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Why Toronto’s Urban Forest is a Critical Infrastructure Asset

1 hour agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Urban forests are vital infrastructure that provide $125 million in services to the GTA each year. But with little support from senior governments, municipalities are stretched to nurture their green assets. By The post Why Toronto’s Urban Forest is a Critical Infrastructure Asset appeared first on Torontoist.

Here’s How Our Municipal Government Can Encourage Citizen Engagement

1 hour agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The key is meeting people where they are. The Toronto Community Foundation recently released its annual Vital Signs report, which provides a comprehensive snapshot of trends and issues affecting the quality of life in our city. The report...Show More Summary

City Hall Budget Terms, Explained

4 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Confused about what all those budget terms mean? We have you covered. This post was originally published on December 4, 2012. We’ve re-published it to coincide with Toronto’s budget launch on December 6, 2016, and added minor updates. Show More Summary

How Property Taxes Work in Toronto

4 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Everything you need to know about the City's main source of revenue. This article was originally published on January 9 2014. In advance of Toronto’s budget launch on December 6, we’ve re-published it with minor updates. At City Hall there is often very little agreement about property taxes, other than the fact that they are confusing. Show More Summary

Historicist: Cycling Through the Seventies

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A look at the origins of Toronto's cycling infrastructure over 40 years ago. This article originally appeared January 5, 2013 In the introduction to their booklet Bicycling in Toronto, Estherelke and Bob Kaplan imagined two ways theShow More Summary

Executive Committee Votes Against Ranked Ballot Panel

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

They didn't want an independent panel to review the idea, which council originally endorsed three years ago. In the latest blow to local electoral reform, City Hall’s Executive Committee voted down a proposal to convene an independent panel on ranked ballots, with possible implementation for 2022. Show More Summary

Non-profits Offer Much-needed Food Services

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A non-profit that allows people to "adopt a kitchen" offers tangible results. Wendy has been working in Houselink kitchens for about six years. She was referred to the organization by a friend and started out cleaning, but now she also cooks and does inventory. Show More Summary

The Wine to Bring Home for Christmas

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Take the 401 in either direction to Prince Edward County or Niagara, and you’ll find vineyards planted with Gamay, the grape that is used to make Beaujolais. It’s only the fifth most popular grape in the province, but some wineries have staked their reputation on producing high quality Gamay. Show More Summary

Doug Ford Won’t Run in Scarborough Byelection, Everyone Breathes Sigh of Relief

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Ford notwithstanding, there's still a February byelection that could turn into a de facto referendum on road tolls and budget issues. Do you remember Doug Ford, the one-term councillor who really didn’t seem to like his job except for being a Very Important Person? Well, he’s in the news again. Show More Summary

This Street Art Gives a Listen in Instant Gratification

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

With bonus pug! BY: Unknown LOCATION: Unknown PHOTO BY: Lisa de Jong FIELD NOTES: We hear you, random vandal. There are oodles of things we love but hate the effort that goes into achieving them. We suppose that’s all part of life. If these things came too easily maybe we wouldn’t appreciate them as much. Show More Summary

Why Delivering Food Via Bicycle is Good For Neighbourhoods

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The case for relocalizing our food system. Bicycles never used to be thought of as central to the food system, but the Internet has allowed this particular wheel to be reinvented as a prime tool for localizing food systems while reducing traffic jams, cutting global warming emissions, and providing jobs. Show More Summary

Three Local Anti-Racism Campaigns You Need to Know About Now

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Alarming hateful and racist acts aren't only happening south of the border. Here's a look at some initiatives that are combatting discrimination here. The normalization and mainstreaming of neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups south of the border has made many Torontonians pause and reflect. Show More Summary

This New Art Exhibit Will Help You Embrace Winter

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Come January, Ice Breakers will stretch along Queens Quay from Yonge to Bathurst. BY: RAW Design INSTALLATION: Jan. 21 through to Feb. 26, 2017 LOCATION: Queens Quay (Yonge to Bathurst streets) By the time winter rolls around, the image of throngs of tourists and locals roaming the waterfront starts to give way to a starker picture of stillness. Show More Summary

The December 2016 Toronto Executive Committee Liveblog: Revenue Tools Edition

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Also on the agenda: ranked ballots and poverty reduction. Photo by Himy Syed from the Torontoist Flickr Pool. It’s December 1, which means it’s time for egg nog, Mariah Carey Christmas music, latkes, and City budget-related debates.Show More Summary

Renting Isn’t a Dirty Word

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

It's just pretty normal. Housing is really expensive. For a lot of Torontonians, that means they rent for longer periods of time before pursuing home ownership or forego that goal altogether. It’s a pretty common conversation where someone...Show More Summary

Re-opening the Gardiner Debate is the Right Thing to Do

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

With $1.8 billion in additional costs to the City, we're owed an opportunity to re-visit the decision. As costs for the Gardiner continue to escalate amid a traffic jam of bad news, the contentious project to build the portion east of Jarvis faces renewed opposition. Show More Summary

Teen MPP is Surly and Evasive (But Totally Not a Homophobe!)

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The most 19-year-old politician ever. The first thing you learn about Ontario’s newest MPP is that he is 19. That’s what you read before you learn that Zach Morris look-alike Sam Oosterhoff wants to freeze time in 1956, or what his policy stance is on Hydro (he thinks you should pay less!). Show More Summary

Why I Co-Created an App to Better Understand Toronto’s Budget

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Budgetpedia helps Torontonians make sense of the city's often confusing budget and finances. Budgetpedia.ca is a place for people to learn about Toronto’s budget and meet like-minded people. It launched this week. I’m the project lead, and the lead software developer; more than 60 people have helped along the way over almost one and a half years. Show More Summary

The Ontario Municipal Board is Long Overdue for Repairs

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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A Guide to Winter Cycling in Toronto

5 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

How to navigate the city's slushy, snowy, icy streets. I have a confession to make. I have never been a winter cyclist. In the past couple of years, I have gotten into enough scrapes in the balmiest of weather that I thought it wise to avoid the inevitable accidents that would come with cycling in slush and ice between December and April. Show More Summary

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