Here are the top 10 Toronto news stories everyone is talking about this week

You’ve heard the phrase, Around the world in 80 days? We’ve got it all around Toronto for you in 10 clicks. Behold, the week that was, the perfect companion for all your small-talk needs this weekend.

Iconic Toronto heritage building facing imminent threat of development

The Stewart Building, one of the city’s iconic heritage buildings at 149 College St. is well on the way to being developed, according to a press release. Constructed in 1894, the Stewart Building, also known as the Toronto Athletic Club, is an architectural masterpiece, designed by E. J. Lennox. It was specifically crafted to accommodate the club’s various activities and notably housed Toronto’s inaugural indoor pool.

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City to push vital cycling link under the 401 through golf course

A new proposal linking the trails between Earl Bales Park and York Mills Station has been adopted by city council at a meeting this week. The proposal asks that the routes be accessible year-round to cyclists and walkers without causing damage to the existing environment or the city-owned Don Valley Golf Course.

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City motions for traffic safety reforms amidst string of pedestrian deaths

A recent spike in pedestrian fatalities in Toronto has ignited talks about public safety amongst members of city council. One of the latest incidents occurred on Tuesday near Wellington Street East and Scott Street at around 6:38 a.m. when an SUV driver struck and killed a 57-year-old pedestrian, then fled the scene.

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Community pushes to save massive 300-year-old oak tree starved for water

The Harbord Village Residents’ Association, a community organization with a history of local activism dating back to the late 1960s, is spearheading a campaign to preserve a Bur Oak tree in downtown Toronto, estimated to be over 300 years old. The tree, situated at the bottom of Chapel Hospice Laneway between Brunswick and Major, south of Ulster, is a rare remnant of the ancient oak savannah that once covered the area.

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AI reimagines futuristic CN Tower & Niagara Falls via climate change impact

Anticipating the potential impact on Canada’s iconic tourist destinations, Bonus.ca, a Canadian platform, collaborated with OpenAI to envision the future of five prominent landmarks including the CN Tower and Niagara Falls as well as Notre-Dame Basilica, Hopewell Rocker and Confederation Bridge. By delving into factors like global warming, overpopulation, and extreme weather, they generated AI predictions and accompanying images.

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81 billionaires have more wealth than half the world and some are in Toronto

When one person has more money than entire nations and 81 billionaires have more wealth than 50 per cent of the human population, there’s something wrong with the system. That includes Toronto’s David Thomson and family — behind a media empire that includes the Globe and Mail and a stake in Bell Canada — who ranked at number 22, with a net worth of $54.4 billion, on Forbes’ 2023 ranking of the richest people in the world. How can we possibly sustain a global economy that rewards rampant consumerism, waste, profit for its own sake and disregard for the natural processes that keep us alive and well?

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Drake drops new album Scary Hours 3

Drake surprises fans with a sudden announcement of his new album Scary Hours 3 that will be released at midnight tonight. Following the release of the “First Person Shooter” music video with J. Cole, Drake took to Instagram to release a surprise trailer. The video features shots of Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, where Drake reflects on his previous album, released just a few weeks ago, For All the Dogs, expressing confidence and pride. Despite earlier comments about taking a break, Drake walks through the concert hall, claiming the new album’s songs were written in the last five days. The trailer ends with an ominous orchestral score, setting the tone for the upcoming release tonight at midnight EST.

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Toronto’s legendary Bad Boy Furniture Warehouse has filed for bankruptcy

Bad Boy Furniture Warehouse Ltd., a renowned Toronto furniture brand, has filed for restructuring under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. The decision, revealed in a notice presented to an Ontario court last week, comes in response to challenging economic conditions impacting consumer habits and the company’s overall business strategy.

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New real estate data suggests home buyers have already packed up for winter

The latest report from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) reveals that the downward trend in Canadian home sales persisted through the month of October 2023. The statistics, released on Nov. 15, indicate a notable decline in national home sales on a month-over-month basis, indicating that the fall market is over.

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The Republic of Percy is just one of hundreds of private streets in Toronto

While the city’s main streets are busy playing host to a perpetual parade of pedestrians, cyclists, and the occasional raccoon on a mission, private streets are like the members-only clubs of the concrete jungle. Imagine if Toronto’s roads had a secret handshake – these streets would be in on it.

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