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The Rock Oasis named a top climbing gym

Rock climbing gyms in Toronto are a perfect place for people who want to experience the thrill of scaling a mountain without the actual mountain. Whether you’re going with a big group or braving a solo climb, get snug in your safety harnesses and prepare for an intense full-body workout.

Here are seven gyms you can go rock climbing in Toronto.

The Rock Oasis

Though not nearly as tall as their original location on Bathurst, this location in Leslieville on Carlaw Avenue is still huge. Featuring 25,000 square feet of climbing area, it also has lots of bouldering space, auto belay stations, and courses for beginners.

Basecamp Climbing

This seedy theatre-turned climbing gym in Koreatown boasts some of the highest climbs in the city. A selection of walls from flat to overhang make it an accessible gym for climbers of all levels.

Boulderz Climbing Centre

Prepare for sore arms after a visit to this gym in the Junction Triangle. Specializing in bouldering, which is done on smaller rock formations without harnesses, this little gym will have your grip game on another level.

Joe Rockhead’s Indoor Rock Climbing

This Liberty Village gym has the honour of calling itself the very first rock climbing gym in Canada. Open since 1990, Joe Rockhead’s is still one of the best places in the city for climbing aficionados of all levels.

Toronto Climbing Academy

In an attempt to make everything as realistic as possible, this gym in East York is designed with an abundance of gear and textured walls to best replicate real-life climbing. They’re the only gym to have specially designed simulated outdoor rock features and they’ve also got a sky window, meaning lots of natural light.

True North Climbing Inc.

As part of the sports centre at Downsview Park, True North has enough facilities to spend an entire day here. Not only do they have free WiFi and post-climb lounging couches, this North York gym also has the world’s largest climbable stalactite wall that drops down from the ceiling.

Hub Climbing

Located in Markham, Hub is primarily a bouldering gym but also features yoga classes and an in-house workout gym for climbers looking to elevate their climb game. They’ve generously added a foam pit to the bottom of their signature dragon-shaped wall, for those who will inevitably fail but don’t want to die in the process.

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The Rock Oasis named a top climbing gym 2018-01-14T12:21:04+00:00

New Hope Leslieville shelter has opened

On Monday, January 8, 2018, The Salvation Army Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports officially opened New Hope Leslieville, a 60-bed facility for men in the community of Leslieville. This facility will provide emergency shelter, meals, supportive counselling, housing placement, follow-up services, employment referrals and rehabilitation support for men experiencing homelessness.

After 40 years of dedicated service to men facing homelessness in Toronto, The Salvation Army Hope Shelter on 167 College Street closed its doors in April 2015, as the building’s lease concluded. Working in close partnership with the City of Toronto, The Salvation Army secured a new location at 29 Leslie Street for the replacement shelter which is aptly named New Hope Leslieville. This new facility will be able to accommodate approximately 20 clients initially and up to 60 clients when at full capacity.

“I would like to welcome the New Hope Shelter to wonderful Ward 32! This is our first shelter in our ward and we are doing everything we can to support The Salvation Army with this new home,” says Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ward 32. “Our local working group has been meeting for months to collaborate on ideas to connect everyone to our community. The opening of our shelter is especially timely given the recent temperatures and we hope to be able to provide warm beds and services for those in need.”

“The Salvation Army has a critical role to play in the movement to end homelessness,” says Bradley Harris, Executive Director of The Salvation Army Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports. “Continuing with the opening of New Hope Leslieville, The Salvation Army Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports provides shelter services that align with Housing First through its strategic vision of Housing, Outcomes, Mission and Excellence (HOME). Our focus is on serving clients sustainably and excellently as we develop and track meaningful program outcomes.”

“Homelessness continues to be an increasing issue in the City of Toronto,” says Major John P. Murray, spokesperson for The Salvation Army. “The Salvation Army’s goal is not to only provide shelter to those experiencing homelessness, but to offer services and resources that help individuals break the cycle of poverty.”

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become one of the largest direct providers of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 400 communities across Canada and 128 countries around the world. The Salvation Army provides practical assistance such as food and clothing for children and families, shelter for people experiencing homelessness, and rehabilitation for those who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of vulnerable people in your community. News releases, articles and updated information can be found at

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New Hope Leslieville shelter has opened 2018-01-14T12:25:51+00:00

Broadview Hotel Named One of the Best in Toronto

The best hotels in Toronto fit the bill for whatever you may be looking for, whether its recommendations for visiting friends and family or even a restorative staycation. From the latest boutique spot with amazing views to the epitome of luxury, there’s something for everyone on offer in this city.

Here are the best hotels in Toronto.

The Broadview Hotel: Giving the east side of the city some hotel love is this impressively renovated and restored seven-storey hertitage building from 1891 at Queen St. East and Broadview. Rooms have free Wifi, smart TVs and record players, and there are three dining options, including the rooftop bar and restaurant.

Shangri-La Hotel: Centrally located at Adelaide & University, this five-star spot is arguably the city’s most luxurious hotel. It boasts decked out Asian-inspired rooms with free WiFi, flat-screens and designer toiletries.

Four Seasons: If you’re looking for swank, this is it. This 55-storey hotel in Yorkbille features floor-to-ceiling windows in addition to free WiFi, flat-screens and iPod docks, plus a spa with an indoor pool and whirlpool.

Drake Hotel: Toronto’s best-known boutique hotel on West Queen West may not have a swimming pool or skyscraper views of the city, but the artsy elite love to stay here, as it’s a hot culture hub that constantly hosts a wide variety of art, music and cultural events.

Ritz-Carlton: Its name is synonymous with luxe hotel living, and the Toronto incarnation is no exception. Straddling the Entertainment and Financial Districts on Wellington St. West, this Ritz-Carlton’s refined rooms include Italian bed linens, marble bathrooms and heated floors.

Thompson Hotel:
Best known for its amazing rooftop pool and lounge, this boutique hotel at Bathurst and Wellington that’s part of the Thompson chain also boasts Colette Grand Cafe and the late night Thompson Diner, both restaurant favourites in the city.

Hazelton Hotel: Dubbed “Toronto’s first true luxury hotel”, this posh place to stay is located in Yorkville. Its rooms have dressing rooms and flat-screens, while other amenities include a health club and spa, celebrity chef Mark McEwan’s One restaurant and a private screening room for 25 guests.

Hotel Le Germain: With two locations – one at Maple Leaf Square by the Air Canada Centre and the other on Mercer St. near the Club District and King West – this Quebec City based boutique hotel chain covers most tourist bases. Sleek and contemporary rooms with continental breakfast included.

Gladstone Hotel: Housed in a 19th-Century Victorian building on West Queen West, every room in this artsy, unique hotel is designed by an artist, with its own individual theme and attributes. Each comes with free WiFi, flat-screens and all-natural Canadian bath products.

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Broadview Hotel Named One of the Best in Toronto 2018-01-14T12:30:47+00:00

No Wives And No Murders

Ottawa puts Hells Angels clubhouse up for sale

For sale by owner: Federal government.

Features: Iconic piece of Toronto history. Ultimate man cave. Needs lots of TLC or a teardown. Stains on floor most likely caused by leaky roof.

Eight years after Ottawa seized the biggest Hells Angels clubhouse in Canada, it is soon to put it up for sale. Its listing should appear on MLS within a couple of weeks.

The two-storey cement-block bunker on Eastern Ave., between Logan and Carlaw Aves., is ideal for those looking to shut out the world: It has two sets of steel front doors and windows barricaded with wire.

“It reminded me of a Legion Hall,” says Toronto realtor Desmond Brown, one of just a handful of agents who’ve been through the 2,500-square-foot property recently, trying to come up with a price and a marketing plan for Ottawa’s Seized Property Management Directorate.
“I thought it was a fantastic opportunity because it’s such a renowned building — people have been driving by it for decades, wondering what it looks like on the inside. I’m one of the few people who isn’t biker, who had a chance to see it.”

In March, 2007 Ottawa used its new proceeds from crime legislation to legally take over ownership of the property. Three weeks later, police raided the building, charging five Hells Angels members with drugs and weapons offences.

Curiosity seekers still stop by to check the place out and photograph the front door. The door is shielded from view by a cement-block wall, but still sports the Hells Angels logo.

The property sits on a 30-by-120-foot lot in highly sought-after Leslieville. The paint is peeling and the property overgrown with weeds. Members thought of it as their home away from home, stringing up Christmas lights, handing out Halloween candy and planting flowers in front-yard boxes.

It has been assessed for 2015 property tax purposes at $371,000. Although real estate prices in the area have been skyrocketing, that’s actually down from $383,000 in 2012.
Ottawa has done its own appraisal, but recently reached out to a number of Toronto realtors to get their views on how the property should be priced and marketed.

Realtors usually look at a handful of “comparables” — similar properties — to determine the best list price. That was impossible in this case, so Brown just looked at what’s sold in the area recently. He determined the clubhouse is worth about $700,000.

The big-screen TV where bikers used to watch sports over a beer from the well-stocked fridge is long gone. But there is a still a bar, a big meeting room and two bedrooms where members used to entertain visiting escorts.
There were just two rules at the clubhouse, apparently: No wives and no murders.

No Wives And No Murders 2018-01-15T15:10:02+00:00