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Fall in love with BruceGreySimcoe…

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Hike a trail, cycle a back road, take a waterfalls tour or bundle up and take a beach stroll along a wavy shore. Tis the season of fall fairs and festivals and the biggest agricultural fair of all — the International Plowing Match, September 16th to 20th in Ivy. Farmers’ markets and farm stores in BruceGreySimcoe are bursting with the season’s bounty — celebrate the harvest in a BIG way at Port Elgin Pumpkinfest, October 4th and 5th, or be part of the harvesting crew at a local winery. Start a new family tradition at Sainte–Marie among the Hurons’ annual Thanksgiving Harvest Festival.

This is apple country – drive, cycle or hike the delicious Apple Pie Trail and celebratebgs-fishing the apple season at the Apple Harvest Festival. Many orchards have their own stores so they can sell pretty much fresh from the tree to you, and at some, you can even pick your own. Tour quiet rural roads by car or motorcycle and tickle your taste buds by travelling the scrumptious Huronia Food Trail.

Avid fishermen can drop a line in Lake Simcoe, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron or one of our many inland lakes and rivers. Fall is migration time for the salmon and from mid–September to mid–October the Owen Sound Salmon Tour shadows the salmon on their annual trip up the Sydenham River.

Music lovers can take in live concerts at Casino Rama or local music festivals such as the Orillia Jazz Festival, a three–day festival from Oct 17th to 19th. Elegant and rarely seen automobiles are the star attraction at the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance, September 13th and 14th.

Looking for a fall escape? BruceGreySimcoe’s resorts offer fall getaway packages for families, couples and spa weekends. Fern Resort is known for its traditional family resort experience while Blue Mountain specializes in on-site activities, attractions and shopping. Rent a cottage, chalet, stay at a B&B or motel or enjoy the amenities at one of our many hotels.

Studio tours and art galleries, fall driving tours, golf, dining, shopping, museums, attractions and a warm welcome is waiting for you this fall, in BruceGreySimcoe!

 

 

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    FARMERS’ MARKETS

    Savour the flavour of the fall harvest at our farmers’ markets and farm stores, and taste the delicious bounty of the season.

  • OWEN SOUND SALMON TOUR

    OWEN SOUND SALMON TOUR

    From mid-September to mid–October, follow the salmon’s fall migration from the harbour through the downtown core, to the Tom Thomson Art Gallery and the Owen Sound Farmer’s Market, then on to the fish ladder.

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    PUMPKINFEST

    On October 4th & 5th, enjoy family fun second to none in Port Elgin – giant pumpkin weigh off, classic car show, culinary pavilion, kiddie carnival, arts & crafts & more…

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    SCANDINAVE SPA BLUE MOUNTAIN

    Take a break and immerse yourself in the spa’s natural, tranquil surroundings and soothing atmosphere as you soak in the warm baths, have a much “kneaded” massage and just breathe.

  • THANKSGIVING HARVEST FESTIVAL

    THANKSGIVING HARVEST FESTIVAL

    Celebrate Thanksgiving with a heritage twist! Decorate a pumpkin, sample historic foods, take in an arts and crafts show and enjoy historic demonstrations at the historic site of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland.

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    WATERFALL TOUR

    Fall colours and crisp fresh air are just bonus features on the self–guided waterfall tour, winding through scenic Grey County. Be sure to visit all nine of them!

This is a sponsored post, which means it was paid for by our advertising partners. Learn more about BruceGreySimcoe at brucegreysimcoe.com.
 
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Wander Bloor and Yonge streets without dodging traffic

(Image: Gil Penalosa)

(Image: Gil Penalosa)

Don’t be discouraged by the event’s critics: it turns out there’s more to Open Streets TO than just the streets it closes. While Rob Ford was quick to carp about congestion after the event’s inaugural run two weeks ago (road closures for the Indy, meanwhile, are apparently cool with the mayor), the rest of Toronto seemed to enjoy the Sunday morning outing, which saw pedestrians, bikers, joggers and performers take over stretches of Yonge and Bloor streets for four hours. Open Streets is back for a second instalment this weekend, and local shops will again be open for business. Swing by Holt Renfrew in Yorkville for free coffee and donut samples, take in some live music outside the Royal Conservatory of Music, or just wander through spontaneous yoga classes, hula-hoop stations and public art installations while basking in the rare chance to walk and bike down Yonge without being run over.

Sunday, Aug. 31, 8 a.m. to noon. FREE. Yonge Street between Bloor and Queen; Bloor Street between Spadina and Parliament, 647-206-9815, openstreetsto.org.

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Sports

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Ten things Jermain Defoe can’t live without

As the new face of Toronto FC, the English striker is leading the club’s drive for its first-ever playoff spot. Here, the 10 things he can’t live without

Ten things Jermain Defoe can't live without

1 | My Bible
I always have one with me. I grew up in a Catholic home, and my family taught me to have faith.

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Real Estate

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Condo of the Week: $16,000 a month for a suite at a swanky Yorkville address

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Address: 10 Bellair Street, Suite 303
Neighbourhood: Yorkville
Agent: Andy Taylor, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage
Price: $16,000/month

The Place: An unfurnished, three-bedroom unit for rent in Yorkville’s No. 10 Bellair Residences. In 2012, we featured a lower penthouse in the building.

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People

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Deadmau5’s “Purrari” is no more
(Image: @GteeEhh/Twitter)

(Image: @GteeEhh/Twitter)

Important Deadmau5 news: in a move that may or may not have been related to a certain cease-and-desist letter he reportedly received from Ferrari USA, the local musician/cat aficionado mentioned on Twitter earlier today that he has removed the vinyl wrap from his Ferrari 458 Spider, restoring it to factory white. It may be easier to sell that way. At least we’ll always have the memories.

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Business

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The city has been forced to shut down its clever anti-littering ad campaign

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(Image: city of Toronto)

Everyone has probably noticed these city-produced ads on transit shelters and buses. The mash-ups of different types of familiar product packaging, created by the ad agency Publicis Canada, make the point very eloquently: if you toss garbage on the street, you’re a terrible person. Except, it turns out, the city neglected a crucial detail. The Globe reports that the ad campaign is in the process of being abruptly ended after some of the companies whose logos were used in the eye-catching images complained. “It really had to do with trademark infringement on some of the products,” city spokesperson Jackie DeSouza told the paper. Yes, we imagine it did. Well, so much for that ad concept. Chuck and Vince are probably waiting for the phone to ring right now.

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Columns

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Dear Urban Diplomat: can I ask my neighbours to cover up their naked kid?

Dear Urban Diplomat: Can I ask my neighbour to cover up their naked kid?

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Dear Urban Diplomat,
My neighbour’s little boy is four, and he’s been running around our street in his birthday suit all summer. It’s getting a bit weird. At what point should small children be clothed when in ­public? Is there a law?

—Unfree Willy, Riverside

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Municipal Election 2014

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Rob Ford is now in second in the mayoral race, according to the latest Forum poll

A new poll from Forum Research is the latest of several to show Olivia Chow’s campaign crumbling underneath her. In this latest survey of 1945 Torontonians, Chow ranks third. Rob Ford, meanwhile, pulled his best result since March, putting him in close contention for the top spot. John Tory has the best numbers, currently, but he doesn’t seem to have benefitted much from Karen Stintz’s departure from the race: he’s down one point since earlier this month.

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Politics

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New documents show that Rob Ford’s football coaching was as out of control as his mayoring

now-what-newEarlier this morning, the Star and the Globe both published stories with new details about Rob Ford’s time as volunteer coach for the Don Bosco Eagles, a football team at an Etobicoke Catholic high school. Among the revelations: Ford organized an unauthorized practice session, swore at and threatened a teacher, showed up intoxicated to a football practice before the Metro Bowl and forced players to roll in what the papers demurely refer to as “goose scat.” (That last thing was evidently punishment for what Ford considered subpar performance during a game.) The information comes from documents reluctantly released by the Toronto Catholic District School Board in response to freedom of information requests.

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Culture

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The Nuit Blanche 2014 program is out
(Image: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche)

(Image: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche)

For weeks, we’ve been watching supermarkets slowly sneak Halloween candy onto shelves, and now here comes another nail in summer’s coffin: the city has just released the full program for the 2014 edition of Nuit Blanche, which is scheduled to take place on October 4. Among the highlights at this year’s all-night art fest will be Global Rainbow (pictured to the left), a massive, up-to-60-kilometre-long rainbow made of lasers, created by artist Yvette Mattern. Information on that and more than 120 other planned art projects is available on the Nuit Blanche website.

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Features

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The Vaccine Truthers: why parents shun life-saving shots

A new generation of parents are refusing to vaccinate their kids. They’re convinced the shots are far more dangerous than the diseases they’re meant to prevent, and they’re willing to become social pariahs to prove it

The Vaccine Truthers

Ananda More, a Toronto homeopath, treats her daughter with alternative therapies instead of vaccines

Jennifer is a 30-year-old store manager in Georgetown who agreed to talk to me if I withheld her last name. She dresses plainly, rarely wears makeup and follows what she calls a green lifestyle, eschewing drugs and chemicals in any form, taking homeopathic remedies when she’s sick and observing a strict vegetarian diet. She met her husband, Frank, an independent contractor, in 2008. In 2011, she gave birth to their daughter, Franca, at home in a bathtub.

Jennifer was adamant that Franca not be vaccinated. As a teen, she had a bad reaction to a flu shot that kept her in bed for a month. In her 20s, she read horror stories about parents whose children had adverse reactions to routine vaccines that contained things like mercury and formaldehyde.

Five months after Franca was born, her parents divorced. Frank only agreed to give Jennifer custody if she had their daughter vaccinated. So, in late 2012, Jennifer reluctantly took Franca, then 10 months old, for her first round. Jennifer says Franca developed cold and flu symptoms within hours, picking at her ears incessantly. Then, after Franca’s second and third sets of immunizations at 18 months, Jennifer thought she noticed her daughter’s speech and mobility development regressing.

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A pre-construction condo deal goes criminally bad

$14,900,000
—The approximate amount of money allegedly stolen from people who put pre-construction deposits on units in Centrium at North York, a condo and hotel complex that still hasn’t been built on its vacant lot near Yonge and Finch. The Star reports that Meerai Cho, a lawyer who was supposed to be holding the deposits in trust, has been charged with 25 counts each of fraud, possession of property obtained by crime and breach of trust.

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Real Estate

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House of the Week: $2.6 million for a sleek, contemporary home on The Kingsway

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Address: 166 The Kingsway
Neighbourhood: Kingsway South
Agent: Ana Santos, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage
Price: $2,595,000

The Place: A brand-new contemporary Etobicoke dwelling, designed by Barroso Homes.

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Municipal Election 2014

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Would Olivia Chow’s affordable-housing plan actually work as advertised?

THE IDEA

Toronto is mired in an affordable-housing crisis. As of June, almost 170,000 people were waiting for a place in some form of subsidized housing. If that weren’t enough, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s repair backlog is now estimated at $914 million, and the amount of capital funding needed over the next decade has been pegged at $2.6 billion. In July, mayoral candidate Olivia Chow offered a solution she says will help bridge the widening housing gap: as mayor, she would ask developers to voluntarily set aside 20 percent of new residential tower developments for low-income renters, creating around 15,000 new, affordable units over four years. Chow says she would defer development charges on the affordable units for 10 years, or longer if the properties stay accessible to low-income renters (lest developers snap up the promised benefits and hike the rent), saving builders almost $12,000 per one-bedroom unit. Developers that improve existing tower sites would get different kinds of incentives too.

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In cities like Washington D.C. and San Francisco, there are what are known as “inclusionary zoning” rules—bylaws, often mandatory ones, that try to engineer roughly what Chow is proposing. In essence, inclusionary zoning tells developers to allocate a certain percentage of new residential units to moderate- or low-income people. In New York City, newly elected mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to implement mandatory inclusionary zoning.

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Business

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Made-in-Canada Netflix may be the only thing worse than Canadian Netflix

shomi-logo-smallIn a move already being hailed by media commentators as “intended to bolster…business,” cable giants Rogers and Shaw have jointly announced yet another subscription movie platform that isn’t as good as American Netflix. (Even the Canadian version of Netflix is notoriously sparse in comparison to its U.S. counterpart.) Shomi, as the new product is known, will be priced to match Netflix, at $8.99 per month. It’s expected to launch in November with a roster of 1,200 movies and 340 TV series. Netflix is secretive about the exact numbers of titles it offers at any given time, so it’s difficult to gauge how well Shomi stacks up, but the upstart’s introductory press release brags about the fact that a third of its offerings are Canadian content, “curated by people who love popcorn and magic”—and that doesn’t bode well. Also not great: at least initially, Shomi will only be available to Rogers and Shaw customers.

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