All posts tagged: Canada

Discovering Ontario – Travel tips for going up North

As a Hamiltonian Native who has explored South Western Ontario pretty extensively, I’ve never traveled North of Lake Superior. What sprung this travel to the North, real estate. It is no longer affordable here and when I Googled “Homes for under 50K” an article by Narcity popped up and listed this little town called Manitouwadge with some cute affordable homes. Manitouwadge is about 4 hours north of The Soo (Sault Saint Marie). It a mining town like many towns up north are. It is currently undergoing a housing boom and some urban revitalization. I saw this as a great opportunity, adventure, and way to experience something new. I’ve never done a long drive in Ontario, so I took some time off, invited some family members to join me and we headed north to look at properties. Now, it was risky traveling during November as snow is inevitable, but I was lucky that we had an uncharacteristic mini-heatwave. I also thought that I could just Google my questions about traveling this route and get clear answers. …

Only rugby players really like rugby

This is what my friend says to me as we begin our hour drive to Buffalo to play in a Rugby Seven’s tournament. She participated in it last year and really liked it and managed to convince me to play this year with her. In preparation for the upcoming rugby season, I have been on a diet that eliminates alcohol and most processed sugar and have been on custom off-season program to specifically work on endurance and speed. Leading up to this tournament I tried to run for 7 minutes (each half is seven minutes) and nearly died on the treadmill. Let’s just say, my approach to the tournament was more social than athletic. When we got to the border, the security control officer asked us what we were doing. We told them we were going to a rugby tournament. It was minus 11 at the moment. He responded…”outside?”, we said yes and he let us through. The night before I was asking my friend what should I pack, and she went down the list …

Is Apple pay coming to Canada?

Apple Inc is planning to launch its electronic payments service in Canada in November, the first international expansion of Apple Pay, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The banks are open to an agreement, but are not happy with Apple’s fee proposals and are worried about security vulnerabilities like the ones that U.S. banks experienced, the Journal said, citing the people. It was still unclear if all six Canadian banks would launch Apple Pay at the same time, the Journal said. (Via Toronto Sun)

One Yonge by Hariri Pontarini Architects

One Yonge by Toronto-based firm Hariri Pontarini Architects will be a mixed-use development that re-defines the typical ration between residential, commercial and retail space within a single city block. Located on the longest street in North America, this proposed landmark will comprise of six new buildings, and the re-cladding and addition of 10 storeys to the existing Toronto Star building. Varying in height with over 6 million square feet of accommodation, the scheme proposes a 40-storey office tower, a 70-storey tower with a hotel and branded residence, and four residential towers, the tallest being 88-storeys, all with extensive retail over three storeys. This iconic project proposes to also bring a significant change to the public realm. With a commitment to a high quality streetscape, a dramatic sculpted canopy will animate the north-west corner of the site (at Yonge and Lakeshore Road), while sidewalks around the development will be widened to accommodate the increased pedestrian traffic. In addition, the buildings will also be surrounded a courtyard with a woonerf-style access. One Yonge will connect directly to …

Icon by Hariri Pontarini Architects

A new era in Ottawa’s skyline is about to commence with Icon, designed by Toronto-based firm Hariri Pontarini Architects. The mixed-use structure will be the capital’s tallest tower transforming the cityscape and driving sustainable growth in the city’s future development. The plan, which is part of the area’s revitalization, will bring a mix of uses to meet both the existing and future needs of the community, The 45-storey tower is comprised of parking, retail, commercial and residential units. The curved detail of the balconies reflect the surrounding landscape and nearby lake. The rectilinear podium provides a contrasting element while creating a solid base on which the upper levels transition towards.The vertically stacked, yet irregular facade provides a rhythmic and syncopated pattern that starts from the ground level reaching the top penthouse. The design of the ground level responds to the different streetscapes which it faces.  The lake-facing facade pulls back at the seventh floor to help define the lower podium. While on the commercial area, the structure retreats on the fifth floor to provide a …

Les Ailes Noires by +tongtong

Toronto-based studio +tongtong has designed a series of flexible and playful clothing racks. Les Ailes Noires, which is french for black wings, is a series of shapes that play with the sense of spatial and volumetric perception. The geometric welded steel collection features 11 pieces, that includes a full-length mirror, a wall-mounted sideboard with glass shelf, a ceiling-hung rack and eight freestanding structures. The matte black finish accentuates the shape’s spatial ambiguity that fluctuates between two and three dimensions, creating an interplay between light and cast shadows. Photos by Colin Faulkner Photography