Wildcats face Mississauga Chiefs tonight at Leaside arena

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If time hangs a little heavy after dinner tonight, hike over to the Leaside arena and cheer on the Wildcats as they try to shut down the Mississuaga Chiefs in the third game of the PWHL champions. Puck drops at 8.40 p.m.

$1 million detached home humbles buyers, owners alike

The lure of a home in a nice neighborhood of Toronto remains one of most potent motivators in the real estate marketplace. As temperatures hung around 15 degree below this February, home buyers were out grabbing up single family dwellings like there was no tomorrow. Sales for these units were up a stunning 16.9 percent year over year. It is a humbling realization for those who can hardly imagine how to buy one — and for those who are sitting in one which was purchased at an almost embarrassingly low price 15 or 20 years ago, not to mention, say, 1985  The average price of a single family dwelling in Toronto is now over $1 million. Unrelenting high demand along with limited listing continued to fuel bidding wars which show no signs abating. “The strong year-over-year price growth we experienced in February points to the robust demand for ownership housing in the GTA, coupled with a constrained supply of homes for sale in some market segments, especially where low-rise home types like singles, semis and townhouses are concerned,” said Jason Mercer, the real estate board’s director of analysis in a statement. In all, 6,338 houses and condos sold in February, up from 5,696 a year ago, according to Toronto Real Estate Board figures.

Woo hoo! Next week we crawl out of this 2015 freezer

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Here’s the Weather Network’s best guess. We’re going to climb out of the freezer oh so tentatively but those three and four degree days with sunshine look good.

The great Toronto Hydro salt-water utility pole fire event

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Fifty poles caught fire last night

The head of Toronto Hydro Anthony Haines says that last night’s little ice pellet event combined with salt-covered hydro poles to cause 50 utility standards to catch fire and burn to junk in Toronto. As explained by Mr Haines to CP24’s Stephen LeDrew it was “a bit of ice and a whole bunch of salt at the top of these poles” that caused arcing, an electrical phenomenon where electricity leaps through the air between two good conductors.  Salt water is an excellent conductor. The poles were well-caked with salt from days of road salting Thousands of residents in and around the city remain without power this morning after a messy mix of precipitation caused widespread outages on Tuesday evening. As of 10 a.m. Toronto Hydro said that approximately 12,000 to 14,000 customers in Toronto were without power, with areas in North York and Etobicoke the hardest hit. Hydro is offering a educated guess that those still without power may have it by 6 p.m.

Plans revealed for Bloor-Bathurst, the site of Honest Ed’s

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Plans were unveiled last night at the Park Hyatt Hotel for the redevelopment of the Honest Ed’s site at  Bloor and Bathurst. That what the developer, Westbank, has called it. Boor and Bathurst. Nice. The sketch at left shows how higher buildings will sit on Bloor St and Bathurst St with a downward slope of all development to the south. That’s Lennox Street shown in the depiction on the right as a low rise trendy walking street. Markham Street, which marks the westward boundary of the development, would be closed on weekends for walkers, shoppers and whomever. Remember link above to see more. Also here for a well done video story of the event.  

Reward of $10,000 for tip leading to conviction of bandit

The well dressedCanadian Bankers Association has issued a $10,000 reward for a felon known to Toronto police as the Well-Dressed Bandit. He has robbed at least four banks in Toronto in recent months, two in Etobicoke and two in west-central locations. He is described as white, 5’11”-6’2″, 45-60, wearing sunglasses, tan gloves and a hooded jacket. In each robbery, he is carrying a tan-coloured carrying case. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Sunnybrook-bound rider waits 30 minutes for 11 Bayview

Yszi Hawkings was on Twitter Wednesday morning complaining about the slow motion of the 11 Bayview bus again today. She picks it up at Davisvile station to get to Sunnybrook Hospital and today the wait during rush hour was more than 30 minutes. Yzsi got of the train at 8.13 so a wait of half an hour would make you very late for work. Service is supposed to be every five minutes She tweeted @TTCnotices about this “abysmal” service and got an apology. Not worth much if the boss is cranky.

15,000 w/o power but apparently none in South Bayview

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Torstar makes money but loses print advertising revenue

Torstar Corp., owner of Canada’s largest newspaper, has reported results which seem to show it is living off the proceeds of the sale of its former assets such as Harlequin Publishing  At the same time, the publishing company reported further losses in print advertising . With all of this however, Torstar says it made a fourth quarter profit of  $20.6 million or 26 cents per share, almost unchanged from a year ago despite the lower revenue.

Weasel tries to hunt and kill woodpecker, gets ride instead

Did a weasel really hitch as ride with a woodpecker? An eager media world wants to believe it and amateur photographer Martin LeMay of East London says that it is absolutely so. Let’s be clear, if it happened, this was an act of attempted woodpeckercide.

Many in the dark but South Bayview dodges the bullet

It’s an on and off mess in North York and Scarborough tonight with as many as 10,000 customers without power. Yorkdale Shopping Mall, which lost power and then regained it, has lost it again, according to reports The effect of the snow and clicking little ice pellets has had an impact on power transformers in a rather surprising degree. Hydro says it is working at top speed but as usual the power restoration will occur in stages. South Bayview has dodged the power outage bullet this evening as is shown on the linked Hydro outage map

CTV News recounts shocking testimony from Ben Levin trial

CTV Toronto newscast contains Austin Delaney’s account of the most shocking testimony in the matter of the former deputy education minister.