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    The best barber shops in Toronto will have your loyalty for life with their delivery of fresh-looking cuts. Whether you’re looking for a quick line up or an all-day affair of hanging out, these masters of hair know their way around their razors, scissors, and blades.

    Here are the best barber shops in Toronto.

    8 - The Fitting Room

    This barber shop in Little Portugal is basically a one stop shop for all things men’s style. Stop for a haircut and leave with all assortments of cologne, grooming products and even socks from their lounge shop in the back.
    11 - Crows Nest Barbershop

    This Kensington spot has been a neighbourhood favourite for years. They’ve since moved from a compact basement to new digs in a towering three-storey home in the market, but it’s still the same cozy spot that delivers some of the best fades around.
    9 - The Nite Owl

    It doesn’t get more classic than this Etobicoke barber shop on Lakeshore West. Everything from the chairs to the retro Pepsi fridge will make you feel like you’re in the 50s (minus the fact everyone has beards and tattoos). The same goes for their second location in Brockton Village.
    10 - Hollow Ground Barber Shop

    Score an appointment at this Bloorcourt shop and get ready for an ultra-satisfying shave. The barbers here also do full head shaves, and know their way around a straight razor, when you’re looking for a cut that’s extra precise.
    3 - Town Barber

    Hit up the original Dundas West location of this barber shop, or head to their newer location on West Queen West. Either way, you'll be treated to the same high-quality cuts and shaves. Beard trims are included in the service, but barber chairs here fill up quick.
    4 - Garrison's Barbershop

    Just around the bend from Trinity Bellwoods, this barbershop is the kind of place you can wait for your haircut whilst sipping on complimentary beer on the deck, or cuddle with a free hot toddy in the winter.
    5 - Glassbox Barbershop

    These are the guys behind the Menspire Academy Toronto, a school for advanced hair stylists to perfect the art of men’s haircutting, so you know they’re good. They have barber shops on Harbord and Roncey, too.
    6 - Throne Barbershop

    You’ll feel like royalty walking out of this Yonge and Dundas hotspot. Known for their lineups and all levels of fades, you might be graced by the same hands who’ve shaped the heads of multiple Blue Jays and Raptors players.
    7 - Fade Room

    Head to Rogers Road and entrust your locks with Claudio Ferreria, who’s been the barber for the likes of J. Cole, among countless other athletes. You can even get fresh in a Koken chair from the set of the Time Traveler’s Wife, and another from Honest Ed’s.

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    It's the most wonderful time of the year and events in Toronto today mark the start of the Christmas Market. Elsewhere, Chris Hadfield is back with this year's Generator and Harry Potter gets the orchestra treatment.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Chris Hadfield's Generator (November 15 @ Roy Thomson Hall)
    Back again is resident astronaut Chris Hadfield’s comedy, music and ideas extravaganza featuring lots of special guests.
    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.
    Russell Peters (November 15 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    Funnyman Russell Peters has kept the laughs going all these years, and now his socially-conscious comedy is more relevant than ever.
    Mac Sabbath (November 15 @ Lee's Palace)
    All your McDonald's-induced-fever dreams come to life with this trippy, wild and weird Los Angeles' heavy metal parody band.
    Raw Art Showcase (November 15 @ Mod Club)
    Local musicians, artists, illustrators, painters, makeup experts and more are coming together to show their stuff during this travelling art showcase.
    The Dead South (November 15 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    From Regina comes a Canadian take on country tunes that incorporate a number of different instruments and sounds to make something truly unique.
    You've Got Mail (November 15 @ Revue Cinema)
    What's better than 90s romance films about new-fangled technology? Nothing, and this Meg and Tom flick was way ahead of its time.
    Sister Mister (November 15 @ The Piston)
    It's cold outside but its' warm in here as DJ Blackcat and Phillippe play the hits at this queer, non-binary dance party open to all.
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire In Concert (November 15-17 @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)
    The fourth chapter in the Harry Potter series comes alive as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs the score alongside the film.
    Toronto Christmas Market (November 15 - December 23 @ The Distillery District)
    The sights and smells of Christmas are in the air at this big market, where you'll find lots of yummy goodies spread throughout the festivities.

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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
    • The Opium Bar, serving Asian-inspired cocktails and snacks, is in soft opening mode at 1321 Dundas Street West (at Rusholme Road).
    • Varsity, a spot for quick Korean and Japanese food, has taken over the former Tacos Baos space at 914A Bloor Street West in Bloorcourt.
    • Councillor is now open at 1188 Queen Street West (at Northcote Avenue).
    • Coffee, Oysters, Champagne (or COC for short) is now open at 214 King Street West in the Entertainment District.
    • Casa Fuego, an Argentinian steakhouse from the team behind Copacabana, is now open at 230 Adelaide Street West (at Duncan Street).
    • Pizza Forno, an automated oven that cooks up pizzas 24/7 in three minutes, can be found at 535 Adelaide Street East in Corktown.
    • Shy Coffee Co. is now open at 766 King Street West (at Tecumseth Street).
    • Plaxton Coffee is also now open at 2889 St. Clair Avenue East (by Plaxton Drive).
    • New joint 99 Sushi Japanese and Thai does AYCE at 170 Eglinton Avenue East by Yonge and Eg.
    • Bubble tea shop Incha is now open at 761 Bay Street between College and Gerrard.
    • Taiwanese BBT chain Yi Fang Fruit Tea has opened three locations in Toronto: one at 615 Bloor Street West in Koreatown, another at 316 Spadina Avenue in Chinatown, and the third at 672 Yonge Street (by Isabella Street).
    Recently reviewed
    Opening soon
    • Hawk & Chick, a Korean-influenced takeaway bento restaurant serving banchan, jjigae and kimbap, is opening soon at 1426 Dundas Street West in Little Portugal.
    • Japanese souffle pancake spot Fuwa Fuwa is opening a second location coming soon to Yonge and Eglinton.
    • Argentinian restaurant Neruda should be opening next month at 1681 Lakeshore Boulevard East in the Beaches.
    • Rag Doll Eatery officially opens tomorrow (Friday, November 16) at 2110 Yonge Street (at Hillsdale Avenue) in what was formerly Noorden.
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    Have you seen restaurants opening or closing in your neighbourhood? Email tips to editors@blogto.com.


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    This is one of the rare lofts in the Annex, which is mostly home to old Victorian homes. The unit is in the historic Creed’s Storage Vaults, which used to store furs up until the 80s, at which point it was converted into these lofts.295 davenport road toronto

    This place boasts 1,400-square-feet of bright, airy living space and it has a large outdoor terrace.

    295 davenport road torontoOne sore spot is that the kitchen is tucked away in a corner under the stairs. So while there is enough counter space, it looks a tiny bit cramped because of the low ceiling.

    295 davenport road torontoUpstairs is the master bedroom. It’s roomy and has a seating area with wood burning fireplace, which is nice as we head into the winter.  

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    Specs
    • Address: #212 - 295 Davenport Road
    • Price: $1,275,000
    • Bedrooms: 1
    • Bathrooms: 2
    • Parking: 1
    • Walk Score: 96    
    • Transit Score: 96
    • Maintenance Fees: $1,017.56 monthly
    • Listing agent: Jen Laschinger
    • Listing ID: C4290950
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    Want to open a pot shop? In just over a month, you'll be able to apply for the privilege—unless you have back taxes, an "association with organized crime" or already own a store that sells cannabis.

    These are but a few of the regulations released by Ontario's PC government Wednesday night pertaining to private recreational cannabis stores, which will open for business across the province on April 1, 2019.

    "The purpose of these regulations is to keep kids safe," said Attorney General Caroline Mulroney in a news release. "And to ensure all people operating in this tightly-regulated retail system behave with integrity, honesty, and in the public interest."

    So, what are they?

    Well, for starters, nobody under 19 can enter a private cannabis store. Ever. Not even with their parents.

    Stores must also be placed at least 150 metres away from schools and be considered "stand-alone" locations (read: they can't be in strip malls). 

    Licensed retailers will be able to sell weed between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. every day, under these regulations, with a maximum of 75 stores per operator allowed in Ontario.

    Anyone working at one of these stores will be required to complete a government-approved training program in the responsible sale of cannabis.

    Applications for licenses to sell will begin on December 17, though the release notes that any "illegal cannabis retailers who were operating after legalization on Oct. 17 will not be eligible to receive cannabis sales licences."

    As it stands now, Ontarians may only purchase marijuana from the province's not-so-smooth online store. That, or illegally.


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    The iconic ring where boxing legends like Muhammad Ali and George Chuvalo once trained is transforming into a stage for live performances this weekend.

    A new live music series called It's OK* is taking over the iconic Sully's Boxing Club this Saturday with the first episode of their event, which is already sold out. 

    According to co-founders Alicia Bee and Said Yassin, the series aims to spotlight local musicians in an intimate setting, "with a vibe falling somewhere between Boiler Room and Tiny Desk." 

    Performers include well-known local producers like Alexonweed, Joseph L'étranger, rapper Sydanie, and JustJohn performing his collaboration with producer Dom Dias.

    They'll also be flying out Valee from Chicago—the newest signee to Kanye's label G.O.O.D. Music—to perform for the crowd of up to 200 attendees.


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    Drivers beware: A heavy snowfall is on the way, bringing more of the white stuff into Southern Ontario than we've seen in the month of November for years.

    This could have "major impacts" on Thursday evening's commute, according to Environment Canada, which just issued a winter weather travel advisory for the City of Toronto.

    "Snow associated with a deepening low pressure system moving up along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States will reach Southern Ontario later this afternoon," reads a statement from the federal weather agency. "The snow is forecast to continue through tonight into early Friday morning."

    Between 5 and 10 cm of accumulation is expected across the region (though some forecasts are calling for up to 15 cm) between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

    Environment Canada predicts that this will be "the first significant snowfall for many parts of the Golden Horseshoe" and the largest winter weather event so far this season in Toronto.

    Motorists are being advised to plan out extra time to reach their destinations, as poor driving conditions are expected. Look out for untreated roads, which may be snow-covered and slippery.

    Tomorrow morning won't be much better, in terms of driving conditions, though flurries should become mixed with rain by Friday afternoon as temperatures rise back up above zero degrees. #Blessed.


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    Weekend events in Toronto take a momentary break from the impending cold to transport you back to summer with the Terre Bleu Lavender Farm pop-up and a new beer pong festival. Everywhere else you'll find holiday fun to mark the beginning of the Christmas season.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Regent Park Film Festival (November 14-17 @ Daniels Spectrum)
    Free screenings, panels and talks are on this weekend as this neighbourhood film festival wraps up for another year.
    Toronto Christmas Market (November 15 - December 23 @ The Distillery District)
    Christmas and lots of it are on at this festive market with shopping, food, music, performances and lots of holiday decorations.
    Long Winter (November 16 @ Tranzac Club)
    Toronto's underground music scene comes out for a night of tunes with performances by Chippy Nonstop and WLMRT, visuals, zines and more.
    Terre Bleu Lavender Farm Pop-Up (November 17 @ 761 Queen St W)
    The Instafamous field with the yellow door comes to Toronto for a one-day pop-up, with Anthropologie and a ton of fancy lavender-infused products.
    Santa Claus Parade (November 18 @ Bloor Street)
    Grab a hot chocolate and catch this annual parade with floats, music and folks in festive costumes marching through downtown.
    Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic (November 17 @ Village of Yorkville Park)
    Bloor-Yorkville is getting all dressed up for the holidays and kicking off a season of dazzling lights with a free concert and warm drinks.
    Illuminite (November 17 @ Yonge-Dundas Square)
    Yonge and Dundas Square kicks off the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony, live music, dancing and a festive sing-a-long.
    Kawaii Land (November 17 @ Design Exchange)
    A festival dedicated to all things cute arrives with a gathering of the kawaii community for exhibitions, art, fashion and programming.
    Palooza Beer Pong Festival (November 17 @ Rebel)
    The party game we all know and love is getting a massive festival as the world's largest beer pong tournament arrives for a full day of splashy fun.
    CineIran Festival (November 16-18 @ Multiple Venues)
    Films that showcase Iranian culture, history and its changing landscapes are screening over this two-day festival.
    The Living End (November 18 @ 156 Studio Projects)
    Part of a series on the queerness of cult films, Gregg Araki's work about two gay men with HIV is followed by a discussion on its place in queer cinema.
    Mickey Mouse's 90th Anniversary (November 18 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    It's been 90 years since the ironic character of Mickey Mouse hit the screen and marked a revolution in animation that continues until today.
    Lawrence of Arabia (November 18 - December 7 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
    Cinephiles can relish in a screening of one of the greatest films as David Lean's epic tells the story of the legendary T.E. Lawrence.
    Big Sound (November 16 @ The Great Hall)
    Over 30 musicians are cranking out the soul, R&B and pop hits of the Motown era at this huge collective concert and dance party.
    Pop Evil (November 17 @ Lee's Palace)
    Grunge is on with Michigan's Pop Evil who are still hot off the release of their self-titled album and here to play alongside Royal Tusk.
    Poppy (November 17 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    YouTube star Poppy has amassed a huge following, not just for her online videos but for her electro pop tunes that often cross into other musical genres.
    ROM Friday Night Live (November 16 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
    The second last FNL is all about Toronto's hip hop culture ranging from b-boyism to turntablism and controllerism with musics, art, food and drink.
    Hoodlem (November 18 @ The Baby G)
    Toronto's own indie electro singer Hoodlem takes a pop and soul aesthetic to her deep cuts and powerful vocals.
    Lavender (November 16 @ Glad Day Bookshop)
    Party it up and dance it out at this dance party for IBPOC, queer women and trans folk with DJ Zehra on deck all night long.
    Diva (November 16 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    The queens of pop get their own video dance party featuring hits from Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Adele, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and more.
    Retro 80s Party (November 17 @ The Opera House)
    Shake your butt to all the best of the 80s at this massive retro dance party with a special spotlight on The Police and INXS.
    Made by Feminists (November 18 @ The Gladstone)
    Holiday shopping has never been so socially conscious as local makers who identify as feminists are selling lots of handmade items.
    Old Book and Paper Show (November 18 @ Artscape Wychwood Barns)
    Wychwood Barns is set to fill up with stacks of old paper, prints, photographs, comics and posters spread across 70 tables.
    The Trinity Bellwoods Flea (November 18 @ The Great Hall)
    Get a head start on gift-giving with all kinds of decor, lifestyle products, food, home, art and more at this local makers market.

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    Skating season is upon us, so it's time to bust out the skates and jackets, and get some hot cocoa ready. 

    While the city offers many public rinks to skate, one of the most magnificent venues for the classic winter activity is the Bentway. 

    The space under the Gardiner has been transformed significantly, turning into a venue for dining, art shows, park space, and more. But, most impressively, the 1.75 km-stretch of the city was transformed into a magical skating trail for the first time last year. 

    Now, the Bentway will transform into a figure 8 shaped skating trail again, bringing the holiday and wintertime fun back to the awesome new space. 

    This year, the skating trail will open December 21, just in time for Christmas. There will be skating lessons, food and drink, and a "winter village" replete with blankets, warming areas, and fire pits. 

    According to officials, the Bentway skating trail saw 50,000 visitors over seven weeks, in extremely cold temperatures. They're hoping the magical spot will be a hit again this year. 


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    After months of sitting abandoned, a strip of storefronts just steps from St. Lawrence Market is finally seeing some life. 

    It looks like some new businesses have finally moved into the little square of units at 106 Front St. East, bringing some much needed activity to an under-used corner of this busy area.

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    The unit that once housed an Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza will soon become a Cora.

    Signs for a Cora have gone up in the corner lot of this heritage building at Front and George Streets, replacing the unit where an Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza used to be.  

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    In the same building at 106 Front St. East is the addition of a new F45 Training location.

    Adjacent to it, a new location of the interactive gym F45 Training has also popped up, offering a work out spot for those wanting to work off the fried chicken from next door Popeye's, which opened only four months ago.

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    A Booster Juice will join the corner where a fairly new Popeyes sits.

    And next door to Popeyes, there are signs for a brand new Booster Juice that is expected to open up soon, officially filling out this once desolate section of the first ten blocks of York.


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    If there's one thing we know for certain about Ontario Premier Doug Ford's 76-member Progressive Conservative caucus, as a group, it's that they love to clap—mostly for Ford, but also for themselves, and sometimes to drown out pesky journalists.

    The PC MPPs are such a clappy bunch, in fact, that it's become a "thing" to count how many times they'll stand up to applaud during any given session at Queen's Park.

    On Monday, the group managed to get in a total of 22 standing ovations in just 45 minutes.

    On Tuesday, it was 21, including the ovation Finance Minister Vic Fedeli got from his PC colleagues after calling NDP deputy leader Sara Singh an "idiot."

    The behaviour, supportive as it may seem among members of the party, isn't appreciated by all.

    Speaker of the House Ted Arnott said at the beginning of Question Period on Wednesday that he'd had received complaints about the "number and duration" of standing ovations in the Legislature since Ford came into power.

    The party's uproarious eruptions are simply interruptions, the way he sees it, as it becomes difficult to hear or see MPPs while they're speaking.

    "We are all accountable for our behaviour in this House," said Arnott, who does not have the power to ban standing ovations, on Wednesday.

    "I would therefore respectfully ask members to keep their ovations to a minimum to enhance the decorum."

    PC MPPs gave their leader a standing ovation anyway, roughly two minutes later anyway.

    "Should I reread my statement?" said Arnott at the time, reminding caucus that Question Period is publicly televised.

    Ontario Minister of Economic Development and House leader Todd Smith brushed off Arnott's plea following Question Period.

    "We're an enthusiastic team," he said to reporters on Wednesday. "The decorum you're seeing from the government side is one of excitement about the agenda we're rolling out."


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    The holidays are upon us, and that means digging out that dusty bin of old wrapping paper tubes from the depths of your closet. 

    But, it doesn't have to be so mundane, thanks to a new startup in Toronto. 

    Paper Plate and Pixel is a printing service that offers several products, but their main feature at the moment is custom wrapping paper. 

    Those interested can use basically any design they want on their own paper, from patterns, to photos, to logos and more. paper plate and pixel

    Paper Plate and Pixel also offers zine printing and other services. Image courtesy of Paper Plate and Pixel. 

    Here's how it works: You pay online, then receive an email with instructions on how to upload your design. From here, the product is then shipped to you, or you can pick it up at a set location. 

    Should you decide to pick it up at PP&P's location in the Junction Triangle, you can use their wide supply of tools like trimmers and hole punchers to your heart's content. 

    Rather than offering full tubes of wrapping paper, PP&P offers 13-inch by 19-inch sheets, which offers more square inches at a lower price (and it's easier to store). 

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    The startup offers a holiday design for those who cannot come up with one. Image courtesy of Paper Plate and Pixel. 

    Right now you can purchase ten single-sided sheets for $12 (about 2,470 sq in). Upgrade to double-sided for an extra $2.

    PP&P also offers zine printing and art prints, but this holiday season, wrapping paper is the hot item. 

    The three-person teams plans to showcase at the Christmas Market, the Tranzac Holiday Gift Fair, and Holiday Mrkt for those who want to check them out. They'll have their own holiday gift package designs for the less creative among us.  


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    Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative government just released its long-term plan for reducing Ontario's $14.5 billion budget deficit and, for some reason, it includes selling liquor until 11 p.m.

    A media release accompanying Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli's 2018 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review states that the province is "aggressively pursuing every opportunity to find new efficiencies and savings."

    The measures, which include everything from the cancellation of many rebate programs to capping minimum wage, are laid out in five different sections on a new, easy-to-explore website called 'Ontario's Plan for the People.'

    Alongside such categories to explore as "Taking Action to Put Ontario’s Fiscal House in Order" and "Tax Relief for Low-Income and Minimum Wage Workers" is a section called "Saving Money, While Improving Choice and Convenience for Beer and Wine Consumers."

    That's right, booze has its own dedicated chapter in the provincial government's fiscal roadmap, and it confirms what Ford himself has been alluding to for months: looser liquor laws.

    More specifically, the hours and days in which alcohol can be sold at retail stores are expanding.

    Like Ontario's forthcoming recreational cannabis stores (more details about which were also released today), the LCBO, Beer Store and other authorized retailers will be permitted to sell alcohol from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m., seven days a week, under the new plan.

    The government says it's still working on "developing a plan to expand the sale of beer and wine to corner stores, grocery stores and big-box stores."

    Oh yeah, and 'buck-a-beer'. That's technically still a thing too.


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    One of Canada's most successful modern fashion brands is finally, at long last, throwing a bone to those of us who drool over their window displays but refuse to spend $200 on a plain brown cardigan.

    Aritzia, the Vancouver-born upscale retailer turned cool girl cult favourite, just launched its first-ever North American outlet store in the GTA.

    You can find it at Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills, where a brand new, 140,000-square-foot luxury expansion opened to the public on Thursday morning.  

    With neighbouring stores like Gucci, Prada and Montblanc, it won't likely be super cheap—but it is still an outlet, which usually means reduced prices on goods straight from the manufacturer.

    Being that the manufacturer is Aritzia, those goods are pretty much guaranteed to be of superb quality, though it's hard to say what the outlet store will stock and in which types of quantities.

    Fingers crossed for deep discounts on mass-coveted items from Aritzia-owned brands, like Babaton's Billy Skirt or the Kendall Jenner-endorsed TNA super puff jacket.

    You know, a coat that looks like an actual duvet makes a lot more sense when it isn't $400.


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    After more than four months of picket lines, protests and failed negotiations, the lockout of more than 400 skilled technical workers at Toronto's Exhibition Place has ended.

    The International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 58 voted on Thursday to ratify a new contract with the city-owned venue, according to the group's president, after a marathon 21-hour mediated bargaining session.

    Members of IATSE Local 58, which represents workers with technical and staging expertise at Exhibition Place, had been locked out by the city-owned venue's board of governors since July 20.

    With the launch of 2018's Canadian National Exhibition in August, their demonstrations intensified and gained much support from city residents.

    Picket lines outside the CNE (and the refusal of many people to cross them) are said to have cost The Ex as much as $1.5 million this year, not to mention what was lost with the cancellations of several other high profile events at Exhibition Place in recent months.

    More recently, workers and their allies were encouraging Torontonians to boycott the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

    The acceptance of a new contract means the picket lines are gone, though IATSE Local 58 doesn't seem entirely thrilled with how everything turned out.

    "Local 58 president Justin Antheunis acknowledges that the union is angry about the concessions they were forced to accept and they 'took it on the chin' in order to get back to work, calling the lock out and many terms of the agreement a blatant attack on workers," reads a release from the group.

    "I don’t think either party is happy with how things worked out,” said Antheunis in the release. "But we continue our commitment to serving Exhibition Place with the same level of professionalism and technical skill we have for more than 100 years."


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    Snuggly and warm is the operative word for events in Toronto today as the city experiences its first snowfall of the season. If you do feel like venturing out, the appropriately named Long Winter is on, CineIran kicks off and there's a big party at the ROM.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Long Winter (November 16 @ Tranzac Club)
    Toronto's underground music scene comes out for a night of tunes with performances by Chippy Nonstop and WLMRT, visuals, zines and more.
    ROM Friday Night Live (November 16 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
    The second last FNL is all about Toronto's hip hop culture ranging from b-boyism to turntablism and controllerism with musics, art, food and drink.
    Believe (November 16 @ MOCA Toronto)
    Toronto-based artist Tim Whiten is on hand to talk about his fascinating glass work and how we develop narratives and myths that surround objects.
    Diva (November 16 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    The queens of pop get their own video dance party, featuring hits from Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Adele, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and more.
    Lavender (November 16 @ Glad Day Bookshop)
    Party it up and dance it out at this dance party for IBPOC, queer women and trans folk with DJ Zehra on deck all night long.
    Big Sound (November 16 @ The Great Hall)
    Over 30 musicians are cranking out the soul, R&B and pop hits of the Motown era at this huge collective concert and dance party.
    Spark After Dark (November 16 @ Supermarket)
    Folks from different backgrounds and industries come together for a night of storytelling, comedy and creativity alongside food and drink.
    The Once (November 16 @ Mod Club)
    The vibrant culture of Newfoundland comes to Toronto as storytellers, songwriters, poets and players perform their stuff inspired by the Rock.
    Carnival: The Sound of a People (November 16 @ Toronto Centre for the Arts)
    Trumpeter Etienne Charles evokes the sights and sounds of Carnival during this musical performance inspired by Trinidadian culture.
    CineIran Festival (November 16-18 @ Multiple Venues)
    Films that showcase Iranian culture, history and its changing landscape are screening over this two-day festival.

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    Sometimes it blows me away how insane the Toronto real estate market is. This home last sold in 2012 for just under $1 million. Now, in 2018, it sold for almost $3 million in under a week. That’s crazy, but not unreasonable.

    195 westminster avenue torontoThe seven-bedroom home is located in the desirable High Park neighbourhood. It’s been fully renovated but managed to keep those special historic touches like stained glass windows and original hardwood floors, and it comes with a salt water pool.195 westminster avenue toronto

    The main floor is lovely with lots of natural light, but it’s not the most spacious house. With a width of only 31 feet, the principal rooms like the living room and dining room can come across as a bit cramped.

    195 westminster avenue torontoThe kitchen is sleek and minimalist. It has high-end appliances and plenty of counter space.

    195 westminster avenue torontoOn the second floor are three bedrooms, a family room and a playroom. One of the bedrooms has an original fireplace in it, the red tile is just one of the bits of character that makes me love this home.

    195 westminster avenue torontoI really like the playroom/office combo the owners have created. The window that stretches the length of the room lets sunlight flood into the space. It looks like such a nice area to do your homework.

    195 westminster avenue torontoThe third floor is solely for the master bedroom. The space comes with a four-piece en suite, walk-in closet and a sitting area. I like the hardwood floor that’s been painted white—it gives the space a Scandinavian vibe.195 westminster avenue toronto

    The basement could be its own contained apartment with a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. It would be handy for having a live-in nanny or it could be rented out for some extra income.

    195 westminster avenue torontoThe backyard is narrow yet has plenty of shade, a lovely patio area and a whole salt water pool.195 westminster avenue toronto

    The Essentials
    • Address: 195 Westminster Avenue
    • Type: House
    • Bedrooms: 5 + 2
    • Bathrooms: 4
    • Size: 31 x 100 feet
    • Realtor: Trust Realty Group
    • Hit the market at: $2,850,000
    • Sold for: $2,815,000195 westminster avenue toronto
    Why it sold for what it did?

    It’s a great family home steps away from High Park. It also has a basement apartment suite, a pool and was recently renovated. It’s a total catch!  195 westminster avenue toronto

    Was it worth it?

    While it seems ludicrous that the price of this house has tripled in six years, if you look at how the housing market has behaved in the last few years combined with the work that was put into upgrading the home, it’s easily worth the $2.8 million.195 westminster avenue toronto


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    Ontario Premier Doug Ford's first-ever fiscal roadmap, revealed on Thursday, could have sweeping implications across all aspects of life for almost everyone in the province.

    Those who earn the most money, for example, no longer have to worry about paying extra income taxes (something proposed by the previous Liberal government that would have generated about $275 million for Ontario).

    Renters, on the other hand, could eventually end up paying way, way more to live in the city.

    Effective immediately, rent control rules will no longer apply to new (as in previously unoccupied) housing units. Rent control will, however, be preserved for existing tenants. So, um, don't move.

    The government says that this measure will help address the current housing shortage–or in Toronto's case, the affordable housing crisisby encouraging developers to build more rental units.

    "Rent control policies that weaken investment incentives and construction activity have played a role in limiting supply growth in purpose-built rental housing," reads part of Ontario's 'Plan for the People.'

    "Part of this initiative will be the reintroduction of the rent control exemption that will apply to new rental units first occupied after today," it continues.

    "This will help create market-based incentives for supply growth that will encourage an increase in housing supply to meet the needs of the people of Ontario."

    Experts say otherwise, arguing that scrapping any form of rent control will effectively serve to drive people out of their homes.

    "There is no empirical evidence that rent control affects rental housing development one way or another," said Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations executive Geordie Dent to The Toronto Star on Thursday.

    "When rent control was gutted by [Mike] Harris in 1997, we were promised thousands and thousands of new units. They did not materialize," he said, pointing instead to all of the "economic evictions" he saw under the Harris government.

    Ending rent control on newly-built units, as outlined in the Progressive Conservatives' 2018 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, will affect no city more than the province's biggest city, say some Toronto residents.

    In other news announced by the Ford government yesterday, the LCBO will now be open until 11 p.m.


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    U.S. first lady Melania Trump, wife of billionaire hotel developer Donald Trump, is found to have racked up an astonishing hotel bill during her one-day trip to Toronto last September.

    The kicker? She didn't even spend the night.

    Federal spending records on the U.S. government's website show that the first lady spent approximately $174,000 across six different Toronto hotels on September 23.

    This figure does not include hotel costs for her staff, which were said to have cost another roughly $18,000 in total. Transportation costs were pegged at an additional $21,000.

    As pointed out by Quartz, the first lady's own lodging charges ranged from just under $12,000 to almost $49,000 per hotel, each of which appear in the government's spending database as some variation of "TOR-HOTEL ROOMS-FLOTUS."

    Hotel names aren't listed in the documents. Instead, they appear as "miscellaneous foreign awardees."

    Still, based on the first lady's itinerary that day, it's almost certain that she patroned both the Sheraton Centre Hotel on Queen Street West and the Ritz-Carlton on Wellington.

    What's interesting about the purchase orders is how long a period of time some of them cover.

    At least two hotels were rented for an entire month, according to the U.S government data: One from Sep and another from Sept. 12 until October 25.

    She may not have been here long, but Trump most certainly had a place to sleep in Toronto (if she had wanted it) for most of last autumn.


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    Ontario Provincial Police have charged two Toronto city councillors (one current, one former) following an investigation into campaign finances. 

    Former Ward 5 Etobicoke councillor Justin Di Ciano and current Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore councillor Mark Grimes have both been under OPP investigation since it was alleged they had committed campaign offences related to spending and polling. 

    The two councillors are charged with not disclosing a ton of money in campaign expenses for the 2014 election―about $26,000. 

    These charges are related to similar investigations from the same time, when they allegedly paid Dunpar Homes, a developer, for potentially-illegal polling research. Both have denied the allegations entirely. 

    Other debates have surrounded the relationship between the two councillors and the home developer, such as a controversial push to allow development by Dunpar in an area senior staff recommended against, and more.  

    If charged, both could see monetary fines and potential disallowance from running in some future elections. 


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