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Dispatches from the Hateful Fringe

Charges against the publisher of Toronto's worst newspaper, Faith Goldy gets uninvited, and other dispatches from the hateful fringe. >>Toronto City Councillor wants to ban “hate-sponsored rallies” Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10,...Show More Summary

Toronto’s transit ridership is in a league of its own

The TTC carries the more riders than other transit systems in the region, so why isn't it prioritized? When it comes to transit planning, we can’t ignore the elephant in the room: the TTC. It’s time to pull rank, Toronto. Let’s talk about scale. Show More Summary

Andy Byford leaves Toronto for the lights of Broadway

A look back at the highs and lows of the Byford years, and the challenges ahead for his successor. Andy Byford will leave his post as CEO of the TTC for a new position heading the most troubled transit agency in North America, New York City Transit. Show More Summary

New safe injection sites highlight old problems

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

“We’ve turned a corner, but we’re still not doing enough,” say front-line workers. Days after Toronto’s second legal supervised injection site at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre won federal approval, a heated trailer arrived in Moss Park, enabling the site to continue operating through the winter. Show More Summary

City opens first sanctioned safe-injection sites

4 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

“We’ve turned a corner, but we’re still not doing enough,” say front-line workers. Toronto’s first permanent, legal supervised injection site opened earlier this month at The Works Needle Exchange Program, near Yonge and Dundas, and more are scheduled to open in the weeks ahead. Show More Summary

Toronto is playing catch-up to prepare for electric vehicles

Council approves six new electric vehicle charging stations in pilot project, but still lags behind other cities. Toronto’s infrastructure for charging electric vehicles is lagging behind other major cities, as more residents acquire the environmentally friendly cars only to find there are few public charging stations. Show More Summary

Transit now rules the road as King Street pilot project launches

Drivers will need some time to adjust to the new rules, but the project is off to a promising start. Toronto’s experiment to convert King Street to a thoroughfare where transit reigns began with a quiet launch on Sunday and this carried over into the morning rush hour on a partial bank holiday following observance of Remembrance Day on the weekend. Show More Summary

REVEALED: The white supremacists behind alt-right posters around the city

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Two groups were photographed on U of T campus last night, and Torontoist has identified several participants. Last night, two groups of white supremacists were caught on camera putting up “It’s Okay To Be White” posters up around the University of Toronto campus. Show More Summary

What’s on the agenda for City Council’s November meeting?

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Your need-to-know guide to this week’s Council meeting. City Council will convene today for a meeting sure to centre on the fate of the Bloor bike lanes. Also on the agenda? A strategy to grow the City’s child care facilities, a plan to space available for community groups, and prepping Toronto’s streets for electric cars. Show More Summary

Reimagined spaces benefit Toronto artists, communities, and developers

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Toronto is on the right path when it comes to reimagined spaces. In the past few years, Toronto has seen a surfacing of value-added elements in unexpected spaces throughout the city. Transportation hubs are doubling as cultural centres,...Show More Summary

Civic Tech: Sidewalk Labs is selling quality of life, but is Toronto buying?

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Early indications suggest the project may not be transparent as hoped. Never Too Soon for Mission Creep At Sidewalk Lab’s first public meeting last Wednesday, both CEO Dan Doctoroff and Waterfront Toronto’s Will Fleissig spoke about the importance of public consultation and co-creation on the smart-city Quayside project. Show More Summary

Historicist: William Lyon Mackenzie King Fixes the Column

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

After he became prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King could finish what he started and improve the public memory of his grandfather. Part one of this story appeared in last week’s Historicist. Mackenzie King’s progress toward boosting...Show More Summary

Gothamist is dead, but Torontoist lives on

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Local journalism is under threat. We need your support. Last night as I was leaving the office, news broke that Gothamist, a network of local journalism websites of which Torontoist was once a part, was to shut down immediately. Nearly...Show More Summary

Some Questions Raised by SmartTrack

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The current transit plan leaves a lot to the imagination. This fall, Metrolinx and Toronto city planners began consultations with community stakeholders and the public about SmartTrack. City Council will soon be asked to approve funding for the next stage of project development. Show More Summary

Civic Tech: A list of questions we’d like Sidewalk Labs to answer

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Help expand on this list of questions – there's a lot that we don't know about the company's plan for its Toronto project. The first public meeting for Sidewalk Toronto is scheduled for this Wednesday, November 1. The free tickets to register “sold out” within a day of being posted. Show More Summary

Historicist: Fixing the Broken Column

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

William Lyon Mackenzie King encountered his grandfather's grave and decided that something just wasn't right. Here is a story about the fallout from what could have been a civil war, but thanks to our national genius for compromise, was not, and about the way that we remember that conflict and those who participated in it. Show More Summary

Will Toronto invest in its future?

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A close reading of the top bureaucrat's state of the city address. City manager Peter Wallace delivered his third annual state of the city address yesterday at the Munk Centre. His speech, titled “Investing in Toronto’s Future,” was aimed squarely at the council yet to come, the crew who will be elected for the 2018-2022 term. Show More Summary

Toronto voters, candidates still unclear on ward boundaries as election draws near

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A decision by the OMB is expected by December 31, or the City risks another term of outdated boundaries. The clock is ticking on a decision by the Ontario Municipal Board that will determine whether Toronto will have new ward boundaries, including three entirely new wards, in time for the next election in 2018. Show More Summary

CAMH announces McCain Complex Care and Recovery Centre?

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

New facility emphasizing integration feels more like a home than a hospital. “I don’t think there’s a family anywhere in North America that hasn’t been touched in some way, directly or indirectly, with the challenges of mental illness,” says Michael McCain, a decade-long donor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Show More Summary

Hatewatch: Neo-Nazis in Nathan Phillips Square

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

One officer was quoted saying counter-protestors and neo-Nazis were "two sides of the same coin." Hatewatch is a new column that will run bi-weekly, tracking the rise of hate groups and their activities in and around Toronto.  Earlier,...Show More Summary

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