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Few things are as seared into the Canadian national psyche as ice hockey – it’s a pastime, a point of international pride, and as close to a unifying cultural identifier as you can get in the country. So when Toronto’s landmark Maple Leaf Gardens arena was bought up by grocery store chain Loblaws in 2004, residents of the city paid close attention.

Though the arena had been out of use for over a decade, with the Maple Leafs hockey team upgrading to the larger Air Canada Centre, the Gardens remained an icon for Toronto. As a result, its transfor…



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