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38 snakes seized from North York home

Nearly 40 venomous snakes were found in the home of a North York resident, which were promptly removed by City of Toronto staff last month.

For his new restaurant on Ossignton, Brandon Olsen has gone bananas

Brandon Olsen is a man obsessed with process. Prior to opening of his French restaurant on Ossington, La Banane, the chef spent hours in the kitchen breaking down every element of his menu in progress.
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38 snakes seized from North York home

Nearly 40 venomous snakes were found in the home of a North York resident, which were promptly removed by City of Toronto staff last month.

For his new restaurant on Ossignton, Brandon Olsen has gone bananas

Brandon Olsen is a man obsessed with process. Prior to opening of his French restaurant on Ossington, La Banane, the chef spent hours in the kitchen breaking down every element of his menu in progress.

Celebrating 25 years since Roberta Bondar became the Rosedale Rocket

Dr. Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian woman to enter space 25 years ago, shattering a glass ceiling that was truly out of this world. She also paved the way for the only other Canadian woman to travel to space, Julie Payette.

North York overlooked for senior safety zones?

The City of Toronto has promised immediate changes following a deadly year of road violence — with seniors making up the majority of 43 pedestrian fatalities. But some areas may have been overlooked as the new safety measures start to roll out this month.

Restaurant Review: Chef Steve Gonzalez is back with his gigantic new King West eatery

Cherry-picking the menu works really well. Some of the fusion items, where East meets Latin, are really fun. Chef’s suite of ceviches are superbly entertaining: we’re captivated by the variegated flavours of tiraditos, raw tuna napped in passion fruit and lulo sauce, with black and white sesame seeds, chili-studded purée of butternut squash and baby greens.

Sherry Cooper on whether a tax on foreign buyers would help with Toronto’s affordability problem

Since British Columbia introduced a 15 per cent land transfer tax on foreign non-residents, there has been speculation that Ontario would do the same. So far, the effect in B.C. has been an apparent slowdown in home sales and price gains at the high end of the single-family home market.

Post-ROM sips at Museum Tavern

Blink and you’ll miss Museum Tavern. Squirreled upstairs and across the street from the Royal Ontario Museum sits the suitably named brasserie. The charming space has been satiating museum goers since it opened back in 2012.

Leaside news: Laird development guidelines too little, too late?

Leaside development guidelines too late? Developers already determining what will happen ahead of study.

9 Toronto couples help us look back on their first date, kiss, or fight for Valentine’s Day

A look into the lives and romance of some of T.O.’s power couples. From who made the first move to who caused the first fight.

Dr. Jess on Sex: Straight from the heart this Valentine’s Day

Drop the clichéd plans and try a new way to celebrate love, and then do it all year long.

The couple who CrossFits together

Etalk's Devon Soltendieck met his now wife, Ashley Applebaum, while he was working as a MuchMusic VJ and she was his publicist

Mark Breslin's Comic Stripped: Funny wife, funny life?

Toronto comedy expert Mark Breslin on whether stand-up comics and marriage can work

25 perfect places to find, keep and rekindle love in the city

From knife-throwing to baking boot camp, these are the 25 best spots for Valentine's Day 2017.

Monika tries a romantic workout

Monika and her husband, Storey Badger, learn some lifts in a couples yoga class

Measha Brueggergosman’s five books that matter

Acclaimed Toronto soprano Measha Brueggergosman talks about five books that matter to her.

Developments gone wild: Toronto buildings pushing the planning boundaries

Valentine’s Day calls for black-hearted waffles

At Light Cafe, located at 23 Baldwin St., the petite heart-shaped waffles are the hot ticket item to nosh on.

Uptown Dine Safe infractions from January

All information is from the DineSafe website, City of Toronto Public Health’s Food Premises Inspection and Disclosure System.

North Toronto native Will Arnett in his most challenging role yet

In The Lego Batman Movie, the animated action flick follows Arnett as he embodies the gravel-voiced crusader.

Post Interview: Colin Mochrie & Kinley

Recently, when North Toronto’s acclaimed comic Colin Mochrie took to social media to comment on his transgender daughter, Kinley, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive, and the Leasider has become something of a spokesperson.

Road to Legalization: The potential for sexier bedroom encounters

Although a little bit of “grass” won’t make you “unbearably wonderful, too wonderful for words” (Alvy), it has the potential to make your next bedroom encounter a little sexier.

Advil and post-sport bevvies replaced by bongs?

Cannabis has become part of a more open dialogue between yoga-loving members at one of Toronto’s private clubs. While not in any way condoned by the club itself, some members are stepping up their yoga game by introducing a little ganja into their practice.

Too Close to Call: The old song and dance for Valentine’s Day

Pizza isn’t the only thing delivered to your door — you can also get a singing telegram. Or, how about a gorilla-gram for that special someone? Herewith, a showdown of two T.O. telegram purveyors.

Demolition of historic building shocks locals

Locals in the Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue neighbourhood expressed their outrage last month when the 110-year-old Bank of Montreal building located at 2444 Yonge St. was demolished despite being under review by Heritage Preservation Services (HPS).

Jeanne Beker finds some amour-worthy looks for both ladies and gents.

Whether you’re a true romantic or more of a realist, Valentine’s Day remains a great excuse to get gussied up for a night on the town. Jeanne’s done the legwork and found some amour-worthy looks for both ladies and gents.

Sewell on City Hall: 401 Richmond is an important anchor for creativity in Toronto

What makes it remarkable is what it contains: almost 150 tenants involved in creative work of all kinds: film, painting, dance, music, production, festivals, video, magazines, photography, social enterprise and more, including a non-profit day care. This structure, 401 Richmond St. W., is a model for creative life, an anchor for creativity in all parts of this city.

Curious why everyone is talking about the El Mocambo? Here's a refresher on an epic concert history

The El Mocambo is back and set to open this summer! If one happened to be curious about all the fuss being made over the return of the El Mo, due to age or living-under-a-rock considerations, here is a look back at just five of the more glorious El Mo moments.

Stintz on Midtown: Tory's pitch for private meetings a sign of things to come?

Karen Stintz says a move to private meetings, no matter how small, should not be allowed in Toronto.

Toronto filmmaker Rob Stewart missing after dive off the coast of the Florida Keys

Rob Stewart, a Toronto filmmaker best known for his award-winning documentary film Sharkwater, has gone missing while on a dive off the coast of Islamorada in the Florida Keys.

City proposal to dramatically increase patio fees has local businesses worried about future

Business owners on Eglinton, which have been suffering due to the continued construction for the Crosstown LRT, are now facing another obstacle. The City of Toronto is proposing a dramatic fee increase for patio and market displays, which would directly impact patio permit–holding businesses. A public consultation meeting was scheduled for Jan. 30.
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