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The Leafs ranked worst sports team in North America

Posted by Derek Flack / September 19, 2014

Toronto maple leafs worstESPN loves to beat up on Toronto, having already ranked our city the worst in North America for professional sports back in 2011. The American sports network is back it, having just ranked the Toronto Maple Leafs the bottom of the barrel out of 122 sports franchises across the NFL, NBA, MLB and the NHL. Yes, that would be dead last.

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Doug Ford mayoral campaign gets first parody website

Posted by Derek Flack / September 17, 2014

Doug Ford parodyThat was fast. Though he's hardly said a word since replacing his brother as a candidate for mayor, Doug Ford's campaign has already got a parody website. The site popped up a few days ago and is getting steadily more popular. The slogan? "Elect Doug Ford: The Less Likeable One." Oh boy.

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10 secret things you might not know existed in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / September 16, 2014

secret torontoThere are few truly secret places in a city the size of Toronto, but we nevertheless remain fascinated by that which is under the radar, under appreciated or just out of plain sight. Such is the case with this list. Toronotophiles might not find many surprises here, but those whose interest in the city's history and streetscape is more passive, will likely discover a host of intriguing new things to explore. Even as we have published similar lists in the past, the city is continually revealing itself, and it remains impossible to exhaust its various hidden pleasures in but a few posts.

Here are 10 "secret" things that you might not know existed in Toronto.

See also: 10 quirky things you might not know about Toronto

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Pan Am Games tickets go on sale today in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / September 15, 2014

Pan Am Games TorontoPan Am Games tickets go on sale today in Toronto, but don't worry if you're not online right at 10am. Ticket sales are by request rather than first come, first served. The request period extends until October 6th. During the period, organizers can determine the level of interest in each event and organize lotteries for those in which the demand outweighs the supply.

Tickets for the opening ceremony, which will feature a performance by Cirque du Soleil, range between $100 and $350. The sporting events themselves, on the other hand, are mostly less than $50, with some events starting at $20. You can visit Toronto2015.org to make your ticket requests. The games take place between July 10 and 26, 2015.
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The top 5 ravines in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / September 14, 2014

toronto ravinesToronto is blessed with a ravine system that is (or should be) the envy of major North American cities. It is impossible to imagine this city without its ravines, which have offered an escape from the urban landscape from the beginning of settlement here. Parliament Street, for instance, follows the old route that John Graves Simcoe, first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, took from his home at Castle Frank (named after his son) atop the Rosedale Ravine down to the first parliamentary buildings in the province.

Look at a photo of Toronto from space, and you'll quickly understand that Toronto's ravine system spreads out, artery-like, from four main sources: the Don, the Humber, and the Rouge rivers as well as Highland Creek. At once hidden and a profound element of the city's collective consciousness, Toronto's ravines continue to serve as sanctuaries to which we temporarily retreat from the near-constant buzz of city life.

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Cash shortfall could slay 2014 Toronto Zombie Walk

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / September 13, 2014

toronto zombie walk 2014Usually, zombies hunger ceaselessly for brains, but it looks like Toronto's undead are in need of some cold, hard dough. The Toronto Zombie Walk, one of the world's largest annual convergences of shambling undead, looks to be in some financial hot water. According to a crowdfunding page set up this week by walk organizers, the annual event is $7,000 under budget for the 2014 edition, which is currently scheduled to swarm city streets on October 25.

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