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    There's going to be a subway closure this Thanksgiving long weekend in Toronto. There will be no subway service on Line 1 between Finch West and Lawrence West stations on October 6 and 7 due to signal upgrades.

    As always, shuttle buses will operate between these stations for the duration of the closure.

    Holiday subway service will be observed on Monday morning.

    The next scheduled closure will halt service on Line 1 between Lawrence and St Clair stations on October 27 and 28 due to Metrolinx's Eglinton Crosstown LRT work at Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue. 

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    Yes, you read that headline right.

    Scotiabank will be handing out thousands of pre-loaded Presto cards at select TTC and GO stations today to mark the Toronto Maple Leafs home opener of the 2018-2019 season.

    This will be the first season that the Leafs will play at Scotiabank Arena since the name was changed on July 1 this year.

    Presto cards being handed out at TTC and GO stations will be loaded with $6 and $8, respectively, “to get fans to Scotiabank Arena and Maple Leaf Square to cheer for their Maple Leafs and Raptors.”

    What’s that? Oh yeah, if you miss the giveaways today, you can try again on October 17, when Scotiabank will once again hand out 10,000 more Presto cards to celebrate the Toronto Raptors home opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Giveaways will start at 4 p.m. until they run out at Spadina, College, Kipling, Finch, Eglinton, Don Mills and Kennedy stations, and at Oakville, Mimico, Pickering and Scarborough GO stations.

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    What is open on Thanksgiving in Toronto is a bit of a mixed bag, as some shopping malls will be up and running but most of the city is taking the day off. Whether you need to do some last-minute turkey day shopping or want to spend the day out with family, let this be your guide on October 8.

    Here's what's open and closed on Thanksgiving Monday in Toronto.

    • Government offices
    • Banks
    • Libraries
    • Post offices
    • The TTC will operate on a holiday schedule.

    what is open on thanksgiving toronto

    Stocking up on last minute groceries will be possible on Thanksgiving Monday in Toronto. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    • It's worth calling ahead to restaurants before heading out — many already consider Mondays a day off.
    • Most major grocery chains will be closed on Thanksgiving with a few confirmed exceptions listed below.

    what is open on thanksgiving toronto

    There's still time to pick up last minute brews for Thanksgiving dinner. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    • LCBO
    • The Beer Store
    • For a list of independent bottle shops in Toronto, see this directory. Holiday hours are provided where applicable, but we advise calling ahead to confirm.

    what is open on thanksgiving toronto

    Some major malls across Toronto will remain open on October 8. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

    • Bayview Village Shops
    • CF Fairview Mall
    • CF Sherway Gardens
    • Dufferin Mall
    • Scarborough Town Centre
    • Yorkdale Shopping Centre

    what is open on thanksgiving toronto

    The AGO will be one of many attractions to visit with family and friends on Thanksgiving. Photo by Jesse Milns.


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    An anti-abortion rally turned violent this past Sunday when a woman was roundhouse kicked by a man at the corner of Bloor and Keele. 

    Around 76 people gathered at the intersection on Sunday afternoon for Life Chain, an annual anti-abortion protest held simultaneously across the country at over 200 locations. 

    There was also a couple of pro-choice protestors (who were not affiliated with the attacker) counter-rallying peacefully against the Life Chain crowd on the same corner.

    At around 2:30 p.m., a man with lip piercings and a purple zip-up hoodie approached the groups and allegedly used red and blue markers to deface protestors' anti-abortion signs, at one point even scribbling on their clothing. 

    He also approached the counter-protestors, who can be seen in the video deflecting his approaches. 

    Organizer Marie-Claire Bissonette began to record the altercation on her phone and in the video, the man can be seen winding up for his attack before roundhouse kicking Bissonette in the shoulder, causing her to drop the phone on the ground. 

    Police were called to the scene shortly afterwards, but the man—who told Bissonette he had meant to kick the phone but missed—had already fled the scene, heading east on Bloor.

    According to Bisonette's write-up on the incident for the pro-life website LifeSiteNews, policemen "rolled down their window but did not exit their vehicle" after arriving to the intersection.

    The man has yet to be found, though the video has been circulated widely on social media. 

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    It’s the most wonderful time of the year… or at least, it will be soon.

    Mark your calendars because next month, the Cavalcade of Lights will return to Nathan Phillips Square on November 24. This 52nd annual event promises bright lights, live music, skating on the outdoor rink, and an enormous fireworks show right in the heart of the city.

    Also taking place at the Cavalcade of Lights will be the city’s tree-lighting ceremony. Last year, it took nearly 600,000 LED bulbs to cover the massive tree, and I don’t expect anything less this time around.

    There is no official line-up of performers or special vendors yet, but a full schedule will be released in November. In past years, the square hosted performances on their main stage, as well as DJ sets.

    Get excited for Christmas with more than 50,000 people at this annual event. Luckily, you won’t need to be up close to see the twinkling lights and colours, both on the tree and in the sky.

    And the best part? It’s all free! Instead, spend your money on an extra steamy hot chocolate to warm your spirits and your hands.

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  • 10/03/18--11:50: The Best Oysters in Toronto
  • The best oysters in Toronto bring a little taste of the sea to this lakeside town. The places that serve them well know how to properly source, shuck, and accompany these delicacies.

    Here are the best oysters in Toronto.

    6 - The Chase Fish & Oyster

    This Financial District powerhouse pairs oysters with crudo, clams, shrimp and crab as part of elaborate $150 platters.
    11 - Honest Weight

    Part fish counter, part restaurant, you can pick your oysters right out of the case at this cozy seafood restaurant in the Junction to go or to stay.
    3 - Rodney's Oyster House

    Each day there are anywhere from nine to 26 varieties of West coast, East coast, Japanese or European oysters on the menu at this King West seafood institution, usually priced at an average of $3.
    10 - Bar Neon

    It doesn’t get much better than daily happy hour buck-a-shuck deals on oysters out on the patio at this Bloordale bar, usually fresh-shucked Malpeques with the simple accompaniments: lemon, mignonette and horseradish.
    9 - Nome Izakaya

    Don Mills and North York locations of this Japanese sharing restaurant serves Fanny Bay, Malpeque, French Kiss, Kusshi and Belon oysters by the piece, half dozen or dozen.
    4 - Oyster Boy

    You can not only eat, but also learn how to shuck oysters from the fine folks at this West Queen West bar. Sourced directly from East and West coast harvesters, the selection changes daily but you can expect to sample varieties like Cascumpec Bay, Colville Bay, Malpeque, St. Simon, La Caraquette, Black Pearl, Beach Angel and Kusshi.
    5 - Diana's Seafood Oyster Bar

    East and West Coast varieties of oysters available at Scarborough and Markham locations of this decades-old seafood shrine include Fanny Bay, Malpeque, Kusshi, French Kiss, Lucky Lime and Pacific Tiger.
    8 - Pearl Diver

    Once operated by the current Ceili Cottage owner, the shucking legacy of this place on Adelaide near Jarvis lives on with late night oysters for $20 a dozen after 10 p.m.
    7 - Ceili Cottage

    The proprietor of this Leslieville Irish pub is an international oyster shucking champion who’s written a book using his expertise, and people head here from all around to try Irish and PEI oysters when available. You can also take out unshucked oysters.

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    There's nothing better than a good pun to get the Twittersphere going, and Toronto might have gotten the G.O.A.T. of jokes yesterday—literally—when a goat was spotted on the DVP. 

    The Toronto Police tweeted out an announcement around noon about the bewildered billy hanging out by the DVP and Eglinton, getting the thread of jokes going by saying, "Reports of a goat on the shoulder in a baa'd spot." 

    And from there, the cringeworthy dad jokes continue. 

    You can almost hear the brain cogs turning in an attempt pun up the situation.

    Bust out the thesaurus everyone: it's time to find every possible synonym for goat.

    But if you're going to make a punny joke, make sure it's accurate or dare getting called out.

    Of course, there was no shortage of sports references, with the overusage of the term G.O.A.T. these days.

    The best one for sure goes to the Kawhi Leonard reference, which comes with its own awkward laugh. Well punned.

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    There is no better way to view fall colours near Toronto than from the elevated perch of a lookout. Whether it's a natural phenomenon or an observation tower, these spots offer unparalleled panoramas of the province bursting with fall foliage throughout October.

    Here are my picks for breathtaking lookouts to check out fall colours around Toronto.

    Dundas Peak

    One of the most beautiful places in the province during the fall, Dundas Peak is less than an hour's drive away from Toronto. The view from the top is majestic, but there are also plenty of attractions to spot along the way, including Webster and Tews Falls.

    Rattlesnake Point

    The golden foliage of the Niagara Escarpment near Rattlesnake Point. Photo by Phil Marion.

    Rattlesnake Point

    The ridge at Rattlesnake Point offers numerous vantage points on the golden country below spanning all the way to lake Ontario. The view from the Niagara Escarpment is one of the prettiest for its combination of farmland and the rugged rock face below. Make sure to hike along the trail to check out different angles.

    mono cliffs

    The rolling hills of Orangeville as seen from Mono Cliffs. Photo by @lmrncprjct.

    Mono Cliffs

    This amazing system of cliffs is just an hour away from Toronto and features a number of trails with pristine lookouts from atop the Niagara Escarpment. It also tends to be less busy than some of the other spots on this list. While you're there check out the trails that cut beside the stunning rock faces.

    mount nemo

    Now that's a view. Mount Nemo has some of the best vistas for fall colours near Toronto. Photo by Robert Prior.

    Mount Nemo

    Located just 45 minutes from Toronto, Mount Nemo is a day tripper's paradise. The trails here aren't terribly challenging, but what they do offer is stunning vistas from which you can gaze over the picturesque countryside that leads all the way to the Toronto skyline in the distance.

    Dorset Tower Ontario

    One of the most spectacular views in the entire province can be found in Dorset. Photo by Igor Laptev.

    Dorset Lookout Tower

    All of these vantage points feature alarmingly beautiful views, but Dorset Tower near Lake of Bays is noteworthy for the undisturbed beauty it soars above. When mist rises from the lake on a fall morning, the scene can seem almost unworldly it's so gorgeous. At 142 metres, you have a panoramic view of cottage country to soak up.

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    Events in Toronto today offer more than a few pick-me-ups to get you out of your rainy weather funk and ready for the long weekend ahead. First Thursdays is back with a big party at the AGO and J. Cole is here to perform. Free mini pies, comedy and art are all on the list too.

    Events you might want to check out:

    AGO First Thursday (October 4 @ Art Gallery of Ontario)
    Check out the AGO's newest exhibit, Anthropocene, during this big jam also starring Madame Gandhi, an electronic musician and activist.
    J. Cole (October 4 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    After scoring a number one album earlier this year with KOD, J. Cole has hit the road with a huge North American tour that's finally landed him here.
    The NBHD (October 4 @ REBEL)
    These California rockers take a unique approach to their music, touching on sensitive subjects while experimenting with different soundscapes.
    Angry Inuk (October 4 @ OCAD University)
    In this free public screening, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril's 2016 documentary looks at the role of seal hunting in the lives of Inuit people.
    mOtherworld Creates and Destroys Itself (October 4 @ Project Gallery)
    Artist Rajni Perera's new work creates a dreamworld ripe for myth making and exploration into multidimensional existence.
    Mama's Broke (October 4 @ The Local)
    Halifax folk duo Mama's Broke take from old-time, Quebecois, blues, punk, Celtic, Balkan and doom metal and strip it all down to their raw parts.
    WITCHfest North Kick-Off Party (October 4 @ WonderWorks)
    Witchfest launches a month of witchy parties, talks, storytelling, events, art, film and more with a free kick-off party.
    It Gets Bitter (October 4 @ Comedy Bar)
    Bitterness is in the air at this comedy showcase all about the frustrations of everyday life and an attempt to laugh it all off.
    Actual Jeopardy (October 4 @ Bad Dog Theatre)
    Part comedy show, part performance, part drag and all laughs as authors Anne T. Donahue, Evany Rosen and Zoe Whittall test their knowledge of trivial junk.
    Beethankful (October 4 @ Honey Bees Pie Shop)
    Bees Matter is teaming up with The Rolling Pin to celebrate the importance of honey bees with a one-day-only free mini-pie pop-up.

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    This new Le Corbusier inspired condo reminds me of a treehouse, spaceship, and robot all rolled into one. The condo sits atop steel beams and has a bit of a shipping container vibe to it.15 cummings st toronto

    Inside is a delightfully modern open plan layout. The large windows flood the rooms with natural light.

    15 cummings st torontoThe kitchen is bright with the neon backsplash and crisp white cabinets. While cool to look at now, I have a feeling those neon walls are going to be tired in about a year. But the kitchen also has top of the line stainless steel appliance for all your gourmet cooking needs.

    15 cummings st torontoUpstairs are the two bedrooms, although one is currently being used as an office.

    15 cummings st torontoThe master bedroom is spacious and has a small balcony. Unfortunately, there isn’t an en suite bathroom.

    15 cummings st torontoThe bathroom is a four-piece that is simple and modern.

    15 cummings st torontoAs for outdoor space there’s a large balcony off the living room, as well as a massive rooftop patio that has sweeping views of the city and treetops.15 cummings st toronto

    • Address: U4 - 15 Cummings St.
    • Price: $1,485,000
    • Bedrooms: 2
    • Bathrooms: 2
    • Parking: 1
    • Walk Score: 96
    • Transit Score: 97
    • Maintenance Fees: $873.87 monthly
    • Listing agent: Bram Siskind
    • Listing ID: E4251629
    15 cummings st torontoGood For

    Fulfilling your childhood dream of living in a treehouse. Sure it’s not in an actual tree but the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse isn’t practical in a bustling metropolis. 15 cummings st toronto

     Move On If

    You can’t stand bright pop colours. This condo has a blue bathroom, yellow kitchen and another bathroom that’s all maroon. If you like beige or grey, or more subdued decor, you’re going to loathe this place.15 cummings st toronto

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    Toronto Restaurant Openings highlights the latest food news in Toronto and gives a preview of what's coming soon. Find us here every Thursday morning.

    Open now
    • Sara, a sister restaurant to Rasa from The Food Dudes that has Japanese influences, is now open at 98 Portland Street (at Adelaide Street West).
    • Quality burger joint Rudy now has a second location, at 69 Duncan Street (just south of Queen West), that opened just in time for Nuit Blanche last weekend.
    • My Roti Place also has a second location now, this one at 901 King Street West (by Strachan Avenue).
    • The Peacock Public House, a sister pub to the Queen and Beaver, is now open in the space that was briefly Mad Crush Wine Bar at 582 College Street in Little Italy.
    • Myato Gastropub, a Korean fusion restaurant, has soft opened at 549 Bloor Street West in the Annex.
    • Cafe Old Town Bodega is now open at 402 King Street East in Corktown.
    • The Mt Pleasant Rose, a music venue and pub, has made its debut at 744 Mount Pleasant Road (just south of Eglinton Avenue East) in Davisville.
    • Mantra, an Indian restaurant that also serves butter chicken bao and pulled jackfruit tacos, has opened at the CF Shops at Don Mills at 2 O'Neill Road.
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    Riding the TTC can already be a hassle in this city, and although Scotiabank just tried to make it easier, they probably made it a bit worse for one day. 

    A free Presto Card giveaway at several TTC and GO stations caused some havoc in the streets as thousands lined up to get their hands on the cards.

    The promotion was meant to advertise the Maple Leafs' first game at the newly-named Scotiabank Arena.

    In addition to the fact that free stuff makes people line up like crazy, Scotiabank decided the ideal time to give the cards away was right at the beginning of rush hour, starting at approximately 4 p.m. 

    Lineups formed early, and began to block many sidewalks outside transit stations very quickly.

    The good people who run the TTC Customer Service Twitter account spent the day explaining to people why the lines were forming, despite not being involved in the giveaway. 

    One person who tried to get a card was Cindy Rossi, who headed to College Station.

    According to her, it was unorganized chaos as the TTC staff, police, and Scotiabank representatives were giving conflicting information and mob-mentality set in. 

    "You had to look for a hand holding out a pass and push through the crowd hoping you would get it," she says, "It got really hot, congested, and scary." 

    The mayhem will probably take place again, as Scotiabank is preparing a second giveaway later this month on October 17. 

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    The man who was caught on camera roundhouse kicking a woman at an anti-abortion rally on Sunday has been fired from his job. 

    Jordan Hunt was seen kicking Marie-Claire Bissonette—an organizer of the Life Chain rally—on Sunday after an altercation where he allegedly defaced several anti-abortion signs with markers. 

    The incident was captured on Bissonette's phone, and the video has seen be widely spread on social media. 

    Yesterday, a Parkdale salon called Noble Studio 101 posted a statement on Instagram informing its followers that they had fired Jordan Hunt from their team. 

    "It has been brought to our attention that Jordan Hunt has been caught on camera assaulting an innocent bystander at a pro life rally," says the post. 

    "We don't condone his actions and he has been let go. We believe that everyone has a right to an opinion and the right to voice their opinion without fear of physical violence." 

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    Thanksgiving weekend events in Toronto for 2018 have lots going on in between family feasts and post-pie naps. Screemers kicks off a season of scares down at the Ex and Oktoberfest action is on at the Aleyards. There's markets, music galore and a big party inside the ROM.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Ben Howard (October 5 @ Budweiser Stage)
    Quietly shaping the indie-folk genre into something of his own, Ben Howard explores the place his music comes from while adding a modern twist.
    ROM Friday Night Live (October 5 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
    A celebration of all things autumn is on at this big party in the museum, with this week's theme centred on a fall favourite: Pumpkin Spice.
    Rezz (October 5 @ Rebel)
    Niagara Falls' own Rezz has carved out a space for herself among female EDM producers and the result is some fire tracks, hard drops and raw bass.
    Screemers (October 5-31 @ Queen Elizabeth Building)
    The city's biggest scream park returns just in time for Halloween with a maze of scary attractions bent on scaring you silly.
    Yes Yes Festival (October 6 @ Susan Tibaldi Parkette)
    A day of performances, food, art, readings is on at the first edition of this community festival featuring Nezzy, Witch Prophet and Komodo.
    Chelsea Handler (October 6 @ Elgin Theatre)
    Comedian Chelsea Handler is here to talk about the state of the world, with everything from cannabis, politics and culture up for discussion.
    Aleyards Oktobeerfest (October 6 @ Junction Craft Brewing)
    Junction Craft Brewing, Shacklands and Rainhard are throwing an all-day Oktobeerfest jam with live music, food and even a traditonal beer breakfast.
    The Simpsons and Other Jewish Families (October 6 @ Toronto Reference Library)
    Simpsons producer Mike Reiss is here to talk about Jewish themes in the show: Jewish writers, actors, symbols and guest stars, plus a round of trivia.
    Toronto Pumpkin Fest (October 6-8 @ Downsview Park)
    A big family-friendly harvest festival is on at Downsview with a weekend of activities, food and a ton of pumpkin-themed fun.
    Next Music From Tokyo (October 5-7 @ Multiple Venues)
    Six underground indie bands across the musical spectrum are here from Tokyo for two nights of performances at both Rivoli and Lee's Palace.
    Valley Queen (October 6 @ Rivoli)
    The warmth and beauty of California arrives in Toronto by way of indie rockers Valley Queen and Natalie Carol's heavenly voice.
    Toronto R&B Sounds (October 7 @ Nightowl)
    Get to know the city's local R&B scene with a showcase of emerging artists with singers and performers bringing the vibes all night long.
    Dance With The Dead (October 7 @ Lee's Palace)
    Fast-paced electro and rock merge with metal for a musical experience on steroids, courtesy of Dance with the Dead alongside Daniel Deluxe.
    Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (October 5-11 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    This doc looks at the kaleidoscopic figure that is M.I.A.: a genre-bending artist, social justice activist, and modern-day heroine.
    Cinefranco (October 5-13 @ Carlton Cinemas)
    Films that showcase various aspects of Francophone culture make up this annual showcase of works by local and international directors.
    Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (October 6 @ Art Gallery of Ontario)
    Part of the Anthropocene exhibit, this documentary chronicles the human impact on the planet through the work of Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, and Nicholas de Pencier.
    Buffalo '66 (October 6 @ The Royal Cinema)
    Vincent Gallo's first feature film gets a 35mm screening for all the cinephiles out there, telling a love story using mesmerizing visual techniques.
    Lavender (October 6 @ Glad Day Bookshop)
    Dance it out at this long weekend party specifically for celebrating queer women and trans people, with all others welcome.
    Thank Goth (October 7 @ Round)
    Polish your boots and pack on the eyeliner for another edition of this goth party with DJs Mistress McCutchan, Prophecy of The Wasteland and more.
    Art Crawl Night Market (October 5 @ The Great Hall)
    Over 50 local artists are selling off their work and handmade goods at this big auction and night market alongside food and live music.
    Really Really Free Market (October 6 @ Campbell Park)
    Save your money for another day because this monthly market is completely free. No money or swapping necessary.
    Toronto Flower Market (October 6 @ CAMH)
    Fresh cut flowers and hand-made bouquets from local growers are available at the first of two markets this month.
    Fall Plant Sale (October 7 @ Allan Gardens Park and Conservatory)
    This big sale boasts a huge variety of locally-grown leafy houseplants, succulents and on-site experts to help you learn how to care for your new plant pal.
    The Bazaar of the Bizarre (October 7 @ 6 Noble St)
    Ghoulish goodies are on sale at this big market featuring all things macabre and strange by local makers, independent artists, designers and crafters.

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    Toronto mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat wants to help people own a home, and she plans to do it through a new rent-to-own program.

    If elected, Keesmaat hopes the new plan, which will help young, low income, and struggling residents work toward owning their home. The program would be funded by a new property tax on luxury homes—those valued at around $4 million and higher. 

    In a press conference today, Keesmaat announced that the high cost of housing is leaving many concerned and priced out of the city, so the new program would be necessary to help gain access to house ownership. 

    "The most fortunate among us, the people who have done best at the highest end of Toronto’s housing market, can afford to contribute a little more to help people get their start," she said.

    Here's how it would work: a down-payment toward owning the home would be paid via monthly instalments. At the end of the payment period, a tenant can enter into an ownership arrangement since the equity will have accumulated.

    Another option consists of the City or housing program sharing ownership of a home to lower the price of the mortgage. 

    Considering the extremely staggering cost of Toronto's housing market, the plan is sure to resonate with many. People are leaving the city for cheaper accommodations elsewhere, and the housing bubble is reaching new proportions. 

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    Don't panic, veal and meatball sandwich lovers: old school joint Nonna's Place may not be going anywhere.

    The hours have been dwindling recently, and there's now real estate signage in the window, but the tiny restaurant that's been on the market since April is actually looking for someone who will preserve the business's 50-year history and keep running the place as it is.

    It's a taller order than it may seem. The family-run operation has been surviving for a long time with a staff hovering around three, who open the store at 9 a.m. and are often slammed with a lunch rush for hours.

    One of those three people, Joanne Ferrari, says she and her husband Biagio are trying to retire and are just "putting a line out there."

    With no definitive cutoff point for closing the doors, Italian food fans will just have to keep getting their fix as often as they can until the doors close or some brave sandwich hero steps in to save this local red sauce institution.

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    If you're looking for a chance to see some gorgeous fall colours, it pays to seek out the most scenic trails in Ontario. This trek through Algonquin's stunning wilderness might be one of the best places to absorb autumn's splendour.

    The magnificent Spruce Bog Boardwalk Trail is located just off the Highway 60 corridor, and is famous for its brilliant displays of fall colours. The 1.5-kilometre routes snakes through some of the most beautiful terrain in the park.

    While the changing leaves are obviously a huge attraction each autumn, visitors can also admire the small, sheltered ponds and spruce bogs for which the trail is named.

    One of the best parts of the boardwalk trail is its length. Under two kilometres, it can be completed by even the most amateur of hikers. It's also wheelchair accessible for the entire length.

    The luckiest of visitors may even catch a glimpse of some local non-migratory birds while hiking, like the Boreal Chickadee, Spruce Grouse, Blue Jay, and woodpeckers.

    With Algonquin's fall colours already reaching their peak, a jaunt up to this great spot is sure to offer some of the most epic views in the park, especially in the sections where the trail departs from the heavy pines that surround it and you get wider vistas of the majestic wilderness.

    And, while you're in Algonquin, why not drop by this other stunning trail? The Fire Tower Trail is about half the length, and has a fantastic wooden lookout. This route features a series of self-guides tours that explore the history of fire towers in the park.

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    A popular chain for Chinese rice noodles is opening its very first location in Toronto where Jackpot Chicken Rice used to be. 

    Shi Miao Dao, which has over 750 locations in China, specializes in Yunnan-style rice noodles, also known as 'crossing-the-bridge' noodles, where soup and noodles are served separately. 

    It's not the chain's first foray into North America (it has a popular location in New York) but it'll be making its entry into Toronto with a restaurant at 318 Spadina Ave.

    Known for their soups, Shi Miao Dao's bowls are pre-heated to 250C and can cook ingredients like veggies, eggs, and fish in a matter of 10 seconds—hence the chain's name, which translates to 'ready in ten seconds' in Chinese.

    You can pick from four types of soup: original, tomato, mala—a spicy base with Sichuanese peppercorn—and cabbage. Noodles are meant to be combined at the table: the action of lifting the rice noodles over into the soup bowl is the 'crossing the bridge' part. 

    And with every order of noodles, you'll get sides of bean curds, black ear fungus, raw quail egg, ham, and a chicken wing.

    While it's not clear when exactly the restaurant will launch, signs on the windows show Shi Miao Dao is gearing up to open soon.

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    Chef David Lee’s restaurant Nota Bene announced today they're be closing at the end of this year. Their final service will be on New Year’s Eve. They'll be replaced by a new Planta concept from the Chase Hospitality Group.

    Whereas Nota Bene served mostly creative Canadian small plates, the plant-based menu Chef Lee will design for the re-imagined 180 Queen West location of Planta will have strong Asian influences.

    The sophisticated 7000-square-foot interior will be transformed as well, taking inspiration from Chinese alleyways known as Hutong, and creating an energetic atmosphere.

    Nota Bene has been critically recognized as one of the best restaurants in Toronto and Canada overall during its decade in business.

    Opening in 2019, this new Planta location joins two others already operating in Toronto, one in Yorkville and one on Temperance.

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    It's about to look like 4/20 in October.

    The two-week countdown to legalized recreational marijuana has begun, and Toronto is preparing to spark up with parties to celebrate the Cannabis Act coming into effect on Oct. 17. 

    The Cannabis resource site Leafly is hosting a New Year's Eve-style countdown party at the Mod Club dubbed Bud Drop to "ring in this new high point in Canadian history at the stroke of midnight." 

    Meanwhile, many will likely gather at the Love Child Social House on Oct. 17 for a party hosted by The Entrepreneurship Society and Fireside, complete with DJ's, free merch, cannabis oil cooking session and vape lounge. 

    Radio station Indie88 is throwing its own jam at the Phoenix Concert Theatre the same day with a performance from B.C. band Japandroids. 

    In Trinity Bellwoods, a celebration marking the first legal smoke is in the works.

    And in what's most likely going to be the most challenging event ever, The Rabid Dabber and 2 High Media are hosting a legalization day Instagram scavenger hunt on Oct. 17 for prizes like edibles and extracts, if you're not superbly high enough already. 

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