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    Before you remember all the things you need to get done this week, events in Toronto today offer a momentary escape from those responsibilities. It's the last day to check out WATERLICHT and there's an alleyway party. A big vegan market, fall flea, film and music are also on.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Fab Fall Flea (October 14 @ ildsjel)
    Local vendors are gathering for a big flea in the Port Lands for a day of hand-crafted speciality goods, food and drinks.
    Ossington Village Alleyway Party (October 14 @ Argyle/Foxley Alleyway)
    After a buracratic-related hiatus, this neighbourhood alleyway party is back with a day of food, drinks, activities, live music and a clothing swap.
    Pandamonium (October 14 @ The Opera House)
    Dumbfoundead, Dao Kahn, Nøise Club and more set to take the stage during this big showcase of Asian-American and Asian-Canadian artists.
    Trevor Powers (October 14 @ Horseshoe Tavern)
    Formally known for Youth Lagoon, this electro experimental pop artist has continuously evolved his sound into something new and different.
    Vegan Oktoberfest Market (October 14 @ The Great Hall)
    For all the vegans who love a good Oktoberfesting, this market is jam-packed with vegan goodies in the style of traditional German treats.
    Thee Oh Sees (October 14 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    California rockers are here to take you on a Sunday trip through the spacey, psychedelic world of their slow-cooked tunes.
    Waterlicht (October 12-14 @ The Bentway)
    It's the final day to check out artist Daan Roosegaarde's large, cascading wavy light display that has overtaken The Bentway.
    A Raisin in the Sun (October 14 @ Revue Cinema)
    The 1961 classic film based on Lorraine Hansberry's play gets Bechdel Tested and accompanied by a panel discussion on women in theatre.
    Mystical Affinities (October 14 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
    A free screening of director Stan Brakhage's Mystical Affinities is on followed by a discussion on the female influences that impacted the work.
    Toronto Monologue Slam (October 14 @ The Boat)
    Artists from all over Canada arrive for a monologue competition with the goal of building a stronger and more vibrant industry for everyone.

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    If you're looking for a home in Toronto with a starting budget of $3 million, rest assured, you'll find a number generous-sized listings worth a gander. Expect the average house to have a minimum of four bedrooms, hardwood floors and all the works. 

    Here's what a $3 million house looks like in Toronto versus other cities. 

    Toronto - $2,889,000 CAD

    Given the competitive market, one can only assume this Cedarvale home's asking price is well under what it'll be sold for. Though nearby construction of the LRT is brutal right now, it's well worth the investment considering this five-bedroom home is just walking distance from Eglinton West station.

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    Montreal - $3,000,000 CAD

    Sitting in a lush part of the highly populated Côte-des-Neiges borough in Montreal, this four-bedroom comes with a renovated kitchen and backyard. Built in 1936, this stone home is steps away from the historic Saint Joseph's Oratory and a handful of reputable schools.

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    Vancouver - $3,000,000 CAD

    This five-bedroom may be situated on the east side of Broadway—which is much less posh than the west side of this major Van City artery—but its central location can't be beat. Walk south and you'll be at the Renfrew Skytrain station in a matter of minutes.

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    Calgary - $2,988,000 CAD

    This massive property sits on a cul-de-sac of equally extravagantly homes, right on the edge of a sprawling forest. Ceilings hover at 25-feet in the living room, and the backyard comes with an outdoor fireplace that looks over the plateau. 

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    Staten Island, NY - $2,966,720 CAD

    This hill-top colonial residence covered 12,000 square-feet and comes fully equipped with appliances and four bedrooms. There's no garage, which is surprising for car-reliant Staten Island dwellers, though there is side street parking. 

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    Chicago - $2,999,321 CAD

    For those with kids or plans to have them, settling down in this six-bedroom in the Northcenter community isn't a bad idea, considering the area has some of the best public schools in all of Chicago. Just built last year, the house also has a yard, which is always a plus.

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    London, England - $3,162,987 CAD

    There aren't many home options running for $3 million flat in London Town, but almost 200 grand ove -budget could start you off with a six-bedroom in one of the city's most famous suburbs, Ealing, which directly face Montpelier Park.

    real estate torontoAmsterdam, Netherlands - $3,019,000 CAD

    This corner house comes with five bedrooms, a backyard, and tons of natural light. It's also located not far from Gelderlandplein, one of Amsterdam's few shopping centres and the only mall in a residential area. Given an expat status and the Netherland's hot housing market, a mortgage advisor here is highly recommended. 


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    Deciem stores are back open—praise be. 

    Representatives from Deciem stakeholder Estée Lauder announced yesterday that the Toronto-based beauty company is officially up and running again after spending several days in existential limbo. 

    The news comes following the announcement that company's founder Brandon Truaxe—whose erratic behaviour culminated in the brand's temporary closure last week—was ousted Friday by a court application by Estée Lauder. 

    Truaxe has since been banned from posting to Deciem's social media and from contacting any employees.

    Former co-CEO Nicola Kilner, who Truaxe controversially fired in February, will be replacing him at the helm of the company. 

    Deciem's Instagram page has been deactivated as of yesterday, so most records of Truaxe's strange online behaviour are no longer viewable by the public (which is probably a good thing). 

    The beauty brand's main website has also been restored, and online stores continue to operate as they did when physical stores were closed. All employees who were temporarily laid off this week will presumably have their jobs back too.

    The announcement of Deciem's reopening comes right on time, before any more fans of the brand spend inordinate amount of money bulk-buying their retinol serums.


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    The measure of difference on Jarvis is something to behold, particularly because there remain just a few hints at what it all used to look like.

    Prior to the 1940s, Jarvis Street was probably the most beautiful in all of Toronto, lined with the mansions of some of Toronto's wealthiest families.

    And then, in 1947, the street was forever changed when many of its trees were ripped out to widen it for increased automobile traffic. While the project might have been necessary to accommodate a growing city, it's sad to think of what was lost in the process.

    Here's what Jarvis Street has looked like through the years.

    1890s

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    St. Lawrence Market

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    Old (old) City Hall

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    Jarvis south from Carlton

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    Horticultural Gardens (between Jarvis and Sherbourne)

    1900s

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    Jarvis in 1903

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    The first Jarvis Collegiate

    1910s

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    Jarvis Street Baptist Church. Photo via the McCord Museum

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    Allan Gardens Palm House

    1920s

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    Juvenile Court Building at 311 Jarvis

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    The (then) new Jarvis Collegiate in 1924

    1930s

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    Jarvis and Maitland

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    Jarvis and Carlton (northwest corner) 1931

    1940s

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    Jarvis and Carlton pre-street widening 1947

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    Jarvis north of Carlton post-street widening 1947

    1950s

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    Jarvis north of Lombard Street

    1960s

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    Jarvis south of Bloor

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    Jarvis and Queen (looking south)

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    Jarvis and Queen (looking north)

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    The birth of the Gardiner 1963


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    Romantic getaways near Toronto are the perfect way to ditch the city for some much needed rest and relaxation with your significant other.

    There are a host of gorgeous inns and secluded spots within a short drive of the city where you can dial the romance up, all while getting cozy by a fire, luxuriating in spa services, or just soaking up the atmosphere of small town Ontario.

    Here are my picks for the most romantic getaways near Toronto.

    Soak up Prince Edward County in style

    The Drake Devonshire brings the vibe of the Drake Hotel to the County with dramatic results. You can do wine tastings by day before settling in for dinner in the stunning lakeside restaurant. Other options include a charmingly revamped motel, an old carriage house or a heritage home.

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    The Millcroft Inn can be like a winter oasis. Photo courtesy of Vintage Inns.

    Pamper yourself in Caledon

    Located just a short drive from Toronto, Caledon's stunning Millcroft Inn is nestled right beside Shaw's Creek in a former textile mill. The town is artsy while the inn itself is memorable for its unique setting within the creek, its cozy rooms, and spa services.

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    The beautiful lobby at the Pillar and Post. Photo courtesy of Vintage Inns.

    Luxuriate in the quaintness of Niagara-on-the-Lake

    There are a number of old hotels in this scenic town, all of which offer romance-ripe rooms surrounded by wineries. Harbour House and the Prince of Wales are excellent, but I'm partial to the Pillar and Post for the rustic charm of its lobby, its warm restaurant, and indoor pool.

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    Few things are more romantic than a secluded treehouse cabin. Photo via Airbnb.

    Rent a secluded treehouse

    If it's seclusion that you're after, there's nothing better than an isolated tree-house style cabin. This cabin-loft near Port Perry looks out on 300 acres of land, while this nearby treehouse really is nestled in the forest. There's also an array of cozy cabins to rent outside the city.

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    You can step back in time at the Woodlawn Inn.

    Enjoy the charms of Cobourg in a historic inn

    The Woodlawn Inn is a stately old hotel dating back to the 19th century. It's a bit more reasonable price-wise than inns to the west of Toronto (rooms start at $99), but it's still outfitted with charming decor and boasts the best dining experience in the town.

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    The Galt area of Cambridge is one of the prettiest small towns in Ontario. Photo by Christine Smeath.

    Take a trip to Europe without forking out for air fare

    Most of us lack the time and money to run away to Europe for a week when we want to spend some quality time with our partners. Instead, travel back in time in the Galt section of Cambridge. For a special occasion, stay at Langdon Hall and head into town during the day.

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    One of the nine course on Mount Julian's epic tasting menu.

    Feast on local cuisine at Stoney Lake

    Sometimes the most romantic getaways are those with the best food. You can dine on a locally-inspired tasting menu in a cozy 19th century inn at Viamede Resort's beautiful Mount Julian restaurant while enjoying the calming vista of Stoney Lake. Instant relaxation.


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    Free events in Toronto this week are primarily concerned with cannabis legalization in Canada as there's a free concert at the Mod Club to celebrate the occasion and a big gathering in Bellwoods. There's also food, art and a storytelling session, should you wish to pair the two.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Leafly Bud Drop (October 16 @ Mod Club Theatre)
    Cannabis doesn't have to be your thing to have fun and enjoy a night of free music, courtesy of Toronto music collective Dwyane Gretzky.
    Fireside Tales Season Finale (October 16 @ Dufferin Grove Park)
    Fireside Tales wraps up for the season with a final storytelling session outside in the cool fall air. Dress warm and bring a blanket!
    Legalization Day at Trinity Bellwoods (October 17 @ Trinity Bellwoods Park)
    Legalization takes effect across Canada on October 17 and what better way to celebrate than getting toasted in the park.
    Miya Bhai Grand Opening (October 18 @ Miya Bhai)
    Toronto's newest Indian eatery is opening with free tea and smoothie samples, plus a $5 off coupon to try out some new eats.
    Fall Opening Party (October 19 @ The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery)
    The Power Plant kicks off a new season of programming with a big party featuring new exhibitions, drinks and free admission.

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    Despite the technological advancement of Toronto's biggest pro sports facilities—the Rogers Centre and Scotiabank Arena—there remains something to be said for what it was like to watch a game at the ballparks and arenas of the previous era.

    Here's a look back at Toronto's stadiums and arenas of yore.

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    Sunlight Park, Toronto's first baseball stadium, 1893

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    Lacrosse at Hanlan's Point Stadium in 1910

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    Varsity Stadium, facing Bloor Street and Bedford,1906

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    Varsity Stadium, 1920

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    The TTC hockey team at Varsity Arena, 1927

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    Pro hockey outdoors at Riverdale Park/Christie Pits, 1912

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    Boxing match at Riverdale Park/Christie Pits, 1915

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    Liberal Party meeting at the Mutual Street Arena, 1913 (via the Wikimedia Commons)

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    Mutual Street Arena interior, 1920s

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    Civic Arena/The Coliseum under construction, 1921

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    Civic Arena/The Coliseum interior, 1922

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    Civic Arena/The Coliseum interior, 1922

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    Civic Arena/The Coliseum interior, 1922

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    Maple Leaf Stadium exterior, 1929

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    Game action at Maple Leaf Stadium, 1937

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    Maple Leaf Stadium from Fort York, 1934

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    From the bleachers of Maple Leaf Stadium (date unspecified)

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    Crowds at Maple Leaf Stadium (date unspecified)

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    Just prior to the demolition of Maple Leaf Stadium

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    Maple Leaf Gardens, a gem on Carlton in 1934

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    Ice Show at Maple Leaf Gardens, late 1930s

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    The Circus at Maple Leaf Gardens, 1940s

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    Basketball at Maple Leaf Gardens, 1950s

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    Hockey game at Maple Leaf Gardens, with Johnny Bower in goal

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    Renovations at Maple Leaf Gardens, 1955

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    New escalators at Maple Leaf Gardens, 1955

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    Daryl Sittler at Maple Leaf Gardens, 1970s

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    Harry Jerome at CNE/Exhibition Stadium, 1950

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    Miss Toronto contest at CNE/Exhibition Stadium, 1951

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    Queen Elizabeth II visits the CNE/Exhibition Stadium, 1959

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    Exterior of CNE/Exhibition Stadium, 1959

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    1980s (postcard of CNE/Exhibition Stadium)

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    CNE/Exhibition Stadium Seating Plan

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    Plans for SkyDome/Roger's Centre, 1980s

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    The SkyDome in all its early glory (postcard)


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    Events in Toronto this weed—oops, I mean week—look to celebration legalization in Canada with a big party while a new music festival and night market arrive, plus Cask Days kicks off a week of brews. Florence and the Machine is here and here's lots of free stuff happening, too.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Troye Sivan (October 15 @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)
    My, my, my! The fabulous pop sensation Troye Sivan has arrived as part of his Bloom tour for a night of high-energy tunes.
    Where Do We Start? (October 16 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    The final instalment of this civic engagement series is on to help get everyone prepared for the hot mess that is the upcoming Toronto election.
    Florence and the Machine (October 16 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    Seeing Florence Welsh live is an all around spiritual experience, not to mention the beauty and intricacy of the music that accompanies her.
    Legalization Party (October 17 @ Love Child Social House)
    Party it up in celebration of legalization across Canada with a big party featuring local DJs, food, drinks and cannabis-related activities.
    imagineNATIVE (October 17-21 @ Multiple Venues)
    Bringing together Canadian and international Indigenous filmmakers, this festival looks to create a greater understanding of Indigenous culture.
    Red Bull Music Festival (October 17-26 @ Multiple Venues)
    New to Toronto, this festival is stacked with performances by DVSN and The Sorority and a Distillery District takeover by Alice Glass.
    Kali Uchis (October 18 @ Rebel)
    Hot off the release of her debut album Isolation, Kali Uchis has been making waves, teaming up with some of the biggest names in hip-hop.
    International Festival of Authors (October 18-28 @ Harbourfront Centre)
    Some of Canada's most celebrated authors arrive to discuss their works during this festival featuring talks, events and more.
    YouTube Music Night Market (October 19-20 @ 464 King Street West)
    YouTube Music looks to showcase local culture with a two-night market featuring food, drinks, shopping and a performance by Roy Wood$.
    Cask Days (October 19-21 @ Evergreen Brick Works)
    Beer as nature intended is on as Evergreen Brick Works hosts a massive brew festival with drinks served straight out of the cask.
    Back to the Future (October 19-28 @ Cinesphere)
    Marty and the Doc get the big, big screen treatment as the Cinesphere continues its leg-warmer phase of 80s film screenings.
    Hush Hush (October 20 @ Bloor/Gladstone Library)
    Bloor/Gladstone Library is being transformed into party central with drinks, neon signs and classic library nostalgia during this big party in the stacks.
    Toronto Flower Market (October 20 @ CAMH)
    Fresh cut flowers and hand-made bouquets from local growers are available at the final flower market of the season.
    Toronto Soup Festival (October 20-21 @ Garrison Common)
    Just in time for comfort food season, this new festival is dedicated to all things soup, featuring exhibitors, non-soup food, drinks and more.
    Haunted Market (October 21 @ Eyesore Cinema)
    Spooky goods are on at this haunted market with arts, crafts, collectibles, posters and more, just in time for Halloween.

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    One man took the "touch tank" concept a little bit too literally at Ripley's Aquarium this weekend. 

    In a video posted online (warning: full-frontal nudity), a man can be seen swimming in the shark tank at Ripley's. As he is exiting the water, he dives backwards, back into the water.

    Security stand nearby looking unimpressed and telling him to cut it out, before escorting the man out when he finally gets out of the tank. 

    Several onlookers were able to capture snaps and some video footage from other angles, just so you can get the full, glorious view of the incident. 

    Luckily, Ripley's staff keep the fish and sharks very well-fed, so the man was most likely in no immediate danger of being eaten alive. 

    At the end of the video, the naked man can be seen being escorted by security. However, one Reddit commenter says he eventually got away. These reports are unconfirmed, however.

    Some suggest the man may have had a bit to drink. The incident occurred during an evening Friday Night Jazz event at the aquarium where cocktails are served as guests roam the facilities.


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    For those of you who love cooler weather, this week may be the beginning of your favourite time of year. 

    Toronto temperatures are set to dip lower this week, with Wednesday expected to dip below that gloriously chilly zero degrees. 

    Today will be the warmest day of the week, with a high of 14C and a low of 4C. It's also expected to rain and be pretty windy, with winds up to 50km/h. 

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    Environment Canada expects it to be a pretty rainy week. Image from Environment Canada.

    Tomorrow, we'll see a high of 11C and a low of 7C later in the day. Wednesday, as mentinoed, will dip to below zero, with a high of 11C. Wednesday might also be a bit rainy. 

    Thursday and Friday will also be chilly, with a highs of 9C and 12C respectively. 

    It seems autumn is finally here. Though it's a bit rainy, it's better than sweat, bugs, and sunburns. Stay dry!


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    This week on DineSafe, two Toronto restaurants were shutdown after health inspections. Both Chicago Bakery & Deli and Urawa Japanese Restaurant had to close their doors to the public due to rodents. Yikes!

    See what other local restaurants landed in hot water with city health inspectors this week on DineSafe.

    Aroma Espresso Bar (85 Laird Dr.)
    • Inspected on: October 9, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 2, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Failed to protect food from contamination or adulteration.
    Fox & Fiddle (1285 Finch Ave.)
    • Inspected on: October 9, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 2, Significant: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Fushimi (491 Church St.)
    • Inspected on: October 9, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 6 (Minor: 1, Significant: 3, Crucial: 2)
    • Crucial infractions include: Failed to ensure storage racks designed to protect against contamination and food premise maintained in manner to permit contamination of single-service containers.
    Live Organic Food Bar (264 Dupont St.)
    • Inspected on: October 9, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 2 (Minor: 1, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Food premise maintained in manner to permit contamination of single-service containers.
    Caribbean Sunset (753 Queen St. East)
    • Inspected on: October 10, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 5 (Minor: 2, Significant: 2, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Food premise maintained in manner permitting adverse effect on food.
    Foggy Dew (803 King St. West)
    • Inspected on: October 10, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 4 (Minor: 3, Significant: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Starbucks (11 Leslie St.)
    • Inspected on: October 10, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 2, Significant: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Subway (4651 Sheppard Ave. East)
    • Inspected on: October 10, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 2 (Significant: 2)
    • Crucial infractions include: N/A
    Nations Experience (1980 St. Clair Ave. West)
    • Inspected on: October 11, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 3 (Significant: 1, Crucial: 2)
    • Crucial infractions include: Offered for sale potentially hazardous foods at internal temperature between 4°C and 60°C and failed to protect food from contamination or adulteration.
    Chicago Bakery & Deli (289 Roncesvalles Ave.)
    • Inspected on: October 12, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Red (Closed)
    • Number of infractions: 6 (Minor: 3, Significant: 1, Crucial: 2)
    • Crucial infractions include: Failed to protect food from contamination or adulteration and food premise maintained in manner permitting health hazard (rodents). 
    Tim Hortons (793 Wilson Ave.)
    • Inspected on: October 12, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
    • Number of infractions: 6 (Minor: 3, Significant: 1, Crucial: 2)
    • Crucial infractions include: Sold potentially hazardous foods at internal temperature between 4°C and 60°C  and failed to ensure food handler in food premise washes hands as necessary to prevent contamination of food.
    Urawa Japanese Restaurant (254 Adelaide St. West)
    • Inspected on: October 12, 2018
    • Inspection finding: Red (Closed)
    • Number of infractions: 6 (Significant: 5, Crucial: 1)
    • Crucial infractions include: Food premise maintained in manner permitting health hazard (rodents).

    Note: The above businesses each received infractions from DineSafe as originally reported on the DineSafe site. This does not imply that any of these businesses have not subsequently corrected the issue and received a passing grade by DineSafe inspectors. For the latest status for each of the mentioned businesses, including details on any subsequent inspections, please be sure to check the DineSafe site.


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    UK fitness brand Gymshark held a huge pop-up in Toronto this past weekend that delighted but also disappointed many. 

    Huge lines wrapped around several blocks to wait for the chance to head inside, with many being granted their wish. 

    However, for many, stock had run out and they were left extremely disappointed. 

    Several big names in the world of fitness were in attendance, like David Laid, Steve Cook, Whitney Simmons, and Nikki Blackketter.

    Many were thrilled to meet Gymshark's "ambassadors," but others were upset to find out they wouldn't have the chance. 

    Gymshark and its CCO (Chief Creative Officer), Noel Mack, have been responding to complaints on Twitter all day trying to set things right. 

    The company has also been active on Twitter asking for requests for a  new pop-up location. Perhaps they'll try Toronto again. 


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    Toronto commuters may have had a bit of a delay today.

    That's because a bus caught fire at Islington station, suspending subway service at the stop and diverting buses on the ground. 

    A Mi Way transit bus caught fire while parked at the station, pouring smoke into the subway tunnel, causing the train to skip it. 

    Several buses, including the 37 Islington North, 50 Burnamthorpe and 110 Islington South were diverted. 

    It's not clear if the fire has been extinguished, but subway service at the station has resumed, so it's at least contained. 


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    Toronto's Twitterverse is banding together in solidarity of a small husky puppy that was hit by a car yesterday morning.

    TTC Executive Director Brad Ross tweeted photos of the bewildered dog early yesterday morning, reporting that the dog was struck by a car by Eglinton and Warden. 

    The poor pupper then crawled underneath a nearby TTC bus for safety. He was safely removed by TTC staff, police, and Toronto Animal Services (TAS). 

    According to TAS, the dog sustained an injury on its front leg, but is currently in stable condition. 

    It doesn't seem like anyone has come to claim the dog yet, but given the breed, it's obvious this woofer isn't just some stray.

    Volunteers aplenty are offering up their homes and love for this adorable sweetie pie, because doggos are the best.


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  • 10/15/18--13:20: The Best Pies in Toronto
  • The best pies in Toronto exemplify the harmony of gooey, gelid, usually sweet filling and crumbly, flaky pie crusts. These nostalgic beauties often end up taking a back seat to cake, but perfectly made pies always draw eyes to their section of the pastry case. Plus, it doesn’t need to be someone’s birthday to have a slice.

    Here are the best pies in Toronto.

    6 - The Rolling Pin

    Sure, you could get a regular old apple or pumpkin pie from this bakery near Avenue and Lawrence, but why do that when you could opt for one of their Nutella, candy mini egg, peanut butter and jelly, candy bar, or even birthday cake pies?
    11 - Flaky Tart

    Fruit pies are all made with fillings prepared in house using high-quality fruit at this Mount Pleasant shop, and they wouldn’t have much claim to their own name if the crust weren’t super flaky.
    3 - Wanda's Pie in the Sky

    A rotating selection of pies are baked daily on site from scratch at this artsy Kensington Market bakery, but what they’re really known for is their sour cherry pie with a crumbly crust that looks like something straight out of Twin Peaks.
    10 - Celena's Bakery

    Pies baked fresh in this Danforth East shop are made only with all-butter crusts, freshly made real fruit filling, and very little sugar, and you can get them in classic, family or half sizes.
    4 - Mabel's Bakery (Junction)

    The impressive lineup of pies usually found at locations around the city of this home-grown, preservative-free bakery that tries to use organic ingredients whenever possible includes key lime, apple, sour cherry, raspberry, wild blueberry, strawberry rhubarb, peach and coconut cream.
    5 - Montmartre Bakery

    Standards like apple, cherry, blueberry and lemon meringue pies can be reliably found for under ten bucks at this industrial (but preservative-free) Scarborough bakery.
    7 - Adamson Bakery

    Simple homestyle pies like key lime, caramel apple crumble, and sweet potato are beautifully presented and true to their classic roots at this bakery inside the remote but beloved Adamson BBQ.
    8 - Dough Bakeshop

    Pies are made with seasonal fillings like strawberry rhubarb, but more importantly with love and as many local, organic ingredients as possible right on site in this little Danforth bakery. They also do meat pies.
    9 - Hansen's Danish Pastry Shop

    This decades-old Pape Village fixture is known for their Danish specialties, but they also pump out solid pumpkin, key lime, banana cream, lemon meringue and fruit pies.

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    Just when we thought the Matador Ballroom was finally coming back we're learning that the dream of a live music venue and restaurant near the corner of College and Dovercourt may not come to fruition.

    Late Friday, long-time owner Paul McCaugney, admitted on Facebook that the project had hit a big hurdle. His brother and major investor has left the project. 

    McCaughey says ownership of the building returned to the lender on October 1 and he's no longer the owner.

    After fighting for about eight years to get the Matador up and running, McCaughey is optimistic that he can still stay involved.

    "If an investor or buyer emerges I would be willing to pass the torch and help them to finish what I began, " wrote McCaughey in the Facebook post.


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    Some members of the Peel Regional Police created a scene out of a movie this weekend, as they rappelled down the side of a building firing shots of smoke through a window. 

    Video posted to YouTube shows four of the force's officers climbing down the side of an apartment building near Shopper's World, at 430 McMurchy Ave South. 

    According to Constable Mark Fischer, the officers were attempting to reach a man who barricaded himself in an apartment unit, and was threatening harm. 

    The video looks like something straight out of an action movie, as shots are fired, smoke billows up, and the officers jump down the side and swing through the door. 

    Officers were able to talk the man down, and no charges will be laid. 

    There's no word on whether these were the same officers who had to pull over a man in the area for driving with a bunch of wooden planks sticking out of his car. But probably not. 


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    We've teamed up with Tangerine, the Official Bank of the Toronto Raptors, to give you a chance to win tickets to the home opener game against the Cleveland Cavaliers this week.


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    A brutal street fight captured on video this weekend depicts a man being kicked unconscious outside the nightclub The Everleigh.

    Reddit user Shmuhlest shared a clip taken from their apartment of the scene on King West near Portland.

    In the video, a man in stripes can be seen trying to break up a fight between his companion—who is wearing blue jeans—and two other men, one wearing black long-sleeves and another wearing a black t-shirt. 

    At one point, the man in jeans is pushed to the ground. Shortly afterwards, the man in the black t-shirt kicks him in the head, rendering him unconscious. 

    A few passers-by were witness to the incident, as were the bouncers of Everleigh. 

    According to the user who uploaded the video, police eventually arrived to the scene, and the man who was knocked out stuck around the club for another hour or so with his friends. 

    The man who kicked him in the head fled the scene quickly, as did his friend. 


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    Who said that chasing waterfalls was just a summer thing?

    Some of Ontario's most breathtaking falls shouldn't be missed just because the weather got a little cooler. I could even argue that they're at their most beautiful right now, with the colours peaking and heavy water flowing.

    Sherman Falls, just 45 minutes outside of Toronto in Hamilton, is one of those natural beauties that is best seen in the fall.

    This 17-metre high curtain waterfall might not be Hamilton's tallest, but it's definitely one of the most cascading, with several "steps" resembling a massive staircase.

    The falls can be accessed via two separate hiking trails, along the Dundas section of the Bruce Trail. The trails are well marked and maintained (even during the winter) and are relatively easy to trek.

    What makes Sherman Falls stand out from the rest in the area is the constant flowing water stream, making it the ideal destination year-round for nature lovers. 

    Although Sherman Fall is located on private property, the owners of the land are happy to allow the community to enjoy the scenic 40 kilometres of hiking trails around the stunning Dundas Valley. 

    There's a paid parking lot ($5/day) located at the head of the trail, with the falls only 450 metres away. After you've finished exploring Sherman Falls, you must check out the nearby Tiffany Falls and Canterbury Falls to complete your epic day trip. 


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