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The Best Places to Live in Toronto

From Toronto Life

Housing is weighted highest, at 15 per cent, crime at 13 per cent, transit and shopping at 11 each, health and entertainment at 10 each, community and diversity at eight each, and schools and employment at seven each.

1. Rosedale-Moore Park

2. Banbury-Don Mills

3. High Park-Swansea

4. Mount Pleasant West

5. High Park North

6. Wexford-Maryvale

7. Mount Pleasant East

8. The Beaches

9. Mimico

10. Casa Loma (Forest Hill)

The worst:

131. Ionview

132. Elms-Old Rexdale

133. Brookhaven-Amesbury

134. Oakridge

135. Maple Leaf

136. Clanton Park

137. Rustic

138. Beechborough-Greenbrook

139. Etobicoke West Mall


140. Mount Dennis

Top 20 neighbourhoods of high burglary rates in Toronto

As per Toronto Star bellow are listed the high burglary rates:

1 University
2 Bay Street Corridor
3 Kensington-Chinatown
4 Moss Park
5 Bridle Path-Sunnybrook-York Mills
6 East End-Danforth
7 Casa Loma
8 York University Heights
9 Annex
10 Church-Yonge Corridor
11 Waterfront Communities-The Island
12 Rosedale-Moore Park
13 Woodbine Corridor
14 Clairlea-Birchmount
15 West Humber-Clairville
16 South Riverdale
17 Little Portugal
18 Roncesvalles
19 The Beaches
20 Forest Hill South

The 20 Toronto Neighbourhoods With The Most Property Crime

According to Toronto Star:

Southwest Parkdale Greenwood/Gerrard/railway Steeles/Jane/Finch/Gosford Overlea Blvd/Thorncliffe Park Queen/Dundas/Spadina/Bathurst Northwest of Victoria Park/Danforth Lawrence/McCowan/Brimley/401 Winchester/Parliament/DVP/Bloor Southwest of Lawrence/Markham Rd Carlton/Dundas/Jarvis/Parliament Bloor/Dovercourt/College/Brock Albion/Kipling/Martin Grove/Mt Olive Hampton/Danforth/Bain/Pape Lake Shore/23rd St/lake/13th St Winchester/Parliament/DVP/Gerrard Queen/Dundas/Jarvis/Parliament Sheppard/Highbury/Jane/401 Bloor/Roncesvalles/Sorauren/Wright Finch/Bathurst/cemetery/Senlac Danforth between Main and Woodbine

Car insurance rates continue to drop in Ontario

In a recent Ministry of Finance news release, it was announced that Ontario auto insurance rates have decreased 5.67% on average since August 2013.

It’s all part of the provincial government’s Auto Insurance Cost and Rate Reduction Strategy. It is expected to decrease the cost of auto insurance by an average of 15 per cent within two years. The first target, an 8% decrease by August 2014 appears to be within reach with the latest news.

Wellbeing Toronto - a map-based visualization tool that helps evaluate community wellbeing across Toronto's neighbourhoods

Using simple browser software, Wellbeing Toronto allows you to select and combine a number of datasets that reflect neighbourhood wellness. The results appear instantly on easy to read maps, tables and graphs.

Regent Park of Toronto

Regent Park is a neighbourhood located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Regent Park is Canada's oldest and largest social housing project; built in the late 1940s. The project is managed by Toronto Community Housing. Formerly the centre of the Cabbagetown neighbourhood, it is bounded by Gerrard Street East to the north, River Street to the east, Shuter Street to the south, and Parliament Street to the west.
The average income for Regent Park residents is approximately half the average for other Torontonians. 41% of the population living in Regent Park are children 18 years and younger (compared to a Toronto-wide average of 30%). A majority of families in Regent Park are classified as low-income, with 68% of the population living below Statistics Canada's Low-Income Cut-Off Rate in one of its census tracts, and 76% in the other (compared to a Toronto-wide average of just over 20%).
Regent Park's residential dwellings, prior to the ongoing redevelopment, were entirely s…

Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto

Owing to the many affordable rental apartments and its proximity to the downtown core, Parkdale has evolved into a transient neighbourhood for many newcomers to Canada. Waves of Caribbean, Vietnamese, Filipino, Tamil, Chinese, Tibetan, Hungarian and Roma immigrants have marked Parkdale in different times between 1980 till present. Parkdale presently hosts a large number of Tibetan settlers, with the area being home to one of the largest Tibetan diaspora outside of India and Nepal. Parkdale has a number of settlement and immigration agencies that deal with the needs of the newcomers and provide them with the necessary support as they explore the opportunities provided in Canada. Some of the agencies are Parkdale Community Information Centre (PCIC), Parkdale Community Legal Services, PIA, and Culture Link.
Some of the recent developments in Parkdale include the Healthy Organic Parkdale Edibles (HOPE) garden in the Masaryk Park, south of Queen and on the west side of Cowan Avenue. This c…

Little India/Gerrard Street East of Toronto

Little India is a Toronto neighbourhood that is located along Gerrard Street East. The boundaries of this neighbourhood at Greenwood Avenue in the west and and Coxwell Avenue in the east. The area is one of the Toronto neighbourhoods with the most property crime.

The region is named “Little India” due to the the many Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Afghan and Sri Lankan restaurants, caf├ęs and stores in the area. The neighbourhood is sometimes known as the “Gerrard India Bazaar,” “Little Pakistan,” or “Little South Asia.” There are a number of events in the region that appeal to the different South Asian groups, including Diwali and Eid ul-Fitr festivals. The Festival of South Asia takes place in July each year in the neighbourhood. Gerrard Street is typically closed to traffic during the festival, but all businesses remain open as usual.

Changes for International Students Starting June 1, 2014

There are several changes to study permits starting June 1, 2014. Some of these new rules include the following:
Students must be enrolled in a designated institution. The list of designated institutions will be published soon.
Study permits will automatically allow eligible students to work part-time during the school year and full-time during breaks
Eligible international graduates can work full-time until a decision is made on their application for a Post-Graduation Work Permit
Study permits will expire 90 days after the student finishes their studies
In some situations, students can apply for a study permit from within Canada

Students who are currently studying at an institution that is not designated can finish their program as long as it is completed within the next 3 years.


Students who study for less than 6 months still don’t need a study permit. Students from some countries do need a visitor visa though.


A full description of the new rules can be found on the Citizenship and Immi…

Safety of Temporary Tattoos

Just because a tattoo is temporary, however, doesn't mean it’s risk free. Some consumers report reactions that may be severe and long outlast the temporary tattoos themselves. The risk varies, depending on what’s in the ink.

Can an Aspirin a Day Help Prevent a Heart Attack?

Scientific evidence shows that taking an aspirin daily can help prevent a heart attack or stroke in some people, but not in everyone. It also can cause unwanted side effects.
One thing is certain: You should use daily aspirin therapy only after first talking to your health care professional, who can weigh the benefits and risks.

 source: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm390539.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Webster's Falls

Webster's Falls is a curtain waterfall 22 metres in height. Located at the Spencer Gorge / Webster's Falls Conservation area in Greensville, its source is Spencer Creek. It is one of two falls within the Spencer Gorge, and with a crest of 24 metres, it is the largest in the region. It is also probably the most popular and widely known fall in Hamilton, and has the biggest park associated with a waterfall. According to Joe Hollick, Webster's Falls has the highest number of vintage postcards bearing its image, suggesting that it was also the most frequently visited waterfall a century ago as well.

Porn star to run for mayor of Toronto

Nikki Benz is running for mayor of Toronto. The 32-year-old porn star officially announced her candidacy on Thursday, a day after the Canadian city's current mayor took a leave of absence to seek treatment for substance abuse. "For those who don't know, I'm running for mayor of Toronto and I have high concerns about our city's management," Benz said in a tongue-in-cheek video. "You can search my positions, but only if you're over 18."

Ancient Egyptians transported pyramid stones over wet sand

Physicists from the FOM Foundation and the University of Amsterdam have discovered that the ancient Egyptians used a clever trick to make it easier to transport heavy pyramid stones by sledge. The Egyptians moistened the sand over which the sledge moved. By using the right quantity of water they could halve the number of workers needed. The researchers published this discovery online on 29 April 2014 in Physical Review Letters.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-04-ancient-egyptians-pyramid-stones-sand.html#jCp