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Women's March this weekend, TTC work to close section of subway

Pro-abortion rights activists celebrate during a rally at the Supreme Court in Washington on June 27, 2016. The tens of thousands of women flocking to Washington for a march on the day after Donald Trump's inauguration come packing a multitude of agendas, but are united in their loathing for Trump. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Evan Vucci

It’s been almost three weeks since the start of the new year. How are you doing with your new year’s resolutions?

If one of your resolutions was to be more patient with the TTC, you’re out of luck this weekend. Subways won’t be running on a large chunk of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina), but shuttle buses will only be operating between select stations.

The partial subway shutdown shouldn’t stop you from heading out this weekend. The weather is expected to be mild, and there are ways to navigate around the closure (see the TTC section section below).

Have a great weekend!


Women’s March on Washington: Toronto
On Saturday, Torontonians will be marching in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, which is being held the day after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Marches are taking place in cities across North America, including in Hamilton, Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Vancouver, and Montreal, where people are encouraged to speak out about the views expressed by the incoming president.

“Now is a critical moment to come together to send a united message. We cannot afford to be silent or idle. Let us continue to push for justice for the most marginalized and oppressed among us,” organizers of the Toronto march said on Facebook.

The Toronto march, which is run by We Talk Women, starts at noon at Queen’s Park.

Winter Run
If one of your new year’s resolutions is to lose weight, a run along the Toronto waterfront is an incentive to get you moving.

The MEC Toronto Race ONE‘s 5K and 10K runs take place at 9:10 a.m. and 9 a.m., respectively. It starts at the Martin Goodman Trail at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch on Lake Shore Boulevard, then to Marilynn Bell Park, Battery Park, and ends back at the trail.

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics
Members of the Toronto Police Service will be taking a chilly dip into Lake Ontario this Saturday for the Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics Ontario.

This is their first time participating in the event and they will be joined by other police services, law enforcement partners, members of the public and athletes from the Special Olympics.

The plunge takes place at noon at Woodbine Beach. Check-in begins at 10 a.m., with opening ceremonies and remarks from police Chief Mark Saunders starting at 11:30 a.m.

Toronto International Boat Show
Whether you are a Donald Trump fan or not, you can watch Trump look-alikes perform “high-flying” wakeboarding and waterskiing stunts on the indoor lake at the Toronto International Boat Show.

File photo from the Toronto International Boat Show. CITYNEWS
File photo from the Toronto International Boat Show. CITYNEWS


The indoor boat show, which is being held at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place, starts on Friday and runds until Jan. 29. It will also feature Crazy Canucks Waterski Show to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. There will be 1,000 boats on display, including a 54-foot Cantius yacht valued at more than $2.5 million.

Dance Ontario’s DanceWeekend’17
Witness an explosion of dance this weekend at Harbourfront Centre with Dance Ontario’s DanceWeekend’17. The event showcases raw talent and contemporary innovation, along with the beauty and diversity of traditional dance styles.

Twenty-five of Toronto’s dance companies will be featured over the three-day event. There will also be two world premieres from dancer Ryan Lee, and the artistic director of Rock Bottom Movement, Alyssa Martin.

Casa Loma Wedding Open House
Would you like to get married at a castle but not leave Toronto to have the ceremony? This Sunday, you can get a sneak preview of what your wedding would be like at the historic Casa Loma. An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and registration is required.

Casa Loma in Toronto. Photo via Wikipedia/Creative Commons/Maria Carmen.
Casa Loma in Toronto. Photo via Wikipedia/Creative Commons/Maria Carmen.


Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate
Celebrate your inner Scot this Saturday at Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate. This is the first year the event will be held in Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square, joining six other cities across the country that have been hosting kilt skates since 2015.

A child stands next o her parent at the Sir John A's Great Canadian Kilt Skate. Photo via kiltskate.com.
A child stands next o her parent at the Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate. Photo via kiltskate.com.


With Canada’s 150th birthday, the 2017 kilt skate promises to be the biggest yet. It will celebrate Canada’s multicultural heritage and the contribution Scots have made to our national fabric. Hundreds of Torontonians are expected to come out to skate in their kilts, tartans and other Scottish regalia. The event runs from noon to 2 p.m.

TTC closure

Partial subway shutdown
It’s official: the first subway closure of the year has arrived and this one may leave you shaking your head.

There will be no service on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) between Downsview and St. George stations this Saturday and Sunday because of signal upgrades. But, due to numerous on-street construction activities, shuttle buses will only operate between Downsview and Lawrence West stations during the closure.

A portion of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) will be closed on Jan. 21-22 due to signal upgrades. CITYNEWS/Ginella Massa
A portion of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) will be closed on Jan. 21-22 due to signal upgrades. CITYNEWS/Ginella Massa


The TTC suggests riders to use existing east-west bus/streetcar routes to the Yonge portion of line 1, or north-south bus/streetcar routes to line 2. Additional service will be aded to those routes during the closure. Regular service is set to resume at 6 a.m. on Monday.