I know, it's terrible - I once swore that I'd try to avoid chain restuarants, but during a recent venture to Winnipeg I ended up at Earl's and was pleasantly surprised.
After a quick search, I came across this: http://www.canada.com/national/nation... - which mentioned, "The chain is now poised to move east. Earl's has its eye on a downtown Toronto location, Mr. Fuller says."
But I'm not sure when this article was published. Does anyone have any more information?