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“I Had To Leave Jamaica Abruptly Because I Received Death Threats”: Why I Fled To Safety in Toronto

1 minute agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Being gay in Jamaica means criminalization and violence. I was born in Jamaica in 1971. I taught law there, and now I’m a senior policy analyst. I came to Canada in 2012. I moved because I married my husband. I was planning on moving...Show More Summary

Toronto’s New Apartment Bylaw Aims to Protect Tenants and Crack Down On Bad Landlords

3 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Also, councillors vote to support MPP Peter Tabuns' move to increase rent protections in Ontario. The new apartment bylaw passed by Council yesterday isn’t exactly what tenant advocates imagined, but for apartment renters, it’s a promising step forward. Show More Summary

Politics Should Be Removed from Transit Planning

4 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The governance of public transit in Toronto is a bit of a shambles. We need a new institutional vision for mobility in Toronto. Everyone wants a city that works well. Everyone wants to move through the city as easily as possible. We have different opinions on what that means, but one thing that is clear, we need better mobility infrastructure. Show More Summary

Pressure Builds on Ontario Liberals for Urgently-Needed Rent Controls

18 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Although there's few details, Ontario's housing minister vows that legislation is on the way. As the city’s housing crisis reaches a unwieldy desperate climax, NDP MPP Peter Tabuns has stepped up with legislation to close the 1991 loophole, which exempts rental units built after that year from any rent control. Show More Summary

Turn Flaws Into Funny

18 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Second City's new show classes up the stage without losing previous shows' bite; Stupidhead dreams up laugh out loud singing stand-up. The Second City Toronto main stage has received a considerable overhaul since their last revue, which was a gritty and functional set covered with topical graffiti. Show More Summary

Toronto City Council Votes Down Facts on Scarborough Transit

Mayor John Tory puts his fingers in his ears when challenged by fellow councillors. Here’s a rhetorical question: when your house is burning, how much water do you throw on it before you simply walk away? Here’s a less rhetorical one:...Show More Summary

Video: Scarborough Residents Weigh In At Heated Transit Meeting

Video coverage from Monday night's one-stop subway debate in Scarborough. On the eve of the one-stop Scarborough subway vote (it passed) at Toronto City Council, residents got their final say at the Scarborough Village Recreation Centre on Kingston Road. Show More Summary

Evaluate the Health of Canadian Democracy

Government watch organization Samara Canada hosts a panel discussion tonight on the health and stability of our democratic institutions. Tonight, democracy watch NGO Samara Canada unveils its Democracy 360 report, a 2017 update to their...Show More Summary

Laugh at Intergenerational Comedy for A Cause

Several of Comedy Bar's top acts are collaborating on a fundraiser for The Haven, a Toronto drop-in. There’s been a lot of focus on young people’s—and young families’—difficulty in finding housing in Toronto of late. But those segments of the population often have support systems—friends and family—that socially isolated seniors often lack. Show More Summary

How Toronto’s Papers Covered A Gold Heist and Legalized Pot Plans

You may need to smoke a joint to make it through yet another transit debate. In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. Canadians get really excited when anything involving anything from...Show More Summary

Priced Out of Toronto’s Housing Market

For millennials, living in the GTA’s suburban stretches is often unappealing. Rachel Lissner would never live in the suburbs as they are today. “Not in a million years,” she tells me. As the founder of the Facebook group Young Urbanists League, her sentiment comes as no surprise. Show More Summary

Toronto City Council Agenda Preview: March 2017

Here's your cheat sheet for City Council this week. City Council convenes this week for yet another Scarborough transit debate. But there’s much more on the agenda, including energy drinks, the Great Lakes, landlord licensing, the inexorable spread of Shoppers Drug Mart, and more. Show More Summary

Scarborough One-Stop Subway Reveals Mayor Tory’s Political Hubris

City Council gears up for yet another debate this week over the fate of the Scarborough subway extension. There’s an old story about a town where the local mill ended every day’s morning shift with a whistle blast exactly at noon. It was so reliable that everyone set their clocks and watches by the noon-hour whistle. Show More Summary

Seize a Second Chance to See Successful Shows

We round-up shows on stage returning due to popularity and critical acclaim. Plays, especially smaller indie shows, don’t often get a second life in Toronto. For various reasons, including grant funding and audience interest, many companies focus on creating new work, without considering if it might be a good idea to remount a past show. Show More Summary

American Civil Rights Activist Shaun King on the Toronto District School Board’s Travel Ban

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Citing uncertainty under Donald Trump, TDSB students won't be travelling to the U.S. for school trips. “The largest school district in all of Canada, for the City of Toronto, is now banning all student and staff trips to the United States. Show More Summary

The Preventable Epidemic: How Harm Reduction Helps to Prevent Overdoses

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

"We’re starting to see people looking at drug use as a health issue as opposed to a criminal justice issue." In depth: Part two in a three-part series examining the opioid crisis in the city. Two months ago, Michelle Klaiman, an emergency and addiction medicine doctor at St. Show More Summary

People Are Really Happy to Hear the Musical Hamilton is (Finally) Coming to Toronto

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

But here's the bad news. You’ve probably already heard that Hamilton, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Toronto, finally answering the desperate pleas of local musical theatre fans. But, don’t get too excited. Mirvish Productions...Show More Summary

Historicist: “As Interesting as It Is Timely”

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Young journalist William Lyon Mackenzie King describes the “foreigners who live in Toronto.” In the summer of 1897, William Lyon Mackenzie King returned to Toronto after having spent several months advancing his education in Chicago....Show More Summary

Make Your Friday Night Funny With Triplespeak

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

An eclectic line-up of activists, writers, and musicians appearing as guest monologists for their new all star show. For its latest show, Triplespeak, Bad Dog Theatre is bringing things back to the basics. Director Alex Tindal is employing...Show More Summary

Watch Life Lessons Brought To The Stage In Two Plays

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Theatre that tackles questions of authenticity, morality, and connections. In two new plays, art imitates life—or, at least, builds on the playwrights’ experiences and observations in the education system (Trigonometry) and in the Montreal indie art scene (A City). Show More Summary

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