GTA summer road construction guide

The province of Ontario is given notice of the following highways where construction will result in the complete or partial closure during the summer months: Highway 427 – on the southbound collector lanes between Dundas St. W. and North Queen St. Highway 427 – eastbound Eglinton Ave. to Highway 427 southbound Highway 427 – the… Read More

House affordability in Canada goes down (but only a little bit in Toronto)

Home ownership costs for Canadians rose in the first few months of 2011, according to RBC’s latest quarterly report on housing trends and affordability. In Toronto, the statistics are currently stable: home ownership costs rose 0.8% for detached bungalows and 0.1% for condominiums, although it dropped 0.9% for two-storey homes. Overall, the mortgage payments, utilities… Read More

Danforth Village – a little bit of this, a little bit of that

Danforth Village doesn’t just cut a cross-section through eastern Toronto – it also showcases an incredible mosaic of cultures. From Greek to Bangladeshi, the multitude of voices defines this stretch of Danforth Avenue. The neighbourhood typically has small, affordable semi-detached houses with short front lawns on long streets. Constructed in the 1930s, most of these… Read More

Bird watching season opens at the Leslie Street Spit

Did you know an untamed wilderness is just a 10 minute drive from The Beach? It’s the Leslie Street Spit, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is holding their annual free Spring Bird Festival this Saturday to officially reopen this birdwatcher’s paradise. Officially the Tommy Thompson Park, the Spit is a waterfront landfill… Read More

Elderly couple battles Toronto City Hall over house addition

What was supposed to be the Tseng’s tranquil retirement home has become a legal nightmare. The Tsengs unfortunately did not obtain building permits before constructing a $80,000 brick addition on the rear of their Kensington Market home. They are now facing a demolition order – at their expense. They have fought city hall for 5… Read More

TTC customer service booths launch

To enhance customer service to Torontonians and tourists riding the Rocket, the TTC opened today information kiosks at seven downtown subway stations. Providing directions and maps, this pilot project was one of 72 recommendations put forth by an external committee to improve customer service on Toronto’s public transit system. Manning the booths during business hours… Read More

New CN Tower attraction invites daredevils take a walk outside

Are you afraid of heights? If you are, nothing else will cure you as quickly as the CN Tower EdgeWalk attraction. If you aren’t afraid of heights, this might make you. Attached to a suspended harness, thrill seekers will be able to walk full circle around the top edge of the tower’s observation pod, 356… Read More

The Smart Home, envisioned by Gizmodo and MSI Chicago

Bathroom mirrors that also display the weather and your Facebook newsfeed. Plants that water themselves. An anti-bacterial solar-powered toothbrush that uses electrons to clean your teeth. This is the 2011 Smart Home, an exhibit currently running at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and designed in part by technology blog Gizmodo. A permanent… Read More

Location, location, location – what home can you buy for $600,000?

To answer this question, The Globe and Mail ran an unscientific search for homes on REALTOR.ca. They found that in Vancouver City Centre, six hundred big ones will score you a one bedroom loft. However, in the small town of Hants Border, Nova Scotia, the same amount would fetch you a 2,800 square foot home… Read More

Toronto’s Bixi bike sharing program launches

Toronto bikesharing program Bixi opened this week in downtown Toronto, allowing tourists and Torontonians to rent bicycles for as short as 30 minutes. In the area between Spadina Avenue and Jarvis Street, there will be 80 parking stations and 1,000 bikes available. Yearly, monthly and daily subscriptions are available. Users can pre-purchase a RFID key… Read More