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Toronto boasts six of top 10 best Canadian restaurants

CityNews | posted Thursday, Mar 3rd, 2016

In image posted from Buca Yorkville of Farinata, duck eggs, pepperonata and strachino. INSTRAGAM/Buca Yorkville

Looking for a new spot to go out to dinner?

Over 72 judges, including Canada’s top chefs, restaurateurs, journalists and members of the food industry made the decisions on the final ten restaurants.

“We launched the magazine a year ago with the idea of satisfying the need for a genuinely authoritative national listing and ranking of our best restaurants,” said Editor-in-Chief Jacob Richler.

No. 1
The top spot went to a Montreal-based restaurant called Toqué!

Their cuisine is based on market-fresh with an emphasis on local products. Their current menu offers lobster with soya, yuzu, scallions, kohlrabi, peanuts, cilantro, rice chips, also venison loin with king eryngii mushrooms, bok choï, beet, miso, bordelaise sauce and a sea buckthorn mousse.

“Our ultimate pleasure is to make the last bite just as memorable as the first,” reads the menu.



No. 2
Buca, an Italian restaurant with three locations in Toronto and is known for its “rustic food” with house made pastas. The one recognized for the second best Canadian restaurant is located in Yorkville at 53 Scollard Street.

Buca Yorkville currently offers dishes from house-cured pork jowl, pickled green tomato, provolone auricchino, chili and rosemary, to a 36 oz George McGee farms AAAA Canadian bone-on prime rib, dry-aged 45 days and seasonal mushrooms.

Click here for the current dinner menu.

No. 3

Hawksworth in Vancouver grabbed spot number three and claims to have been voted best restaurant in Vancouver. On their website they say the food is a celebration of Vancouver’s cultural diversity and natural environment.

The dinner menu boasted seared Japanese squid, pan roasted sablefish and baked sawmill bay oysters (just to mention a few).




And the rest:

No. 4
Joe Beef

No. 5
Vin Papillon

No. 6

No. 7

No. 8

No. 9
Bar Raval

No. 10
Bar Isabel

Inside workers reach deal with city

CityNews | posted Thursday, Mar 3rd, 2016

Toronto’s inside workers have reached a deal with the city.

CUPE Local 79 said they agreed to terms on a tentative four-year contract early on Thursday morning.

“In every round of bargaining, you set out to get the best deal possible at that time, under those circumstances,” Tim Maguire, president of the local, said in a statement.

“While this was a very difficult round of negotiations, we believe we have secured the best possible collective agreements for our members, ensuring they will continue to be able to deliver the great services Toronto residents depend on.”

Maguire said he would be speaking to reporters later on Thursday.

The union represents more than 20,000 inside workers. A strike or lockout by inside workers would have seen the closure of all child care centres, community and fitness centres, ski hills, curling and ice rinks, and indoor pools operated by the city.

CUPE Local 416, which represents Toronto’s outside workers, reached a deal with the City last month, avoiding a work stoppage. Outside workers include snowplow operators, garbage collectors and parks staff.

Both unions have been without contracts since the end of 2015.

Four days ago, Mayor John Tory posted the city’s latest offer online.

Tory added the offer is consistent with the deal recently reached with CUPE Local 416. Highlights of the offer posted online include a five per cent increase on base pay over the course of four years; a change to the amount of benefits for workers on long-term disability – previously, workers could claim for 75 per cent of their basic salary while on disability, but the city has proposed changing that to 70 per cent for new claims.

York Region looking to extend Yonge subway Richmond Hill

CityNews | posted Thursday, Mar 3rd, 2016

While the Scarborough subway extension continues to dominate transit talk in Toronto, politicians in York Region are reportedly pitching their own expansion plan.

The Toronto Star reports 16 York Region mayors, councillors and senior staff are lobbying to extend the Yonge subway line into Richmond Hill.

Work is already underway to extend Line 1 into Vaughan and up to York University.

The $4-billion proposal was pitched last week to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a meeting in Ottawa.

Region chair Wayne Emmerson told the Toronto Star the Yonge extension would add six new stops between Richmond Hill Centre and Finch Station and would take about 10 years to build. Currently, around 2,500 buses service the stretch.

Toronto councillors have said the Yonge line can’t be extended until a downtown relief line is added to help reduce overcrowding.

No firm commitments were made at last week’s meeting, but Richmond Hill deputy mayor Vito Spatafora said it’s possible to start building the line on Yonge by 2019.

Meet VICELAND, the bold new TV channel to binge

Jennifer Berry | posted Tuesday, Mar 1st, 2016

From the free indie magazine that parlayed its counterculture cred into a burgeoning media empire, VICE, comes a killer new TV channel, VICELAND.

Hosts travel the world curating all the lifestyle and culture content your heart desires, covering everything from food, fashion and sex to music, sports and some of the most intriguing and sometimes controversial subcultures. There’s pretty much something for everybody (like Toronto chef Matty Matheson’s Canadian culinary adventure Dead Set on Life and Weediquette, a chronicle—pun v. intended—of the emerging weed economy), but we narrowed it down to three standouts that you can catch as of Monday, February 29 with a free Canada-wide three-month preview.

In this new music documentary series, host Zach Goldbaum checks out the most intense music scenes around the world and explores the socio-political climates they exist in. Tune in for appearances by Diplo, Common and Kendrick Lamar, who travels back to Compton to catch up with his friends still enmeshed in gang life, and deep dives into music scenes in Detroit, Jamaica and London.

Host and beloved Canuck  Ellen Page and her BFF Ian Daniel explore LGBTQ cultures everywhere from Tokyo to Rio de Janeiro in the new globe-trotting series. They even hit up a rally for “religious liberties” in Iowa, facing off with Conservative politico Ted Cruz about the challenges and discrimination faced by LGBTQ people in the U.S. Brace yourself for fun, frustration and feels.

Fashion Week International
Documenting fashion weeks, beauty trends and cultural practices from around the world, the show was born in 2011 as a web series—“Fashion Week Internationale”—and has travelled to far-flung places like Pakistan for Islamabad fashion week, the Caribbean to talk skin bleaching and Seoul to explore the K-pop style movement. It’s being rebooted for VICELAND and will tackle more intense political, religious and cultural issues, looking at how fashion lives in even the most oppressive cultures. Its launch date is still TBD, but we seriously can’t wait to see this one.

Check out the whole line-up here:


TTC subway and streetcars shut down due to power issues

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Mar 1st, 2016

A downtown hydro vault fire wreaked havoc on the city’s transit system on Tuesday morning, shutting down several routes and forcing delays and diversions on others.

The fire began underground on Richmond near Church streets around 2 a.m. No one was injured and the power did not seem to be affected in that area. However, it had an impact on the TTC.

There was no subway service between Bloor and Osgoode stations. The 501 (Queen), 504 (King), 505 (Dundas), and 509 (Harbourfront) streetcars were also affected. Shuttle buses were running.

Shuttle buses were brought in after the subway was shut down on March 1, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy.
Shuttle buses were brought in after the subway was shut down on March 1, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy.
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