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    It seems Toronto is finally sick of "6ix Dad" Norm Kelly, as he just lost his council seat to Jim Karygiannis.

    The residents of Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt voted to keep Karygiannis in his council seat today during the municipal election, a seat he has held since 2014. 

    Karygiannis was pitted against colleague and fellow-incumbent Kelly after their respective wards were combined under Doug Ford's council cuts. 

    However, Kelly will probably be just fine, as he mostly spends his time selling his own merch and settling beefs with Drake and Meek Mill

    I guess he was "too lit to politic."

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    After more than 20 years of terrorizing City Hall, Giorgio Mammoliti has finally been given the boot by voters

    Mammo, who faced colleague Anthony Perruzza due to Doug Ford's council cuts, was unable to pull the votes needed to secure his own job. 

    The long-time councillor, who once showed up to council half-naked, called his residents "cockroaches," filmed topless women at a parade, and left a racist rant on his opponent's Facebook page, failed to win back the seat in a ward larger than it would have been if he hadn't supported the premier's slashing of council. 

    The winner of the ward, Anthony Perruzza, had been the incumbent of the former Ward 8 before it was joined with Mammo's. He had been leading in the polls for several weeks prior to the election. 

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    From the outside this place looks more like a school or office building. The house is shaped like a Tetris piece and has that flat roof that the janitors would have to climb on to go get all the errant tennis balls.8 harrison road toronto

    Inside, however, is a beautiful modern home. The entrance way has soaring ceilings and plenty of natural light. I like the industrial staircase and the fact that there’s a full on tree in the middle of the floor. I wonder if that comes with the house?

    8 harrison road torontoThe living room and dining room are open concept, and the rooms are interestingly-shaped. The marble fireplace is eye catching.

    8 harrison road torontoThe kitchen and cozy family room are also open plan. The kitchen is stacked with top-of-the line appliances for all your cooking and hosting needs.

    8 harrison road torontoAlso on the main floor is an office and a powder room. The powder room has very interesting wallpaper. Honestly,you could get motion sickness just looking at it.

    8 harrison road torontoUpstairs are the main bedrooms. Each come with their own en suite so you never have to argue over who gets to shower first.

    8 harrison road torontoThe master bedroom is spacious with his and hers walk-in closets.

    8 harrison road torontoThe basement is where all the fun happens. It comes with a home theatre, a wet bar and a wine fridge.

    8 harrison road torontoAs for outdoor space this place is blessed with a massive deck and a salt water pool. There is no grass to speak of.8 harrison road toronto

    • Address: 8 Harrison Road
    • Price: $4,950,000
    • Lot Size: 80.08 x 169.16 feet
    • Bedrooms: 4 +1
    • Bathrooms: 6
    • Parking: 8
    • Walk Score: 56
    • Transit Score: 59
    • Listing agent: Nima Khadem
    • Listing ID: C42750458 harrison road toronto
    Good For

    Entertaining. The open concept main floor, combined with all the fun stuff in the basement and a salt water pool in the backyard this place is perfect for hosting parties all year round.8 harrison road toronto

    Move On If

    You don’t want to shovel your roof in the winter. Flat roof homes and buildings are notorious for leaks, cracks and pooling water, so they require more maintenance than your regular slanted roof.  8 harrison road toronto

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    Canada Post workers are currently operating under a rotating strike. As the days continue, the strike will affect different cities and locales. 

    Starting at 12:01 a.m. this morning, the strike moved to Toronto and the GTA, excluding Scarborough. The GTA-based strike will see almost 9,000 workers off the job. 

    Edmonton, Windsor, Halifax, and Victoria were all affected yesterday. 

    The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is striking to demand better job security, an end to forced overtime, and health and safety policies. 

    A statement from the union states that Toronto is a "key processing hub for mail and parcels in Canada." Therefore, the GTA strike will affect much of the rest of the country. 

    Both sides are still at the bargaining table, but an end is not currently in sight. 

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    Want to be able to say your bakery is where the best cinnamon buns in Toronto were made?

    Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns is closing their College St. Bakery and their entire 1060-square-foot space is up for grabs. It was opened and renovated only two years ago.

    If you want to live the dream, buying the equipment and taking over the lease will set you back $125,000. It comes with brand new equipment, wiring, and plumbing.

    Torontonians can blame their own ravenous demand for cinnamon buns: it’s just too much to keep up with, and owner Amy Rosen needs to move to a larger space or find a co-packer for her cinnamon bun operation.

    She’s not selling the Rosen’s brand, recipes or bakery itself, just the space and equipment at College and Ossington.

    Aside from the fact that I don’t have $125K just lying around, baking is a lot of hard work, so personally I think I’ll be taking a pass on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    All I can hope is that wherever Rosen’s Buns relocates to, it’s even closer to me.  

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    A flurry of Toronto restaurant closures this fall has claimed another victim, this time, popular spot Peoples Eatery.

    The Chinatown kitchen pumping out a menu of global fusion with a classic bar snack backbone was headed up by Chef Dustin Gallagher, winner of a recent season of Top Chef Canada.

    A somewhat cryptic Instagram post announced over the past weekend that the restaurant’s last service would be November 2, but didn’t cite any concrete reasoning behind the closure.

    IT’S BEEN FUN! with that, we announce that peoples will hold it’s final dinner service on friday, november 2nd. why, you ask? not important. what is important is that we get to see you one last time at least so we can celebrate the meals and drinks we’ve shared in past, and the ones we’ll share in future. for the next two weeks we’ll be open wednesday to sunday with regular hours (ie. closed mon-tues), with one final hurrah on the final friday. much love and thanks to all our staff, regulars and everyone that came out to celebrate with us over the years. the city is ever evolving, and we’ll continue to be a part of that, one way or another.  xoxo - matt, dusty, dave and ager.

    A post shared by PEOPLES EATERY (@peopleseatery) on

    “Why you ask? Not important,” says the caption of the post, continuing just as cryptically, “The city is ever evolving, and we’ll continue to be a part of that, one way or another.”

    In the meantime, equally popular sister restaurant 416 Snack Bar shows no signs of shutting down. Head there to get your fix of the same high level of global fusion cooking, sans cutlery.

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    The Toronto election results are now in. The 2018 municipal election is over, and with it comes a brand new 25-seat council, down from 47 thanks to the province's controversial cuts. 

    Here are the results for every ward, plus the winner of the shiny mayor's seat, in Toronto's 2018 municipal election.

    Mayoral Race

    It seems this time the polls were right, as John Tory was able to hang on to his mayoral seat. He defeated Jennifer Keesmaat, who ran a fierce campaign against her old boss. 

    toronto election results

    Tory beat Keesmaat in every single Toronto ward.

    Tory took about 63 per cent of the vote, while Keesmaat took a fair 23 per cent. The two had battled passionately throughout the campaign, but the incumbency of Tory remained as he dusts off his old seat. toronto election results

    Ward 1 – Etobicoke North

    This race has probably made incumbent Vincent Crisanti a little bitter. He is a loyal Doug Ford ally, losing his post as deputy mayor after backing the Premier's mayoral campaign, and he lost the race last night to Ford's nephew, Michael Ford. toronto election results

    Ward 2 – Etobicoke Centre

    One of the many wards with two incumbents facing off, this race went to fiscal conservative Stephen Holyday over colleague John Campbell. toronto election results

    Ward 3 – Etobicoke-Lakeshore

    It seems corruption investigations and union-busting allegations can't keep Mark Grimes down, as voters in this ward decided to hand him another term, turning away challengers Pamela Gough and Amber Morley.toronto election results

    Ward 4 – Parkdale-High Park

    No surprises here as Gord Perks resumes his seat in a ward that has long favoured him. Those who watch closely did not see this race going any other way.toronto election results

    Ward 5 – York-South Weston

    This was a close race―and one to watch. Incumbents Frances Nunziata and Frank Di Giorgio were head-to-head in the polls, followed very closely by progressive challenger Chiara Padovani. Ol' Nunzie took this one, so you'll be seeing her as council's no-nonsense speaker for another term.toronto election results

    Ward 6 – York Centre

    With another incumbent versus incumbent race in this ward, it was one where someone had to pack up their city hall office. The person packing this time is Maria Augimeri, who was narrowly defeated by James Pasternak.toronto election results

    Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek

    Probably one of the most exciting races to watch, a four-way battle between Giorgio Mammoliti, Anthony Perruzza, Tiffany Ford, and Deanne Sgro saw Perruzza take it home. This means, however, that Mammo is finally off council (a celebration for many).toronto election results

    Ward 8 – Eglinton-Lawrence

    Josh Colle, the previous incumbent in this ward, quit politics recently. His father, Mike Colle, easily defeated second incumbent Christin Carmichael Greb and lawyer Dyanoosh Youssefi. toronto election results

    Ward 9 – Davenport

    It was an easy and breezy win for Ana Bailao after her former colleague, Cesar Palacio, dropped out of the race. Taking home the largest share of any ward, Bailao won with a whopping 83 per cent. toronto election results

    Ward 10 – Spadina-Fort York

    Joe Cressy, long-time city council fave, was able to easily carry his ward to another term. He unsurprisingly defeated Al Carbone, the man who created the giant ice sculpture middle finger to protest the King Street pilot.toronto election results

    Ward 11 – University-Rosedale

    Another unsurprising result in this ward as Mike Layton won his third term on council. His landslide victory saw a 70 per cent share of the votes, leaving opponents in the dust.toronto election results

    Ward 12 – Toronto-St. Paul’s 

    Many considered this the race to watch, as two titans on city hall, Joe Mihevc and Josh Matlow, went head to head. At the close, Matlow was able to pull ahead and secure his spot, leaving long-time councillor Mihevc behind.toronto election results

    Ward 13 – Toronto Centre

    One of the least surprising results took place in this downtown ward, where Kristyn Wong-Tam easily defeated challenger George Smitherman and incumbent Lucy Troisi. toronto election results

    Ward 14 – Toronto-Danforth

    A heartbreaking race for many, this ward saw long-time friends and council faves Paula Fletcher and Mary Fragedakis struggle to campaign against each other. In the end, Fletcher took the seat, continuing her 15-year run on council for another term.toronto election results

    Ward 15 – Don Valley West 

    Another of the races with two incumbents, this one went to Jaye Robinson. She's been on council since 2014, and swept into victory over her former colleague, Jon Burnside.toronto election results

    Ward 16 – Don Valley East 

    Denzil Minnan-Wong returned to this race after a failed bid as MPP in the provincial election. He took this council seat with an easy 46 per cent of the vote. toronto election results

    Ward 17 – Don Valley North

    This race saw former city councillor Shelley Carroll jump back in to municipal politics after an unsuccessful run for Liberal MPP. She coasted back into her old seat last night.toronto election results

    Ward 18 – Willowdale

    Incumbent John Filion backed out of this race and endorsed Lily Cheng, but jumped back in and defeated her once the council cuts by Doug Ford were announced. This will continue his long career on council, being elected first in 1991.toronto election results

    Ward 19 – Beaches-East York

    Two incumbents, Janet Davis and Mary Margaret-McMahon, stepped down to leave this as an open race. Facing off against Matthew Kellway, a former NDP MP, Brad Bradford used his mayoral endorsement to take home the win.toronto election results

    Ward 20 – Scarborough Southwest

    The race in this ward was an absolute nail-biter. Gary Crawford and Michelle Holland-Berardinetti were elected at the same time eight years ago, and faced off against each other this time. It came down to less than one per cent of the vote, but Crawford was able to cinch a victory.toronto election results

    Ward 21 – Scarborough Centre

    Quickly grabbing a fifth term in this ward is Michael Thompson, who easily won after fellow councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker pulled out of the race. toronto election results

    Ward 22 – Scarborough-Agincourt

    This race was one to watch, as incumbent Jim Karygiannis took on 6ix Dad and Toronto's most famous councillor, Norm Kelly. In the end, Karygiannis took the seat. toronto election results

    Ward 23 – Scarborough North

    In this open race with no incumbent, several names battled it out. The victor was Cynthia Lai, a community activist, who narrowly defeated her group of challengers. toronto election results

    Ward 24 – Scarborough-Guildwood

    Paul Ainslie, the incumbent, swept back into his seat with an easy victory over his opponents. toronto election results

    Ward 25 – Scarborough-Rouge Park 

    This race is one of only four with a new face. Jennifer McKelvie, an environmental scientist, narrowly defeated incumbent Neethan Shan by only 154 votes, taking home this Scarborough ward. toronto election resultsFor full results on every race, including school trustees and more, visit the Toronto Elections website.

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    The Ontario Cannabis Store is turning out to be a bit of an issue, as thousands of customers are having orders cancelled, not shipped, or receiving incorrect products. 

    The site, which launched last Wednesday, is the only legal route to buying cannabis in the province. But, many are returning to the black market (including individual dealers, illegal websites, and dispensaries) to get their fix. 

    More than 100,000 orders were placed in the first 24 hours of legalization, and it seems the OCS wasn't prepared. 

    Reports on Twitter and elsewhere show dozens, if not hundreds of people receiving the wrong product or not receiving anything at all, with little to no helpful communication from the OCS. 

    Orders are being cancelled without warning or notification, or shipments are being delayed up to a week past the promised 1-3 days.

    Many thought an impending Canada Post strike would delay orders, but it seems that the orders can't even make it to Canada Post's hands in the first place. 

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    Ah, the Instagrammer. A common sight—but none more common than in the back woods of Hamilton in the fall, where you can catch selfie-seekers in their natural habitat.

    Just an hour from Toronto is the 3.9-kilometre-long Dundas Peak Trail, which draws people from far and wide for its picturesque views. 

    With incredible vistas of Hamilton and the forest below, braving this escarpment gives free passes to social media users to finally use the caption, "Living on the edge" accurately.

    One of the most beautiful places to be during fall, it's not surprising then that tons of people are flocking to Dundas Peak to snap a killer selfie with the turning leaves.

    And what photo backdrop is more epic than roaring waterfalls? Webster's Falls is the main attraction at Dundas Peak, but not far past that is Tew's Falls, which is Hamilton's tallest waterfall at a dizzying 41 metres. 

    The real dare devils like to grab a shot at the most scenic point of all: the peak that overlooks the train tracks and Dundas Valley.

    Towering twice the size of the American side of Niagara Falls, just seeing these people stand so close to the edge will make your palms sweat.

    It's a great photo for sure.

    But I'm just not sure if possibly falling to your death, or at the least, sustaining some serious injuries, is worth doing it for the 'gram.

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    Doug Ford tried to wreak havoc on the environment, but it seems the federal government has other plans. 

    It was announced today that the feds will enforce a carbon tax on provinces that do not comply, which includes Ontario. The other misbehaved children are Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and New Brunswick. 

    Ford's attempt to cancel the cap-and-trade program would have had extremely detrimental effects on the environment, according to almost every expert on record. 

    But, the federal government says there's no choice now. 

    According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the new plan will result in an average rebate of $307 every year for a family of four. 

    Doug Ford responded by saying the federal government is costing Ontario taxpayers money with the new tax. But, he also plans to cost Ontario taxpayers money, as he promises to take the feds to court over the decision. 

    It seems Ford is fine with meddling in Toronto's government, but doesn't like the federal government meddling in his. 

    Regardless of political squabbles, hopefully the new program means the climate will be a little cleaner, because otherwise, we're all going to die. But that's no big deal, right? 

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    The Royal Ontario Museum is throwing a massive New Year's Eve extravaganza that lets party-goers celebrate with the dinosaurs. 

    Ring in the near year by dancing to live music from DJ Lissa Monet and nomming on hor d'oeurves inside Canada's biggest museum. Tickets are $90 a pop and bound to sell out fast.

    Those able to score themselves this hot ticket online will get one complimentary drink ticket, but cash bar will be open until 1:15 a.m.

    And, for anyone who wants to get even fancier, you can shell out extra on two different dinner packages that buy you a three-course meal.

    You'll also get to rub shoulders with dino skeletons in the Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur exhibit, or in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year room depending on which package you get, and an epic countdown.

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    If you like toys at the bottom of your breakfast cereal, you'll love D'Italiano's new olive oil bread: It comes with a pet! And maybe also the plague!

    A recent shopper at the No Frills grocery store near Main and Tisdale Streets in Hamilton has hundreds of people worked up today over the prospect of mice crawling through their bread.

    The shopper, who goes by u/massivecoiler on Reddit, posted a photo of what appears to be a mouse inside a packaged bread product to the r/Ontario subreddit Wednesday.

    "Live mouse in loaf of bread @ No Frills in Hamilton," they wrote as the photo's caption, though, without video footage, we can't say for certain that the mouse was alive.

    mouse bread no frills

    One-time Toronto resident Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex smiles on a magazine cover next to the mouse bread at No Frills. Image via u/massivecoiler on Reddit.

    It also isn't clear if the rodent got into the bread at No Frills, or while being packaged at Toronto's Weston Bakeries Limited.

    Either way, it's not a great week for the PR team at Loblaw, which owns No Frills, D'Italiano and the Real Canadian Superstore, where a shopping cart filled with raw meat grossed out Toronto shoppers on Tuesday.

    Jokesters, on the other hand, are having a field day.

    "Would this not count as a 'frill'?" reads the most up-voted comment, followed by "It's extra protein at the very least."

    Gross. Funny, but gross.

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    Calling all winter revelers: Blue Mountain has a new trail that will make visitors feel like they're inside a snow globe. 

    The Blumination Dream Trail is a brand new one-kilometre trail that takes strollers through the wintry wonderland that is the Blue Mountain Village.

    Starting at 5 p.m. and running until 10 p.m., your journey starts off at the Field of Dreams and winds through a spectacle of twinkle lights and exhibits. It'll end at the events plaza, where light shows will be taking place at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily. 

    If you're not the walking type, there's even free horse-drawn wagon rides around the base of Blue Mountain on Saturdays during the day, and at night, fireworks over the Mill Pond.

    Weekends will also extra have family-friendly daytime activities like taking a picture with Santa and eating maple taffy snow treats. 

    But the most epic part of the whole Village is the fact you can go swimming—yes, even in the winter. The Plunge Aquatic Centre is open Fridays to Sundays and has hot tubs and heated pools with swings, docks, and water slides. 

    The Dream Trail opens on December 1, runs until January 6, and is open every day of the week. 

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    Welcome to the Friday, where events in Toronto have a group of photographers debuting new works that use striking visuals to tell a bigger story. Bill Murray, Alien and a spotlight on Syrian culture are all screening today and there's a multi-city music festival.

    Events you might want to check out:

    St. Lucia (November 9 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    Dance it out to the upbeat electro pop sounds of St. Lucia and their eclectic tunes that splice together different cross-culture musical influences.
    ROM Friday Night Live (November 9 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
    Local artists stage a takeover of the museum during this week's #FNL to challenge what is fact or fake alongside food, drink, performances and more.
    The Tenant Turn Up (November 9 @ Unit 2)
    Tenants are at the forefront of this multi-city music festival with performances across Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa happening at the same time.
    Y2Gay (November 9 @ Buddies in Bad Times)
    Leave your portable CD player at home because all the best tunes of the decade that nearly saw the world end are on at this big dance party.
    Afro Haus (November 9 @ Revival)
    New music from Africa arrives in Toronto for a dance party featuring all the best afrohouse, gqom, kuduro, afrobeats, soca, kwaito, dancehall and more.
    Is Fake News Really the Problem? (November 9 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
    Part of Media Literacy Week, this free talk looks to highlight some ways that the average reader can discern what is fact and what is fiction.
    Sum of Parts (November 9-11 @ Dignam Art Gallery)
    Toronto photography collective f8 is set to showcase their newest works that capture a fracture of something much bigger.
    Syria Film Festival (November 9-11 @ Art Gallery of Ontario)
    A country in transition, stories from Syria are being told through film during this three-day festival with four feature films and one short documentary.
    Alien (November 9-11 @ Cinesphere)
    The film that catapulted sci-fi into the mainstream is screening on the round screen with all the snarling, gooey creatures you can handle.
    The Bill Murray Stories (November 9-16 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    The enigmatic Bill Murray pops up everywhere and this documentary talks to those who've had encounters with the legendary actor.

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    This adorable home in The Beaches reminds me of the waterfront properties in Florida, with a wrap around porch and white panelling.

    24 juniper avenue torontoInside the home has been beautifully renovated. The rustic wood floors, the exposed brick fireplace and big bay windows give the house a cozy, almost cottage-like feel.24 juniper avenue toronto

    The main floor is open concept with tall ceilings and lots of natural light.

    24 juniper avenue torontoThe kitchen is modern and clean with white counters and stainless steel appliances.

    24 juniper avenue torontoUpstairs are the bedrooms. They’re all pretty standard, but nice.

    24 juniper avenue torontoThe master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a big en suite. The bay window floods the room with sunlight.

    24 juniper avenue torontoOn the third floor there’s a huge loft room, which could be used as a guest bedroom or a home office. There’s more space in the basement, however, it is unfinished.

    24 juniper avenue torontoThe backyard is pretty basic with a deck, stone patio and a small lawn. It’s not winning any gardening awards, but any green space is great.    24 juniper avenue toronto

    The Essentials
    • Address: 24 Juniper Avenue
    • Type: House
    • Bedrooms: 4
    • Bathrooms: 3
    • Size: 54 x 100 feet
    • Realtor: Re/Max Hallmark Richards Group Realty
    • Hit the market at: $1,965,000
    • Sold for: $2,152,00024 juniper avenue toronto
    Why it sold for what it did?

    It seems that $2 million is the going rate for a renovated house these days. This one is very lovely, and it’s a spacious house in a good neighbourhood that close to schools, the TTC and downtown.24 juniper avenue toronto

    Was it worth it?

    It’s definitely a nice house, but I don’t know if it’s $2-million-nice. The basement is unfinished, there’s only 2.5 bathrooms and you’re still a 40 minute commute from downtown.24 juniper avenue toronto

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    There can only be one Fashion Santa, much to the chagrin of Yorkdale Mall and its various sub-par iterations of Paul Mason's original internet-breaking, Bieber-approved holiday guy.

    Thanks to a 2017 legal settlement, the Toronto-based model now maintains full trademark and copyright ownership of the character he originated.

    This means that Yorkdale can no longer use Fashion Santa in any way, shape or form to entertain thirsty Christmas swooners, despite the shopping centre's status as Mason's very first post.

    Bye bye "edgy" Fashion Santa, bye bye "bougie" Fashion Santa, and bye bye backlash to bootleg versions of Mason's internationally-beloved "lumbersexual" St. Nick.

    Merry Christmas, stans.

    Yorkdale Shopping Centre has confirmed that there will not be a Fashion Santa on site this year. Instead, the mall is building a brand-new holiday attraction called "Santa's Chalet," which representatives say will be stylish and highly Instagrammable.

    Mason, on the other hand, will once again be doing his Fashion Santa thing at charity events all over the place.

    First up is the HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre's Holiday Tour of Homes in Waterloo, which runs both today and tomorrow.

    "Come on out to Waterloo on November 9th and 10th and take a photo with Fashion Santa to support a great cause!" wrote Mason on his Instagram profile this week. "Looking forward to making this the best experience for the coming season."

    Fingers crossed he has some appearances booked in Toronto as well. We'll keep you posted, rest assured.

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    The best butter chicken in Toronto is Indian comfort food worth craving all day long. This rich chicken dish has origins in Delhi's famous Moti Mahal restaurant, but the signature creamy tomato sauce of butter chicken has become compulsory order with rice or fresh naan worldwide.

    Here is the best butter chicken in Toronto.

    10 - Love Chix

    Roasted chicken is the speciality of this Junction Triangle restaurant, which brings a mixed dinner menu of burgers and crispy porchetta. It's not Indian-focused, but the butter chicken here is a standout, especially when spices are being shipped directly from India.
    11 - The Copper Chimney

    This restaurant at Avenue and Lawrence looks a little old school, but their butter chicken is pretty timeless. Their creamy orange sauce comes in a bowl with a side of rice, or in a larger portion arriving in a copper bowl that adds to the entire experience.
    3 - Banjara

    Walk just west of Christie Pits Park and expect the scent of delicious Indian food wafting through the air. You can get this venerable butter chicken as its own serving or with one of Banjara's famous chicken thalis.
    5 - Pukka

    If you're looking for a fancier destination to dine on Indian street food and big feasts, head to this St. Clair West spot, which is perfect for any special occasion. Winos can pair their butter chicken with a glass from their extensive wine list.
    6 - Butter Chicken Factory

    I mean, it's in the name. There are plenty of other delicious dishes at this Cabbagetown restaurant too, but this spot makes a particularly mean butter chicken. Using a special recipe with korma paste, expect their version of the dish to have an extra special flavour.
    9 - Indilicious

    It's definitely cozy in this Junction restaurant, which serves food from all over India. Their butter chicken is cooked from scratch with big chunks of boneless chicken, marinaded in yogurt with garam masala and creamy tomato sauce—yum.
    4 - Lahore Tikka House

    This doozy of a restaurant in Little India serves a rich and creamy butter chicken amidst the hustle and bustle, with naan of course. This spot has been operating for decades so you know they're doing something right.
    7 - Tich Indian

    This relaxed, contemporary restaurant on Lakeshore West is one of the best places in Etobicoke to grab this popular chicken dish. Meat is simmered in rich makhani gravy (the aromatic butter tomato sauce) and makes the perfect accompaniment to some dip-able naan.
    8 - Lageez

    Tucked away in a Scarborough strip mall, this Northern Indian restaurant on Pharmacy is serving up some incredible butter chicken. What canned tomatoes? Lageez's affordable bowl of creamy chicken sauce uses pure fresh tomatoes for every serving.

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    Food events in Toronto this week are ready to throw the flavours at you with everything from tacos to apple pie on the menu. A taco battle is going down and there's free chocolate for all the sweet tooths out there. Ramen, wine, beer and butter tarts are all up for the tasting as well.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Food Truck'N Friday Hops Series (November 9 @ Rainhard Brewing)
    The food truck fleet is back at Rainhard for a night of gourmet street eats from Temptations, The Arepa Republic, What A Jerk! and many more.
    Markham Butter Tart Festival (November 10 @ Markham Fairgrounds)
    Butter tarts are a Canadian delicacy, and they're getting a big festival including a tart-off, craft market, speciality drinks and more.
    Dolce Chocolate Co. Grand Opening (November 10 @ Dolce Chocolate Co.)
    Sweet tooths can find their place at the city's newest chocolate shop as it opens with a day of free samples, a chocolate fountain and more.
    Do Pie (November 11 @ A-Game Cafe)
    It's warm pie season and pie makers from all over the city are throwing it down for charity with slices available for $5 and an auction of the winning pies.
    Liberty Commons Pop-Up Patio Party (November 11 @ Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery)
    Bundle up for a patio party with a day of brews, live music, free samples and food outside in the crisp autumn air.
    Eatable Films (November 12 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    Filipino food is on the menu during this screening of Ulam as chefs serve up the same foods featured throughout the film.
    Taco Battle (November 13 @ El Loco Local)
    It's on like Donkey Kong at this taco throwdown featuring four of Toronto’s top chefs competing to create the ultimate taco
    I Love Wine and Cheese (November 13 @ iYellow Wine Cave)
    Wine and cheese lovers come together for a night of pairings, wine and beer tastings, tutorials, cheeses, charcuterie and snacks.
    Mega Eak Gold Miso Ramen Challenge (November 13 @ Kinton Ramen)
    Find out just how much pork belly, cheese, noodles and bean sprouts you can eat in 15 minutes at this ramen challenge. If you win, it's free!
    The Wines of Austria (November 13 @ IWEG Drinks Academy)
    Wine experts versed on Austria's fine wines will be on hand for a special night of smelling and tasting of some of the region's finest product.
    Harvest Dinner (November 14 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    Top chefs are serving up a autumn dinner made with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients alongside drinks and live music.
    Fresh Hop Fest (November 15 @ Berkeley Church)
    Hops and lots of them are on at this beer festival with a spotlight on local and regional hop producers from all over the province.
    Liberty Village Dram Fest (November 15 @ 3 Brewers)
    Scotch lovers, rejoice! A dram festival is going down in Liberty Village with local bottles, prizes and all proceeds going to a local women's shelter.
    Toronto Christmas Market (November 15 - December 23 @ The Distillery District)
    The sights and smells of Christmas is in the air at this big market, where you'll find lots of yummy goodies spread throughout the festivities.
    Beer. Diversity. (November 21 @ People's Pint)
    Ren Navarro is back to chat about diversity in Canada'a craft beer industry over a special, custom-brewed beer.
    Feastbound (November 29 @ Eastbound Brewing)
    Eastbound is ready for the holidays and celebrating the season with a big Christmas dinner featuring four courses and drinks shared among friends.
    Filipinoesque (December 1-2 @ IN | A Lifestyle Space)
    Celebrate the holidays Filipino-style at this pop-up featuring a fusion dessert bar, fair-trade shopping, talks and a mixer.

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    Attention all smokers, vapers, e-cigarette users and cannabis consumers at U of T: You'll soon be forced to ditch your vices on campus.

    University of Toronto officials announced on Friday that the school plans to completely stamp out smoking across all three of its campuses, including the massive downtown site that sprawls across dozens of city blocks.

    The ban will come into effect on January 1, 2019, according to U of T, and apply to both the smoking and holding of "lighted tobacco or cannabis," as well as e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

    Exceptions will be made for Indigenous ceremonial activities and those who require medical accommodation. Each campus also has the option to create designated outdoor smoking areas to be used during a "transitional period."

    The move will bring U of T in line with 65 other post-secondary institutions in Canada and hundreds across the U.S. where smoking is already banned.

    "Our existing smoking policy is decades old and recent changes by the provincial government that allow smoking of cannabis in public spaces may increase the risk of exposure to second-hand smoke," said VP of human resources and equity, Kelly Hannah-Moffat, in a press release.

    The school is also stressing on its website that it will support all faculty, staff and students who wish to quit smoking through Green Shield's smoking-cessation program, and others available through U of T's Health and Wellness Centres.

    So, if you go to, work at, or even live near U of T, there's really never been a better time to make "quit smoking" your New Year's resolution.

    New year, new rules, new [whatever you decide to buy with all the money you'll save].

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    Papa John's isn't doing so hot right now. 

    According to DineSafe, the American pizza franchise's Regent Park location closed down Wednesday after failing a follow-up inspection with several sanitary infractions. 

    The pizzeria's most crucial blunder was its poor ventilation, which the DineSafe report said was maintained "in a matter permitting a health hazard." 

    On top of that, they had other significant violations including failing to protect the restaurant from both the harbouring and breeding of pests. 

    Papa John's was given a conditional pass the day before with significant infractions, but evidently bombed their re-inspection.

    This location on Dundas East has had a pretty good track record up until now, but this closure certainly doesn't help the the franchise's flailing business

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