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Broadview Hotel Prepares to Strip Off Its Veil



It’s the full-frontal makeover of a landmark that’s been teasing east-end residents for months.

This week the scaffolding and construction mesh finally get ripped off the restored red Romanesque Revival facade of the Broadview Hotel, formerly Jilly’s strip club.

As the lights go up on the northwest corner of Queen St. East and Broadview Ave. on Wednesday, the veil comes off a plaque erected in a nod to the heritage of the 125-year-old bastion of Hogtown hospitality.

The interior of the 58-room boutique hotel isn’t expected to receive guests until the spring, said Les Mallins, founder of Streetcar Developments, the company behind the $24-million project.

But the Broadview Hotel has been such a complex undertaking, he is eager to celebrate the exterior milestone with drinks (OK, it’s coffee) for the public, on the house — well, outside the house — about 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

He’s excited to hear what the neighbours think.

“It’s nice to be part of a project that’s so important for the community,” said Mallins.

The mechanicals are installed but the interior of the Broadview is still very much a construction site.

Les Mallins is in charge of the hotel development of the building site. "It's nice to be part of a project that's so important for the community," he said.
Les Mallins is in charge of the hotel development of the building site. “It’s nice to be part of a project that’s so important for the community,” he said.   (Rene Johnston)  

The developer is promising there will be hints of the building’s past in the lobby, with brass and carrera marble fittings and fixtures.

Vestiges of its past will also be on display with some Jilly’s memorabilia, including signs and the entertainers’ lockers, to be grouped in a small museum near the lobby washrooms.

“Maybe we saved a brass pole or two,” said Mallins, 43.

He laughs and pleads the fifth on whether he had entered Jilly’s before he bought the building.

Mallins says he’s not ashamed to admit that, even after more than a decade of working with historic properties, there was a six-month period in which this renovation proved so challenging, he avoided the site.

The new top floor of the Broadview Hotel. As much as possible, the development company Streetcar Developments has opted for historic accuracy that will highlight the character of the building.
The new top floor of the Broadview Hotel. As much as possible, the development company Streetcar Developments has opted for historic accuracy that will highlight the character of the building.  (Rene Johnston)  

The entire spine of the building had crumbled after the previous owners knocked holes in a masonry support wall that used to run the length of the structure. They were trying to provide Jilly’s patrons with a better view of the stage. But stabilizing the building and adding a four-storey addition, barely visible from the street, meant a complex construction plan.

“Ours was the most out of sequence renovation project you can imagine,” said Mallins.

A fine-dining restaurant will look out on Queen St. The reception area will be at the north end of the lobby beside Thompson Parkette. The main entrance is off Broadview.

While most of the guest rooms will be contemporary, there will be one dedicated to the Jilly’s period.

Mallins won’t say what Toronto’s DesignAgency, responsible for the interiors, is planning.

“But you can imagine the type of fun you can have with artwork and materials,” he said.

The original Broadview Hotel in May 2014, and formerly Jilly's strip club.
The original Broadview Hotel in May 2014, and formerly Jilly’s strip club.  (Vince Talotta)  

The addition incorporates floor-to-ceiling windows in the suites on the back of the hotel. The original arched window style remains in the original structure.

The rooftop turret with finial on the southeast corner has also been restored. It will be a private dining room with an adjoining terrace wrapping around a glass atrium. On the back of the building there’s an enormous skylight lending overhead drama that matches the perfect skyline view to the west. A rooftop bar will be backed by folding doors that open on to the terrace.

As much as possible, Streetcar Developments has opted for historic accuracy that will highlight the character of the building.

It went with slate shingles on the turret even though they cost $90,000 more than the modern alternative. The slate is trimmed in lead-coated copper.

There was a built-in masonry safe on the second floor.

The current exterior of the Broadview Hotel at Queen St. E. and Broadview.
The current exterior of the Broadview Hotel at Queen St. E. and Broadview.  (Rene Johnston)  

“We had high hopes we would find something that will help us pay for this. Unfortunately, it was empty,” said Mallins.

“Throughout the process we made all the tough decisions. Even when the budget was going in the wrong direction we stayed with the restoration that will get (the building) ready for the next 125 years,” he said.

“Now we’re past the tough part. Now’s it’s a finishing exercise but we need to take the same kind of care,” he added.

Streetcar Developments, as the name suggests, concentrates on transit-oriented sites.

The east end isn’t traditional hotel territory. But the neighbourhood is changing says Mallins, looking south to the emerging residential and employment district.

“The east end as a destination is very much an evolving cultural scene. There will be another hotel but there won’t be another historic one.”

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Beauty Week is back at Hudson’s Bay in Toronto and it’s time to get glam



Beauty enthusiasts rejoice! Beauty Week at Hudson’s Bay is back in Toronto for another year. It’s time to stock up on all of your fall essentials and, maybe discover some new ones. 

From Friday, August 18 to Sunday, August 27, you can expect a truly elevated beauty experience in-store with incredible special offers, limited-time gifts, and exciting activations. 

If you’re a diehard beauty lover, you’ll already know that Hudson’s Bay is the place to shop thanks to its extensive range of over 195 skin and makeup brands from both luxury labels and masstige brands — including Tata Harper, Estée Lauder, YSL, Nars Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown, and so much more.

Throughout The Bay’s Beauty Week, visitors can take in some at-counter activations and interactive expert-led tutorials, where there will be chances to get makeup touch-ups from top-tier brands, try a spritz of the most alluring fragrances, and sample tons of new products.

This year’s Beauty Week highlight is the ‘Best in Beauty’ tote, a meticulously-curated selection of 30 deluxe samples from an array of top-tier brands like Dr. Barbara Sturm and Shiseido spanning skincare, fragrance, and makeup — all in a super sleek bag.

The tote, which is valued at over $300, is retailing for just $39 and is a fantastic way to explore new products (without breaking the bank). However, there is a limited quantity, so if you want to get your hands on one, you’ll need to be fast.

Wondering exactly what Beauty Week’s free gifts with purchases entail? If you spend over $95 at Lancôme, you will receive a six-piece set valued at $130. Or, you can get an Estée Lauder gift valued at $170 with purchases over $80. (And that’s just to name a few.)

If you’re a Hudson’s Bay Rewards member, you’ll also get $20 in Hudson’s Bay rewards when you spend over $100 on beauty.

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The Canadian Armed Forces are hiring for several non-combat military jobs



The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have several non-combat jobs, some of which do not require a college degree or past work experience.

Life in the forces has several benefits, such as paid education plans (college, university and graduate-level programs), 20 paid vacation days, health and dental coverage for you and your family, maternity and paternal leave, and pension plans. You can learn more about the benefits in detail here.

And to make it easier to gauge if you qualify, the listings also include related civilian jobs to see if it’s your ideal role.

Financial services administrator

Related civilian jobs: Financial records entry clerk, financial manager, accounting technician, bookkeeper, budget officer, cashier clerk, business planner technician, and verification manager.

Description: You’ll help budget resources for all military activities besides providing financial assistance.

Education: You need to have completed Grade 10.

Duties: As a financial services administrator, you’ll be responsible for bookkeeping and managing budgets. You’ll also provide support in accounts payable and accounts receivable.

Work environment: Those in this role work at CAF bases, on ships or overseas. You might also be expected to help special operation units, recruiting offices, schools, and medical organizations.

Postal clerk

Related civilian jobs: Mail clerk, mail sorter.

Description: You’ll provide postal services to members and their families at bases and establishments.

Education: Grade 10. No previous work experience or related career skills are required.

Duties: As the postal clerk, you’ll handle mail duties.

Work environment: Besides a postal office, you may work on a ship or a mobile postal van. You might be expected to serve with Royal Canadian Navy, the Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force in Canada and abroad.

Dental technician

Related civilian jobs: Dental assistant, dental hygienist.

Description: You’ll be helping dental officers provide dental services to CAF members, their families, and dependents.

Education: Level II dental assisting diploma from an accredited college or a National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) certificate.

Duties: Those in this role will be responsible for various responsibilities, including disinfection and sterilization of dental equipment, applying rubber dams, placing cavity liners, and controlling bleeding. In addition, you’ll assist in laboratory procedures like creating casts, custom trays, and mouthguards.

Work environment: This role will require you to work in a military dental clinic, a Mobile Dental Clinic, an Air Transportable Dental System, or onboard a ship. You might be expected to work on a base in Canada or other operations in other parts of the world.

Human resources administrator

Related civilian jobs: Records administrator, data entry supervisor, receptionist, office manager, executive assistant, payroll clerk, and information management technician.

Description: Provide administrative and general human resources support.

Education: Grade 10. No previous work experience or related career skills are required.

Duties: In addition to human resources administration and services, you’ll be handling pay and allowances, managing automated pay systems, and maintaining personnel records.

Work environment: HR administrators work at all CAF bases in Canada. They also work on ships and overseas to support the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy, or Royal Canadian Air Force operations.

Medical assistant

Related civilian jobs: Emergency medical responder, ambulance and first aid attendant, registered nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse, and hospital orderly.

Description: Successful candidates will help treat the sick and injured in CAF units. You’ll be assisting and supporting nursing and medical officers.

Education: Minimum of Grade 11 biology, Grade 10 physics or chemistry, and Grade 10 math.

Duties: You’ll provide initial care and essential life support treatments in trauma cases. You’ll help with health assessments (hearing and vision tests, perform basic lab procedures, etc.) and initiate and manage medical records and reports. You’ll also be expected to provide support and first aid during training exercises.

Work environment: Medical assistants may serve with the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force or the Canadian Army as part of the Canadian Forces Health Services Group. Those in this role are exposed to the same risks as the forces they support.

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Porter’s new loyalty program promises to match Air Canada’s Aeroplan status



Porter Airlines is once again stirring the pot among Canadian airline rivals, now going after Air Canada’s Aeroplan members by offering to match their loyalty status to an equivalent of their own.

The beloved airline, which recently ranked as having the best cabin service in North America, challenged the competition for the second time this year, after previously deploying a similar tactic against WestJet in the spring. 

Earlier in April, Porter presented customers with a limited-time offer to match the loyalty status of WestJet’s patrons with VIPorter levels.

Now, they’re offering Aeroplan members to seamlessly transition to an equivalent VIPorter Avid Traveller status based on their existing membership tier.

Members can then take advantage of an array of travel perks that come with flying Porter, including seat selection, baggage, and flight changes.

For those currently holding an Aeroplan membership, there are two ways to acquire the Avid Traveller status for the rest of 2023:

Status-Based Match:
  • Aeroplan 25K members = VIPorter Venture
  • Aeroplan 35K members = VIPorter Ascent
  • Aeroplan 50K, 75K, and Super Elite = VIPorter First
Flight Segments-Based Match:
  • 5 flight segments = VIPorter Passport
  • 8 segments = VIPorter Venture
  • 17 segments = VIPorter Ascent
  • 28 or more segments = VIPorter First

Members will have to first submit their applications on Porter’s website. Registration will remain open until September 6, 2023.

In order to maintain their membership level through 2024, customers will have until the end of 2023 to reach the following reduced qualifying spend (QS) targets:

  • Passport = $500 in QS
  • Venture = $750 in QS
  • Ascent = $1500 in QS
  • First = $2500 in QS

Over the past year, Porter has launched an aggressive expansion strategy, including everything from introducing longer flights on newly-purchased jet planes flying out of Toronto Pearson, free WiFi, and a new all-inclusive economy experience.

With Canadians losing both Swoop and Sunwing as WestJet incorporates both into their mainline business, Porter’s direct competition is welcome to keep prices competitive.

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