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Explorations: Two Islands Weekend

Taking a break at Two Islands Weekend, a summer camp for adults. We talk to organizer Danielle Goldfinger about why it's important to take a step back and escape the city every now and then. 

"P4K Obstacle Course" neighbourhood game in Parkdale.

A legacy that will last

Sure, the GTA will get an aquatics centre and velodrome from the Pan Am Games. But the real legacy might be the connections forged by the Playing For Keeps ambassador program, which are reigniting and reconnecting neighbourhoods. 

Hannah Alper

Yonge Interviews: 10-Year-Old Activist Hannah Alper

Yonge Street chats with 10-year-old environmental and social justice activist and future leader Hannah Alper, who will be speaking in front of 20,000 people at We Day on September 20. 

Natalie Panek

Mission Possible: What Natalie Panek's space odyssey means for young women

Natalie Panek may only be 28, but she's one of the few people in the country who can operate the Next Generation Canadarm. Now, she's on a mission to encourage more young girls to take risks and pursue careers in space. 

The Evergreen Brickworks Farmers Market.

The Best of Yonge Street Summer Edition

This special edition of Yonge Street features some of our top stories from over the summer. We'll be back on September 11th with a brand new issue, but in the meantime please enjoy this variety of staff picked favourites. 

Miriam Tuerk of Clearblue.

Nothing but blue skies for Clear Blue Technologies

For Toronto startup Clear Blue Technologies, the future is the past. The company has turned to smart off-grid technology to wirelessly control solar and wind power via cloud computing. 

Max Béland.

How Ubisoft is changing the Junction's game plan

With its first title released on August 20, Ubisoft Toronto has a lot to celebrate. So does its neighbourhood, the Junction, which has developed progressively since the video game studio moved in back in 2009. 

Natasha Akiwenzie of Akiwenzie's Fish.

The Akiwenzie family's sustainable fishing future

The Akiwenzies have sold sustainably caught fish at farmers' markets in Toronto since 2006, but their future is uncertain. They worry an extension allowing communities to fish in their Reserve bays will disrupt fish levels and hurt their eco-friendly business. 

Proposed Clarington Waste Facility.

Should Toronto burn its trash?

Toronto refuses to incinerate its waste, though nearby Peel Region has been doing it for years and York Region is now stepping on board. Is it time for the city to revisit its stance on incinerators?

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Creative placemaking changes the narrative of cities

Creative placemaking has helped transform Queen West, but what could it do for Canada? We look to America and explore five American cities that have benefited from a nationwide funding program that has pumped millions into the arts.

Artscape's Artistic Producer Michael Rubenfeld

Yonge Interviews: Michael Rubenfeld, Artistic Producer of SummerWorks

SummerWorks has moved to the Ossington Strip, one of the city's biggest cultural hubs. We talk to the festival's Artistic Producer about how the arts have changed and shaped the neighbourhood since he first moved there in 2002. 

M. Jane Fairburn at Sugar Beach.

Shoring up Toronto's waterfront

A swath of beautification and accessibility initiatives are inspiring Torontonians to get back down to the lake. From revitalization projects to clean beach efforts and residential expansions, the lake is once again becoming an attractive feature for locals. 

Flying kites near Sunnyside beach.

We're taking a short summer break

Yonge Street's going on vacation! A quick update on our new features and when we'll be back. 

Daniel Bida of Zooshare.

The Toronto Zoo to turn animal poo into power

The Toronto Zoo's new ZooShare partnership is the Province's latest foray into community power. The Zoo will begin construction on a biogas plant this coming spring, turning the zoo's animal waste into energy that will be fed into Ontario's power grid. 

Bob Baloch of The Fresh Veggies at the Sorauren Market.

A fresh "spin" on urban agriculture

Local SPIN-farmers are using small plots of land to grow fresh produce in urban environments. The movement supports eating locally, all while creating jobs and taking advantage of underused backyards. 
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