THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BIZARRE

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THE GOOD

Ever since the com­mu­nity trans­formed its park into a won­der­land of farmer’s mar­kets, pizza ovens and good, old-fash­ioned neigh­bourly love, we knew there was some­thing spe­cial about Duf­ferin Grove. Now, ap­par­ently the en­tire world is find­ing out. The area south­east of Bloor and Duf­ferin has of­fi­cially been cited as one of the coolest neigh­bour­hoods in the world, the 39th coolest to be ex­act, by none other than Time Out mag­a­zine. The only other Cana­dian ’hood to make the list is Mon­treal’s Lit­tle Italy.

THE BAD

Young stu­dents in the Lea­side neigh­bour­hood took to the streets along­side tens of thou­sands of On­tario kids last month to protest the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment’s rolling back of the sex­ual ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum to an older 1998 ver­sion. The 20-year-old cur­ricu­lum is from back be­fore the ex­is­tence of In­sta­gram and Snapchat and cy­ber­bul­ly­ing. The On­tario PCs in­di­cated that “the peo­ple” were the ones call­ing for the roll­back, but it seems ev­ery­where in Toronto, peo­ple young and old are voic­ing their dis­ap­proval of the change.

THE BIZARRE

OK, it’s bad enough that Airbnb is caus­ing no small amount of chaos in Toronto neigh­bour­hoods. How­ever, short-term rentals on some level seem to make sense. But home pool shar­ing? As the great band Weezer so elo­quently put it, “Say It Ain’t So.” Ap­par­ently, a new web­site al­lows users to rent out pri­vate pools. A cur­sory search re­veals only one pool in Toronto, dubbed the Cana­dian Oa­sis, avail­able for rent at a cost of $40 to $50 per hour. BYON (bring your own noo­dle).

The weekly farmer’s mar­ket at Duf­ferin Grove is one of the best in the city

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