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Will narrowing traffic lanes make Toronto streets safer?

Posted by Derek Flack / November 25, 2014

narrow traffic lanes torontoToronto traffic lanes are about to get narrower, though the process will take some time before its effects are felt throughout the city. In what is sure to be a controversial move, city planners have drafted a new policy for road widths that will bring Toronto inline with many US cities, which typically keep lanes at a width of around three metres.

"Our goal here is to continue to try to maintain [traffic flow] at safe and context-sensitive speeds," Transportation Services General Manager told the Globe & Mail. "And in the downtown core, do you need to be going 50 [kilometres an hour]? Probably not. If we can keep people moving at 30km or 40km, smoothly, they'll be ecstatic [about] that."

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What's it like to be an UberX driver in Toronto?

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 10, 2014

Uberx TorontoFirst there was Uber, a smartphone application that allowed its users to summon and pay for a taxi without calling a dispatcher, and now there's "UberX," a low cost ride-sharing version of the app that allows anyone with a qualifying vehicle, adequate insurance, and a clean background to hit the streets and start collecting fares.

As one might expect, Since its local launch in September, the service has proved controversial with taxi groups and the City of Toronto. Uber identifies itself as a technology company, not a taxi service, and believes it should therefore be exempt from licensing regulations. The city isn't so sure, however.

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Twitter reaction to the 2014 Toronto election

Posted by Aubrey Jax / October 28, 2014

Twitter Toronto electionThere's no better place to hang out during a city-wide event than Twitter. As Toronto landed firmly in PurgaTory way before anyone was able to properly get their drink on, social media erupted with "election tweeting peaking at 2,193 tweets per minute" according to the Star, and CP24 reporting that Tory's name was tweeted 400 times per minute after his win. I'm pretty sure that's nothing on Taylor Swift, but I'm all for Toronto's media frenzy to go back to reasonable, non-celebrity fanfare levels.

From the funny to the somber (everyone managed to get some drinks in them during the speeches) here are some of the most memorable (non-Jian) moments from last night on Twitter. Doug Ford has made no statement thus far on Twitter. It's unclear if Drake voted last night, in advance polls, through song, or at all.

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Ryerson unveils major development on Church St.

Posted by Derek Flack / October 22, 2014

Ryerson Church Street DevelopmentAs work on Ryerson's new Student Centre nears completion, the university has just announced a major new development on Church just north of Dundas. Although the building has yet to receive a name, we do know what it will house. The new structure will be home to the School of Nutrition, the School of Occupational and Public Health, the Midwifery Education Program and the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing.

The 166,000 square-foot building, which will be built to LEED silver specifications, will also feature 250 residence beds, 10 clinical experience suites, teaching labs, modular labs for research initiatives, and a fabrication zone with 3D printers, robotic arms, a laser cutter and CNC lathes for prototyping. Welcome to the future, Ryerson.

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See inside the offices of Toronto's hottest startups

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 17, 2014

startup open houseWhat goes on inside tech startup offices, really? Google, Facebook, and that fourth season of Arrested Development nobody fully comprehended has given us mental images of warehouse offices and leisurely business meetings held on the company mini-putt course. Mostly, from what I gather, startup life really consists of an office full of people under the age of 40 typing and drinking a lot of coffee. (Like, a lot of coffee.)

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Hailo Toronto is definitely shutting down

Posted by Derek Flack / October 15, 2014

Hailo TorontoHailo Toronto will cease operations along with the rest of the company's branches throughout North America. When news broke that the company would cease North American operations to focus on European and Asian markets, a glimmer of hope remained for the local branch, which sought a licensing agreement with the parent company to continue what it characterized as "thriving" business in Toronto.

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