10 places in Toronto to get free stuff on your birthday


Celebrating a birthday in Toronto just got better because there’s plenty of free stuff to be had. Yes, free! These 10 birthday freebies will surely make becoming one year older in Toronto a little more enjoyable. After all, birthdays–at least for me–just haven’t been the same since loot bags were unanimously deemed “uncool.” Damn fourth-graders. In any case, it’s time to bring back the swag.

Cashing in on some of these free birthday deals offer a great way to try out some local businesses in and around the city. Some require that you bring a (paying) friend–but hey, it’s your birthday…there are few other days when guilt can be so effectively applied.

Here are the top 10 birthday freebies in Toronto, in no particular order:

Free Yoga Class

Offered by Kula Toronto, 304 Brunswick Avenue. Call beforehand to let them know.

Free Coffee

Offered by Jet Fuel Coffee, 519 Parliament Street. Like everything else at Jet Fuel, this is pretty relaxed. You may have to show I.D. to prove it’s actually your birthday.

Free Admission to Ontario Place

If your birthday is during Ontario Place’s summer operating season, you can get a free Play All Day Pass by showing I.D. at the Guest Services Pavilion.

Free Meal

Offered by Commensal Vegetarian Restaurant, 655 Bay Street (entrance on Elm). Come on your birthday at you’ll get a free lunch or dinner if your friends spend a minimum of $30 at the buffet.

Free Round of Golf

Offered by Bushwood Golf Club, 10905 Reesor Road, Markham. If you don’t mind the trek, sign up for Bushwood’s eClub and get a free round of golf up to one week before or one week after your birthday.

Free (or cheap) Dry Cleaning

Offered by Parkers Dry Cleaners, several locations. Register to become a member on their website and you’ll get a $10 off coupon for signing up, and other $10 coupon sent to you on your birthday if you provide them with the day.

Free Buffet

Offered by Imperial Buffet, 3120 Dixie Road, Mississauga. Receive a free buffet dinner on your birthday with the purchase of two adult buffets and valid I.D.

Free Admission to Medieval Times

Nothing says ‘happy birthday’ like jousting knights and a chicken dinner, right? Sign up for the Birthday Fellowship online and you’ll receive free admission on your birthday with the purchase of one regular-priced admission.

Free Dance Class

Offered by Java Dance, 22 Dorchester Avenue. Receive a free dance class if your birthday is three days before or three days after the inclusive Sunday evening lesson.

Free Gelato

Offered by Hotel Gelato, 532 Eglinton Avenue. Sign up for their newsletter and get a free gelato on your birthday.

Warm Regards
Best Toronto Tours & Limousines Inc.

The Best Delis in Toronto


The best delis in Toronto (Jewish style delis that is) are temples to time-tested traditions of meat and mustard stacked on rye bread. They are casual places devoted to towering heaps of briney, smoked beef served with ritualistic sides of pickles, coleslaw and soul-warming classics like matzah ball soup. While many line the Bathurst Street borscht belt, there are at least a couple nosh-worthy destinations elsewhere in the GTA.


Centre Street Deli

wolfie’s deli

Switzer’s Airport Deli

Corned Beef House

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Best Toronto Tours & Limousines Inc.

Monkey stressed after wandering about Toronto Ikea


Niagara Falls Tours – An official with a Toronto animal shelter holding a monkey found wandering in an Ikea parking lot says the five-month-old primate appears a bit stressed but is otherwise in good shape.

Mary Lou Leiher from the Toronto Animal Services says the monkey — originally from Montreal — is being fed and cared for while officials try to find an animal sanctuary to send him to.

She says the owners of the baby monkey named Darwin have been fined $240 for breaking the city’s prohibited-animal bylaw.

The simian — wearing a tiny double-breasted coat — broke out of his crate inside a vehicle parked outside the Ikea store Sunday, then pried open a door and began his romp around the parking lot as shoppers gawked and snapped photos.

Leiher says there’s a chance the rhesus macaque monkey might by carrying the Herpes B, and that having the creature live in a city puts both the animal and human beings at risk.

She says the monkey was very quiet and lacked signs of personality during a brief visit, adding that can be a sign of stress.



Sandy: Barack Obama asks Congress for $60bn


Niagara Falls Tours – US President Barack Obama has requested more than $60bn (£37bn) from Congress for response, recovery and repairs in the wake of “Superstorm” Sandy.

The scale of the request was welcomed by the governors of the two worst-hit states, New York and New Jersey.

But the request fell short of the $80bn estimate of the total damage done in those states and in Connecticut.

The White House said the storm was on track to be the second or third most costly storm in US history.

Only Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Andrew in 1992 caused more damage, Jeffrey Zients of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) wrote in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner.

Sandy has been blamed for more than 120 deaths, and many thousands of people are still unable to live in their flood-damaged homes.
No spending cuts

The presidential request will have to pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democratic-led Senate before funds are made available.

It is expected to face scrutiny in Congress, where many fiscal conservatives are strongly opposed to increases in US federal spending.

Mr Obama’s team proposed no spending cuts in conjunction with the funding request, saying the “sudden, urgent, unforeseen and temporary” nature of the disaster made the request allowable under disaster-relief laws.

In a statement, Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey thanked Mr Obama for his “steadfast commitment of support” since the storm hit on 29 October.

They said the package would pay for “essential mitigation and prevention efforts that will better protect our region against the devastating impacts of future superstorms”.

The huge funding request comes as the president and his advisers are negotiating with Republicans over a deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” – a combination of spending rises and tax cuts due to take effect on 1 January if no action is taken.

In the House, one leading Republican committee chairman agreed that Congress bore a responsiblity to fund disaster relief for those affected by the storm.

But Hal Rogers also said: “It is also our responsibility during these tight-budget times to make sure that the victims of this storm are getting the most of every single recovery dollar, and to ensure that disaster funds are timed and targeted in the most efficient and appropriate manner.”

Away from Washington, fundraising efforts big and small are continuing in the north-east in aid of relief work.

In New York, organisers of a huge relief concert due to be held at Madison Square Garden on 12 December – called 12.12.12 – announced that the Rolling Stones would join an already glittering line-up.

The Stones, currently on a 50th anniversary tour, will join Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and The Who at the event.