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The top 10 Toronto news stories everyone is talking about this week

Here are the top Toronto news stories everyone is talking about this week. You’ve heard the phrase, around the world in 80 days? We’ve got it all around Toronto for you in 10 clicks. Behold, the week that was, the perfect companion for all your small-talk needs this weekend.

Here are your top Toronto news stories for this week:

It’s now less affordable to live in Toronto than New York, report shows

Housing markets in both Canada and our neighbour to the south have been affected by rising interest rates and low inventory, but Canadians are particularly affected due to smaller median incomes and less buying power compared to Americans.

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Four new ways the federal government wants to help Canadians buy their first homes

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland unveiled a list of measures on Thursday to help Canadians afford mortgages and buy their first homes. Freeland said that the 2024 federal budget, to be tabled on Tue. April 16, will include enhancements to the Home Buyers’ Plan and the Canadian Mortgage Charter, which will help put homeownership back within reach.

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Therme Canada reveals updated Ontario Place design with nearly 16 acres of public space. (CNW Group/Therme Canada)

Group contends private spa development at Ontario Place is going to cost taxpayers

A grassroots organization that’s fighting the development of a private spa at Ontario Place’s West Islandrecently won a small victory in court.

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Leafs fans in shock over ‘wild’ playoff ticket prices that start at over $400

The Toronto Maple Leafs secured a spot in the playoffs for an eighth consecutive season, but fans hoping to cheer them on will have to cough up some serious cash.

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Toronto’s so-called ‘rain tax’ is put on hold after public outcry

Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow says she has no plans to ‘tax’ rain, or rather, charge Torontonians for excess stormwater coming off their property.

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Video of heartwarming moment when two Toronto swans reunite after injury goes viral

Trumpeter swans “Mango and Charlotte” were reunited after Mango had suffered a cut on his beak and was taken in by the Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC).

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Trumpet swan (photo: Ashwini Chaudhary)

Toronto couple want heritage status removed from home, say original owner ‘racist’

A couple is asking that the City of Toronto remove the heritage designation from their home because they say the original owner was racist, according to a news report.

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Fake solar eclipse glasses on the market: Here’s how to tell if you have a real pair

Solar eclipse glasses have been selling out at major retailers across North America in recent weeks as millions prepare to take in the once-in-a-lifetime total (or near-total) eclipse on April 8. One of our top Toronto news stories was the questions about fake glasses.

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Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau by Wade Hudson

Our feature interview with Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau

Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau releases her new book, Closer Together, on April 23. It’s about her life, her journey of self-discovery and how to live authentically in an increasingly stressed out world.

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Police investigating drug spiking at popular Toronto nightclub

Toronto police are reportedly investigating allegations that a woman who attended Coda nightclub—a popular club located at 794 Bathurst St. in the city’s Annex area—had her drinks spiked over the Easter long weekend.

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