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Former John Tory Campaign Advisers Are Working on Hydro Privatization, and Some Councillors Have Questions

26 minutes agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The mayor's evolving stance on selling off Toronto Hydro seems like a game of Twister Tory. Two of John Tory’s top-ranking 2014 campaign officials are providing advisory services to Toronto Hydro as the public agency looks at a partial selloff. Show More Summary

This Street Art Wants You to Join the Dark Side

26 minutes agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

There's definitely good in this street art BY: Unknown LOCATION: Unknown PHOTO BY: Andrew FIELD NOTES: As always, due to the anonymity of street artists, one can only speculate on the meaning behind pieces. This artist seems to be drawing...Show More Summary

The Star Made 3,700 Pages of Scarborough Subway FOI Documents Public, and You Can Search Through Them

27 minutes agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

There's a lot of documents to go through. It is time for a Scarborough Subway Extension treasure hunt. The Toronto Star has made public 3,700 pages of emails and documents that show the decision-making behind the Scarborough Subway Extension since 2013. Show More Summary

A Very Spooky Story: The 506 To Hell

It may have reeked of death and been engulfed in fire, but it still had plenty of seats available. Relief Line is your not-so-serious glance at the city we love. This week, we bring you a very special Halloween-themed Relief Line. Lucy Jenkins was an ordinary young Torontonian. Show More Summary

Remembering the Russell Hill Disaster, Toronto’s Deadliest Subway Crash

Now and Then explores the stories behind Toronto’s historical plaques and monuments. On August 11, 1995, around 6 p.m., Torontonians were heading home from work, like any other day. But that evening commute would not end normally. Just after 6 p.m., a subway train—Run 35—travelling southbound from St. Show More Summary

Leading Scarborough Subway Champions Now Want a Different Route, Because Of Course

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre) and MPP Brad Duguid say the proposed route is unacceptable, as it would affect too many residents. The most vociferous political supporters of the Scarborough subway now oppose the proposed route for the $3.56 billion one-stop extension. Show More Summary

Watch John Tory Get Sensitive When a Citizen Connects His Policies to Consequences

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

John Tory tries to have it both ways when it's pointed out his preferred ward boundaries would split up the Beach. John Tory is generally affable and genial, but when someone pushes back and suggests he did something disagreeable, he can be very sensitive. Show More Summary

A Really Important Report About the Future of Toronto’s Transit Wasn’t Finished in Time

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

It might take a special meeting to give the overdue report consideration. The most ardent Council watchers were refreshing their browsers to see the report scheduled to be attached to EX 18.1, Transit Network Plan Update and Financial Strategy. Show More Summary

This U of T Task Force Wants to Make Toronto City Council Meetings Less Circus-Like

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Local democracy is messy, but it needs to be accessible. A University of Toronto-led task force will look at ways to make Toronto City Council meetings more manageable and improve deliberations. Led by U of T assistant professor Gabriel...Show More Summary

Why We Need to Focus on Expanding Rail Networks

2 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The way forward is not on the highway. I just spent a week in London—the really big one, in the United Kingdom. There are many lessons to learn from such a large and complex transit system as London’s, but what stood out to me was how well-connected the city is to everywhere else. Show More Summary

Mammoliti Sent a Stupid Press Release, So We Added the Annotations it Needs

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

He also sent a meme-worthy photo. Have fun with it? Giorgio Mammoliti’s press releases are a joy to open. The colourful councillor will say and do anything for attention, whether it’s acting like a raccoon, capitalizing on Rob Ford’s death, or going shirtless at city hall to protest a nude beach. Show More Summary

How Canada’s Rural Communities Can Become Innovation Hubs

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Imagine we looked at small towns as more than quaint weekend retreats for the wealthy and bored. When you visit the Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda website, you find these words: “Our creativity and resourcefulness define us. Show More Summary

How Toronto’s Papers Covered The Final Days of October

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Who will win this week's Front Page Challenge? In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. This week’s Front Page Challenge is not as highly competitive as recent weeks’ in the war between...Show More Summary

How New Technology is Redefining Buses

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Mexico City and York Region have more in common than you might think. Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Imagine speeding down the centre of a busy street in a bus that’s moving faster than the surrounding lanes of cars. Show More Summary

One-Stop Scarborough Subway Plan Based in Part on Misleading Report

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Star's reporting gives you another reason to be angry about transit planning in the city. “I would not and will not flow a dollar to the city until they repay the $85 (million) plus. Period. Non-negotiable. Rigid…No gas plants for...Show More Summary

Why City Staff Are Recommending Against a Toronto Expo 2025 Bid

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

There's a long list of things we should build to go with it, but the numbers don't seem to add up. For a long time, Toronto has loved the idea of the big event. Whether it’s unsuccessfully bidding for the Olympics (a lot), or hosting the PACHI-endorsed Pan Am Games, the idea is that hosting a world-class event elevates Toronto’s status. Show More Summary

Ward Changes Should Be About Representation, Not Ideology

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

What do opponents of the staff recommendations really mean when they say "the last thing we need is more politicians"? Map of the staff ward boundary recommendations above, by Sean Marshall. The new map would add three downtown wards...Show More Summary

Where Adventures in Babysitting Was Filmed in Toronto

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Going back in time to this 1987 movie, in which Toronto plays Chicago. Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Show More Summary

What to Do in Toronto October 24–30: “Once More, with Feeling,” The Krulls, and Night of Dread

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Spooky album releases, theatre performances, and parades in the lead-up to Halloween. Urban Planner is your weekly curated guide to what’s on in Toronto—things that are local, affordable, and exceptional. Monday, October 24 Weekly stand-up...Show More Summary

Historicist: Send in the Clowns

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A quartet of stories about the creatures who alternately amuse and anger us. Merriam-Webster defines “clown” as “a fool, jester, or comedian in an entertainment (as a play); specifically: A grotesquely dressed comedy performer in a circus.”...Show More Summary

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