wikiTO http://www.wikito.org How to Toronto Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:43:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 http://www.wikito.org/newsite/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/wikiTO-1-150x150.png wikiTO http://www.wikito.org 32 32 Toronto Grocery Store Holiday Hours – Family Day 2018 http://www.wikito.org/toronto-grocery-store-holiday-hours-family-day-2018/ Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:43:01 +0000 http://www.wikito.org/?p=1872

We’ve got you covered

Check out grocery store holiday hours for civic holiday at:
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Check out holiday hours for Toronto attractions here:
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Toronto Grocery Store and Attractions Holiday Hours – Christmas and New Years 2017 http://www.wikito.org/toronto-grocery-store-and-attractions-holiday-hours-christmas-and-new-years-2017/ Fri, 22 Dec 2017 18:56:23 +0000 http://www.wikito.org/?p=1858

We’ve got you covered

Check out grocery store holiday hours for civic holiday at:
http://www.wikito.org/grocery-store-holiday-hours/

Check out holiday hours for Toronto attractions here:
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No Frills vs. Amazon vs. Loblaws – the Toronto guide to optimizing your grocery shopping http://www.wikito.org/no-frills-vs-amazon-vs-loblaws-the-toronto-guide-to-optimizing-your-grocery-shopping/ Fri, 29 Sep 2017 17:19:33 +0000 http://www.wikito.org/?p=1822

Optimizing your grocery spend could mean trips to various grocery stores/retailers.  Here we provide the guide of when to shop discount stores, regular stores or online

First of all, here is how stores are categorized

Discounters No Frills, Food Basics, Freshco
Mid market/Premium Loblaws, Sobeys, Metro, Whole Foods
Online Amazon.ca, walmart.ca

Here’s where to go for your groceries

Best place to buy?

Household goods

Toilet paper Winner?

Online – amazon.ca

For the same price as the other stores, have these bulky and heavy items delivered to your doorstep

Cleaning supplies
Soap
Paper towels
Tissues
Liquids and condiments
Gatorade
Cereal
Canned Soup
Ketchup
Jams and spreads

Staples

Coffee beans Winner?

Online – amazon.ca

For the same price as the other stores, have these bulky and heavy items delivered to your doorstep

Pasta
Pasta Sauce
Potato chips
Juice
Cereal
Canned Soup
Rice

Baby

diapers Winner?

Online – amazon.ca

For the same price as the other stores, have these bulky and heavy items delivered to your doorstep

formula

Dairy

Yogurt Winner?

Discount – The best price is typically at No Frills, Food Basics, Freshco

Milk
Eggs
Cheese  Winner?

Premium – Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys

For real cheese (not the mass produced stuff), Loblaws and Whole foods have nice selections

Ice Cream

Frozen foods

Vegetables Winner?

Discount – The best price for the same items are typically at No Frills, Food Basics, Freshco.

Prepared foods
Meats

Produce

Bananas Winner?

Discount – The best price is typically at No Frills, Food Basics, Freshco

The quality on these basic produce items is simple to the mid market premium stores

Apples
Grapes
Soft Fruits – Peaches, Nectarines Winner?

Premium – Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys

The quality on these produce items is superior to what you would get at the discounters.  You’ll also have to pay a premium however.

Spinach
Broccoli
Kale
Tomatoes
Onions

Meats

Beef Winner?

Premium – Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys

The quality on these produce items is superior to what you would get at the discounters.  You’ll also have to pay a premium however.

Chicken
Pork
Fish
Lamb

Bakery

Mass produce breads and pastries Winner?

Discount – The best price for the same items are typically at No Frills, Food Basics, Freshco.  

Mass produced cakes and desserts
Artisan cakes and desserts Winner?

Premium – Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys

The quality on these produce items is superior to what you would get at the discounters.  You’ll also have to pay a premium however.

Artisan breads and pastries
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Toronto Grocery Store and Attraction holiday hours for Sep 4th, 2017 http://www.wikito.org/toronto-grocery-store-and-attraction-holiday-hours-for-aug-7-2017/ Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:03:12 +0000 http://www.wikito.org/?p=1751

We’ve got you covered

Check out grocery store holiday hours for civic holiday at:
http://www.wikito.org/grocery-store-holiday-hours/

Check out holiday hours for Toronto attractions here:
 http://www.wikito.org/toronto-attractions-holiday-hours/




 

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Best cars for Toronto urban driving http://www.wikito.org/best-cars-for-toronto-urban-driving/ Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:18:51 +0000 http://www.wikito.org/?p=1813 We made a list of the best small cars for Toronto city driving.  These cars are great for short trips around town, occasional use or squeezing into small condo / street parking spaces.  Other considerations we took into account are fuel economy, easy of parking, safety/reliability and the ability to carry small loads and passengers

Kia Soul ($20K base MSRP)

A compact car with cargo and passenger space similar to a larger car.  You either like or hate the boxy design.  Not a large amount of power, but great for driving in city traffic and easy to park.  Good safety and reliability ratings.

Toyota Prius ($27K base MSRP)

You get an electric car with a gas engine.  Great if you don’t have an electric charging station in your condo or a parking spot at your house.  For short drives, all-electric mode will save you on gas costs.  Toyota also has excellent reliability and safety ratings

Honda Fit ($15K base MSRP)

Underpowered but great for city driving.  Highly fuel-efficient.  Fits 5 passengers tightly and easy to parallel park into small spots.  Safety and reliability scores are excellent.

Smart fortwo ($17K base MSRP)

It only seats two, almost no cargo room and it feels like you are in a go kart.  But its good on gas and easy to park.  Not particularly cheap in cost.

Honda Civic ($16K base MSRP)

Bigger than and more powerful than the FIT, One of the best fuel economies in the class.  Also has cargo space and legroom.  Also probably the most powerful engine on this list and the best selling car.

Nissan Micra ($10K base MSRP)

Its cheap in price.  But the finishings are poor and  It seats four uncomfortably.  The engine is weak.

Mazda CX-3 ($20K base MSRP)

The small SUV drives like a small car.  Its loud at highway speeds and the back seat is crammed.  Don’t be fooled into thinking its a real SUV and attempt any ambitious road trips.  But is has cargo space if you have some sports equipment or a decide to do a costco run

 

 

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Picking up passengers at Pearson Airport? Wait at the free Cell Phone parking lot http://www.wikito.org/picking-up-passengers-at-pearson-airport-wait-at-the-free-cell-phone-parking-lot/ Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:32:48 +0000 http://www.wikito.org/?p=1801

Picking someone up at Pearson Airport in Toronto? Waiting at the arrivals terminal curb is prohibited.  It is reserved for immediately loading/uploading passengers only.  If you try to wait for your passenger more than a few minutes, security will quickly find you and ask you to move.

In the past, when waiting to pick up your passenger you would have to circle the airport until the passenger is curb side at the terminal.  Other options were to put up on the shoulder of the busy road leading to the arrival terminal.

There is a better option!

5 minutes from both Terminals 1 and Terminal 3 are the “cell phone” lots.

You can park here for free while waiting for your passenger.  You must remain in/with your vehicle.  There is space for 250+ cars.  There is signage to direct you to these lots, our see the map below.

Cell phone lot 1

Cell phone lot 2

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A quick comparison guide of Toronto car sharing companies http://www.wikito.org/a-quick-comparison-guide-of-toronto-car-sharing-companies/ Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:30:30 +0000 http://www.wikito.org/?p=1774 If you don’t own a car, access to a car in Toronto is easy with the 3 main car sharing options the city has to offer.  Access to car shares is predominantly in the downtown Toronto core area.  We have compiled a comparison of the car sharing options for your reference

 

Toronto Car Sharing Options

Zip Car

Car 2 Go

Enterprise Car Share

 

Membership

  • $70 a year
  • $30 application fee
  • Membership fees waived if you commit to a monthly spend amount
  • No membership fee
  • $5 to sign up
  • $45 a year
  • Upgraded membership gives you a lower hourly rental rate

Driving rates

  • $8 to $10 per hour
  • Includes insurance, fuel
  • $15 per hour for Smart Car, $59 daily
  • $19 per hour for Mercedes Benz, $79 daily
  • Includes insurance and fuel
  • $8 to $10 an hour, $65 daily
  • Includes insurance and fuel

Cars available

Various models from Nissan,  Volkswagon, Toyota, Hyundia

Smart Car, Mecedes Benz GLA/CLA Widest assortment includes Mazda 3, Kia Soul, Yaris, Golf, Elantra, Prius, Rav4, cargo vans

Location of pick up and returns

Car must be returned to location of pick up Return the car at any designated spot, any city street that doesn’t have a parking restriction, any street that has a 1hr parking limit Car must be returned to location of pick up

Booking and reservation options

Online, mobile, booking in advance allowed Mobile, booking up to 30min in advance Online, mobile, booking in advance allowed

Refueling

Customer is required to fill up car when it falls below 1/4tank (Customer is reimbursed for the charges) No refueling requirement for users Customer is required to fill up car when it falls below 1/4tank (Customer is reimbursed for the charges)

Parking

Not included Parking included – any designated spot, any city street that doesn’t have a parking restriction, any street that has a 1hr parking limit Not included

Distance per day limit

200 km per day 200 km per day 200 km per day

Car return time

Car must be returned at time the user indicates on the reservation Car can be returned anytime Car must be returned at time the user indicates on the reservation
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Quick guide to Toronto’s College Park Courthouse http://www.wikito.org/collegeparkcourthouse/ Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:15:00 +0000 http://www.wikito.org/?p=1761

college park

The College Park courts are located at Yonge and College in Toronto.  It is home to the Ontario Court of Justice.

All visitors must past through airport like screening to enter

Address:

444 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 2H4

Parking is located underground in the public College Park parking lot.  Expect to pay ~$20 per day

Phone numbers:

Criminal – Ontario Court of Justice: tel. 416-325-8950
Crown Attorney: tel. 416-325-8994; fax. 416-325-8945
Ontario Victim Services: tel. 416-325-6117; fax. 416-325-7384
Accessibility Site Coordinator: tel. 416-326-7919
Duty Counsel: tel. 416-598-1260
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Quick Guide to the Bramption Ontario Courthouse http://www.wikito.org/quick-guide-to-the-bramption-ontario-courthouse/ Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:30:15 +0000 http://www.wikito.org/?p=1740 The Brampton Courthouse is a major courthouse with a Bail Court, First Appearance Court, Probation, Small Claims Court and Youth Court.  It has onsite free parking as well as a cafeteria

Address:

7755 Hurontario Street
Brampton, Ontario
L6W 4T6

Jury Duty:

If you get called for jury duty, here are some things to note:
  • long lines up to get into the courthouse in the morning – everyone must pass through airport style security – this can take 15minutes to 45 minutes.
  • You will be contained in a waiting room for potentially the entire week.  Bring diversions such as Ipad, books, newspapers, water, snacks
  • You will have a short lunch break, you will probably only have enough time to visit the cafeteria
  • If you bring an electronic device, bring a charger and try to sit near an electrical outlet.

All the important numbers you need to know for the Brampton Ontario Courthouse

Name Phone Number Fax Number
General number (Auto Attendant) 905-456-4700
Crown Attorney (Provincial) 905-456-4777 905-456-4780
Case Management 905-453-2121
(ext. 8621)
905-456-6225
Crown Attorney  (Federal) 905-454-2424 905- 454-2168
Ontario Court of Justice 905-456-4730 905-456-4732
Superior Court of Justice
Trial Office
905-456-4878 905-456-4879
Superior Court of Justice
Registrar’s Office
905-456-4744 905-456-4741
Superior Court of Justice
Trial Co-ordinator’s Office
905-456-4876 905-456-4879
Justice of the Peace Office 905-456-4750
Court Support
(Clerks and Reporters)
905-456-4710 905-456-4713
Enforcement-Sheriff 905-456-4701
Interpretation Services 905-456-4715 905-456-4716
Legal Aid  (Area Director) 905-453-1723 905-453-1743
Cells 905-453-3311
(ext. 8720)
Mental Health Diversion 905-456-4700
(ext. 5663)
Duty Counsel TSAD/PLEAS (905) 456-4700
(ext. 5673)
Duty Counsel Bail (905) 456-4700
(ext.) 5671
Probation – Ministry of Community and Social Services- Phase 1 905-456-3430 or
905-456-4700
(ext.5656)
Probation-Ministry of Corrections- Phase 2 and Adult 905-874-4058 or
905-456-4700
(ext. 5660)
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How to avoid parking tickets in Toronto http://www.wikito.org/how-to-avoid-parking-tickets-in-toronto/ Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:32:20 +0000 http://www.wikito.org/?p=1733

Trying to avoid parking tickets?  Here’s what Toronto parking enforcement tickets for.

  1. Not paying the parking meter/ expired parking meter
    • Beware around hospitals, malls and universities.  These are the highest ticketed locations in the city.  Sunnybrook and U of T Scarborough had the highest number of parking tickets issued on their properties
  2. Parking longer than 3 hours on a city street
  3. Parking more than 30 cm from a curb
  4. Parking a vehicle with a for sale sign
  5. Obstructing driveway/laneway
  6. Parking within 3 metres of a fire hydrant
  7. Parking on a boulevard or sidewalk
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