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How Toronto’s Papers Covered Pokémon GO and the New British Prime Minister

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. Today’s Front Page Challenge could never have foreseen the return of Pokémon as Page One material, yet here we are. Elsewhere in the news, a new U.K. Show More Summary

Using Data to Build a Better Toronto

Other cities are making open data a priority—and Toronto needs to step up its game. When the New York Fire Department began investigating ways to save more lives, they turned to data. As part of a strategic undertaking, New York’s data...Show More Summary

The July 2016 Council Liveblog: Transit Plans, Safe Injection Sites, and “Vision Zero”

Another month, another frustrating transit debate at city hall. Or maybe this one will be refreshing and feature thoughtful and nuanced discussion about public policy, and fairly evaluate the underlying evidence? Haha, nahhh. Beyond the future of transit in Scarborough, there’s lots of other items that round out the agenda. Show More Summary

City Council Preview: July 2016

Featuring the long-awaited Scarborough subway throwdown. This is the last City Council meeting before its two-month summer break, and boy, is it a doozy. On the agenda: yet another Scarborough subway/light rail showdown, supervised injection sites, the Road Safety Plan, street hockey, the latest craft brewery, and more. Show More Summary

Highlights and Lowlights from the 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival

We take stock after 12 days of frenzied theatre going (and blowout partying in the Honest Ed's alley). This year’s Toronto Fringe Festival’s club festivities were an extended farewell to its longtime home base the Annex than anything. Show More Summary

An MPP Urges Toronto to Lift Ban On Road Hockey, Man Impersonates Canada Post to Get His Stolen Goods, and TTC to Launch an App to Report Misbehaving Passengers

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Children and Youth Services Minister Michael Coteau, an MPP who is not a city councillor at all, is still urging Toronto city hall to lift the ban on road hockey, and other games played in the street. Show More Summary

Evaluating Toronto’s Tough Transit Decisions as a Network

The Scarborough subway extension get the most attention, but far more is at stake in Council's transit debate. On July 12, Toronto City Council faces a mountain of transit reports. The Scarborough subway extension is the high-profile...Show More Summary

Remembering Brooklyn McNeil, Toronto’s Advocate for Safe Injection Sites

In March, she encouraged the City to open safe injection sites. In June, she overdosed and died. Brooklyn McNeil is racing toward a ski jump. It’s the middle of a Canadian winter and the jump is big, especially for 12-year-old McNeil, who has skiied only a few times in her life. Show More Summary

Toronto’s Buildings are Designed for the Sun

Developers must prove to the City their buildings still let the sun shine. Here’s an interesting thought experiment: imagine Toronto without zoning regulations. In particular, imagine it without the “built-form envelopes”—essentially,...Show More Summary

Historicist: How a Murder Fed Anxieties about Toronto Ravines

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The violent murder of a young woman in the city's east end in 1935 shines a light on the lives of working women in during the Depression. 20-year-old Ruth Taylor was a stenographer in the transfer department of the Toronto General Trusts, an insurance firm in the heart of downtown. Show More Summary

Where Queer as Folk Was Filmed in Toronto (Part Two, Season One)

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The shot-in-Toronto series debuted 15 years ago, and the streetscape has changed a lot since then. Pride Month has come and gone but our celebration of Queer as Folk‘s years filming in Toronto still has a while to go. Last time, we looked at the first 11 episodes of season one of the show, which shot five seasons in town. Show More Summary

How Property Tax Reassessments Work in Ontario

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Property taxes get really confusing. We walk you through how the MPAC reassessment works. If you own residential property in Ontario, then you should have received a letter last month from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). Show More Summary

The Street Art For Those Who Want to Howl

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Ulula cum lupis cum quibus esse cupis BY: Unknown LOCATION: College and Bathurst PHOTO BY: Mo S FIELD NOTES: Translation: Who keeps company with the wolf will learn to howl. There’s something gratifying about howling. And these days there seems to be an awful lot to howl about. Show More Summary

Duly Quoted: John Tory, on the Inaction of Past Mayors on Transit

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Our mayor, the supposed champion of the Relief Line. I smile when I get asked these kinds of questions because I look at all the people who went before me…and the first person, through his own advocacy and through his insistence—which...Show More Summary

Toronto Fashion Week Cancelled, Home Buyers Forgoing Inspections, and Toronto is Not Doing Enough To Protect Cyclists

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Every other year Toronto Fashion Week rolls along and collectively Torontonians say, “meh, maybe next time.” Well, all that apathy has a cost: Toronto Fashion Week is no more. Show More Summary

Two Rookie City Councillors Are Clueless About Pride’s Origins

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

But hey, they really love the police! Some councillors really love cops. They congratulate the police every chance they get, even if it’s to commend them for their “outstanding” work in the G20 debacle. Our cops are tops, they say. Repeating...Show More Summary

Everyone You Will Meet in Trinity Bellwoods Park This Summer

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

No trip to Trinity Bellwoods is complete without a slackliner sighting. Relief Line is your not-so-serious glance at the city we love. There are few summer rites of passage as predictable as going to Trinity Bellwoods Park. Sure, it might be difficult to find your friends there, but there’s the dog bowl, that weird house, and out of place bridge. Show More Summary

Toronto Has a Wi-Fi Problem

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Toronto Public Library's new Wi-Fi hotspot program only scratches the surface of internet accessibility issues in the city. According to Mayor John Tory, Toronto has a culture of “haves” and “have nots”: those with privilege, with access to resources and services—and those without them. Show More Summary

Duly Quoted: Black Lives Matter, on Response to Pride Protest

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The group reminded the public of Pride's political roots. “Pride is political. It always has been, and it always will be. There can be no Pride if trans people, Black liberation, Indigenous struggle aren’t central.” —In a press conference...Show More Summary

Meet One of Toronto’s First Historians

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Now and Then explores the stories behind Toronto’s historical plaques and monuments. If you’re going to the air-conditioned Eaton Centre to escape the heat this summer, you might pass an old house near its side entrance. This house used to belong to Rev. Show More Summary

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