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The origins of the Village can be traced back to the early 1800s.
While Torontonians may know the Church-Wellesley Village as the home of the LGBTQ2+ community, it wasn't always the welcoming and vibrant neighbourhood it is today.
The roots of the Village can be traced back to the early 1800s and a man sometimes referred to as a "gay pioneer" named Alexander Wood, who would purchase a large chunk of land in the area.
Although there has been a statue honouring Wood at the corner of Alexander St. and Church St. since 2005, there have been recent calls for its removal from the Church-Wellesley Village BIA because of ties to the residential school system.
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.
The new trail is opening this summer!
Summer means sunflowers, and you can get lost in this breathtaking yellow field near Toronto soon.
The Sunflower Farm is located about an hour outside of the city, and this year, its fields have doubled, making it the size of approximately 50 hockey rinks.
You can wander through nearly 400,000 golden blooms and stop to snap some Insta-worthy photos along the way.
This year, the farm has a brand new trail that's shaped like a giant sunflower, and guests can stroll along the stem and petals as they explore the stunning fields.
The farm is also introducing elopements this season, and couples can get married surrounded by thousands of sunflowers.
Other events include morning yoga and professional photography sessions, with dates to be announced soon.
The experience plans to open in July, and tickets, which will be available in July, must be booked online in advance.
Price: $15 per adult
When: Opening July 2021
Address: Hwy. 48 & Sideroad 17, Beaverton, ON
Why You Need To Go: The brand new sunflower-shaped trail will take you through golden fields, and it's like nothing you've experienced before.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.
Some employees have left the industry.
Toronto restaurants are officially allowed to reopen for outdoor dining on Friday, but the task of resuming operations in a post-lockdown world is proving to be a difficult one.
Nicki Laborie, the owner of Bar Reyna, told Narcity that she has struggled to hire enough staff ahead of step one due to many of her former employees leaving the food industry during the pandemic.
"It's very stressful, I would say 30 percent of them have left the industries as a whole, and then there is the dog-eat-dog side of it, where I would say we pay very fair, normal salaries, but right now people are overpaying cooks who have less than five years of experience just to get people into their kitchens," she said over the phone.
"We've hired numerous people who have called us up to say 'oh I took a job somewhere else,' or not shown up to their first day of work, it's absolutely crazy how COVID has affected the hospitality industry," she added.
As a result, Laborie says she was forced to push back the reopening date of the restaurant's outdoor patio until Tuesday.
Bar Reyna isn't the only restaurant struggling to hire kitchen staff; Gusto 101 has also found it tough to fill up their kitchen after three lockdowns.
"The last more than a year has been tough on people's mental health and a lot of people are electing to play it safe with their financial income by remaining on the elevated EI or leaving the industry totally for more job security," Tyler Rutherford, director of operations and culture, told Narcity.
"We are fortunate that some have seen the benefits of health and wellness insurance we provide and joined our team but hiring for kitchen roles, in particular, has been tough. The city hasn't made it much easier with decisions shielded by the guise of helping business but really creating too much red tape to juggle along the way."