There are so many great opportunities in Toronto, whether as a tourist or a resident or both, but our city's definitely not perfect. Here's just a few wishes that may or may not have crossed your mind more than once when making your way around Canada's largest city.
1. The TTC is on time just when you need it.
2. Poutine - at a cheaper price, at more locations...and as good as in Quebec.
3. People don't take up the entire path while strolling on the Harbour Front boardwalk.
4. Cyclists won't cut you off at every corner of Dundas.
5. Longer late night/early morning hours at libraries, especially for university students - equipped with beds and pillows.
6. Traffic lights actually meaning something to crazy drivers on Bloor.
7. And the cyclists.
8. And the pedestrians.
9. The DVP becoming an easy and traffic-free drive.
10. The sidewalks along Spadina being shovelled/ploughed before 10AM on weekdays in the winter.
11. The Eaton Centre caf having no lines at lunch time.
12. The expansion of "Little Italy" to a "Little Europe."
13. More food trucks in and around UofT, Ryerson, and OCAD.
14. Walking lanes for opposing "traffic" on sidewalks throughout Toronto.
15. Text-and-walk lanes in subways - especially St. George and Union.
16. Free wifi hotspots in bus shelters across Toronto (or, heck, everywhere!)
17. Taxi drivers not instilling fear into the hearts of passionate Uber passengers (and drivers alike).
18. More free Starbucks events to get your brain kick-started on Monday mornings.
19. More space at the Beaches.
20. People leashing their dogs outside of the "leashes off" areas in High Park.
21. A TTC stop right in front of your house - perfect after a long day in Toronto.
22. A later last call, because who wants to go home at 2am... ?
Now that Ontario's step one has officially begun, there are so many more things that you can do this weekend. Keep in mind, though, that there are still some things that are off-limits until later stages of reopening.
If you're looking to do some shopping, businesses in malls that have a public entrance that opens onto a street or exterior sidewalk are open. If you want to watch a movie instead of spending another night with Netflix, you can visit a drive-in theatre now.
These are some of the things that are now allowed in Ontario during step one of the reopening roadmap:
Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people
Essential and other select retail permitted with 25% capacity limits but no restrictions on what can be sold
Outdoor dining with up to four people per table
Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor personal training groups and outdoor individual/team sports training with up to 10 people
Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, and short-term rentals
Outdoor attractions like zoos, landmarks, historic sites and botanical gardens with capacity limits
If you're out at a patio, no more than four people can be seated together at a table unless everyone is a member of the same household, a member of up to one other household who lives alone, or a caregiver for a member of either household.
Amusement parks, personal care services, indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities, indoor museums and casinos can't be open right now and indoor dining and indoor gatherings are not allowed either. Those restrictions will be lifted in steps two and three.
Since Wood's time, the Village has undergone many changes that have affected the community, but perhaps most notable among them were the 1981 Toronto Bathhouse Raids which saw police officers target the gay community by raiding multiple bathhouses and arresting roughly 300 people.
Following the raids, the community came together with Church St. eventually becoming the heart of the LGBTQ2+ community in Toronto.