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May. 24th, 2012

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If you are trapped inside a burning building, why are you reading the internet? Seriously, what is wrong with you? Are you stupid or something? Get off the computer! NOW!

And if you know any good jokes and/or cocktail recipes, leave them in the comments.

Jul. 10th, 2014


Affinity Rentals

Has anyone rented from them before? Looking to rent a cube van and they are very close and have the best rates.
Any companies to recommend?


(no subject)

Does anyone know the name of the shoe store on the West side of Yonge St near Wellesley that has all the Converse? I'm googling like crazy and can't find it.


Jul. 9th, 2014


Subway crew change

Has anyone else been annoyed by the time it takes for the subway crew to change? It can take as much as 3 minutes, during which time hundreds of people in the cars are stuck waiting. I've seen crew changes that take seconds, old driver out — new driver in, so I wonder if these cases when the old driver walks away and then a couple of minutes later a new driver walks in are really necessary. Can't the new driver wait on the platform to save dozens of man-hours that passengers lose otherwise? Any thoughts?


Some quickie Fringe show reviews...

Hey LJ Toronto, I hope at least a few of you have been going to Fringe shows. Some are excellent. Here's a full list of shows, if you're interested (and you should be):

So far I've seen:

This was excellent - I saw this group's show last year, (called something like "The Chaos Butterfly of Time"); this year's show was easily as good. A solid performance from this troupe.

Also excellent - a tightly-written 3-person show. As good as any short play I've ever seen.

This was an adorable, tiny, Japanese-style shadow-puppet show. An intimate performance (honestly, I felt badly that there weren't more people in the audience) but just delightful. I'm going to another of their shows, "Devil's Circus", this afternoon.

And finally:

This was not just a bad show, it was an awful show. It was written, directed, and acted by a bunch of non-actors. All the money is going to a charity (; I strongly suggest that rather than buying a ticket to this excrutiating-to-sit-through show, you donate your money directly.

Go see some Fringe shows!

Jul. 6th, 2014

licensed to ill


Smoking law for patios

I have heard that the laws for smoking on patios has changed but no one is clear on what exactly is the law now.
Most people I have asked believe that there is no smoking allowed on any patios at all.  But I still see people smoking so are they breaking the law or are there exceptions?

Does anyone know what the laws are now, regarding smoking on patios?  Also when there is just one or two tables and chairs out side of a coffee shop, does that fall under the same patio laws?

Thanks in advance.

Jul. 4th, 2014




Is this movie ever coming to Toronto? I've been wanting to watch it since last year and I know it just released in the US last month. I don't know how to even check whether it's going to be showing here, though. Anyone got the skinny on this?

Jun. 27th, 2014

my sweet rose


Safety eyes

Any idea where in the GTA I can get safety eyes? I ordered them from Amazon, but apparently they will be arriving between July 23rd and August 11th... It seems like ordering elsewhere online would also result in long wait times and/or crazy shipping fees.

Jun. 14th, 2014

fire escape


Toronto Airport Express bus to stop service this fall

Toronto Star: Toronto Airport Express shuttle buses will be stopping their service on October 31, 2014, one year ahead of their contract expiration.

Toronto Airport Express serves a number of downtown hotels (schedule).

Some transit alternatives:
TTC 192 Airport Rocket bus from Kipling station
TTC 52A Lawrence West which serves Lawrence, Lawrence West stations
(details and other TTC routes here)
GO 34/34B makes some stops in North York (details)
Union Pearson Express train service opening spring/summer 2015

Jun. 11th, 2014


Wanted: U of T Convocation Ticket

Hi everyone,

I am looking for an extra ticket to the University of Toronto convocation on June 16 at 2:30. If anyone has one they are not using, please let me know.


Jun. 10th, 2014

Shaun Tan - The Arrival


730 St Clarens

Hi, has anyone lived in this rental building? The rent is suspiciously low and I saw an online article about some tenant protest a while back. Is the area sketchy? Should I avoid? Thanks.


Meeting venues near but not in Toronto?

I'm looking for small meeting venues - preferably an all-in-one type of place, like a hotel that also hosts meetings - that are outside of Toronto but not too far, like 30 minutes - 2 hours by car, let's say.

Something not-too-corporate - there are only 12 people, so it can be fairly boutique-y...

So far on my list I have:
- Eaton Hall in Richmond Hill
- Kingbridge Centre in King City
- Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston
- Millcroft Inn in Alton

Thanks in advance!

Jun. 4th, 2014


Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph

Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph

From your experience, which should be visited during a 1-day tour, and which can be skipped?

Also, is there anything must-see in them?

(I know about the safari)

Thank you!

Jun. 2nd, 2014



I have a friend who is looking for a way to get to Wiccanfest next Wednesday at Mansfield Outdoors Center (north of Orangeville). There don't seem to be any buses that would get her anywhere other than Orangeville or Barrie. If anyone is going, or knows of someone going who may be willing to give a nice lady a ride please DM me. 
hey that's my foot!


(no subject)

what's a good price for a bike tune up? does anyone know of any places offering decently priced tune ups without a ridiculous waiting list (same day preferred) in or around little Italy? tia

May. 28th, 2014

little ole me


Looking For Directions

Can anyone tell me how to get to The Docks by TTC?


May. 26th, 2014

bad day baby


*&$#^@* LCBO

Does anyone know where I can buy mini (single shot or airplane) liquor bottles, the ones between 50ml - 100ml?  The LCBO says they stopped selling them because too many were being shoplifted.  I asked if I could order some and they said no.  So where can I get them?  I even went to the duty free at the border and they stopped selling them there too.
If I go to Buffalo will I for sure be able to get them there and what is the law regarding bringing them back?  Has anyone else had this issue?

May. 21st, 2014


Ikea Kivik loveseat & footstool for sale!

I'm selling my kivik loveseat and footstool. They were both purchased in july (less than a year old). Get both for cheaper than the loveseat alone! $450 OBO (retails approx. $740)
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May. 19th, 2014

happy me


Best currency exchange that takes coins?

I returned recently from a trip to London and Paris, and I have a bunch of currency left, both British Pounds and Euros. However, I also have quite a lot of money tied up in coins, as well. My wife tells me that the banks won't exchange the coins -- just the bills. Where's the best place to get money changed that will accept the coins and hopefully rip me off as little as possible? (It would be a plus if they could also change it to USD instead of CAD, since I'm travelling to the U.S. in a couple of days.)

May. 12th, 2014



OpenSource Projects in Toronto?

I am looking to spend some extra cycles on something interesting while hopefully also meeting some like-minded people so I was wondering if anyone knows of any open source projects with teams based in the area.

Specifically, I would be interested in something NOT web-centric (but server-side web server components might still be of interest).

If there isn't anything like this available, is anyone else in the same boat as I? We could get something started.


May. 9th, 2014



Green-eyed beauty needs a savior! Toronto.

This story began eight years ago, when a fluffy, long-haired kitty was adopted from a shelter by her owner. They began to live happily, in peace and harmony, and couldn’t imagine that they would need to be parted in a few years.

The situation is very sad and dramatic: an elderly woman who had saved Jackie fell seriously ill, and will soon be forced to move in with her daughter, whose husband is highly allergic to cats. The whole family is devastated by the situation, and is really depressed and unhappy with the fact that Jackie needs a new home.

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Mar. 5th, 2014



Personalized Flatware

Can anyone tell me where one would go to buy flatware (knife, fork and spoon) and have names engraved on them, or whether places like Things Engraved will do this if I bring a set in?

Anywhere in the city works, I just need to have it done by Friday, if possible.

Feb. 12th, 2014



Help name the Toronto Zoo's new polar bear

TORONTO - The Toronto Zoo is asking for help in choosing a name for its lone surviving polar bear cub.

Zoo officials are inviting the public to vote on six names chosen by staff for its cub, which was born on Nov. 9 and removed from the care of its mother following the death of its two “litter mates” within the first 48 hours of their birth.

The zoo-loving public will have the chance to vote on six names:

Humphrey, or “peaceful warrior.”
Orson, which in its Latin origin means “bear.”
James, which the zoo is taking from James Bay and to go with the name of the cub’s older brother, Hudson.
Lorek, from the movie Golden Compass and associated with “victory.”
Searik, which is “Inuit for beautiful.”
Stirling, which stands for “genuine, high quality” and “pure.”

Feb. 11th, 2014



Silver wood grain ring?

Has anyone seen a silver (or similar - i.e. not expensive, not gold or titanium or whatever) wood grain ring in Toronto? Something like this:

Thanks in advance.

Feb. 10th, 2014



Selling GTA Weekly Pass - for this week - $28

Apologies as it's not Wednesday/Sunday, but this is a time-sensitive sale.

I'm selling my GTA weekly pass for this week at $28, not sure how many people use this. Just hoping to get some of it back as my transit needs have changed.

Email me at [my-username] Best time/place for me to meet up is Tuesday evening at Pape or Donlands. If you trust me, I'm happy to meet you near Leslie/Highway 7 during the workday.


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