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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.

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    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.

    garrison crossing toronto


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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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    Living in Ontario, we're lucky to have some of the country's best hiking trails and Provincial Parks right in our backyard. If you're looking to add another must-see gem to your bucket list, this one's for you.

    Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is a 244 sq km slice of heaven located on the Sibley Peninsula, East of Thunder Bay. This sprawling park is a hiker's paradise, with over 100 km of walking paths. In the winter, these paths turn into groomed cross-country ski trails for the snow enthusiasts.

    The hiking at Sleeping Giant is spectacular thanks to the incredible views you'll be graced with while trekking along the escarpment. From both the Top of the Giant Trail and the Thunder Bay Lookout trail, you'll be greeted with breathtaking views of Lake Superior for miles. 

    Looking out over the water from the 200-metre high cliffs will quite literally make you feel like you're on top of the world. 

    When exploring the park, you might even cross paths with one (or a few!) of the many wildlife species that call Sleeping Giant home - like black bears, foxes, deer, wolves and lynxes. 

    If spending one day inside the park just isn't enough for you, you also have the option of sleeping over inside one of the park's many full service cabins that are available to rent year-round, and sleep up to six people.

    Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is open to the public all year, and entrance fees start at just $11.25 per day. 


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    Friday is here and events in Toronto today are ones you don't want to miss. Cask Days kicks off with brews served right out of big, beer-filled barrels and the Power Plant opens its fall season with a party. A festival dedicated to anime is here and YouTube brings forth a new night market.

    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.
    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.
    New City (October 19 @ The Rec Room)
    Toronto's own electro pop trio keep it smooth with their sound that infuses an R&B vibe into their laid back tunes.
    Goddess (October 19 @ The Baby G)
    The goddesses come out at night and this party is set to conjure up some witchy magic with a hot tunes, dancing and a runway competition.
    Witchy Witchfest Night Market (October 19 @ Tincture & Tonic Apothecary)
    Witch crafts are on at this night market featuring local and handmade items of the occult, soup, tea and tincture non-alchoholic cocktails.
    Shock Show (October 19 @ Super Wonder Gallery)
    Outrageous and raunchy, this art show is all about tastelessness with local artists showing off works meant to excite and shock.
    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$.
    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.
    Cask Days (October 19-21 @ Evergreen Brick Works)
    Beer as nature intended is on as Evergreen Brick Works hosts a massive brew festival with drinks served straight out of the cask.
    Back to the Future (October 19-28 @ Cinesphere)
    Marty and the Doc get the big, big screen treatment as the Cinesphere continues its leg-warmer phase of 80s film screenings.

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    This Wychwood Park Estate is impressive.

    82 wychwood park torontoThe unkempt surrounding gardens make the home almost seem haunted, but with Halloween right around the corner, it’s kind of perfect.82 wychwood park torontoBut even though it has a spooky vibe on the outside, inside it looks like an old Hollywood home, especially with the lower level theatre and stage.

    82 wychwood park torontoBuilt in 1915 for Sir William Gage, the residence has been restored to its full glory. The soaring ceilings, dramatic staircase and the stunning solarium with an antique stained glass skylight make this home beautiful.

    82 wychwood park torontoThe main floor has all the principal rooms. They’re bright and spacious with hardwood floors and marble fireplaces.

    82 wychwood park torontoThe murals on the dining room wall combined with the Grecian columns give the home a palatial quality.

    82 wychwood park torontoThe living room and the magnificent solarium both walk out into the garden.

    82 wychwood park torontoThe kitchen is the least dramatic room in the entire house. With plain white cabinets and simple appliances, it’s surprisingly pedestrian.

    82 wychwood park torontoOn the second floor are all the bedrooms, each with their own en suite. I like the antique decor. It’s almost like being in a heritage house museum.

    82 wychwood park torontoThe master bedroom has a three-piece en suite and a walkout balcony but it certainly isn’t the nicest bedroom in the house.

    82 wychwood park torontoOn the third floor there’s a library or additional bedroom if you like.

    82 wychwood park torontoAs for outdoor space—there’s tons.  Naturalized gardens surround the home, and in the backyard, there’s a pool, complete with a pool cabana that has a spare kitchen as well as sauna and change rooms.  82 wychwood park toronto

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    Why it sold for what it did?

    It’s a beautiful old house in a “Heritage District,” which means the neighbourhood will keep that park-like atmosphere and you won’t ever have to deal with a condo building being built next door.82 wychwood park toronto

    Was it worth it?

    I think overall this place is worth it. The location, property and home are all beautiful. Plus, you get access to Wychwood Park, which has a darling pond and tennis courts.82 wychwood park toronto


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    Food events in Toronto this week are all about the seasonal treats with a new soup festival and the return of Cask Days. An all-women chef dinner is on and there's Korean and Trinidadian food, free milk tea and hops to look forward to.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Food Truck'N Friday (October 19 @ Parking lot at Bloor St. W. and Resurrection Road)
    Funnel cakes, arepas, roti and grilled goodies are what you can expect at this weeks gathering of the food trucks, plus desserts, bubble tea and more.
    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.
    Liberty Commons Tailgate Party (October 20 @ Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery)
    Local chefs and grill tastes will be on hand for this big tailgate party with lots of barbecue, fried chicken and beer to keep you warm and full.
    Prince Edward County Cheese and Wine (October 20 @ TOCA Restaurant)
    Regional tastes arrive at TOCA by way of Prince Edward County for a dining experience featuring wines and cheeses from the area.
    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.
    Ricky and Olivia Harvest Dinner Party (October 23 @ Wychwood Barns)
    It's all about fall at this harvest dinner party with a variety of seasonal food with ingredients from local and regional producers.
    Eat to the Beat (October 23 @ Roy Thomson Hall)
    Over 60 female chefs come together to serve up a huge array of goodies and dishes in an effort to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.
    Friendsgiving (October 24 @ Eastbound Brewing Company)
    Feastbound returns with a four course Thanksgiving feast featuring seasonal ingredients and beers, treats and vegetarian options.
    Food for Action (October 24 @ George Brown College - Culinary School)
    Over twenty chefs are coming out in support of charity, serving up three course meals specially for their tables.
    Taste of Korea (October 26 @ Nathan Phillips Square)
    Celebrate all things Korean with a feast of traditional goodies served up by local chefs, plus a big Kpop dance party in the Square.
    Free Milk Tea (October 26-28 @ Multiple Venues)
    Pick yourself up a free milk tea courtesy of CoCo as the Taiwanese chain launches five new locations in and around the GTA.
    Trinidadian Feast (October 27 @ The Gabardine)
    Curry duck, doubles, pholourie, fried blood sausage and hops are just some of the traditional treats on at this big Caribbean-style feast.
    Hoppy Holidays (December 4 @ Berkeley Church)
    The holidays are for hops and this annual beer festival is back with lots of brews and other libations on tap for the tasting.

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    Halloween costume ideas for 2018 are what you're going to need before attending one of Toronto's many spooky parties this year. If you're looking for the hottest ensemble du-jour, look no further than the trendiest video games, some blockbuster horrors, a few politicians, and of course, Toronto wildlife.

    Here are some Halloween costume ideas for 2018. 

    Naked Ripley's guy

    By now we've all heard of the daredevil who went skinny dipping with the sharks at Ripley's Aquarium this weekend. Your choice if you want to go real-life commando (please don't) or stick to nude clothing. Make sure to bring a shark prop, otherwise you're just naked.

    Fortnite

    Halloween's in an actual fortnight, so why not dress up like a Fortnite skin? Heh? Most big costume stores will have your faves like Cuddle Team Leader onesies and Black Knight getups, or you can equip yourself with accessories like a rainbow smash pickaxe or bring along a boogie bomb.  

    Michael Myers

    The new Halloween movie is coming out this weekend, so of course the classic white Michael Myers mask will be making a full comeback this year. Your choice if you want to unmask yourself at the party.

    Cannabis

    A joint, a bong, a space cake—whatever. Wednesday's nationwide cannabis legalization was a big deal, so why not keep the festivities going into the Eve of Hallows by dressing up as anything weed-related.

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    Corpse flower at the Toronto Zoo. Photo by Anne Dong.

    Corpse flower

    If Halloween was a flower, it would be the corpse flower at the Toronto Zoo that bloomed this year for the first time ever. If you want to be a flower that smells like dead people, wear a purple and green skirt and a yellow shirt to emulate its phallic-looking spadix.

    Kawhi Leonard

    Throw on a number two Raptors jersey, sport a pair of massive fake hands and walk around the function laughing awkwardly to pay homage to the Raps' newest player.

    Yayoi Kusama exhibit

    Cover yourself in mirrors or polka dots to emulate Kusama's Infinity Mirrors, which might possibly have been the hottest exhibit to ever hit the AGO. You can even get your friends to line up in front of you for hours before letting them stick polka dot stickers all over your face.

    Doug Ford

    There's so many possibilities with this one. Grab some washout bleach-blonde dye, slick your hair back, and walk around cutting up papers that say 'City Council', perhaps. Or opt for a more casual Doug on a tractor.

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    Buck-a-Beer station at LCBO. Photo by Tanya Mok.

    Buck-a-Beer

    Speaking of Doug, his campaign for dollar beers might be the easiest costume ever. You don't even have to dress up like the actual brew, just throw on a blue outfit with a $1 label and sign saying, "It's here!" to look just like the buck-a-beer signs. 

    Gold-covered burger

    Just like Gretchen couldn't make fetch happen, nor could the CNE with its $100 burger covered in gold. But those who still have an old burger getup tucked away in their closet can bring it back to life with a shiny new layer of gold foil on top.

    Baby hippo

    The newborn pygmy hippo at the Toronto Zoo was probably the most adorable thing you've seen all year. Wear some grey, throw on some little ears, and just be real cute—easy. 

    The Nun

    The idea of life in an abbey is already horrifying, but last month's supernatural movie The Nun took it to the Vatican with some jump-worthy scenes. A store-bought habit, costume makeup, and some fake overbite teeth should be enough to pull this one off.

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    Bert and Ernie of the Muppets. Photo via Bert And Ernie Marriage.

    Bert and Ernie

    Sesame Street may be in denial but this iconic duo came out of the closet this year, meaning they're officially the season's hottest couple's costume. 

    Justin Trudeau

    According to Google Trends, our Prime Minister is once again the top Canadian search for Halloween costumes. A crisp dress shirt with rolled up sleeves should be pretty easy to do, paired with Canadian flag pins and a luscious wig of brown hair, baby curl included. Or just shirtless.

    Patty-eating mouse

    Last week's video of a mouse nomming on Jamaican patties in Kennedy station caused a riot, but are we really surprised? Put on your best mouse 'fit and carry a Gateway Newstand patty around with you. Maybe stick a Kennedy station transfer on you so there's no confusion.

    Sexy Banksy

    So satirical, so sexy—Banksy. Embody the evasive artist's 'Girl With Balloon' piece post-shredding with a rigged frame and maybe a fringey bottom. 

    Overwatch

    Fans of this shooter video game may already be enjoying the Halloween-themed skins in the virtual universe, but Halloween's the perfect opportunity to dress up as Solider 76 IRL outside of Comicon.

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    Maple Leafs in their Stadium Series uniforms. Photo by pfhockey.

    Maple Leafs all-white uniforms

    Bring back the biggest fashion faux pas in sports of 2018 with your take on the white-as-snow Stadium Series uniforms that the Leafs' wore earlier this year. Try your hardest to blend into every white wall, save for the logo, which should be just visible.

    The roundhouse kicker

    There's nothing funny about assaulting a stranger. But we must admit, the man who kicked a woman at an anti-abortion rally might not have been caught if he wasn't so damn recognizable. Wear a purple hoodie this year to remind us all that roundhouse kicking each other isn't okay.

    Tim Hottens

    The infamous Indian bar Tim Hottens made headlines for copycatting Canada's beloved Tim Hortons brand. Who needs a proper costume when you can just get this rip-off font printed on a shirt: it's spoooooky how similar they are.

    Any iconic Toronto raccoon

    There's no shortage of iconic T.O. raccoons to dress up as this year. Pair some face make up with an empty jar to be the poor racoon that got its head stuck in a peanut butter jar, or carry around a loaf of whole wheat like the bread bandit.


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    Cheap eats in Toronto are plentiful if you know where to look. There are a ton of places in town where you can get a good roti, sandwich or shawarma that tastes great and won't break the bank.


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    It seems the demand for legal cannabis far exceeded what the Canadian government expected.

    Several provinces are reporting shortages and supply problems as orders and sales surpass what retailers are able to provide.

    The Ontario Cannabis Store has a notice on-site explaining that shipments may take longer than expected due to a high volume of orders. 

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    A message on the OCS web site warning of delivery delays.

    Shipping was set to be only one to three days, but is now expected to take up to five, according to a notice on ocs.ca.

    However, Daffyd Roderick, communications staffer for the OCS, says the site is performing well. He says there has been no major issues.

    In Alberta and Manitoba, websites for ordering pot online were running slow, crashing, and failing to work due to literally thousands of people trying to order at once. 

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    Some products are in short supply such as three of the four sizes of the Redecan CBD Shark Shock.

    Meanwhile, Nova Scotia and British Columbia producers are saying certain strains are completely sold out, and are beginning staggered deliveries to meet demand. 

    As almost all of Ontario's legal sales are flowing through the OCS right now, hopefully the demand will not exceed supply completely. It seems the dam is holding for the time being. 


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    Drivers, be prepared. The Gardiner Expressway is shutting down for three days next week.

    From October 26 at 11 p.m. to October 29 at 5 a.m., the highway will be closing for annual maintenance work and repairs. It's surprising that this only needs to happen once a year. Have you seen the Gardiner lately?

    Anyway, traffic and commutes are likely going to be a chaotic mess, so plan ahead.

    It's estimated that about 350,000 cars drive across the expressway every day, meaning that traffic will have to head elsewhere. If you're going to be celebrating any Halloween festivities, make sure you know of the road closure and the increased traffic that is sure to end up in the core.