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- 08/13/18--18:41: Controversial Fairland Funhouse opening has been postponed
- 08/13/18--19:24: Zines persevere in Toronto as print industry continues to fade
- 08/14/18--05:17: 10 things to do in Toronto today
- 08/14/18--05:27: These sprawling sand dunes near Toronto are a natural wonder
- 08/14/18--05:51: House of the week: 145 Madison Avenue
- Address: 145 Madison Avenue
- Price: $4,499,000
- Lot Size: 60 x 121 feet
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 4
- Parking: 6
- Walk Score: 93
- Transit Score: 98
- Listing agent: Sue Mills
- Listing ID: C4213767
- 08/14/18--06:33: Majestic double rainbow graces Toronto's skies
- 08/14/18--06:50: Toronto could ban dispensaries once weed is legal
- 08/14/18--07:11: Toronto ranked one of the most liveable cities in the world
- 1. Vienna, Austria
- 2. Melbourne, Australia
- 3. Osaska, Japan
- 4. Calgary, Alberta
- 5. Sydney, Australia
- 6. Vancouver, B.C.
- 7. Toronto, Ontario
- 8. Toyko, Japan
- 9. Copenhagen, Denmark
- 10. Adelaide, Australia
- Dakar, Senegal
- Algiers, Algeria
- Douala, Cameroon
- Tripoli, Libya
- Harare, Zimbabwe
- Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
- Karachi, Pakistan
- Lagos, Nigeria
- Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Damascus, Syria
- 08/14/18--08:33: TIFF announces opening night film for 2018 festival
- 08/14/18--10:34: Ontario teachers refuse to use 1998 version of sex-ed curriculum
- 08/14/18--12:09: Toronto might be getting its own Overwatch League team
- 08/14/18--12:14: Sparkling new student residence coming to U of T downtown campus
- 08/14/18--12:41: Toronto City Council was just officially cut in half
- Bunz just launched its own cryptocurrency
- The secret all-white dinner part is coming back to Toronto
- Toronto ranked one of the most liveable cities in the world
- Ontario cannabis sales to be exclusively online until 2019
- TIFF announces opening night film for 2018 festival
- 08/14/18--18:46: Needles and rats found floating in Toronto's waterfront
- 08/15/18--05:42: 10 things to do in Toronto today
- 08/15/18--05:43: Rental of the week: 184 Munro Street
- Address: #S 3 - 184 Munro Street
- Type: Apartment
- Rent: $4,600 / month
- Listing agent: Matt Elkind
- Furnished? No
- Utilities: No
- Air conditioning? Yes
- Bedrooms: 2 + 1
- Bathrooms: 2
- Parking: 1
- Laundry? In suite
- Outdoor space? No
- Pet friendly? No
- 08/15/18--06:27: Toronto is getting an all-night dumpling festival
- 08/15/18--07:56: Canada might get a new statutory holiday
The saga of the Fairland Funhouse has been a bit of a funhouse itself, with twists and turns at each end. Now it appears the adventure has been put on pause until next month.
The controversial art maze that was set to open this Friday and remain until late October has been postponed, because, as any creative person knows, good art takes time.
"Arts projects of this scale take immense time and work, and are dependent on a number of factors," said a spokesperson for the event.
"This is especially true in working with an older building that has been vacant for years. Our team of local artists are hard at work finalizing and installing the maze and we are very near completion."
Organizers came under fire last month after speculation arose that, following the event, a 622-seat venue called Liquor Donuts, backed by a large corporation, would be taking over the old grocery store.
Concerns about the underlying motivations for the exhibition rang out among residents of Kensington Market, claiming the event was a "Trojan horse" and calling out organizers for their lack of transparency.
It appears that the postponement is unrelated to the controversy, however, and the funhouse will instead open on September 14 and run until the end of the year.
Those who say that print is dead have never been to a zine fair.
This weekend's Zine Dream was a bustling celebration of all things self-published and self-made, from books to comics to pins and patches. And totes — lots of totes.
In its eleventh year, the indie exhibition filled out the Polish Combatants' Hall on Sunday with over 90 vendors like printmakers Alice Nauta and Justin LaGuff, along with an assortment of DIY reads and wares.
Self-proclaimed Luddites, mainly art students, mostly millennial, wandered through aisles of local and international exhibitors with the kind of enthusiasm that futurists like to omit when arguing that young people prefer LED screens to a good old-fashioned print pub.
It's true that Canada's print industry may be in its twilight years, but rest assured the gap it leaves behind won't stay empty for long.
Zines — a general name for self-published works — provide art and literature that, while far less widely spread, cover topics previously considered 'too niche' to be published by big media.Limited-press runs, financially speaking, are a relatively low-stakes game. But from a 21st century expressionist's point of view, what's more valuable than something you can hold?
Zines have always been conduit for feelings. Flimsy and finite, there's something extra precious about printing emotions onto page: Toronto-based zine Feels, for examples, uses its print to talk exclusively about — surprise — feelings (Issue 04 was about anger).
By nature less about profit and more about expression, zines are an especially invaluable vehicle for LGBTQ and POC perspectives, whose narratives rarely surface to mainstream. Take With/out Pretend, which reps works by women who identify as POC, femme, queer, or trans.
Independent risograph printers like Vide Press and Issue Press have the freedom of disseminating everything from plotless fiction to rambling prose to collages and music flyers — in other words, whatever weird shit they want.
Zines also provide byline opportunities for budding writers and portfolio building for new artists, all without the hierarchy structures of traditional print media getting in the way.
Successful Press, another Toronto-based publisher, specializes in works that "are unproven, unstable, unfinished, or otherwise experimental." In an era where the artist's analysis paralysis stumps us all, a publisher that deals exclusively in weird works is the ultimate cure.
As the internet's endless archives of art become increasingly boring, zines have risen to meet the demand for tactile material without bending to the whims of larger commercial entities. It turns out people are, in fact, willing to pay for content, it just has to be worth it.
Do you remember where you were when the whole city went black? Events today look to celebrate the (literally) dark period in Toronto's history with a big party. There's also a night market happening downtown and a free outdoor film screening.Events you might want to check out:
Blackout Anniversary Party (August 14 @ Christie Pits)
The 2003 blackout happened 15 years ago this week, and to celebrate, a big jam is on featuring a picnic, music, bike ride, parade and afterparty.
All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional (August 14 @ RBC Echo Beach)
Relive the greatest phase of your life with emo superstars Dashboard Confessional as they arrive alongside All Time Low.
Shine A Light (August 14 @ Yonge-Dundas Square)
The Rolling Stones keep on rockin' on the big screen during this outdoor screening of Martin Scorsese's 2006 rockumentary.
Lydia (August 14 @ Horseshoe Tavern)
This Arizona indie band have been steadily honing their rock sound to incorporate electro and folk to create something very special.
Cringe Worthy (August 14 @ The Opera House)
Laugh, cry and cringe as Cringe Worthy returns with another round of hilarious and embarrassing stories told by comedians for charity.
Visions in Meditation (August 14 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
Inspired by a difficult period in his life, filmmaker Stan Brakhage explores North America and its vast landscape in search of something more.
Create For What (August 14 @ Offsite Concept Space)
Four emerging Toronto artists discuss their creative process alongside a night of live performances, open mic, art demonstrations and drinks.
The Disaster Tour (August 14 @ Cherry Cola's)
House of Laureen comes to Toronto with Montreal divas known for their raunchy performances, with Disasterina, Uma Gahd and more.
Joan of Arc (August 14 @ The Baby G)
Get weird with Chicago's Joan of Arc and their trippy, experimental sound and goofy style, with support from B Boys.
Twilight Tuesdays (August 14-28 @ Drake One Fifty)
The Financial District is getting a weekly night market filled with activities like tarot readings, $5 food and drinks, DJs and more.
With just a couple weeks left of summer, now is the time to get in a couple sun-soaked beach days before the cool weather hits. Luckily, there's a beach only two hours from Toronto that has Ontario's largest and tallest sand dunes.
Known as one of Ontario's natural wonders, Sand Hill Park is located on the North shore of Lake Erie. Towering more than 100 metres above the white sandy beaches are massive sand hills that offer incredible views.
When you visit, be sure to trek up to the very top (be prepared - it's an intense workout!) to catch a panoramic sunset. It's hard to believe that these gigantic sand hills will only continue to grow over time too, due to the prevailing southwest winds.
The picturesque beachfront and mountains of sand are surrounded by a huge campground and plenty of shaded areas perfect for retreating from the sun. There are also lots of hiking trails, ponds and fishing spots inside the park as well.
If you're up for spending the entire weekend here, there are hundreds of different camping sites to choose from, so the options are nearly endless. You can take your pick from sites that are fully serviced with hot showers, toilets and electrical outlets, or, you can completely rough it with just a tent and fire pit.
Coming up on August 25th is Sand Hill Park's annual sand sculpture contest, so if you're a creative type, be sure to enter for your chance to claim some fame.
Admission to the park is only $10/person, and it's open until Thanksgiving.
It’s no secret I love old homes in the Annex and this one is truly a diamond in the rough.
The house has been preserved for 50 years by the current owners and still has most of the period details from the ceiling medallions to the stained glass windows this house is a canvas waiting for someone to restore it.
The home is very spacious with around 7,000 square feet of living space.
When you walk in the front door it’s like stepping into a university building. With the soaring ceilings, the cherry wood wainscoting and the cathedral-like stained glass windows.
The living room, dining room, foyer and family room are bright and airy and they all have the original fireplaces.
The kitchen, by contrast, is tragic. It will need to be completely ripped out but at least it’s big, so you have plenty of room to play around with.
The various rooms throughout the house are well proportioned and are bright.
The master bedroom has a beautiful bay window and comes with a huge walk-in closet / dressing room. Unfortunately there’s no en suite bathroom.
Speaking of bathrooms, one has a claw foot tub... but that’s probably the only salvageable piece.
However, despite the majesty of the house itself, the property doesn’t come with a lot of green space. The house pretty much takes up the entire lot but I guess on the bright side you don’t have a lot of yard work to do.
Someone who loves a good restoration project. This heritage home needs a lot of TLC but in the right hands this house will be jaw dropping.
Move On If
You don’t want a fixer-upper. Renovations are expensive, tedious and can take forever, so if you want a move-in ready home this place is definitely not it.
It looks like Toronto finally got some stunning rainbows after last week's downpour, and it was worth the wait because there were two!
A double rainbow appeared over Toronto late last evening, set into a gorgeous pink, purple and blue sky that made it look all the more magical.
The phenomenon is known as a "twinned rainbow" and happens when the reflection of an existing rainbow hits the water molecules already present in the atmosphere.
Technical mumbo-jumbo aside, it was super pretty.
Double rainbows don't happen often, so many were quick to capture the moment and produce some stunning imagery of the skyline cast in the warm colours of the rainbow.
A real beauty, if you ask me.
And that everything is going to be alright.
Whether Toronto has 47 councillors or just 25, here's hoping they come through on dispensaries this October.
In yesterday's announcement, the provincial government explained that all municipalities will have the option to opt out of dispensaries in their jurisdiction.
#Ontario announces that brick and mortar #cannabis retail will be solely private, but not operational until April 2019. No details on the licencing criteria or pricing. Unclear prospects for current black market dispensaries. #OCS will have a monopoly on online sales.— Magdalena Fish (@magdalenafish) August 13, 2018
This news comes in opposition to the former plan put in place by the Liberal Party, in which municipalities were barred from opting out.
Local governments will have to decide on their own whether they will allow cannabis to sold in their communities, and will have to do so during a one-time-only window.
The province didn't give an answer as to when the window of choice will be open, nor when it will close. However, it was said it will be after the municipal elections in October, so a fresh new city council will be making the decision.
OCS will have "Ontario approved" seals. To let customers know they're buying their cannabis legal. Cannabis shops and dispensaries open today are ALL illegal. Zero tolerence moving forward for any illicit stores open post 10/17th. Only legal place to buy. OCS online store.— Corey Herscu, he who is always on (@coreyherscu) August 13, 2018
Mayor John Tory released a statement immediately following the announcement, and endorsed the move toward physical retail stores.
Statement from Mayor Tory’s office on today's provincial announcement on cannabis sales. pic.twitter.com/razkAKauw6— John Tory (@TorontosMayor) August 13, 2018
However, he restated that his support is conditional on public health and safety, and on Toronto not being burdened with additional costs.
While the mayor is supporting the push forward, it will be up to the newly-elected council to decide whether Toronto opts out.
The City of Toronto is once again being hailed as one of the world's best places to live in a widely-regarded, annual ranking of 140 different cities around the globe — but not as close to the top as possible, compared to previous rankings.
Vienna, Austria took first place this year, punting Melbourne, Australia down to second place after seven consecutive years at the top of the list.
Calgary somehow surpassed both Vancouver and Toronto in this year's ranking, taking spot number four while the larger Canadian cities were ranked sixth and seventh, respectively.
Aside from Copenhagen, the rest of the cities on this year's top 10 list are all Japanese, Australian or Canadian.
"The concept of liveability is simple: it assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions," explains this year's report.
"Every city is assigned a rating of relative comfort for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure."
Toronto actually tied with Tokyo for seventh place in the EIU's 2018 ranking with an overall score of 97.2 out of 100. Both countries boast a perfect 100 in the categories of stability, healthcare and education.
The EIU's liveability index quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual's lifestyle in 140 cities worldwide, and assesses which locations provide the best living conditions. To see this year's ranking, download the free summary now: https://t.co/m3bWH1B0Jipic.twitter.com/b5pfZBSQLG— The Economist Intelligence Unit (@TheEIU) August 14, 2018
In terms of infrastructure, Toronto had the lowest score (89.3) out of all the cities in the top 10. We beat out Tokyo, however, with a score of 97.2 for "culture & environment." Only Vancouver and Melbourne were ranked higher for this factor.
Here are the top 10 most liveable cities for 2018, according to the EIU:
And, if you're interested, here are the least-liveable cities on earth, based on the five factors stated above:
The opening film for the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival has finally been announced and its set kick off the festival with a little bit of historical drama.
Outlaw King stars Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce, a 14th century Scottish king-turned-rebel that sets out to defeat the English army a-la David and Goliath (or Braveheart, whichever).
The film is set to premiere on September 6 at Roy Thomson Hall and mark the beginning of the 10-day film festival chock full of must-sees.
TIFF has also revealed its closing film will be Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy, starring Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart, which tells the story of how one author created a fictionalized persona with the help of her boyfriend's sister.
The union representing Ontario's elementary school teachers is vehemently rejecting a decision to replace their modern sex-ed curriculum with lesson plans from 20 years ago— lesson plans written before smartphones, social media or even same-sex marriage existed in Canada.
"We can't return to the dark ages. We have to prepare students for 2018 and not 1998," said Sam Hammond, president of The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, at an EFTO meeting in Toronto Monday night.
"Teachers will not be muzzled by a government whose political agenda takes precedence over the protection and education of their students."
The decision to revert to a 20 year old H&PE curriculum is indeed irresponsible. Any delay in teaching sexting, cyber bullying, consent and inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons puts students at risk. I support #ETFO's fight to put student safety above politics. https://t.co/8lOWJgQZUs— Joanne Weston (@weston_jd) August 14, 2018
Hammond was speaking in response to a controversial sex-ed policy change announced last month by Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative government.
The PC party, which only took office at the end of June, said on July 11 that a modernized sex-ed curriculum from 2015 would be repealed across the province and replaced with a much, much older version.
"The sex-ed component is going to be reverted back to the manner in which it was prior to the changes that were introduced by the Liberal government," said Education Minister Lisa Thompson at the time.
"Uh, seriously?" said everybody else.
Today, @fordnation announced that Ontario’s sex-ed curriculum will be going back to a version last updated in 1998.— Chris Cowley (@OTFpresFEO) July 11, 2018
Tomorrow, Mr. Ford plans to announce that Ontario school technology programs will be doing the same.
Because both will prepare students for a modern world. Right? pic.twitter.com/4CDJiQjLxh
Now, as the school year approaches, teachers are straight up refusing to comply with what the government wants — and their union is ready to fight for the right to teach kids about sexual consent, gender identity, the proper names for their own body parts and anything else missing from 1998's sex-ed curriculum.
"The ETFO will vigorously defend members who continue to follow the 2015 health curriculum and will pursue all options to respond appropriately to the government’s reckless behaviour," said Hammond on Monday.
Calling the government's decision "irresponsible" and "discriminatory," Hammond stated that using 20-year-old sex-ed lessons in the classroom "jeopardizes the safety of the students we teach."
The union says that it will use the full extent of its legal power to defend any educators who are penalized for teaching lessons from the modernized 2015 sex-ed curriculum.
This includes complaints made against teachers by parents, school boards or the provincial government itself. And the EFTO may very well win any legal battle arising from such a conflict.
"The government's actions are in direct conflict with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms," said Hammond.
"They infringe upon the freedom of speech of teachers to provide proper education to their students."
A rally hosted by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the EFTO, which represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers in Ontario, is planned for Queen's Park at 12: 30 p.m. today.
NDP and official opposition leader Andrea Horwath is expected to speak at the Queen's Park rally around 1 p.m. after visiting EFTO members at their ongoing meeting in downtown Toronto.
If the rumours are true (and they definitely are), a new professional sports league is about to join the NHL, NBA, MLS and MLB in their decisions to attain a Toronto-based team.
That league is the OWL — a massively popular eSports league dedicated to the six-on-six first-person shooter game Overwatch— and whether you've heard of the league or not, news of its impending expansion into Canada is absolutely huge.
ESPN reports that the American video game holding company Activision Blizzard is currently "undergoing final negotiations" to sell a Toronto slot in its Overwatch League to a group of investors for roughly $35 million.
Toronto is a major hub for esports, so it was only a matter of time before a Canadian team appeared on the radar. If these rumors are true what would you name the newest addition to the Overwatch League?#blizzard#overwatch#toronto#splyce#omnicesport#followus#owlpic.twitter.com/7VqqzE9uHA— Omnic Esports (@omnicesports) August 11, 2018
Toronto will be one of six new cities added to the league for Season 2 if the deal goes through as planned, joining the league's original 12 teams in Miami, Boston, New York City, Shanghai, London, Dallas, Philadelphia, Houston, Seoul, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Three other new Overwatch League teams have already been sold during this franchise-expansion sales period: One in Atlanta, one in Paris and one in Guangzhou, China.
Toronto— Cameron Kennedy (@CamcamKennedy) August 13, 2018
... It just sounds so perfect @overwatchleague
Canadian entrepreneur Michael Kimel, who also owns part of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto's Chase Hospitality Group, is reportedly leading up the deal with Blizzard.
Funding will come from Kimel, his family and their ventures, according to ESPN, as well as from OverActive Media Group and the eSports organization Splyce, which will operate Toronto's new Overwatch team.
At $35 million, the buy-in for a franchise this time around is significantly more expensive than it was last summer.
The first 12 OWL teams sold for $20 million a piece to the investors behind such pro-sports teams as the New York Mets, New England Patriots, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Flyers.
It would appear as though the value of owning an eSports team has risen alongside the popularity of professional gaming and Overwatch itself.
please god let the team colour for the toronto overwatch team be pink i want pink league skins— sai | pinned (@gayphysicist) August 11, 2018
Nearly half-a-million viewers tuned in to watch a live stream of the Overwatch Season 1 grand finals in July, according to TechVibes, and regular season games saw at least 150,000 viewers on average.
No name or branding ideas have been floated for the rumoured Overwatch team in Toronto yet, but fans will undoubtedly find out more by September 9, when all six new expansion teams will start signing free agents.
The Overwatch League's second season is set to kick off sometime in 2019.
The University of Toronto is about to be home to a brand new residence building, and it'll preserve a book store that was the centre of a contentious debate.
The 23-storey building, which will be located at Spadina and Sussex, is the first residence building U of T has built in a decade.
Plans include space for over 500 students, and two dining halls. Retail, green space, study rooms, a fitness centre, and other amenities will also be integrated into the building's design.
The book store on the corner, Ten Editions, will be preserved. A two-storey Canada Post building will come down.
The book store's status remained a heated debate between U of T and the city last year, after the university tried to receive permission to tear it down.
The store has stood on the spot for more than 132 years, and the city worked diligently with the Harbord Village Residents' Association to grant it heritage designation to protect it from the university.
It looks like both sides got their way in the end, and the corner will now be home to both buildings. Isn't it great when we learn to share?
In a late-day session, the provincial government voted to cut the number of councillors from 47 to 25, as part of the Better Local Government Act, or Bill 5. The PC Party has a majority, and was able to pass the bill with ease, with 71 votes to 39.
Ford's government claims the cut will save the province money, despite councillors' salaries being funded solely by Toronto taxpayers.
Moments ago, @FordNation's #Ontario Conservatives rammed through #Bill5: gerrymandering #Toronto Ward boundaries and cutting City Council seats by almost half, mid-election. This unprecedented attack on local democracy has national implications. #TOpoli#ONpoli#CDNpoli— Broadbent Institute (@broadbent) August 14, 2018
The new wards will be identical to the provincial ridings. The new boundaries will affect the upcoming municipal election, set for October.
The bill also removed elections for regional chairs in various jurisdictions, including Peel and York Regions.
This puts city clerk, who is responsible for administering Toronto's election, in an incredibly difficult position. Once bill receives royal assent, she is obligated to carry out 25-ward election even though council, along with others, may choose to fight the legislation in court— Jennifer Pagliaro (@jpags) August 14, 2018
The bill now moves on to receive royal assent before becoming official law.
It's not Bitcoin but a new type of cryptocurrency has arrived in Toronto meaning you can now pay for that coffee or vinyl record with BTZ instead of forking over some cash.
Is this a window into the economy of the future? In the latest episode of the Only in Toronto podcast we talk to the owner of Tiny Record Shop to find out.
Plus, a chat with one of the organizers of Toronto's secret all-white dinner party, Diner en Blanc, and a taste of what might be Toronto's best egg sandwich.
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It was one week ago today that downtown Toronto got blasted with an entire month's worth of rain over just two hours, leaving countless properties damaged and nearly killing two men in one of the most terrifying ways imaginable.
Homes, vehicles and roadways across the city have yet to recover from the damage but, in most cases, the most-pressing problem for buildings and cars — tons of unwanted water — has dissipated.
The water supply itself hasn't been so lucky.
Rainwater can evaporate, sure, but condoms, used syringes, tampons, diapers, human feces, and dead wildlife can't, which is why some of Toronto's best beaches were closed over the weekend.
Last night’s heavy rainfall caused a significant sewage spill in Toronto’s Inner Harbour. Please help document this sewage spill by sharing your photos of Toronto’s Inner Harbour on Twitter and tagging @LOWaterkeeper.#swimdrinkfish— Lake On. Waterkeeper (@LOWaterkeeper) August 8, 2018
Read the full story: https://t.co/qZYCsDibCapic.twitter.com/mSH6RurqK9
Last Tuesday's flash floods overwhelmed the city's archaic combined sewer system again, bringing raw sewage up into the streets and, eventually, out into Lake Ontario.
Much of this gross, gooey garbage remains in Toronto's inner harbour, according to water monitoring experts, and there's plenty of photographic evidence to support their claims.
Swim Drink Fish Canada, a non-profit environmental organization that works to keep local water sources healthy, said on Tuesday morning that the sewage overflow they documented last week along the waterfront has yet to be fully cleaned up, despite repeated requests to the City of Toronto.
Bathurst Quay was still a smelly, gross mess as of yesterday.— ⭐ (Gordo) (@gdg_9) August 14, 2018
Condoms, plastic, garbage, even a dead goose carcass.
The organization's president, Mark Mattson, said on Twitter Tuesday morning that Toronto beaches are now finally passing water quality tests again, but that only one part of the Harbour (Marina 4) had been physically cleaned up.
"Floatables," as one local put it, can still be found all along the waterfront — everything from plastic garbage to dead, rotting geese.
Swim Drink Fish shared several "disturbing" photos via email on Tuesday, all of which were taken on Tuesday morning by their Toronto Community Water Monitoring group at Queens Quay and Rees Street.
"While the beaches in Toronto are all passing water quality, our samplers found the Harbour still very polluted," wrote Mattson. "Sadly, many needles still being picked out of water."
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, a division of Swim Drink Fish Canada, sent an open letter to 311 Toronto and the acting general manager of Toronto Water, Frank Quarisa, requesting "immediate action" to minimize the risk to public health.
The group asked for cleanup crews to remove the waste and debris but, perhaps even more importantly, asked that the City of Toronto start communicating "clear, detailed information to the public about when and where sewage spills occur."
Toronto does no such thing at present, but Environment Canada estimates that more than one trillion litres of raw sewage have been spilled into Canadian waters over the past five years alone.
"Data provided by the federal government shows in 2017, municipalities reported 215 billion litres of raw sewage were spilled or leaked without being treated," according to the Canadian Press.
That's enough to fill 86,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools with pee and poo.
If you didn't think old auto body shops could become art galleries, events in Toronto have a surpriseÂ for you as the Manifesto Art Show takes over the old Ossington Tire. Open Roof is back as well with beer, tunes and a movie.Events you might want to check out:
Manifesto Festival Art Show (August 15 @ Ossington Tire)
As part of Manifesto, this free art show is taking over an old auto body shop on Ossington with works by Hatecopy, nVoid, Tessar Lo and more.
Open Roof Festival (August 15 @ Sterling Road)
The second-to-last Open Roof of the season is on with bites served up alongside drinks, music by Goosebumps and a screening of Isle of Dogs.
Under the Stars (August 15 @ Regent Park)
A throwback to the real golden age of cinema, there's a free outdoor screening of Sister Act on, plus lots of pre-show activities.
Motorama (August 15 @ The Royal Cinema)
Another throwback classic, Barry Shils' Motorama tells the story of a young boy with nothing to lose, a Mustang and nothing but desert road.
True Stories Toronto (August 15 @ Garrison)
It's pretty straightforward: storytellers have ten minutes to tell one true story. No notes allowed. There'll also be some magician action.
Off The Rails Comedy Competition (August 15 @ Comedy Bar)
Another round of wild comedy is going down where comedians compete to create the most out-there act based on audience suggestions.
Square Boys (August 15 @ Painted Lady)
Jazz gets a modern twist when it meets brass and video games with Square Boys, performing alongside Cookout.
Dare (August 15 @ MÂY Cafe)
Imagine your most intimate story. Would you tell in front of strangers? That's what's in store from this diverse group of storytellers.
Ambient Ping (August 15 @ Handlebar)
Space out and chill to some experimental, ambient soundscapes courtesy of Weep, O’ Mine Eyes and Whisper Room.
Heart of a Dog (August 15 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
Get ready to feel all the feels during this documentary about artist Laurie Anderson's life with her beloved dog, Lolabelle.
There are so many unique qualities to this Riverdale loft that I can’t help but be obsessed. From the curved walls to the bathtub in the bedroom it’s such a quirky space.The living room, kitchen and dining area are open concept, making it bright and spacious. The factory windows and painted cinder block walls give it a New York vibe.
The kitchen doesn’t have any mounted cupboards so it makes the space feel even more airy, and you get to look out those huge windows while washing dishes. However, this does mean there’s less storage space for all your kitchen stuff.
The master bedroom is very spacious, has a huge walk-in closet and a sky light. Personally, I would place the bed in a different place just so you don’t have the sun shining in your eye when you wake up.
As mentioned before there is the slight oddity of the bathtub being kind of in the middle of the bedroom. That means no privacy, so it’s not for the self-conscious bather.
But fret not, there are two bathrooms (with doors) that each have some pretty funky sinks and one has a shower. The bathrooms also have heated floors, which is so luxurious.
A possible deal breaker for this two-bed, one den loft is that it unfortunately doesn’t have any outdoor space. That being said it’s super close to Hubbard Park as well as Riverdale Park East.
Anyone looking for a place that’s out of the ordinary. This isn’t your run of the mill loft or condo so this place needs someone who’s going to embrace the weirdness.
Move On If
You prefer your bathtubs inside a bathrooms.
Dumplings are about to get their due as miniature masterpieces during this year's Nuit Blanche art festival in Toronto.
An all-night dumpling market is coming to Nuit Blanche to serve as a testament to Toronto's cultural diversity and immigrant traditions rooted in the city landscape.
International Dumpling Festival was created by artist Ken Lum in an effort to highlight the historical and cultural significance of the universally loved food. The market will feature dumplings from virtually every country traditionally associated with the culinary staple.
The festival doubles as both a conceptual art piece and a real market, set specifically in Toronto's old St. John's Ward where many an immigrant would have once passed through and has now all but disappeared; swept under the rug of urban development.
The dumpling market is happening from sunset to sunrise on September 29, along James Street near Nathan Phillips Square.
Next Spring, the people of Toronto will have immediate access to the longest, fastest and tallest dive roller coaster in the world thanks to Canada's Wonderland.
That's right — Ontario's premier amusement park is finally joining the ranks of Cedar Point, Six Flags, Nagashima Spa Land and other world-class thrill hubs to break an international ride record of its own.
Meet the Yukon Striker: A 75-metre-high dive coaster with top speeds of up to 130 km/h, more than 1.1 kilometres of track, and a freaking underwater tunnel.
Canada's Wonderland announced the record-setting roller coaster on Wednesday morning, revealing that it will be up and running in time for the Vaughan, Ontario amusement park's 2019 season.
Yukon Striker will be situated in a new, themed area of the park called "Frontier Canada" — something that Wonderland says has been in the making for more than 37 years.
"The area will represent the rugged Yukon backcountry during the Klondike Gold Rush era of the late 1890s," reads a press release.
"Yukon Striker will join rides Lumberjack, Flying Canoes, Mighty Canadian Minebuster, Soaring Timbers, Timberwolf Falls, and White Water Canyon as the signature attractions in this newly
themed section of the park."
The new coaster itself, designed by Swiss design consultancy Bolliger & Mabillard, will doubtlessly be the main draw.
Canada's Wonderland says that riders will experience an "exhilarating journey" along mountainous tracks that include spectacular views of the Toronto skyline.
"The coaster features a 'hold and dive' element where riders will literally be hanging on the edge of their seats, on one of three wide,
floorless trains, breathlessly awaiting the 90-degree, 245-foot drop," reads the release.
"Once released, the coaster dives from zero to 130 kilometres per hour straight down into an underwater tunnel before soaring up over steel track, propelling riders through four dynamic inversions and gravity-defying weightlessness."
#BREAKING - Wonderland is getting a new coaster. The Yukon striker will be the longest, fastest and tallest dive coaster in the world. 3,625 feet long & 223 feet high. it drops riders into an underwater tunnel. Will open in 2019. Wonderland also planning to open though X-Mas. pic.twitter.com/akpE2hMUfY— Richard Southern (@richard680news) August 15, 2018
When it opens, Yukon Striker will be Wonderland's 17th coaster and Canada's first-ever dive coaster — officially placing Wonderland among the world’s top three amusement parks with the most roller coasters.
See you in line.
The Canadian government is reportedly getting ready to declare a new, nation-wide statutory holiday — but this one won't be a cause for celebration.
The Globe and Mail reports that federal leaders are currently consulting with Indigenous groups to create a national holiday commemorating what is often described as the darkest chapter in Canada's history.
Details have yet to be released about when the statutory holiday will fall in the year, but it is expected to be called the 'National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.'
The holiday will serve to honour victims of Canada's residential school system — an aggressive 19th century assimilation project that saw at least 150,000 aboriginal children removed from their families to live in government-funded, church-run boarding schools.
At least 6,000 of these children died as a result of the residential school experience, with countless more suffering through horrendous cases of neglect and abuse, some of which was documented by Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
The creation of a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is one of 94 calls to action laid out in a 2015 TRC report that officially deemed Canada's residential school system an act of "cultural genocide."
Once it becomes a statutory holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will amount to a day off work for federal employees.
Provinces and territories would have to amend their own labour codes, according to the Globe, if they choose to commemorate the troubling and tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada.