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Ottawa: Multiple Shootings at Parliament Hill and Surrounding Area

A gunman has been killed at Centre Block while police continue to search for other suspects.

Sound Advice: Praise Break, by Daniel Caesar

The Toronto-based singer's latest EP proves R&B and soul are alive and well in Canada.

How to Decide Who to Vote For

Toronto activists, academics, and community organizers explain what issues voters should consider before they head to the polls.

Haven’t We Seen Helen Lawrence Before?

With its dual-medium production and liberal use of film noir stereotypes, Canadian Stage’s latest play looks a bit too familiar.

Newsstand: October 22, 2014

Apparently, a Niagara-on-the-Lake hotel has the greatest restroom in Canada. The porcelain thrones at Shaw Club Hotel and Spa are described as a convergence of “style and radiance.” Given that a public lavatory in Toronto that offers...Show More Summary

Urban Planner: October 22, 2014

In today's Urban Planner: Anishinaabe art, a hip hopera, and drama Down Under. Ongoing… Art: “Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes“ is a collaborative effort of the AGO and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, in New York City, where the exhibition recently wrapped up after a one-year run. Show More Summary

Toronto Election 2014: John Tory on Seven Key Issues

From transit and cycling to the environment and policing, here's how he would tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the city. TRANSIT In late May, John Tory launched his plan for a new transit line called SmartTrack—the centrepiece of his “One Toronto” transit plan [PDF]. Show More Summary

Toronto Election 2014: Doug Ford on Seven Key Issues

From transit and cycling to the environment and policing, here's how he would tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the city. TRANSIT While Rob Ford was still a mayoral candidate, his subway plan appeared on September 3, 2014....Show More Summary

Toronto Election 2014: Olivia Chow on Seven Key Issues

From transit and cycling to the environment and policing, here's how she would tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the city. TRANSIT In March 2014, Olivia Chow was first out of the gate with a three-pronged transit platform:...Show More Summary

Toronto Election 2014: Issue Navigator—Transportation

Olivia Chow Olivia Chow has promised to build 200 kilometres of new bike lanes within four years, including separated bike lanes downtown. She also wants to improve bike lane maintenance and snow clearance, and create more bicycle parking at TTC stations. All upgrades would be paid for by reallocating priorities in the existing cycling capital […]

Toronto Election 2014: Issue Navigator—Taxes

Olivia Chow Chow has committed to keeping property taxes, which account for about 40 per cent of the City’s total revenue, “around” the rate of inflation. What this means has been the subject of debate and speculation on the campaign trail, and she has committed herself to no more than 3 per cent a year. […]

Toronto Election 2014: Issue Navigator—Environment

Olivia Chow Chief among Olivia Chow’s environmental commitments is a promise to restore Toronto’s tree canopy, which was devastated by last year’s ice storm and floods. She proposes to pay for a 50-per-cent increase in the City’s contribution to tree planting with a hike in treatment fees paid by polluting businesses. Chow would fight the […]

Toronto Election 2014: Issue Navigator—Child Care

Olivia Chow As city councillor, Olivia Chow was a strong advocate for children, and now child care is a key plank of her mayoral platform. Her child-care policy statement released at the end of September promises an investment of $15 million over four years to create 3,000 new child-care spaces, half of which would be […]

Toronto Election 2014: Issue Navigator—Housing

Olivia Chow Olivia Chow has made housing a central plank of her mayoral campaign. She has promised to bring to council a proposal for inclusionary housing that would require 20 per cent of units in new residential towers to be affordable. Council would have to define affordability, and Chow’s goal of 15,000 new affordable units […]

Toronto Election 2014: Issue Navigator—Policing

Olivia Chow Olivia Chow has expressed a desire to sit on the Toronto Police Services Board if she is elected mayor. She contends that her participation will allow her to advocate an end to police carding, the controversial police practice of stopping civilians and documenting their personal identification. Chow has taken a strong stance against […]

Toronto Election 2014: Issue Navigator—Transit

Olivia Chow In March 2014, Olivia Chow was first out of the gate with a three-pronged transit platform: run better bus service, build the LRT network approved before Ford took office, and start design work on the Downtown Relief subway line. Bus service would be a quick fix, something Chow initially said the TTC could […]

Extra, Extra: The Centre for Social Innovation’s New Building, Toronto’s Biggest Sports Fan, and New TTC Uniforms

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. The Centre for Social Innovation has plans to innovate its way across Spadina—the “social enterprise with a mission to catalyze social innovation in Toronto and around the world” will be purchasing 192 Spadina, a 64,000-square-foot brick-and-beam building […]

City Council Endorsement: Russ Ford for Ward 6 (Etobicoke-Lakeshore)

LAMP Community Health Centre is not a typical rec centre, or drop-in centre, or clinic, or…anything. It is all of these things at once, and it is in many ways the heart of a broad south Etobicoke community. The charity provides everything from child nutrition programs to adult reading programs to dental care to a […]

Where Are Our Spaces for Public Play?

Why Toronto sorely needs an arcade revival. In the summer of 2008, Funland Arcade, arguably the last proper arcade in downtown Toronto, closed down. The writing had been on the wall for a while: arcades were past their heyday, usurped by home machines—consoles that looked and played as well as or better than the games arcades offered. Once, arcade machines were readily […]

Toronto Film Tackles Police Violence

Members of a local community organization share stories of being targeted and abused by police. On October 9, more than a hundred people gathered at the Royal theatre to watch the premiere of What World Do You Live In?, a new Toronto-based film that addresses issues of police violence. Show More Summary

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