MANIC COFFEE BRINGS SOME ‘CAFE SOCIETY’ TO COLLEGE STREET BY NOT OFFERING WI-FI

MANICCOFFEE2After visiting coffee-mad cities PORTLAND and SEATTLE, Matthew Lee decided TORONTO needs a cafe where people actually look at each other and talk over coffee. He’s proudly declared that his Manic Coffee shop has entered the Wi-Fi Liberation Zone, and he plans to keep it there.

MANICCOFFEE1Mathew Lee: “When you look at cafes with Wi-Fi, they’re full of people just working away on their laptops. It’s a closed-off environment where everyone is in their own little world. When you take Wi-Fi away, you’re encouraging people to have a conversation with people next to them.”

Manic Coffee, 426 College Street – http://www.maniccoffee.com

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GO TRANSIT OPENS A NEW 62,000-SQUARE-FOOT YORK STREET CONCOURSE AT UNION STATION

YORKSTREET1 As GO Transit’s ridership continues to grow, the Ontario Government is investing billions of dollars increasing train service, buying new rolling stock, and generally making long distance commutes more enjoyable.

Today, April 27, the York Street concourse opened inside Union Station. It’s nearly double the size of the Bay Street concourse, and connects with the subway, the underground PATH network, other GO platforms and mainline trains. The railway station itself is undergoing a massive reno and rebuilding, and on June 6 will open express rail service to Pearson International Airport.

<PHOTO ABOVE – CBC News . . . . . . . IMAGE BELOW – the Union Station project (click for enlargement)>

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THE KENSINGTON MARKET NEIGHBOURHOOD – ‘WEAR FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR’

KENSINGTON10It’s our East Village, Venice Boardwalk and 1960’s-era Woodstock rolled into one.  TORONTO’s colourful old Jewish market, sandwiched between Western Hospital and Spadina Avenue is a welcoming place any time of the year.  It’s packed with vintage clothing and jewellery shops, people-watching patios, galleries, two parks, nightclubs, a food market, and some excellent restaurants.  TTC streetcars: DUNDAS and COLLEGE to Spadina Avenue or Kensington  Avenue.

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DON’T TAKE THE CITY OF TORONTO’S 10-MILLION TREES FOR GRANTED – L.E.A.F.

TREEHUNT4 LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) is always focused on ‘perennials with elongated stems or trunks, supporting branches and leaves) – in other words, TREES. We have over 10 million of them in the City of TORONTO alone, with an estimated canopy cover of 28%.  The fine speciman below was photographed by city councillor Joe Pantalone.  It stands in front of the Press Building at Exhibition Place.

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PREMIER KATHLEEEN WYNNE AND MPP’S TAKE A RIDE ON TORONTO’S BRAND NEW UP-EXPRESS

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TORONTO’s new dedicated air-rail link will cut travel time between Pearson International Airport and downtown’s Union Station and Financial District (with two stops along the way) beginning on Saturday, June 6. Travel time between Union and Pearson will be 25 minutes, with trains arriving every 15 minutes.

UPEXPRESS5Of the top 25 financial centres in the world, TORONTO is the last to launch an air-rail link. Being Canada’s largest city and financial centre, and North America’s fourth largest city (after New York, Los Angeles and Mexico), by 2030 Pearson is expected to be the origin and destination point for almost 60-million travellers annually.

The service will offer airline check-in kiosks from Union Station, free Wi-Fi, charging stations, infotainment screens and luggage racks. In its first year of operation, the new service is projected to remove 1.5-million cars from the roads.

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THE PAN AM SPORTS CENTRE IS CANADA’S LARGEST INVESTMENT IN AMATEUR SPORTS EVER

SPORTSCENTRE1Open to the public since September 2014, the Pan Am & Parapan Am Aquatics Centre & Field House represents a lasting legacy for the University of Toronto Scarborough, the Province of Ontario and the city itself.

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The complex contains a 6,000-seat aquatics arena with two Olympic-sized swimming pools, a diving cylinder; a 2,000-seat field house with four full-sized gyms, a fitness centre, climbing wall and a 200-metre track.

The Centre is ready and waiting for the Pan Am & Parapan Games which begin in early July.

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