THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BIZARRE
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.
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.
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