Monday, August 30, 2010

Best Bike Trails in Canada!

Check out some of the country's most interesting cycling routes.

Strap on a bike helmet and hit the trails. Across Canada, cycling routes are gaining high marks among newbies and experienced aficionados alike.

Source: CAA Magazine online
By Ilona Kauremsky

Click here to see the Five Best Bike Paths in Canada...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Road closures around the city Aug 28/29


•Market Street will be closed from Front Street to the Esplanade from Thursday at 7 a.m. to Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
•The westbound lanes of Front Street from Church Street to Jarvis Street will be closed on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (NOTE: This closure will go back into effect from Friday at 9 a.m. to Sunday at 11:59 p.m.)
•The eastbound lanes of Front Street from Church Street to Jarvis Street will be closed from Thursday at 9 a.m. to Sunday 11:59 p.m.
•Front Street will be closed from Yonge Street to Jarvis Street from Friday at 9 a.m. to Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
•Church Street will be closed from the Esplanade to Front Street from Friday at 9 a.m. to Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

Chinatown Festival

•The southbound lanes of Spadina Avenue from St. Andrew Street to Sullivan Street will be closed from Saturday at 6 a.m. to Sunday at 11 p.m.

Live Green Toronto Festival

•On Saturday, Yonge Street will be closed from Edward Street to Queen Street from 6:30 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Kensington Pedestrian Sundays

•Parts of Augusta Avenue, Baldwin Street, Kensington Avenue and St. Andrew Street will be closed on Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.

Source: 680News staff Aug 27, 2010 08:30:23 AM

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The 39th Annual Cat Show Sat & Sun Aug 28/29

How can you not love this face?

Let the sun shine in as our fine feline friends convene at the 2010 CNE for the 39th Annual Cat Show. There will be more than 125 cats from across Ontario that will be showcased in display and in competition.

Saturday, Aug 28th & Sunday, Aug 29th
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Cafe Soleil, Direct Energy Centre, CNE

FanExpo Canada in Toronto Aug 27 to 29th!

If you're a Fan of Sci-Fi, Horror, Comic Books, Animation & Gaming, this is the show for you and probably your children.

Meet William Shatner (Star Trek), Adam West, Burt Ward & Julie Newmar (Batman), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Tahmoh Ballard (Battlestar Galactica), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), David Cronenberg, Stan Lee and many more!

Where: At the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Click here for the full schedule and appearances and much more...

Scotiabank BuskeFest Aug 26-29 at the St. Lawrence Market

In support of Epilepsy Toronto...check it out it's a cool festival for a good cause and you have to love St. Lawrence Market

Click here for the YouTube video channel

Click here for more info at the web site....

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Our Chefs are cooking at the CNE!

The Art and Science of Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Join Chef Michael Smith, host of Food Network Canada’s Chef at Home as he demystifies this all important kitchen staple while exploring ways that you can personalize your own heirloom recipe. With his signature high energy style and entertaining stories Michael will show how one recipe can be modified simply to yield numerous versions of this kitchen classic. This session is an exploration of freestyle cooking and how all recipes can be personalized!

Featured in the fun new Food Network Canada series Pitchin' In, Chef Lynn Crawford is well known as "the Renegade Cuisine Queen"! The former Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Manhattan has competed against Bobby Flay in the popular Iron Chef America competition and has been a favourite on Food Network Canada's Restaurant Makeover. She is taking time out from her busy schedule and her new Toronto restaurant Ruby Watchco to appear at the CNE!

Chef Anthony Rose takes time out from his duties as Executive Chef at Toronto's Drake Hotel to share his California "farm house" cooking with a New York City edge culinary background with CNE audiences.

Click here for the web site and schedule....don't miss this!

Robin's Nest: Reconfiguring the bones of an old house

When designing a new addition to an old home, aesthetic considerations are only part of the puzzle. Forcing a contemporary design into an atmosphere of existing traditional architectural details is not my preferred way to approach a renovation.

I’d rather take the pulse of the old structure and create a blended style that makes a graceful transition between old and new. This requires some creativity to come up with a design that satisfies the home and its occupants. But, compared to the rest of the process, that’s the easy part

Source: August 16, 2010
Robin Siegerman
Special to

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Toronto in the 1920s...take a look at the photos!

Click here to see a series of amazing photos of Toronto in the 1920s at BlogTO! Very cool and impressive!

Believe it or not, this photo is of Mount Pleasant in the 1920s, nothing but a dirt road...check out the Mount Pleasant cemetery in the background!

NFB/ONF Mediatheque and the TIFF!

It's almost time for The International Film Festival!

In honour of this movie-loving time of year, NFB/ONF (National Film Board/Office de la langue fran├žaise) will be highlighting a different NFB former-TIFF film each day, which is available to view for FREE on their digital viewing stations! A different NFB TIFF classic each day, until Sept 19!

Click here for the Facebook Page for NFB former TIFF selections...

Click here for the NFB web site...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Report to urge overhaul of TTC released today!

An outside panel of customer service advisers will recommend a sweeping overhaul of the TTC’s corporate culture when it releases its long-awaited report Monday.

The report will contain about 75 recommendations addressing issues ranging from quick low-cost fixes such as messages on the front of the bus telling riders it’s full to revamped hiring practices, which could take years to filter through the system, according to Toronto Star sources.

Produced by a 10-member panel of volunteers, the findings amount to an overhaul in the way the TTC views and treats passengers — what commission vice-chair Joe Mihevc calls “a cultural change.”

Tess Kalinowski, Transportation Reporter

Click here for the whole story...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association Tryouts...

On-line registration for the 2010-2011 House League season is now open.

Check out the picture...three Leaside alumni (Nicole Hebert, Kathryn and Clare Padmore) have captured silver in the Canadian National Ball Hockey Championships in St John's, NFLD. The Toronto based team went undefeated in the round robin, quarter and semi finals with victories against Ottawa, Edmonton, Dartmouth, NFLD & BC but came up a little short against Ottawa in the finals.
Congratulations ladies on a job well done!

There was a lengthy waiting list last season so register early to avoid disappointment!

Tryout/Evaluation Skate for new team: Wednesday August 25, 2010 at 8:45pm at Canlan York University $15 fee for tryout.

Toronto Leaside Wildcats players wanted..see below for more info.

Click here for all the info on this great association...

Work perks..A roof-top garden at Yonge & Davisville...

Work perks: A roof-top garden can suddenly make the office a preferred option.

There are eggplants and fig trees and artichokes growing in front of the office building just off Yonge Street and a bit south of Davisville Avenue. This six-storey building houses the usual severe-sounding businesses, places like Oral Ceramic Laboratory and Dandx Health Care, but high up above the workplace clamour, there’s an organic tomato farm where the building’s tenants are encouraged to come up and chill.

Source: National Post Staff August 21, 2010 – 7:48 am
By Ben Kaplan, National Post

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Music at Mount Pleasant - Free Summer Concert Series This Sunday

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Music at Mount Pleasant summer concert series, Mount Pleasant Cemetery’s 205 acres of tranquil beauty is once again the backdrop for free concerts every Sunday afternoon from July 4th to September 5th.

The one-hour concerts begin at 2:00 p.m., rain or shine. Each weekend student performers from The Royal Conservatory, Canada’s foremost classical music training ground will perform classical and favourite pieces.

The Concerts are held in the garden beside the conservatory – east off Mount Pleasant Road. For concert details and map visit or
or call Mount Pleasant at 416-485-9129. Limited seating, please bring your own chairs or blankets. Please contact Nathan Johnson and Mount Pleasant Cemetery for more information.

One of Canada's most historic cemeteries, Mount Pleasant has served the Toronto community since 1876. It is the final resting place of many prominent Canadians, as varied as former prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, Jennie Smillie-Robinson, Canada's first female surgeon, and pianist Glenn Gould.

August 22nd - WIND QUINTET - Family Concert
August 29th - BRASS QUINTET - Music for Brass Quintet
September 5th - GUITAR QUINTET - Music for Guitar and Strings

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Teachers want testing stopped...

Ontario’s elementary school teachers are calling for a temporary halt to annual assessment tests for the province’s Grade 3 and 6 students.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) wants the provincial government to set a two-year moratorium on the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) testing. During this period, the teachers are calling for public consultation on the uses, value and impact of the testing administered annually since 1997.

There is also concern amongst the teaching federation that EQAO test scores are being used by real estate firms and others to rank schools and neighbourhoods.

Source: The Calendon Enterprise, Thursday August 19 2010
By Roger Belgrave, Metroland Staff

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

CTV's Flashpoint Training Day...

Take the recruitment test now! A cool interactive video of life at the SRU! I'm a big fan of this "Made in Toronto" show that is making waves in the U.S.

Check out the game-like interactive Recruitment Test and Weapons Training...very cool!

Click here to give it a try....

Count Down to the Ex...

August 20th to September 6th 2010!!

Don't miss MANA: Cirque Fantaisiste or the new 2010 Stunt & Stage Shows, the Exhibits, the Midway, the Splash Zone, Kids' World, concerts and don't forget the Casino! So much too see.

Click here for more info....

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Latest News From TREB Aug 17 2010

GTA REALTORS® Report Mid-Month Resale Housing Figures...

TORONTO, August 17, 2010 ‐ Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 2,732 sales through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) during the first two weeks of
August 2010.

This represented a 29 per cent decrease compared to the 3,832 sales recorded during the same period in 2009. New listings, at 4,770 were down eight per cent compared to the first two weeks of August 2009.

“Throughout the better part of the last year, the number of monthly sales was well above the expected long-term trend. Accordingly, it makes sense that the number of transactions has dipped over the past few months in comparison to last year’s record results,” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Bill Johnston.

Click here for the full news release...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Canadian banks reduce many of their mortgage rates by 0.1 per cent as of August 17, 2010

TORONTO - Five of Canada's major banks will reduce many of their posted mortgage rates by one-tenth of a percentage point, effective Tuesday.

The posted five-year closed mortgage rate, for instance, will fall to 5.49 per cent annually at Royal Bank (TSX:RY), Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), Scotiabank (TSX:BNS), CIBC (TSX:CM) and Laurentian Bank (TSX:LB).

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BMO lowers special five year fixed mortgage to 3.79 per cent, the best in the marketplace

TORONTO, ONTARIO, Aug 16, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- BMO Bank of Montreal announced today it is decreasing its residential mortgage rates, effective August 17, 2010.

Click here for the press release...

TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - Scotiabank announced today the following changes in the Bank's posted residential mortgage interest rates, effective August 17, 2010:

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RBC Royal Bank decreases residential mortgage rates

TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - RBC Royal Bank announced today that it is decreasing its residential mortgage rates effective August 17, 2010.

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Homebuyers shouldn’t expect hot deals as housing market cools: experts

Canadian sellers are facing more empty open houses and fewer bids on their homes, but experts say buyers shouldn’t expect to see a retreat from record-high home prices when July housing data is released Monday.

Home sales have fallen 25 per cent since reaching a peak at the beginning of the year as demand slows and more houses come onto the market.

But it will take much longer for sky-high home prices to fall and the market to enter buyer-friendly territory. And history is on the side of the seller.

By: Sunny Freeman
The Canadian Press

Click here to read this article...

Market news...good and bad!!!

I don't want to be accused of posting only the real estate news I like or agree my preamble to this news report is that no one has a crystal ball...not real estate agents and not reporters. I'm currently working with some serious buyers are who looking for the right property at fair market value and so do most of my colleagues.

We have more inventory than we did last year and even six months ago, but in my opinion, many vendors are not realistic in their price expectations and want the same price as their neighbours who sold when there was a lack of inventory and sold in multiples. This is a different market but interest rates are still very low and consumers are motivated to buy properties priced at fair market value. With the Fall market around the corner and an influx of inventory, most sellers will come around and accept a fair price and sell their properties, but it will take more than a week.

I think you should take news all articles dealing with the future rather than the past or present as what they are...speculation! Most analysts predicted a much longer slowdown in Canadian real estate and the market bounced back suprisingly quickly. The truth is that only time will tell what's in store for the market. I do want to distribute all articles I find on the real estate market because information is power! So read on....

House prices forecast to sink further
by: Michael Babad for CTV News
Story Report on Business is following today

Canada's housing market is sinking, as expected, having surged in the first half of the year as real estate staged a spectacular post-recession comeback. Sales of existing homes fell 30 per cent in July from a year earlier, while the average resale price dipped 3.5 per cent, the Canadian Real Estate Association said today.

"While the softening in sales is very real, we continue to view it as a giveback (a big giveback, admittedly) to the surge in sales in the first half of the year," said BMO Nesbitt Burns deputy chief economist Douglas Porter. "Anyone who wanted to buy a home this year seems to have done so already."

Click here to read the entire article on CTV News

National Rum Day Today Aug 16!

Celebrate National Rum Day on August 16th with half price rum cocktails at Miller Tavern featuring the world's most award-winning rum, Flor de Cana. Its a beautiful day for sitting outdoors and indulging in a Rum & Coke (maybe two if you`re not driving)!

Miller Tavern
3885 Yonge Street
North York, ON M4N 2P2
Tel: (416) 322-5544

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Graffiti artists pay tribute to Canada’s fallen soldiers...

The just-finished Highway of Heroes mural, located across from the coroner’s office at 26 Grenville St., the end of the highway route from Canadian Forces Base Trenton, is a tribute to Canada’s fallen soldiers.

The mural is part of the Graffiti Transformation Project, an annual community program that hires marginalized youth who face barriers to employment.

Toronto Police Legal Graffiti Art coordinator, Const. Scott Mills, came up with the idea for the Highway of Heroes project.

Amy Dempsey, Staff Reporter
Published August 12, 2010

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CAA Magazine...Top 10 Cars for 2010

Subcompacts, hybrids and 2011 car models...

From Fords to Hyundais, CAA will show you Canada’s top ten automotive choices for 2010. The lineup includes subcompacts, sedans, eco-friendly hybrids and rare picks ranging from Tesla’s high-end two-seater with celebrity buzz and the three-wheeler from Can-Am ideal for the motorcycle lover. Sit back and take a leisurely trek through the year in cars.

Click here to see the pics and read the article...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Farmers’ Market At Evergreen Brick Works...

Ever wonder what's with all the cars parked on the side of the road on the Bayview Extension on a Saturday morning in summer?

Every Saturday throughout the summer, the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market features a fabulous assortment of fruits, vegetables, wild fish, meat, cheese, milled flours, eggs and oils—all from local farmers.

And don't forget The Pavilions...The Pavilions is the centrally located, covered, outdoor space that frames our community gatherings and festivals. This summer, this space is home to our Saturday and Sunday programs including our Farmers’ Market and Evergreen Gardens. In September, this 27,000-square-foot space will host programs that connect children and youth with nature in the city.

On the last Saturday of the month relax at the market while your children learn about nature and play in the dirt at the Nature Nut Club!

Can’t wait for Saturday? Check out the new Bay Adelaide Centre Farmers’ Market, presented by Evergreen Brick Works, from 11am–2pm every Thursday until September 2.

Click here to find out more...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Toronto After Dark Film Festival...Aug 13 to 20!

8 nights of horror, sci-fi, action & cult movies! Not to be missed...

JULY 29: Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to officially announce its complete lineup of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films that will have their regional premieres at our 5th Annual edition this August 13-20, 2010 at the city’s legendary Bloor Cinema. The 16 amazing feature films at the core of the festival include a number that have created a storm of interest on the genre festival circuit as well some more recent finds that will be a treat for fans to to discover!

Highlights include cult horror sensation THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE and the killer tire movie RUBBER that captivated audiences at Cannes! Other fun items on the cinematic menu include Japanese cult mayhem (ROBOGEISHA), supernatural chills (Eli Roth’s THE LAST EXORCISM), brutal Roman action (Neil Marshall’s CENTURION), Billy Zane as a zombie slayer (EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES) and Adrien Brody as a psychotic drug dealer (Sundance midnight hit HIGH SCHOOL).

Click here to go to the site and read an overview of the films screening, along with links to their festival site pages, where you can watch trailers and read more detailed synopses...

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Townhouses and semi-detached homes are in big demand in Toronto – but few are being built. Is the heyday of the city’s architectural icon almost done?

Townhouses and semi-detached homes have been one of the mainstays of Toronto’s neighbourhoods almost since the city was founded. They were a dandy way for builders to get the biggest bang for their buck and provided an affordable option for families.

Source: By Terrence Belford
From Friday's Globe and Mail
Published on Thursday, Aug. 05, 2010 1:55PM EDT
Last updated on Thursday, Aug. 05, 2010 3:38PM EDT

Click here to read this entire article in the Globe...

Saturday, August 7, 2010

HST confusion to blame for home sales drop?

Residents of Ontario and B.C. are unsure about how the harmonized sales tax (HST) affects real estate transactions, a new study finds, and the confusion is being blamed for a slide in home sales.

Home sales in Toronto fell 34 per cent in July, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board.

TREB reported that there were 6,564 sales last month, down from 9,967 in the same month in 2009. Home sales were at the lowest level since 2002.

"The level of July sales remained below the expected long-term trend. The market has become more balanced following record monthly sales through most of the winter and early spring," said board president Bill Johnston, in a release.

Confusion around how HST applies to homes sales could be to blame. A new survey of realtors released Thursday by Royal LePage finds that 43.9 per cent feel the tax is playing a part in cooling the housing market.

Source: CNC News
Last Updated: Thursday, August 5, 2010 | 2:37 PM ET

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sales and New Listings Down, Average Price up in July!

TORONTO - Thursday, August 5, 2010 Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 6,564 sales in July – a 34 per cent dip from the record 9,967 sales reported in July 2009. New listings, at 10,825, dropped to the lowest level for the month of July since 2002.

“The level of July sales remained below the expected long-term trend. The market has become more balanced following record monthly sales through most of the winter and early spring,” said Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Bill Johnston.

Total sales through the first seven months of 2010 were up 12 per cent compared to the same period in 2009.

Notwithstanding the fact that price trends vary at the neighbourhood level in GTA, the average price for July transactions was $420,482, representing a six per cent increase over July 2009. Over the first seven months of 2010, the average selling price was up 12 per cent annually to $432,253.

“Market conditions promoting growth in the average selling price have remained in place. While July sales were down compared to last year, the number of new listings in the marketplace also fell. This means there was enough competition between buyers to exert upward pressure on price,”said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

Click here to read the complete report from TREB...

Competing for playing field sparks bidding war in Moore Park....

While the cost of revamping the playing field at Our Lady of Perpetual Help school (OLPH) has left the site in decline, a recent proposal by a community group to pay $250,000 to transform the field has locals wondering if they can devise a better plan and funds to back it.

“We’re trying to not just complain about something being proposed, but we’re actually proposing a positive alternative solution,” said Tim Costigan, president of Moore Park Residents Association, the organization leading the new proposal.

Click here to read more....

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Greektown Taste of The Danforth Kicks off it's 17th Year!

August 6 to 8...Greektown Taste of the Danforth sponsored by Pilaros is one of Toronto's signature events, showcasing the best of Hellenic food, culture, and music our multicultural city has to offer - from souvlaki to mezes, authentic Greek music to interactive children's games!

Come enjoy the culture that makes the Danforth a year round destination.

Click here for more info on this great Toronto festival...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Fight continues over former Leaside car lot

Next stop for retail site likely the Ontario Municipal Board...

While Last Month the committee of adjustment (COA) voted down development plans for a proposed Bayview Avenue and Broadway Avenue grocery store and LCBO site because of size and traffic concerns, most say the decision was the first battle in what will likely be a long war.

“It’s crystal clear that the developer’s strategy is to bring his application in front of the OMB as quickly as possible,” said Coun. John Parker, who has fought in opposition of the site, alongside Coun. Cliff Jenkins, as its location at 1860 Bayview Ave. (the former Brennan Pontiac dealership) virtually borders the two wards.

Click here to read more....

Monday, August 2, 2010

2010 CNE Casino Aug 2 to Sept 6

A popular annual draw, don't miss the CNE Casino featuring 84 gaming tables games including Multi-action Blackjack, Roulette, WAR, Spanish 21, Perfect Pairs and Three Card Poker.

In addition to the private air-conditioned Texas Hold ‘em Poker area with 22 tables, the Casino offers a beautiful outdoor patio.

Click here for more info...

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Out of Town: Find your dream escape

The location is just what you’re looking for. The amenities are there. You’ve found the lake views, the adjacent golf course, whatever it is you’re after from your recreational retreat.

But admit it — location and amenities are only two of the factors that play into your second-home buying decision. Finding the perfect unit for your needs — whether it be a detached home or cottage, a condominium suite or a townhouse — is just as important in fulfilling your vision of what your personal recreational or retirement spot will look like. And every developer has something slightly different available in the suites and homes they offer. Where you want to go will depend on where you feel most comfortable.

To help you along the way, we’ve asked the developers at some of Ontario’s cottage country projects to show us some of their sites’ most unique or popular units.

Source: National Post
Lisa Van de Ven· Friday, Jul. 23, 2010

Click here to read the entire National Post article...