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Pan Am Games mascot has cost $385K in taxes (so far)

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / November 25, 2014

pan am games torontoMeet Pachi, the mascot of the Toronto Pan Am Games. He's a friendly, jolly porcupine with 41 multicoloured quills and a Frank Rossitano-style slogan hat. And so far, between design contests, promotional merchandise, actors' fees, and foam suit cleanings (necessary), he's cost taxpayers $383,045, with seven months to go before the games kick off next July.

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New video builds hype for BMO Field expansion

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / November 24, 2014

bmo field expansion torontoEarlier this fall, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment unveiled details of a $105-million expansion at BMO Field, the home turf of Toronto FC. The renos, which are currently underway, are set to add 8,400 seats, 12 executive boxes, and upgraded concession stands, among other amenities.

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The top 5 things to do on the Toronto Islands in winter

Posted by Derek Flack / November 22, 2014

toronto islands winterWinter on the Toronto Islands is a whole lot quieter than the summer months, when city dwellers looking for a temporary escape make the short trek across the harbour in droves. While the number of ferries servicing the Islands dwindle in mid-October, the trip to Ward's Island is still made consistently throughout the day. Once you arrive, you'll find that attractions like the Centreville Amusement Park have closed for the season, but if you're adventurous enough and do some advance planning, there's actually still lots to do when the crowds have left for the season.

Here are the top five things to on the Toronto Islands in the winter.

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The top 10 winter weekend escapes from Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / November 21, 2014

weekend escape winter torontoWinter weekend escapes from Toronto can provide the brief respite required to endure the long, hard season. Not all of us have the time or money to head to the tropics each winter, which is why it's so useful that Ontario is dotted with year round resorts and cottages/cabins that allow weary city folk take a load off for a few days. Most of the places on this list are designed to take advantage of winter activities like skiing, but I've also included a few that are purely about getting cosy by a fireplace and hiding from the weather.

Here are my top 10 winter weekend escapes from Toronto.

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The top 10 karate classes in Toronto

Posted by Staff / November 20, 2014

karate in torontoKarate in Toronto is widespread throughout the city. There are numerous schools and classes that offer a variety of different karate styles depending on your preference, or how hardcore you want to get. You can work your way up to a black belt, or just have some fun and break a sweat. So go ahead, get karate choppin', young grasshopper.

Here are my picks for the top karate schools and classes in Toronto.

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The top 10 things to do outdoors this winter in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / November 20, 2014

outdoor winter torontoOutdoor activities this winter in Toronto will help you fight the urge to hibernate as the mercury dips and the city is blanketed with snow. While it's easy to curl up by the fireplace (or space heater, as the case may be), staying active over the coldest months is a great way to burn calories and ward off the winter blues. In other words, the best way to survive winter is by embracing it.

Here are 10 fun things to outdoors this winter in Toronto.

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