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  • blogTO shows what the Park Wyatt, at Bloor and Avenue Road, will look like after renovations.

  • Toronto Life takes a look inside the Hunny Pot, the first legal marijuana shop in Toronto.

  • blogTO notes preliminary plans for a new community centre on the waterfront at Queens Quay.

  • Transit Toronto notes that geophysical surveying will be ongoing for the Yonge Line extension.

  • Samantha Edwards writes at NOW Toronto about Stackt, an innovative new market made of shipping containers at Fort York and Bathurst.

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  • Urban Toronto looks at the new proposal for a condo tower at 300 Bloor Street West, at Bloor and Huron.

  • Toronto's Great Hall, on Queen Street West, is up for sale. blogTO reports.

  • Residents and tenants of the Coffin Factory at staging a funeral for this location as it is on the verge of being made into a condo development. blogTO reports.

  • A new exhibit in North York is profiling the history of immigrant construction workers in Toronto. CBC reports.

  • Could a tax on multi-million dollar homes in Toronto be used to generate funds for the homeless? The Toronto Star reports.

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  • Toronto Life includes photos of some of the most notable locations in the new Toronto-filmed TV series, The Umbrella Academy.

  • This report revealing the scale of fare evasion and losses due to Metrolinx malfunction on the TTC, in the area of $C 64 million, is unsurprising. Global News reports.

  • Sean Marshall reports on the new Canongate Trial in Scarborough, erected to help allow for safe pedestrian access to a street where a child was recently killed in a collision.

  • Urban Toronto looks at the state of the renovation of the Park Hyatt at Bloor and Avenue Road.

  • CBC reports that Bruce McArthur was linked, in 2013, to three of the men he was convicted six years later of murdering.

  • Bianca Wylie at Spacing considers the lessons Toronto should take from the unfolding Sidewalk Labs drama in the Port Lands.

  • This Metro Morning interview with Dan Doctoroff on the Sidewalk Labs' plan for the Port Lands is revealing.

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Looking into the Dollarama, Bloor and Bathurst, June 2012


Back in 2012, one of the then-newest outposts of the Canadian Dollarama chain of dollar stores opened up last summer on the western fringes of The Annex, in a location at Bloor and Bathurst formerly belonging to music store Sonic Boom. (Sonic Boom's landlords apparently wanted too much rent, so the store moved into a corner of Honest Ed's just a block away before later moving on to Spadina.) This store's front windows had been covered with paper while the merchandise and equipment were being moved into this store in June, but some of it had been torn away.

This new store's opening marked, for me, Dollarama's successes: from a single store in eastern Québec two decades ago, Dollarama has become a national store with nearly a thousand stores open across Canada. The chain's sustained high growth has been traced by some to a pretty good business model: efficient management, well-trained staff, and a careful management of product to include only the sorts of products that will actually sell to its target markets. Since this particular store's opening, it has consistently done very good business.

As it happens, dollar stores like Dollarama are becoming major sources of controversy. Yes, they allow people access to inexpensive goods including food, but do they provide good-quality food? More, what about the labour market niches they fill? Do they offer affordable wages, or do they just accentuate inequality?


  • The new online store of Dollarama allows customers to buy many goods in bulk, CBC reports.

  • Quartz looks at how the growth of dollar stores in the United States--and Canada too, doubtless--reflects growing inequality of income at the levels of individual workers and neighbourhoods.

  • Newsweek looks at how dollar stores find a niche in poor neighbourhoods in the United States, displacing grocery stores.

  • CityLab looks at how dollar stores can contribute to food deserts.

  • Todd Schoepflin at the Everyday Sociology Blog looks at dollar stores in the lens of growing inequality, of income and of choice, in the United States.

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I had yesterday off, and slept in late, so I only ended up getting out of my apartment and onto my street by 3 o’clock in the afternoon. The white-out conditions surprised me: I could barely see to the end of the block.

Visibility of less than one block #toronto #dlws #dovercourtvillage #dupontstreet #white #winter #snow #snowstorm

Still, I was up, I was dressed, and I was already out. I took first the 29 Dufferin bus south and then the subway east over to Bathurst and Bloor to do some errands.

Looking southwest, Bloor and Bathurst #toronto #dlws #intersection #white #winter #snow #bloorstreetwest #bathurststreet

(The site of the old Honest Ed’s, currently a construction site, struck me as very photo-worthy with its warm bright colours.)

Pink and orange under white #toronto #dlws #intersection #white #winter #snow #bloorstreetwest #honesteds #pink #orange

I ended up afterwards taking a little trip and headed west to Jane station, there to board the 26 Dupont bus and be dropped off practically at my warm home at 5 o’clock, with my cats and with my storm chips.

I just hope I will not have to dig out too much snow tomorrow morning.
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Yesterday evening--afternoon time in summer--was glorious, cold but for of bright blue skies. At yonge and Eglinton or at Bloor and Dufferin, I could look up and see light.

East at Eglinton Crosstown construction #toronto #yongeandeglinton #eglintonavenue #eglintoncrosstown #construction #crane #blue #clouds #sky #evening #winter


Looking west, Bloor and Dufferin #toronto #evening #sky #glow #bloorstreetwest #dufferinstreet #bloordale #bloorcourt


Pale clouds on blue sky #toronto #bloorcourt #evening #blue #sky #clouds
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  • Urban Toronto takes a look at the Eau du Soleil condo towers in Humber Bay Shores.

  • Jamie Bradburn looks at the Gooderham Building through time, here.

  • blogTO takes a look at the bars of Bloorcourt and Bloordale.

  • CBC reports on a new group in Toronto formed to fight homelessness locally.

  • The friends and family of Skandaraj Navaratnam, perhaps the first victim of the Church and Wellesley serial killer, have recently had the chance to mourm him, the Toronto Star notes.

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  • blogTO shares some photos of Toronto in the gritty 1970s, here.

  • CBC Toronto confirms that the Doug Ford government is still considering installing a casino at Ontario Place.

  • I wish today's Santa Claus parade, the 114th in the city of Toronto, the best of luck. CBC reports.

  • As of several days ago, the 89 people who were victims of homicide in the city of Toronto represent the greatest number of murder victims here since 1991. The Globe and Mail reports.

  • NOW Toronto has a feature celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Comedy Bar.

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  • Toronto's Chinatown on Spadina Avenue is facing pressures from gentrification, including architectural ones, the Toronto Star observes.

  • blogTO notes that the building housing shop Alternative Thinking is the only survivor of the old Honest Ed's-anchored Mirvish Village.

  • Urban Toronto shares revised plans for 2452 Bloor Street West, in Bloor West Village near Jane.

  • Black people in Toronto tend to live in "segregated" neighbourhoods, census and other data suggest, according to this article in the Toronto Star.

  • Global News notes the demand of privacy commissioner Anne Cavoukian for the data being gathered by Waterfront Toronto in the Quayside project.

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  • Urban Toronto notes that Stackd, a container-based community market, is taking form near Fort York.

  • A Parkdale community group is seeking assurances of affordable housing from local developers. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The restoration of the Paradise Theatre on Bloor, in Bloorcourt, is proceeding apace. blogTO reports.
  • The intersection of Bloor and Symington is getting better. (I imagine that the growth of Sterling Road is one trigger.) blogTO reports.

  • This NOW Toronto review of the Rufus Wainwright opera Hadrian suggests promise. Perhaps a remount?

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It had been too long since I had strolled up or down Philosopher's Walk. Early Wednesday evening, I chose to walk north, from Harbord to Bloor.

Looking at the southern gates #toronto #universityoftoronto #philosopherswalk #path #gate #latergram


About Philosopher's Walk #toronto #universityoftoronto #philosopherswalk #path #latergram


Path splitting #toronto #universityoftoronto #philosopherswalk #path #latergram


In shadow #toronto #universityoftoronto #philosopherswalk #path #shadow  #latergram


Emergency #toronto #universityoftoronto #philosopherswalk #path #latergram


Towards the Faculty of Music #toronto #universityoftoronto #philosopherswalk #facultyofmusic #path #latergram


Squirrel! #toronto #universityoftoronto #philosopherswalk #squirrel #path #latergram


Cobblestones in shade #toronto #universityoftoronto #philosopherswalk #path #shadow #cobblestone #latergram


Towards Bloor #toronto #universityoftoronto #philosopherswalk #path #bloorstreetwest #bloorstreet #latergram


Nearly there #toronto #universityoftoronto #philosopherswalk #path #bloorstreetwest #bloorstreet #latergram
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I just now saw this lovely Anne Michaels poem mounted on a plaque outside of the Bloor/Gladstone library.

Anne Michaels, "A Note to the Reader" #toronto #bloorcourt #bloorstreetwest #bloorgladstonelibrary #poetry #annemichaels #plaque
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  • Urban Toronto looks at Honest Ed's one year ago and at the site now.

  • Urban Toronto looks at how the exterior of 411 Church, at Church and Carlton, is fast approaching completion.

  • A highly contagious disease called Newcastle disease is killing cormorants along the Toronto waterfront. CBC reports.

  • Tammy Thorne at NOW Toronto looks at the factors behind the spread of cycling in Scarborough, here.

  • Jamie Bradburn shares some old articles offering advice to the Water Nymphs women's swimming club of the 1920s.

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I was on Bloor Street West, in Bloordale, on the 21st of July, when the BIG on Bloor Festival shut down the street between Dufferin and Lansdowne to make way for a pedestrian mall. The sky was cloudy and the light patchy, but the street was packed. The small vendors and and booths advertising plans for massive redevelopments of Bloor and Dufferin and the Galleria Mall were fun, as were established stores like antiquarian bookstore The Monkey's Paw and the local outpost of Dead Dog Records. The RAGGA NYC exhibit currently playing at the Mercer Union capped things off nicely, on this venture into this familiar, gentrifying but entertaining, neighbourhood.

West to Bloordale #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #latergram


West on Bloor #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #latergram


Filling in a questionnaire #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #bloordufferin #questionnaire #latergram


Plans (1) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #bloordufferin #latergram


Plans (1) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #bloordufferin #latergram


For the Galleria District #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #galleriamall #galleriadistrict #latergram


Towards Kent Senior Public School #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #kentschool #latergram


Towards Dufferin #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #dufferin #russettavenue #latergram

T-shirts by @catomelon #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #catomelon #caturday #catstagram #shirt #latergram

Live performance #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #bloorcollegiate #music #latergram


"Support living artists, the dead ones don't need it." #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #sandwichboard #latergram


For sale #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #miscellaneous #forsale #latergram


Hanging plants #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #plants #latergram

Iced coffee #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #coffee #charliesfriend #latergram

Looking west #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #latergram


Bloordale T-shirt #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #shirt #latergram


Drafting a postcard (1) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #postcard #latergram


Drafting a postcard (2) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #postcard #latergram

Bloordale #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #postcard #latergram

Pizza Pizza #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #pizzapizza #latergram


NDP orange #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #ndp #latergram


Dead Dog Records (1) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #deaddogrecords #latergram


Dead Dog Records (2) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #deaddogrecords #latergram

Dead Dog Records (3) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #deaddogrecords #latergram

Dead Dog Records (4) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #deaddogrecords #latergram


"The Second Coming" #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #deadpool #latergram


BIG on Bloor #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #latergram


The Monkey's Paw (1) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #themonkeyspaw #bookstore #latergram

The Monkey's Paw (2) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #themonkeyspaw #bookstore #latergram

The Monkey's Paw (3) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #themonkeyspaw #bookstore #penguin #latergram


The Monkey's Paw (4) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #themonkeyspaw #bookstore #penguin #latergram


The Monkey's Paw (5) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #themonkeyspaw #bookstore #latergram


The Monkey's Paw (6) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #themonkeyspaw #bookstore #latergram

Looking east #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #latergram

Ragga NYC (1) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #mercerunion #ragganyc #latergram


Ragga NYC (2) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #mercerunion #ragganyc #latergram


Ragga NYC (3) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #mercerunion #ragganyc #latergram


Ragga NYC (4) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #mercerunion #ragganyc #latergram


Ragga NYC (5) #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #mercerunion #ragganyc #latergram #billboard


Coffee Time #toronto #bloordale #bloorstreetwest #bigonbloor #streetfestival #coffeetime #latergram
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  • blogTO notes a closure this weekend of Line 1 between St. Clair and Lawrence for Metrolinx construction. Still, at least their post uses my photo!

  • Urban Toronto notes that, the studios at 390 through 444 Dufferin Street being demolished, new construction is begin. I remember those studios from when I first moved to Toronto.

  • Urban Toronto looks at the latest revision to plans to redevelop the southwest corner of Bloor and Dufferin, one intended to install a more human scale to the streetscape and skyline.

  • NOW Toronto takes an extended look at the #TheManWhoSoldParkdale campaign against gentrification in Parkdale.

  • CBC shares the argument in favour of giving permanent residents voting rights in municipal elections in the City of Toronto.

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  • Toronto Life has a nice photo-heavy feature sharing the experiences of some of the witnesses and survivors of the North York van attack.

  • NOW Toronto reports on the discontent of Bloordale residents with the latest proposal for development on the southwest corner of Bloor and Dufferin.

  • Prices for rental housing continue to rise beyond the city of Toronto, in the wider GTA. CBC reports.

  • The idea of a crisis of affordability for Toronto renters, with one-quarter having to pay half or more of their income in rent, is very real. The Toronto Star reports.

  • Public consultation on the plan for a Green Line network of parks, extending from Bathurst Street up to Earlscourt Park, will close on Friday. Submissions can be made here.

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  • Fatima Syed and Wendy Gillis tell the story of Kirushnakumar Kanagaratnam, a Sri Lankan Tamil whose failed application for refugee status in Canada after travelling on the MV Sun Sea led directly to his death at the hands of McArthur. The Toronto Star has it.

  • The developer hoping to transform the southwest corner of Bloor and Dufferin has opted to redesign the development following community criticism. CBC reports.

  • The sheer scale of the planned development on the southeast corner of Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West is such that a new neighbourhood would come into being. Wow. The Toronto Star has it.

  • The plan for SmartTrack would leave the residents of an Etobicoke development next to a GO rail yard subject to terrible levels of noise and air pollution. The Toronto Star reports.

  • Is Bloor Street West going to become the next Yonge Street, an uninterrupted string of high-density development? Not without differences, at least. The Toronto Star looks at the issue.

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