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    Canadians are celebrating today over the legalization of cannabis, but the festivities could be threatened by a potential Canada Post strike. 

    In an attempt to push for better job security, health benefits, and safety measures, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is saying it could strike by Monday

    The union has been in negotiations for a while, and the impending strike has been looming since late September, when workers voted to support a walkout to reinforce contract demands. 

    Jon Hamilton, spokesperson for Canada Post, has said that everything will be done to prevent disruption of service to the public, but that there may be some small delays. 

    Hopefully this isn't the case, as Canada Post is currently the only delivery service legally allowed by ocs.ca to bring Ontarians their cannabis. 

    If postal workers strike, there may be a tiny bit longer to wait before you can indulge, but, for now, the Ontario Cannabis Store is open for business. 


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    Coffee and cannabis have long been known to go hand in hand, and soon Toronto could have coffee shop dispensaries of its own.

    Tokyo Smoke has several locations here in town, cafes that appear on the surface just like any other with free WiFi, artsy design, espresso and sandwiches, but they also act as a head shop selling pipes, papers and grinders.

    Soon, they could be selling the stuff that goes in those things as well.

    Daniel Okorn, head of experiential marketing for Hiku Brands which owns Tokyo Smoke, told us the brand plans to apply for a dispensary license in Ontario once applications open.

    "Once legalization occurs and the provincial government here in Ontario opens up licenses we'll definitely be looking to obtain one," Okorn admitted on the latest episode of the Only in Toronto podcast

    Right now the new government website is still the only place here you can legally buy from.

    In other provinces like Manitoba, where laws are different, Tokyo Smoke is able to act more quickly. This week they're opening four new cafe dispensaries in Winnipeg where cannabis will be for sale.

    As for Toronto, it won't be until at least next spring until Tokyo Smoke can legally sell cannabis in local cafes. 


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    A massive new community centre and public park are coming to Bessarion station, meaning Torontonians will finally have a reason to get off at the least used subway station on the TTC. 

    The centre and park are being built as part of Concord Park Place, a project that's been nearly a decade in the works. 

    The massive redevelopment will transform a 45-acre piece of land next to Ikea, once owned by Canadian Tire, into a multi-tower condo complex that will house up to 10,000 people. 

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    Woodsy Park will span eight acres as part of the Concord Park Place redevelopment. Photo via Concord.

    Residents and non-residents alike will soon be able to visit the eight-acre Woodsy Park, which will feature a tear drop-shaped reflecting pond that chills over into an ice skating rink in the wintertime.

    Scattered across the park will be a number of public art pieces, including work from notable artists like Michael Belmore, as well as a curving pavilion and trellis by Studio Kimiis called "Droplet".

    There'll also be some tree-like structures somewhat reminiscent of Singapore's Supertree Grove, but the Canadian version, and much smaller. 

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    The park will feature a reflecting pool which will transform into an ice rink in the winter. Photo via Concord.

    Funded by Concord, the park will be owned and operated by the city, and is expected to be done sometime next year. 

    Next to Woodsy Park, the new Bessarion Community Centre (BCC) will span a whopping 209,000 square-feet, making it the largest community centre in the entire city when it's complete in 2021. 

    It'll include a 13,000 square-foot public library branch, an underground parking lot large enough for 196 cars, and a 6,4000 square-foot childcare facility. 

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    The new Bessarion Community Centre will feature a massive aquatic centre. Photo via Concord.

    On top of that, there will also be a 27,000 square-foot aquatic centre with one six-lane pool running 25-metres, and a smaller leisure pool.

    A 38,000 square-foot gym will come equipped with a running track, fitness studio, weight room, community hall with a kitchen, and a number of recreational rooms. 

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    An external view of the Bessarion Community Centre. Photo via Concord.

    That may seem like a lot, but up to 10,000 residents of the incoming condos will have access to plenty more amenities not available to the public, like private bowling lounges, yoga studios, billiards room and a tennis court. 


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    Can you feel the love tonight? It seems Elton John can, and his love is for Toronto's own The Senator restaurant. 

    The famed and beloved British icon was spotted in Toronto this week, and he also posted a photo of himself with husband David Furnish and Senator-manager Allen Gottschalk.

    "Every time we come to Toronto, David and I pop into the Senator Diner for the best burger in the world," Elton wrote in the caption.

    "Talk about star struck!" reads the restaurant's repost of the same photo. 

    The restaurant is celebrating this as the second time a celebrity has visited recently, after Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay dropped by earlier this month. 


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    The best cinnamon buns in Toronto are for those who don’t want none if you ain’t got buns, hon. Seriously though, these ooey-gooey pastry swirls topped with the most indulgent of icings range from vegan to European to totally traditional in this city. 

    Here are the best cinnamon buns in Toronto. 

    6 - Fika Cafe

    Braided Swedish cinnamon buns are sought out at this Kensington cafe where they're made from scratch.
    7 - Almond Butterfly

    The cinnamon buns at this Harbord Village shop are so big, sticky and glossy you’d hardly even realize they’re gluten-free.
    8 - Sweet Trolley Bakery

    The steamy buns from this unassuming Junction bakery are so thick, humongous and heavily iced they can easily be shared between multiple people.
    11 - Tori's Bakeshop

    Stretchy, doughy buns topped with a perfect little dollop of icing can be obtained from Beaches and Canary District locations of this vegan bakery.
    4 - Danish Pastry House

    Traditional Danish versions of this treat, kanel snegl, along with lots of other varieties of snegls can be found at this outpost of an Oakville bakery in Union Station.
    10 - Bunner's Bake Shop (Kensington Market)

    Totally vegan? Can't have any gluten whatsoever? Not to worry—this shop with locations in the Junction and Kensington Market turns out a cinnamon bun just as golden brown, square and sticky as any.
    3 - Rosen's Cinnamon Buns

    Food writer Amy Rosen started her own cinnamon bun shop in Little Italy, pioneering her own personally engineered squidgy, square versions of the treat. Selling little else and doing online delivery, bun lovers can’t get enough.
    5 - Cinnaholic Toronto

    Vegans not only have their choice of cinnamon buns in the city by this point, but can even customize them at this chain's location at Promenade Mall.
    9 - Bakerbots

    There’s only one place to head in Bloorcourt when the weather changes from ice cream sandwiches to cinnamon buns, and that’s this tiny little shop where the buns have picture-perfect swirls and an opalescent glaze.

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    Queen West's most iconic head shop might soon be selling its bongs, pipes, and papers across Ontario. 

    The Friendly Stranger—which has been one of Toronto's most well-known weed accessory shops since 1994—announced today that it plans on expanding with anywhere between 50 to 100 new stores next year.

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    The Friendly Stranger announced today that it plans on expanding with up to 100 new stores.

    Partnering with Green Acre Capital, a new Canadian cannabis investment firm, The Friendly Stranger plans to start its expansion in April 2019.

    The store's co-founder Robin Ellins also announced today that The Friendly Stranger will be applying for a cannabis sales license as well. 

    If the application is approved, the store's expansion and venture into pot sales will coincide with the same month licensed retailers are legally allowed to start selling cannabis in physical stores

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    Up until now, the store has only sold weed-related paraphernalia. 

    Up until now, the Queen West stalwart has operated solely as a smoke shop, though Ellins says countless international tourists have visited the shop under the impression they sold weed as well.

    "That's the reason we're still here,"said Ellins in a phone interview Monday. "Because we've never sold pot to the public." 

    Now that legalization is here, The Friendly Stranger can finally move beyond shifting the stigma around head shops to selling weed as well. 

    "We've spent over a quarter of a century fighting for legalization, it's just exploded in the past two years." 

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    As cannabis became legal nation-wide today, the Toronto Police are kindly asking folks to refrain from being Sally Snitches and Tommy Tattletales and don't bother them with most cannabis concerns.

    The Toronto Police tweeted out some public service announcements outlining when not to call them regarding cannabis usage now that it's legal.

    The helpful infographics show people in different non-emergency scenarios, like looking lost on a highway and staring at produce to demonstrate that neither these nor seeing someone smoking weed is cause for a 9-1-1 call.

    Laws in Ontario for cannabis usage prohibit anyone under the age of 19 from purchasing it and no one is allowed to drive while high.

    Other than those instances and a few others, the Toronto Police would rather you not be a member of Narcy Narc and the Funky Bunch and let people blaze in peace.


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    Weed laws in Ontario were clarified today. On the same day that cannabis became legal across the country, the Ontario government introduced new laws regarding its consumption.

    Upending previous rules put in place by the Liberal government, Doug Ford's PCs just made it legal to consume cannabis wherever cigarettes are allowed. 

    This will include sidewalks, bus stops, parks, and more. 

    The only public places not allowed will be in a car, on a boat, or within 20 metres of a playground or school. 

    Most of the official opposition, the NDP, and the Liberals, voted against the bill, with concerns that there is a lack of restriction on consumption. 

    The law also created legal room for stores to display vapes and related products publicly. This is banned in most provinces. 

    Now that we can all smoke in parks, perhaps the government will also legalize drinking in them as well. 


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    Today is a day for free food, books, music, film and theatre as events in Toronto boast all of these things. A massive book sale is happening and you can pick up free goodies at one of the city's newest Indian eateries. Kali Uchis is performing and there's a screening of Moonstruck.

    Events you might want to check out:

    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.
    We Do This Every Week (October 18 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    Some of the city's new, upcoming, fierce and legendary DJ talent from the underground music scene gather to talk jams and listen to good tunes.
    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.
    TsuShiMaMiRe (October 18 @ The Baby G)
    All-girl art-punk rockers TsuShiMaMiRe (つしまみれ) are here all the way from Tokyo to play alongside Bad Waitress, Witchrot and Pink Acid Wash.
    Moonstruck (October 18 @ Revue Cinema)
    Snap out of it with a special screening of Moonstruck as part of Food in Film that explores films with a focus on food and includes a chef's talk.
    United Skates (October 18 @ Daniels Spectrum)
    The Regent Park Film Festival is hosting its annual fundraising event that features food, drinks, a screening of United Skates followed by a panel.
    Dear Rouge (October 18 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    Vancouver electro rockers have a distinctive sound thanks to Danielle McTaggart's vocals and Drew McTaggart's guitar growling just beneath the surface.
    Trinity College Book Sale (October 19-22 @ Trinity College)
    Over 60,000 gently used books in 75 categories are up for grabs at this massive sale with classic lit, art books, cookbooks and tons more for sale.
    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.
    The Ghost Light Anthology (October 18-31 @ The Box)
    Get in the mood for Halloween at this ghostly production that tells tales of terror, monsters and the supernatural.

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    This condo building makes me nostalgic for the lovely courtyard flats in England. This three-storey townhouse is tucked away in a shady part of Rosedale.94 crescent road torontoThe main rooms are bright and cozy. The living room has a wood burning fireplace and the hardwood floors are beautiful.

    94 crescent road torontoI love the French doors in the various rooms that lead out onto the balconies. There are four balconies in total, so plenty of spots to have a cup of coffee or glass of wine in the summer.

    94 crescent road torontoThe one sore spot in this townhouse is the kitchen, which looks like it hasn’t been updated in a while. The cabinets and appliances are very dated, so whoever buys this place will certainly have to renovate.

    94 crescent road torontoThere are two bedrooms in this unit. Each have their own en suite bathroom. The bathrooms do look like they could use an upgrade as well.

    94 crescent road torontoThe master bedroom also features a walk-in closet and sitting area.94 crescent road toronto

    Specs
    Good For

    Nature-lovers. This townhouse is steps away from Park Drive Reservation Lands, which is great for walks, mountain biking and just generally escaping the hustle and bustle of the city.94 crescent road toronto

    Move On If

    You don’t want to renovate a kitchen. It’s a pain to do and for a place that’s almost $2 million, adding the price of a kitchen renovation might be a deal breaker.94 crescent road 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
    • Dog-friendly craft brewery Black Lab Brewing has officially opened at 818 Eastern Avenue in Leslieville.
    • 7Baker, an "innovative Euro-Asian bakery," is now open at 3 Wellesley Street West (at Yonge) with another location on the way at the Richmond-Adelaide Centre in the Financial District.
    • Mr. Flamingo has reopened as an all-day spot with Cut Coffee, beer and wine, sharing a space with record shop Invisible City's new location at 1265 Dundas Street West (at Brock Avenue).
    • Bombay Roti has taken over the space last occupied by Rancho Relaxo To Go (and Big Fat Burrito before that) at Lee's Palace at 529 Bloor Street West in the Annex.
    • Fast-casual Indian curry joint Miya Bhai opens today, in what was formerly The Tiffin Box space at 938 Bathurst Street (at Follis Avenue) in Seaton Village.
    • Morellina's, a cafe that also offers Italian-style catering and take-home dinners (think lasagne) is now open at 146 Christie Street (at Pendrith Street) by Christie Pits.
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    Have you seen restaurants opening or closing in your neighbourhood? Email tips to editors@blogto.com.


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    The city is waking up to some bad news (or good news, if you love winter). 

    Snow hit the GTA overnight, reminding us all that yes, summer does have to end some time. 

    Environment Canada has issued a special weather alert for some areas of the GTA, including Uxbridge, York, and Newmarket.

    The weather agency measured about 2 to 5 cm of snow in some areas, all of which has most likely melted.

    According to the seven-day forecast, it isn't expected to snow again for the rest of the week.

    But, maybe find that parka buried in your closet before it's too late.


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    Cannabis edibles are one thing that didn't become legal yesterday when the Canada celebrated the legalization of weed. It may now be legal to smoke and buy cannabis leaves, seeds, oils, and plants, but cannabis in food and drinks are still not allowed.

    According to Health Canada, consumable forms of the wacky tabacky like brownies, lollipops, coffee and beer can only legally go for sale sometime in the next year. 

    But as newly licensed retailers scramble to navigate the initial stages of cannabis legalization nationwide, some businesses are already looking ahead to next year for ways to combine legalized weed products with food and drink.

    Toronto bar Northwood has already come up with a recipe that combines their signature cold brew coffee with CBD.

    Co-owner Richard Pope says he hopes to start selling it to his customers as soon as it's legal, though when that will be is unsure. 

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    Northwood's cannabis cold brew won't look much different than its current incarnation. Photo courtesy Northwood.

    "As a business owner I'm trying to read the tea leaves," said Pope.  "It's very confusing...the consumable market isn't going to be available for another year or so, we're kind of limited." 

    Anyone looking to provide edibles in the future will likely have to carry a separate license from the AGCO, which regulates anything under the Cannabis Act, before selling their creative take on consumables.

    And if edible sales aren't completely exclusive to the OCS, like they are right now, consumable creators will also likely have to comply with a number of restrictions as with any other food products. 

    In the Netherlands, for example—where recreational weed cafes have been legal since 1976—space cakes are the only legal edible, and the only cannabis ingredient allowed in them is crushed weed, allowing regulators to better measure the amount of it going in. 

    "I do understand why they're taking a little bit of time with that," says Pope. "Sometimes you have no idea how much went into a brownie, for instance. You have to wonder how it'll effect what people do." 

    But in the meantime, he says he's already finalized his recipe: Northwood's signature New Orleans-style cold brew is mixed with 8 mg of CBD-infused grape seed oil, which isn't strong enough to get you high but enough to feel the body-relaxing effects.

    Pope hopes to sell it the bar's usual cold brew glass bottles, at around $5 or $6 each.

    And although the idea of fusing alcohol and cannabis hasn't even been fully broached yet, Pope says Northwood is already exploring the concept of bringing the world of cocktails and CBD together. 

    "After five years, there's only so many liquors available to make new cocktails," says Pope. "It opens a whole new realm of possibility."  


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    What’s been dubbed one of Toronto’s worst intersections has been given a visually arresting makeover, but apparently it’s not solving too many of the area’s traffic woes.

    At Bloor and Sterling, there’s a slight jog right to continue north as Sterling ends and Symington begins. Drivers going east on Bloor are constantly blocking this intersection, and every time the light changes there’s a snarl of confusion between cars, pedestrians and cyclists.

    A proposed solution was to paint canary yellow cross-hatching across the entire intersection, and it seems that’s been embraced officially. The idea is to clearly mark where the intersection actually is, a technique that’s also been employed in Manhattan.

    So far, though, people navigating the intersection are as baffled as ever, according to business owner Liz Rohrich of Noble Coffee Co. directly adjacent to the madness.

    With a picture window that’s perfect for taking in all the chaos, the cafe often tags their Instagram posts with #dontblocktheintersection.

    “People stopped in the intersection, in the middle of the cross walk, and then over the red light running from Sterling to Bloor. The overall hum I got today was that it’s not working, and everything is just the same and chaotic,” she says.

    “I don’t think there is just one solution. I think many things need to happen, but a lot of it is driver awareness, they just aren’t paying attention,” continues Rohrich. She thinks maybe the painting could work in conjunction with more signs and a red light camera.

    In the meantime, in the Toronto cafe there’s no shortage of opinions on other fixes, and our city has gained another quirky bit of urban design.


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    Weekend events in Toronto mark a transition period between going out and staying in. If you do decide to go out, there's lots of markets worth checking out and a huge beer festival. A new soup festival arrives and there's parties a-plenty happening all over the city.

    Events you might want to check out:

    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.
    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.
    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 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.
    Shade (October 20 @ Rivoli)
    Shade returns with a night of comedy by women, trans and non-binary performers for a night of laughs in celebration of Women's History Month.
    KimiKon (October 19-21 @ Encare Centre)
    A new festival for Japanese culture has arrived with a weekend of comics, cosplay, meet and greets, exhibitions and an artist alley.
    Boo! at the Barns (October 20 @ Artscape Wychwood Barns)
    A Halloween party is going down at Wychwood for the whole family, including storytelling, food and drinks, dancing and more.
    Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (October 21 @ Toronto Waterfront Marathon)
    Hit the pavement at this annual run and walk by the water for all levels, including a full marathon, half and 5 kilometre stretch.
    imagineNATIVE (October 17-21 @ Multiple Venues)
    There's still time to catch a bunch of films and media by Indigenous artists during this festival dedicated to showcasing Indigenous culture.
    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.
    Death Becomes Her (October 20 @ Revue Cinema)
    The classic 90s goofball Halloween comedy starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis gets a special screening and a drag performance.
    Cybertronic Spree (October 20 @ The Rec Room)
    The Transformers in the flesh, the Cybertronic Spree are rocking all the intergalactic hits from famous movies, anime and video games.
    The Milk Carton Kids (October 20 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    California indie folk singers arrive with a stripped down, acoustic sound and haunting songs about love and loss reminiscent of a time gone by.
    Destroyer (October 21 @ The Great Hall Toronto)
    Dan Bejar and his Bob Dylan-like lyrics are set to take you on a strange and unusual journey of indie rock proportions.
    ROM Friday Night Live (October 19 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
    The sounds of the 6ix takes over the museum for this big party featuring food, drinks and local artists and entertainers from the city's local scene.
    Cherry Bomb (October 20 @ Round)
    Cherry Bomb is back for a night of queer fun and a night of Carnival-style masquerade and dancing to beats by special guest Brazilian DJ Jess.
    Devotion (October 20 @ SoSo Food Club)
    A night of disco and house is on as the sprit of the 70s takes hold and your groove thang gets to shaking.
    Spellbound (October 20 @ Remix Lounge)
    Goth and industrial tunes are on during this big party with DJ Lazarus on deck and videos to help set the darkened mood.
    Spooky Vibez (October 20 @ Handlebar)
    Only the spookiest vibes are on at this drag/zine party featuring tunes by The FranDiscos, live drag performances and a screening of Dragula.
    Open Mo Night (October 21 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    Movember kicks off early with night of music, food and drinks at the Gladstone in support of The Movember Foundation.
    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.
    Garrison Fall Flea (October 21 @ Garrison)
    Stock up on local goods at this fall flea featuring handmade and speciality vendors selling all kinds of goods, plus music, drinks and food.
    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.
    Punk Rock Flea Market (October 21 @ Lee's Palace)
    Back again is this flea market dedicated to all things punk with local makers, punk rock tunes and drinks on site.
    Shuk Machane Yehuda (October 21-22 @ Former Sears at Promenade Mall)
    Israeli goods from all over the world arrive at this huge market featuring food and drink, spices, artwork, home and lifestyle goods and more.
    The Trinity Bellwoods Flea (October 21 @ The Great Hall)
    This big flea has over 50 vendors selling handmade clothing, art, food and everything to get you good and ready for autumn nesting season.
    Wellness Market (October 21 @ Artscape Wychwood Barns)
    It's the age of wellness and this market centres on your centre with the latest in green beauty, healthy foods and spiritual practices.
    Holding Patterns (October 11-21 @ Planet Storage)
    It's the last weekend to check out this storage facility-turned-art exhibition with local artists filling each locker with a different installation.

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    Winter is gearing up, and with it comes many winter festivals to celebrate the season. 

    One of the biggest and best is returning this year: Winter at Ontario Place. 

    This festival is massive, and lasts for several months, bringing with it a huge lights exhibit, a gigantic winter wonderland, skating rinks, bonfires, special movie screenings, and an illuminated island. 

    The winter programming at Ontario Place starts November 23, and lasts until March 17 of next year. And, from November 29 to December 30, the Aurora Winter Festival will be a main attraction, taking over the East Island.

    Most notably, however, is the Winter Lights Exhibition. 

    The installations will feature 18 total exhibits of light, from various Ontario artists. The theme this year is "Disruptive Engagement," which will make the viewer contemplate light and its use in a wintery context.

    The Cinesphere, recently revived from the grave, will also be playing a big role, with special screenings of classic movies throughout the duration of the event.

    First up is Back to the Future, which has actually started now and will continue until the end of the month before switching to another classic.

    Ontario Place's winter festivities will also include a skating rink, bonfires, and of course, the illuminated trails of fairy lights that imbue the entire area in a colourful glow. 


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    Soon, pedestrians and cyclists will be able to walk from Stanley Park to the Fort York grounds uninterrupted, thanks to Garrison Crossing.

    The project has been years in the planning, but the past four months have seen the most progress since construction on the two-part bridge began in 2017. 

    Running north to south just east of Strachan Ave., the connection will provide a way for those travelling through Liberty Village to traverse over two railways: the Kitchener rail corridor and the Lakeshore West rail corridor. 

    Constructed by Oakville-based Dufferin Construction Company, the entirety of the bridge—which is as long as five football fields—will span from Wellington Street to Garrison Common in the Fort York grounds.

    garrison crossing toronto

    The southern section of Garrison Crossing extends over the Lakeshore West rail. 

    Both sections will meet on a shared piece of land called the Ordnance Triangle—a 7.75-acre triangular piece of land formed by the curve of the railway tracks, which will soon become the site of some major developments of its own.  

    The northern section, which is the slightly longer of the two at 52-metres, was hoisted up in July.

    This part of the bridge spans over the Kitchener rail, and will connect the Ordnance Triangle with the southern extension of Stanley Park, which is expected to be landscaped sometime next year.

    The southern section runs 49-metres, and extends from the triangle over the Lakeshore West rail and touches down in Garrison Common. 

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    The northern part of the bridge will connect Ordnance Triangle to an extension of Stanley Park.

    Designed by engineering and design firms Pedelta, DTAH, and AECOM, Garrison Crossing is the only bridge in Canada to be constructed out of stainless steel, courtesy of Mariani Metal. It'll also feature concrete decks and handrails made of wood.

    First proposed by the City in 2004, the project was initially referred to as the Fort York Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge. 

    In 2013, the project took on a new name and today is managed by the city's new real estate agency, CreateTO.

    There's still work to be done before Garrison Crossing is complete in 2019, but when it's done, the project will play an important role in connecting some of the city's most vital green spaces.

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    Surprise! Toronto is expensive. 

    Well, that's probably not a surprise to anyone. But, Toronto was just ranked the most expensive city in Canada to rent. 

    Rentals.ca has just released a report that shows, with an average of $1,902 per month for a one bedroom, Toronto is hella pricey. The price indicates a 2.8 per cent increase month-over-month.toronto rent prices

    Toronto was ranked number one, to no one's surprise. Image from rentals.ca.

    Coming in at second place is Richmond Hill, where a one bedroom clocks in around $1,796 a month. Vancouver was third ($1,760), Etobicoke fourth ($1,620), and Mississauga in fifth ($1,587). 

    Unsurprisingly, after seeing the top five, Ontario was ranked the most expensive province as well―about $1,889 on average. 

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    Ontario and B.C. took the top two spots for provincial averages. Image from rentals.ca.

    Continuing the list of unsurprising findings, downtown was the area of Toronto with the most expensive rent by postal code, specifically around the Entertainment District, King West, and the waterfront.

    The study examined 9,000 active listings on rentals.ca, and looked at both one bedrooms and two bedrooms. 

    If you're looking to rent in the city, all I have to say is "good luck and godspeed, friend." 


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    There is probably a ton of overlap between people who love pizza and people who love basketball. The Toronto Raptors and Pizza Pizza once loved those people in return. 

    But now, it seems the love is fading (or the corporate greed is getting heavier—you choose), as Pizza Pizza announced the "free slice if the Raptors get 100 points" promotion is changing. 

    Formerly, if the Raptors were able to score 100 points in a game, ticket holders could cash in for a free slice of pepperoni or cheese.

    The promotion is now a BOGO deal, where you get a coupon for one free slice when you buy one if the Raptors score 100 points. 

    Pizza Pizza announced the change this week, and people aren't happy. 

    One group, Fix the 6ix, has used the free pizzas to feed the homeless. That may not be a viable option anymore, considering the steep cost of purchasing the slices required to receive the free ones. 

    As the complaints roll in, perhaps Pizza Pizza will reconsider. But, probably not. It may be the BOGO deal from now on.

    BOGO? More like BOGUS, am I right? No? Okay.


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    Ever been so annoyed by someone on their phone at a restaurant that you wish you could just make it disappear? A new Toronto restaurant has finally made that dream a reality.

    Tabletops at Sara are designed with custom-built spill-proof cubbies that seamlessly and elegantly store the phones of diners. Designed by ODAMI, the entire space is meant to minimize distractions and emphasize reconnection with fellow diners.

    Sara is the sophisticated, soft counterpoint to grittier Rasa (both operated by umbrella company Food Dudes) serving globally inspired small plates out of a converted Victorian home on Portland.

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    The phone cubbies are apparently spill proof so you don't need to worry about where you put your cocktail.

    They’re not the first one to attempt to get diners or bar-goers to put down their phones and have some good old fashioned fun that doesn’t use up any data. Dumbo Snack Bar offers a charging station to juice up your phone while you’re hitting the sauce.

    The only thing I’m worried about is whether I’ll be distracted by not being distracted by my phone. Will knowing that it’s only an arm’s length away, trapped inside my table, and yet that I’m unable to satisfy my urge to Google and ’gram, drive me slowly mad over the course of my meal?

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    The serene space at Sara need not be compromised by Instagram enthusiast diners.

    That, and that after a couple of Sara’s gin-based cocktails, that I’ll forget the phone is there entirely and leave it behind at the restaurant, forgotten in its cubby. I guess the only way to find out is to attempt a phone-free dinner for the first time in an embarrassingly long while.


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