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Lifestyle Reviews: Fun Date Ideas



Don’t you love dating – especially now that you’re not a teenager anymore and have managed to gain a bit of self-confidence and lose that bad case of acne. It might be love, it might be lust, but who cares as long as you’re having fun? You can work out what’s going to come later when the time comes. Maybe you’re hoping to keep it casual and found your date on Flirthookup or Xcheaters so there can’t be any confusion as to your intentions, maybe you’re hoping for something more. In the meantime, you’re just looking for some fun date ideas – ones where the lady might enjoy herself too and where you’ll earn extra points towards the time you make your first move.

You don’t get to see much of the girl during a movie, well, you’re supposed to be watching the screen – and bars mean you’ll have to put up with your mates interrupting and potentially competing with you for the lady’s attentions. Here are some fun ideas that will give you a chance to get to know each other better.

Browse for stationary together

Most women love nice stationary and, admit it, even though you’ve got the latest printer and do most of your work on your computer, so do you. Buy her nice pen – not one of those over-the-top expensive ones, just a nice one and you’ve already scored a whole lot of points. While you’re browsing, you can chat – maybe go for coffee afterwards. It’s nice and relaxed.

Go for a walk

Don’t over plan. Just take whatever route your feet feel like taking. If you get lost, it’s part of the fun. Look at shop windows, visit the park with a take-away snack you got along the route – just take it as it comes. If she’s good company, you’re going to have a very pleasant time doing these simple things together and because it’s unplanned and impromptu, it has a certain element of adventure.

Do something that doesn’t cost anything

Look out for weird and wonderful events with free entry. The weirder it is, the more fun it might be. Go and check out the local buskers – or plan a route through town where you can see a variety of free entertainments. Reddit can be a great source of info – the more bizarre the event, the more likely it is to be memorable. Being memorable is definitely means you’ve made an impression, so feel free to go for the strangest activities you can find.

Have fun and don’t be too serious

So you gave in to convention and picked a movie. Make it memorable by joking about the film afterwards. You chose the bar and your mates were all over her. Make fun of them. Taking things lightly often makes a great impression and turns an otherwise unmemorable date into a really fun evening you’ll be remembered for.

Dance like crazy

It doesn’t matter if you’re a good dancer or not. What matters is that you’re willing to let down that macho guard and just go and have fun on the dance floor. You often see it in pubs and clubs: the girl’s tapping her foot and she just wants to start moving to the music, but her partner is nailed to the bar and won’t dance with her even if she asks. Usually, it all ends up with a mostly feminine crowd rocking the dance floor while the gents hang out on the side lines. Break out of the mould! Having fun, physical fun on the dance floor might be the prequel to a different type of physical fun later on.

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Ontario Line subway construction permanently shuts down beloved Toronto bakery



The Danforth is set to lose yet another neighbourhood favourite to the Ontario line subway construction as Greek bakery Akropolis Pastries prepares to close its doors for good after over 40 years in business. 

They announced on Instagram that they’ll shut down in mid-August, sharing a painting of the storefront alongside a simple message thanking their customers.

Dozens of people took to the comments to express their love for the establishment and their years of service to the community.

“Thank you for your friendly customer service & delicious goodies. You will be missed,” said one customer. 

Another added, “You always had the best akropolis pies and always great service. Good luck!”

Several more chimed in with hearts and crying emojis, as well as shout-outs to their favourite dishes. 

The bakery’s president, Bill Gekas, confirmed to the Toronto Star that he received official notice that Akropolis was to be expropriated in the winter of 2022.

He says that the offer from Metrolinx, who had previously promised to compensate affected business owners accordingly, was below market value and that he planned to take the company to court. 

He continued, further pressing the company for taking away affordable housing from his upstairs tenants without providing them a suitable replacement. 

Akropolis isn’t the first Greektown business to announce its expropriation, with Flox on Danforth and Home Hardware the most recent neighbour to share that they’ve fallen victim to the Ontario line.

They also certainly won’t be the last, as Metrolinx has confirmed that they’ll be shuttering 13 businesses on the Danforth to make way for construction. 

The forthcoming transit line is currently due to open in 2031 — although, if the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is any indication, that won’t be the case. 

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Canada considers capping international student visas to address housing crisis



The Canadian government is considering a cap on international student visas to tackle the housing crisis.

During a press conference on Monday, Housing Minister Sean Fraser told reporters that a cap is “one of the options” Ottawa is considering to address the lack of housing amidst the “explosive growth” of temporary immigration programs like the international student program.

“The international student program has seen such growth and in such concentrated areas that it is really starting to put an unprecedented level of demand, in some instances, on the job market,” he explained.

“But given the economic conditions we’ve been living with for the past couple of years, you see it in a more pronounced way on the housing market.”

Fraser stressed that the conversation isn’t about blaming newcomers for Canada’s housing challenges.

He acknowledged that these issues have been decades in the making and have been perpetuated by previous Liberal and Conservative governments.

“[Governments] retreated heavily from making the basic investments in social housing that is now revealing itself through the market today,” said Fraser.

According to official data, as of December 2022, there were over 800,000 foreigners with active international student visas in Canada.

Fraser says that before seriously considering a cap, the government plans to work closely with Canadian universities to ensure these students have a place to live.

He adds that that includes addressing some of these institutions’ exploitation of international students.

“When you see some of these institutions that have five, six times as many students enrolled as they have spaces for them in the building, and you see them continue to pop up in plaza colleges across the country, you’ve got to start to ask yourself some pretty tough questions,” said Fraser.

According to the housing minister, the government has no immediate plans to lower the number of international student visas.

Fraser says he’ll be discussing options with Immigration Minister Marc Miller.

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Toronto’s financial woes could mean delay of Eglinton LRT and Ontario Line opening



Facing a budget deficit of a whopping $46.5 billion over the coming decade, the City of Toronto and Mayor Olivia Chow have got their work cut out for them in trying to reduce costs and increase revenue during what is now being called an “unprecedented financial crisis.”

Among 13 suggested courses of action that staffers put on the table during an Executive Committee meeting last week are a new municipal sales tax, an increase in land transfer taxes for multi-million dollar homes, and permitting the Toronto Parking Authority to charge higher fees for on-street parking, which is currently capped at $5 an hour.

Though these very feasible options were the most widely-reported ones, there are a few parts of the new 192-page long-term financial plan that are quite concerningly being overlooked.

As local political expert and columnist Matt Elliott noted in the latest edition of his City Hall Watcher newsletter, the City Manager and Interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer have made a couple of pretty bold recommendations for paths forward, taking aim at the provincial government for not allocating more funding to the city.

Further down the list, we find a few items that feel more dramatic than the aforementioned levies, including, at number 11, a push to potentially refuse to fund the operation of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and Finch West subway lines that the city is currently on the hook to pay for.

As Elliott illuminated, the document states that “It was never foreseen that these new operating costs would begin in circumstances when the City had such limited capacity to afford them. Deferring the launch of these two transit lines could reduce the 2024 pressure by up to $106 million.”

Similarly, item 12 advises that “City Council inform the Province of Ontario that in the absence of a new funding model for transit operations in the City of Toronto… the City will pause negotiation of further funding agreements for Provincial Priority Transit Projects and any future provincial transit expansion projects.”

These priority transit projects include the Ontario Line, on which construction has already commenced, most noticeably at Queen and Yonge.

Though these are only proposed ideas for ensuring a better fiscal future at this point, we will have to see which, if any, of the recommendations leadership heeds.

Though there would be inevitable backlash to pressing pause on the decade-plus-in-the-making Eglinton Crosstown LRT or the forthcoming Ontario Line, would anyone in the city really be surprised if a major public transportation project was delayed yet again?

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