 to June 25, hundreds of cycling-related events will take place across the GTA. From tune-ups, to repair workshops, to Polish-themed bicycle rides around the city's west end, you're bound to find something to match your level of enthusiasm and skill level.

Bike Month traces its origins to the first Bike to Work Day in 1989. Since then, it's grown into a highlight in the Toronto bicycle calendar, with events in Mississauga, Hamilton, Burlington, Milton, and Peel, York, and Durham regions. Bike to Work Day still runs. This year it takes place on May 25.

Here are 10 highlights from this year's calendar of events.

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How Toronto used to celebrate a long weekend

Posted by Chris Bateman / May 17, 2015

toronto long weekendTorontonians have been enjoying the Victoria Day, May Two-Four weekend for 170 years. As the first long weekend of the summer (well, technically spring,) it's often the first real chance to hit the beach or the park under the splendour of a warm sun.

Victoria Day celebrates the birth of Queen Victoria on May 24, 1819. It was declared a public holiday in 1845 and in 1952 the federal government decided the day should be taken on the first Monday before May 25 (hence why this year's day falls on May 18.)

These candid photos cast our forebears in a different light. Instead of the staged, often rather serious portraits often found in the city archives, these images show the people of the 1910s, 20s, 30s, and 40s at play: goofing for the camera, fishing, enjoying games, and generally relaxing.

In honour of the Victoria Day long weekend, here's a look at how Toronto used to take time off work.

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10 new stores and restaurants in Corktown

Posted by Staff / May 17, 2015

corktown torontoCorktown is booming with new restaurants, bars, coffee shops and businesses. Thanks to the Pan Am Games and new Canary District developments, the neighbourhood has had a bit of a renaissance in the last twelve months.

Here's a round-up of new stores and restaurants to check out in Corktown.

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The top 5 new libraries in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / May 17, 2015

new toronto libraryThe Toronto Public Library has been steadily expanding over the last decade. Since 1998, when the TPL was formed by merging the public libraries of the various pre-amalgamation cities, three new branches have opened: Burrows Hall, St. James Town, and Fort York, and several others have undergone impressive renovations, including Mount Dennis and Bloor/Gladstone.

This month, Toronto Public Library branch number 100, at Scarborough Civic Centre, will be ready for use. Despite budget cuts and attacks by Doug Ford, one of the world's biggest book lending systems has continued to grow, handling roughly 18 million visits and 32 million checkouts a year.

Here's a look at some of the TPL's best recent work.

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Where to buy propane for your BBQ in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / May 16, 2015

Neon Gas Station TorontoPropane in Toronto is a hot commodity now that barbecue season is here. For those not fortunate enough to be endowed with an outdoor gas hook-up, propane is the fuel for a a good steak, and finding the closest and cheapest supplier is sure to come in handy.

What's most remarkable about propane is that the price is wildly inconsistent across the city, even from location to location of the same chain. Calling ahead is advised, as tank exchanges can run out during peak BBQ season, especially approaching long weekends.

Here are your best bets to fill up on propane mapped out across Toronto.

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