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    Places to donate used clothing in Toronto are charities and stores that will turn your pre-loved piece of clothing in to someone else’s treasured find. As long your old clothes are still in wearable condition, there’s no shortage of places to donate them so they don’t end up in the landfill.

    Here are some places to donate used clothing in Toronto.

    Oasis Clothing Bank

    Offering help to those recovering from addiction, Oasis will take your gently used clothing—just drop them off at a bin near you.

    New Circles

    This charity is all about providing basic necessities like clothes to those living in poverty. You can donate to their clothing bank GLOW. They also provide clothes to Mount Sinai Hospital.

    Jessie’s Centre

    This organization helps young mothers with kids and those expecting by providing them with resources. The centre is always on the lookout for baby clothes, clothes for young women, and maternity wear.

    Canadian Diabetes

    You can arrange to have all types of used clothing picked up directly from your home, or find a donation bin near you to make sure your clothes go to those in need.

    Kidney Foundation of Canada

    This foundation’s Kidney Clothes program will take your pre-worn clothes and raises funds to help the foundation help Canadians living with kidney diseases.

    Dress for Success

    Help to empower women by dropping off your lightly worn clothes to their head office at 5150 Yonge Street. They’re looking for outfits that women can wear to feel confident at job interviews.

    Dress Your Best

    This organization outfits men for success, offering them assistance and personal styling for job interviews. Kickstart somebody’s new career by donating some clean and professional clothing.

    Suits Me Fine

    Help out clients of CAMH by donating to this community store at their Queen Street site. They offer a wide array of clothes for free; call them to see how best to donate.

    Really Really Free Market

    Everything is free here—really. This market at Campbell Park happens on the first Sunday of every month, and lets you browse for an hour while grabbing anything you like: there’s no faster way to get rid of your stuff.

    Pegasus Community Project

    This charity provides services to adults with developmental disabilities. You can drop off your clothes at their office on Kingston Road. Proceeds from the Pegasus Thrift Store go back to the organization.

    Yonge Street Mission

    Drop off your high quality worn clothes at YSM’s thrift store Double Take at 310 Gerrard East, which resells goods at really affordable prices.

    Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre

    Contribute to members of this community centre who are struggling with issues relating to poverty and mental health. All donated clothing should be clean; they’re especially looking for large and X-Large sizes, so no children’s clothing please.

    Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy

    You can have your used clothes picked up straight from your house for free through the OFCP, or donate items like coats, shoes, and the like at a donation bin near you.

    Scott Mission

    Help out a family in need but sending your gently used clothing to the Mission during their open hours. You can also have your items picked up, but it’ll take about one to two weeks for them to arrive.

    Covenant House

    They only accept used winter coats here, so if you have a warm jacket in good condition, call ahead to this charity on Gerrard East to see if they need it.

    Value Village

    Drop off your clothes at any location of this for-profit organization, which will take your used clothes and resell them for cheap. Keep in mind they also pay other charitable organizations like the OFCP for items to stock their stores with as well.

    Salvation Army

    Drop off your old outfits at a Salvation Army bin or Donor Welcome Centre close to you.

    Clothing donation bins

    There's many different clothing donation bins around the city. Find the closest one to you here.

    Consignment stores

    If you’ve got a brand-name gem that you’re trying to get some money back for, try one of Toronto’s best consignment stores to make a little profit off your pre-loved stuff.


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    Extreme cold weather—the kind that can literally freeze off parts of your face—sucks. There's no getting around it.

    There are, however, some very cool things that happen only in frigid temperatures like what we're experiencing in Toronto today: Things like wicked ice formations, a frozen harbour and a glazed-over waterfront.

    Niagara Falls, roughly one hour away from Toronto, is of those rare world wonders that actually become more impressive when the weather gets nasty.

    Some have gone so far as to compare the frozen falls (which don't freeze over every year, mind you) to a "winter wonderland," which makes total sense if you're looking at pictures of the scene inside on your computer.

    Because really, who wants to go walking in something like this?

    Water is still running over most of the Horseshoe Falls on Canada's side. It never really stops.

    The American side is starting to slow down, however.

    And everything surrounding the entire area is covered in frozen "mist" and ice.

    Going under the (approved parts of the)falls makes for great photos.

    It also looks absolutely bone-chilling.

    Stay warm out there, brave Niagara photographers and tourists. Thanks for letting us see the magic without having to venture into the cold white North.


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    The third annual Ice Breakers Exhibition opened this weekend—which, unfortunately for the outdoor waterfront installations, also happened to be the windiest weekend of winter so far. Even so, some people actually braved the frigid weather to check out the five snow-covered structures by the waterfront. 

    Take a look at all of the cool installations in this photo gallery.

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    Move over, Costco and Amazon: Dollarama just launched nation-wide shipping all across Canada.

    With inventions like Amazon buttons, Google Home, Alexa and Siri, it seems consumers are increasingly utilizing technology to make the most mundane parts of life as easy as possible. Recent weather might also have you prepping your personal home/bunker for a snowpocalypse-type scenario.

    Now, with the click of a button, you can order Dollarama items like toilet paper, household cleaners, and other stuff you're always running out of in bulk.

    Products can't be bought individually, but while this might not be ideal for impulse items at the discount store (pooping mermaid keychain, anyone?) it could make it easier to stay stocked up on everyday supplies for less.

    The only catch is there's an $18 flat delivery fee, though there's also an option for “Penguin Pickup,” meaning you can grab your order for free from a UPS store.

    Thousands of products are available to buy in bulk from the website right now in the Health, Beauty, Home, Office, Pet, Cleaning and Clothing departments.


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    Not only did many Torontonians have to steel themselves against temperatures dropping below -30C this frigid Monday morning, a lot of them commuting by streetcar were forced to wait out in the cold for as long as an hour.

    Streetcar routes like the popular 501 Queen and 504 King were plagued by issues.

    The TTC tweeting out to expect the extreme cold to affect streetcar equipment and attempting to supplement routes with shuttle buses did little to calm frustrated customers.

    Attempts by the official TTC Twitter account to respond to annoyed riders were also of little help.

    Riders also complained that drivers were as ill-equipped to deal with the weather and streetcars as the TTC itself.

    Plenty of those without the option to follow the acronym some joke TTC really stands for (Take The Car) opted to hoof it rather than stand still and get frostbite waiting.

    While vast improvements to the TTC may not exactly be on the horizon, hopefully this weather and these streetcar issues are short-lived.


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    It's cold as heck in Toronto but events include some pop, rock and folk music as King Princess and The Lemon Twigs are here. Artists are ready to battle it out and there's poetry to be heard. Who knew Tuesdays could be so full of fun (if you're willing to go outside)? 

    Events you might want to check out:

    King Princess (January 22 @ Danforth Music Hall)
    Brooklyn's own soulstress King Princess recently hit it big with her song "1950", her fresh pop rock sound and her laid back style that sets her apart.
    True Stories Toronto (January 22 @ Garrison)
    A night of true tales of personal experiences is on with local storytellers recalling memories, incidents and significant moments in their life.
    Uncovering Canadian Design (January 22 @ EQ3)
    Canadian designers specializing in modern furniture and decor are here to discuss the process they use that is unique to them.
    The Lemon Twigs (January 22 @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre)
    If you threw nearly every genre of rock into a pot, added some outrageous costumes, long hair and quirky, 70's styles, you'd get The Lemon Twigs.
    Miss Hokusai (January 22 @ The Japan Foundation)
    Catch a free screening of Keiichi Hara's 2015 anime film about a famous Japanese artist and his relationship with his daughter.
    Shab-e She'r Poetry Night (January 22 @ Tranzac Club)
    Poetry that dares to be honest, brave and challenging gets a reading tonight with featured poets Hana Shafi and Terry Trowbridge taking the stage.
    Tinder Tales (January 22 @ Gladstone Melody Bar)
    Dating and the performance art that it is gets a comedic take with a specific focus on drunk dating, the dangers of and the experiences with.
    Art Battle Toronto (January 22 @ The Great Hall)
    Local and regional artists are about to battle it out for creative supremacy at this art battle alongside drinks, music, mingling and colourful splatter.
    The Lil Smokies (January 22 @ The Drake Hotel)
    Nothing warms the soul quite like folk music and The Lil Smokies' tunes are full of beans with energetic acoustics and lively singing.
    Robbie Burns Week (January 22-26 @ The Caledonian)
    A week of celebrations dedicated to Scottish revolutionary Robbie Burns kicks off with suppers, tastings, highland dancers, pipers and haggis.

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    It seems weird to me that a place that only has one bedroom is considered a house. But, then again, I shouldn’t really be too surprised given how crazy the Toronto real estate market it.6 fort rouille avenue toronto

    However, sometimes good things come in small packages. This tiny home is really quite cute. The house is bright and airy thanks to the open plan concept and the light hardwood floors.

    6 fort rouille avenue torontoThe house has been recently renovated and it’s pretty much a Pinterest mood board with the white exposed brick, open shelving and minimalist Scandinavian design.

    6 fort rouille avenue torontoWhile narrow, the home makes good use of the space. The kitchen has plenty of cupboard space and I like the reclaimed wood vibe it has going on.

    6 fort rouille avenue torontoThe bedroom upstairs is large enough for at least a Queen size bed. I like the built-in shelving unit that frames the bed, which provide storage but doesn’t take up extra room like a bedside table might.

    6 fort rouille avenue torontoThe bathroom is also upstairs and is through the closet zone of the house. It’s surprisingly spacious for how small the home is. There’s a huge walk-in shower, which also has a bathtub in it.

    6 fort rouille avenue torontoThe dark tiles are a nice contrast to the otherwise crisp white decor that’s in most of the house.  

    6 fort rouille avenue torontoAs for outdoor space, you do actually get a backyard with a patio, which might be why this has a bit more appeal than a condo.  6 fort rouille avenue toronto

    Specs
    • Address: 6 Fort Rouille Ave.
    • Price: $749,000
    • Lot Size: 11.25 x 93.5 feet
    • Bedrooms: 1 + 1
    • Bathrooms: 1
    • Parking:  N/A
    • Walk Score: 76
    • Transit Score: 96
    • Listing agent: Maria Jacot
    • Listing ID: W43365986 fort rouille avenue toronto
    Good For

    A condo alternative. If you don’t want to be one of hundreds in a high-rise building downtown this is a nice option to have a solid brick home and a backyard.   

    6 fort rouille avenue torontoMove On If

    You need more space. It’s only 11 feet wide, which when you really think about it, is only three feet wider than a RV…  6 fort rouille avenue toronto


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    In an extremely last-minute decision, the city of Brampton has opted in to physical cannabis retail stores. 

    Late last night, one day before the opt-in choice deadline, Brampton City Council voted 8-3 in favour of the physical locations within city limits. 

    The vote followed a heated few hours of debates that pushed the decision to the last minute. 

    Brampton joins Toronto and many other cities in the GTA in allowing physical retail stores. Markham, Richmond Hill, Mississauga, and Oakville have each opted out. 


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    With the temperature plummeting and winter holding Toronto in its icy grip, the TTC is being slowed down. A lot. 

    As a result, vehicles are running late, people are stuck waiting in the cold, and of course, the city isn't happy

    TTC service alerts are all over the place this morning, showing cold-related delays for buses and overcrowding on many subway platforms. 

    The good people who run the agency's customer service Twitter account could probably get "weather related delay" into the top trending keywords at the rate things are going. 

    Many have taken to the same Twitter threads to express their frustration with the system, warning of another late day and long waits in the freezing cold.

    The extreme weather has adverse effects on equipment and vehicles, which can cause for the lengthy delays.

    Maybe this is why the TTC wants to raise fares by 10 cents? 

    As thousands push on to the crowded subway platforms, things can start to get dangerous.

    Be safe and remember to not only dress warm, but to prepare for transit delays. 


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    More details are coming to light this morning about the death of 40-year-old beauty industry mogul Brandon Truaxe, who founded the wildly popular skincare brand Deciem in Toronto roughly six years ago and died this past weekend.

    The company's acting CEO, Nicola Kilner, confirmed on Monday that Truaxe had passed away, telling Deciem staff in an email that all stores, offices, warehouses and factories would be temporarily closed in light of the tragedy.

    Now, American entertainment website Radar Online is reporting that Truaxe died after jumping from the balcony of his penthouse in Toronto's Distillery District.

    Radar says that someone from inside the Toronto Police Service revealed that Truaxe had leapt from his 32nd floor condo unit and landed on someone else's 6th floor terrace in the early hours of January 21.

    "He was found dead at the scene," a police spokesperson reportedly told Radar. "Someone looked under their balcony window and saw someone lying on the terrace half covered in snow, meaning he had been there for a while."

    There was no evidence of foul play, according to Radar's report. Toronto Police have yet to respond to a request for comment.

    Truaxe was famously ousted as the head of Deciem in October after posting a series of inflammatory messages to the company's Instagram account.

    In one post, Truaxe alleged that people inside Deciem were committing "financial crimes," prompting major stakeholder Estee Lauder to file a court application for his removal.

    Estee Lauder argued that his "outrageous, disturbing, defamatory, and/or offensive posts" were harming the business. A Toronto judge agreed and banned Truaxe from contacting any of the brand's employees.

    In November, Truaxe was detained and held against his will in a U.K. hospital after what medical professionals diagnosed as a psychotic episode.

    He told the National Post in an interview published November 30 that his psychosis was induced by mushrooms and crystal meth, denying claims made by hospital officials that he suffers from a mental illness.

    Prior to his death, the eccentric entrepreneur has posted four public videos on Instagram in which he addressed U.S. President Donald Trump, talked about drinking Mescal and revealed his full address several times.

    "Donald everything is okay," he said in the last video posted to his personal account. "If you're worried about something, don't worry... if they suspect something is strange, as the airport authorities say, if it's suspicious, tell someone. I love you."


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    Emergency responders are currently battling a "deep seated," four-alarm blaze that started in the basement of a restaurant on Toronto's bustling Danforth Avenue.

    Toronto fire officials say they responded to the site of Detroit Eatery at 389 Danforth Ave., between Chester and Arundel Avenues, around 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

    What was initially declared a two-alarm fire escalated after 9 a.m. as difficult weather conditions and historic construction made things tricky for firefighting operations.

    The apartments above the restaurant and those in neighbouring buildings have been evacuated. No injuries have been reported.

    The "stubborn" four-alarm fire was finally knocked down at 10:32 a.m., according to the Toronto Fire Service, though firefighters are expected to remain on scene well into Tuesday afternoon "doing overhaul" and investigating. Officials are asking residents to please avoid the area.

    Detroit Eatery, home to one of Toronto's best diner burgers, appears to be in rough shape on account of the fire — so much so that neighbourhood residents have already set up a GoFundMe campaign to help rebuild it.

    "Detroit Eatery is a staple of the neighbourhood that the locals know and love," reads the GoFundMe page, which has raised $125 in just two hours. 

    "Often having 3 generations of family members sitting down for brunch or getting together with good friends."

    "The Detroit Eatery is not only a quality diner but a social hub and community hotspot," it continues. "Please help restore it to its former glory and allow this establishment to serving the public for years to come."


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    Isn't winter just the worst? From the frigid cold that feels like it's burning your face off to the treacherous conditions and transit delays, it seems every year winter is the worst season. 

    Well, prepare for more of that. Toronto is going to be hit hard with snow, ridiculously low temperatures, and crazy winds tonight. 

    Environment Canada, always the bearer of bad news, has issued a special weather alert for Toronto this evening. 

    As a low pressure system from Colorado moves across the Great Lakes region, the city will get two to five centimetres of snow. That'll turn into freezing rain tomorrow.. 

    Winds will blow at about 80 km/h too, so not only will you be sliding around on the ice, the wind will also throw you off balance. 

    I'd tell you to dress warm, but, it's probably best just to avoid going outside at all. It'll be safe again in May, probably. 


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    Imagine seeing footage from the inside of a TTC streetcar celebrated onstage at the Oscars.

    You might not have to, come February 24, when the 91st annual Academy Awards take place in sunny Los Angeles, California, bringing film industry greats together in celebration of their craft.

    Domee Shi, a Toronto-raised, Sheridan-educated storyboard artist for Pixar, could very well be one of those greats who go home with a statue that evening thanks to her work writing, directing, and producing the 2018 short film, "Bao."

    Bao, which is set in Toronto, is just 7 minutes and 42 seconds long, but it packs a powerful emotional and aesthetic punch—enough, at least, to land it on the list for best animated short during this morning's Oscar nomination announcement ceremony.

    "In Disney•Pixar's Bao, a Chinese mom who's sad when her grown son leaves home gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy," reads a description of the short film on YouTube Movies.

    "Mom excitedly welcomes this new bundle of joy into her life, but Dumpling starts growing up fast, and Mom must face the bittersweet truth that nothing stays cute and small forever."

    Shi, who graduated from the renowned animation program at Oakville's Sheridan College in 2011, was making waves well-ahead of today's Oscar nod.

    Not only is she the first-ever woman to direct a short film for Pixar, she's one of the Disney company's most-prolific young talents. Previous to Bao, she worked on such films Inside Out, Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2. It was during her time on the former film, in fact, that she developed Bao as a side project.

    Now, the 29-year-old artist (who was born in Chongqing, China but settled with her family in Toronto by the age of 3) is working on her first 90-minute feature project for Pixar.

    Congratulations to her for doing Torontonians, Chinese-Canadians, female filmmakers and animators everywhere proud.


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    Today in news that should surprise absolutely nobody who follows economic trends, Toronto's housing market was once again deemed "severely unaffordable" by a major international research firm.

    The Frontier Centre for Public Policy has released its 15th annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, in which 309 metropolitan areas across eight different countries with more than 2 million residents are ranked by their costs of living.

    Last year at this time, Toronto had shot up seven places from 28th to 21st amidst a red hot housing market and widespread bubble-related worries.

    This year, we rose another nine spots to tie with London in 10th place, making Toronto more expensive than New York, Miami, Brisbane, Seattle, Boston, Las Vegas and every other major American city except for Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    toronto housing market

    Vancouver fared even worse than Toronto as the second most-expensive housing market relative to incomes. Hong Kong took spot number one for the ninth year in a row. Image via Demographia.

    The Demographia report notes that Toronto's housing market can be classified as "severely unaffordable."

    The city's Median Multiple (the standard housing affordability metric used by the UN, the World Bank and Harvard University) has deteriorated by more than double since the first annual survey from 3.9 in 2004 to 8.3 today.

    Vancouver is still worse off, with the second-highest spot on the list of unaffordable places to live, but, as the report notes, Toronto also has the third-worst housing bubble risk in the world (Vancouver's is fourth.)

    demographia housing affordability

    Only two of Canada's six major metropolitan markets were considered affordable as of 2018. Image via Demographia.

    "Like in British Columbia, the province of Ontario has imposed a foreign buyer's tax. Since that time, Toronto's house price hyper-inflation has stopped and prices are much more stable," reads the report.

    "However, much of the impact is evident in the highest market segments. Despite this demand-side strategy, housing affordability in Toronto has continued to deteriorate at the middle of the market."

    The report also cites an RBC study that found a typical Toronto household would need to spend roughly 90 per cent of its pre-tax gross income on monthly payments to afford an average-priced single detached house in the city.

    For apartments and condos, the percentage drops to 52 and 47 respectively — which is still well above the 30 per cent recommended by most experts.

    So keep your head up, friendo — it's not just you struggling to keep up.


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    Square One is Toronto’s latest mall to seriously step up its food court game.

    In the wake of Union station entirely revamping its food court and major additions to the food court at Scarborough Town Centre, brand new “The Food District” at Square One will have vendors for everything from chocolate to BBQ and floral arrangements.

    Slated to open on April 1, 2019 in the mall’s West Expansion, local vendors in the area will include The Pie Commission, Blackjack BBQ, Hale, La Carnita, Sweet Jesus and Village Juicery.

    At over 40,000 square feet and with about 20 vendors in total, there’ll also be a Dal Moro’s Pasta outpost, as well as spots to get oils, spices, charcuterie and teas. Additional, interactive space The District Kitchen will be capable of hosting classes, dinner parties and special events.

    Here is the full list of merchants Square One will be welcoming to The Food District:

    • Arvinda's
    • Bake Three Fifty
    • Blackjack BBQ 
    • Blossom Moments
    • BRØD
    • Craft Chippery
    • Chocollata Gourmet 
    • Dal Moro's Pasta
    • Hale Coffee
    • Kingston Olive Oil Co.
    • La Carnita
    • MidiCi
    • Pier 87 Fish Market & Grill
    • Plancha
    • Seed to Sausage
    • Sugar King Factory
    • Sweet Jesus
    • Tao Tea Leaf
    • The Box Donut
    • The Macaroon Boutique
    • The Pie Commission
    • Village Juicery

    The opening of The Food District stands to create over 250 new full- and part-time jobs, so if you could use one of those, head to the mall on March 1 and 2 for a career fair.