Toronto’s best Asian street food stops

Toronto’s best Asian street food stops

When opening a restaurant, there are so many cuisines to choose from. Renowned mixologist Evelyn Chick figured, “Why stick to just one?” After launching event space Ahma last year, Chick has expanded her Parkdale empire with Simpl Things, a snack and cocktail bar that serves Italian pasta by day, Taiwanese street food by night. She … Read more

Toronto dye testing turns ponds and creeks bright green

Toronto dye testing turns ponds and creeks bright green

Toronto residents expressed concern this weekend when local bodies of water appeared to be turning bright, fluorescent green. A Twitter user posted a photo of a neon green pond on Nov. 10, claiming the photo had been taken in Toronto’s High Park. The tweet gained moderate traction, with some Twitter users suggesting that the bright … Read more

After 25 years as a megacity, what’s changed for Toronto?

After 25 years as a megacity, what’s changed for Toronto?

Twenty-five years ago on Thursday, the shotgun marriage that created the Toronto we live in was consummated. On Nov. 10, 1997, in the first election to lead the newly amalgamated city, former North York mayor and cartoonish advertising pitchman Mel Lastman edged out former Toronto mayor and champion sloooooow talker Barbara Hall. Neither of them … Read more

‘Jeopardy!’ champ Mattea Roach loves these places in Toronto

‘Jeopardy!’ champ Mattea Roach loves these places in Toronto

You probably know her as a 23-time Jeopardy! champion, an LSAT tutor, and native Haligonian. Mattea Roach, who will be back on TV next week in the Tournament of Champions — catch her Nov. 8 and Nov. 11, for sure, maybe after that, too, if she keeps winning — is about more than game-show success, … Read more

Where are CUPE strike picket lines in Toronto and Ontario?

Where are CUPE strike picket lines in Toronto and Ontario?

More than 55,000 Ontario education workers have walked off the job Friday on the first day of an indefinite strike in this province. Talks between the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Ford government broke down on Thursday. “Immediately following proclamation of the Keeping Students in Class Act (Thursday afternoon), we filed a … Read more

Ontario housing bill guts Toronto green building law: critics

Ontario housing bill guts Toronto green building law: critics

Ontario’s proposed housing bill will make new buildings in many cities across the province less efficient and more expensive to heat and cool, say critics, sabotaging our efforts to cut carbon emissions and fight climate change. The Building More Homes Faster Act, which was introduced last week, eliminates the ability of municipalities to enforce more … Read more

Doug Ford’s housing plan could cost Toronto millions: Tory

Doug Ford’s housing plan could cost Toronto millions: Tory

Mayor John Tory says the province’s new housing plan could starve Toronto of $200 million in annual revenue, and he’s warning that the cash-strapped city can’t take the financial hit. Tory made the comments Wednesday at city hall, two days after decisively winning a third term in Monday’s election. He’s not the only one sounding … Read more

Toronto councillors who won face an agenda of messy issues

Toronto councillors who won face an agenda of messy issues

Just call her “Landslide Frannie.” Coun. Frances Nunziata: a calcified fixture of York South—Weston and a cranky landmark of the council chamber in the speaker’s chair. The last of the preamalgamation mayors left serving in Toronto, long after Mel Lastman, Michael Prue and Doug Holyday shuffled offstage. Thirty-eight years, and counting, in municipal elected office. … Read more

New Toronto city council faces transit, housing, other woes

New Toronto city council faces transit, housing, other woes

The winners of Monday’s municipal election won’t have long to savour their victory. Council’s next term begins in November, and the mayor and 25 newly elected councillors will have to quickly come to grips with a host of problems, ranging from climate change to traffic congestion, to balancing a $15-billion operating budget. Here are the … Read more

As winter closes in, the city’s most vulnerable hunker down in parks

As winter closes in, the city’s most vulnerable hunker down in parks

On a brilliantly blue-sky Sunday morning, swishing through a downtown park, autumn leaves crunching pleasantly underfoot … and then something else crunching underfoot. A syringe. And this is but one reason why parents keep their children out of Allan Gardens. Of course, discarded needles can be found just about anywhere across the city. So can … Read more