May 03, 2013

By Michael Kramer

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Great spring weather is promised for outdoor events this weekend – including the annual “Jane’s Walks”  in honour of  legendary urban thinker, writer and activist Jane Jacobs – who died in 2006.

She was a  firm believer in the importance of local residents having input on how their neighbourhoods develop and she  encouraged people to familiarize themselves with the places where they live, work and play.

Since its inception in Toronto in 2007, “Jane’s Walk”  has expanded rapidly. In  2011, over 500  walks were held in 75 cities,  in 15 countries worldwide.

The main “Jane’s Walk” event takes place annually on the first weekend of May, to coincide with Jane Jacobs’  birthday.

To find information on a walk in Toronto and  the GTA go online to    


The GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon … is this Sunday .. and that means road closures and lane restrictions.

The race begins at the North York Civic Centre at 7:30 in the morning  … but the road closures begin at 5am.

Most of the race will take place on Yonge Street from Finch Avenue  … to Davenport Road.

A number of ramps on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The route map, including roads in the vicinity of the marathon that will remain open, is available on-line at:




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