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Two More Options for What Toronto’s New Ward Boundaries Could Look Like

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Executive Committee considers the item in late October, and Council will likely decide ward boundaries in November. After much study and several rounds of public and stakeholder consultation, the Toronto Ward Boundary Review Team—made...Show More Summary

The Switch to Presto Could Make Life a Lot Harder for Seniors and Students

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Discounted fares will only be available at Davisville station until 2017. Renz Gamboa uses the TTC every day. He’s a student who attends school in Toronto, and he used to purchase a Metropass for his commute. He didn’t know about the...Show More Summary

Why Toronto’s Law Firms Need To Be More Diverse

Race and racism are at the forefront of issues in the justice system. For the past four years, a working group created by the Law Society of Upper Canada has analyzed racism and discrimination in the legal profession. The ChallengesShow More Summary

How Toronto’s Papers Covered A Terror Suspect’s Arrest

Plus Trudeau at the UN and Kathleen Wynne. In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. Ahmad Khan Rahami, an American citizen born in Afghanistan, was arrested Monday in connection with a pair of bombings in New York City and Linden, New Jersey, over the weekend. Show More Summary

Who Bears the Cost of Inclusionary Zoning?

Ontario is on track to pass legislation that would mandate the zoning by as soon as the end of the year. The Province is expected to adopt the Promoting Affordable Housing Act late this year or early 2017, which would amend the Planning...Show More Summary

Why Richmond Hill’s Court Victory Over the OMB is a Big Deal for all GTA Cities

If you’re an urbanizing municipality, this appeal was worth watching. With all the teeth-gnashing that seems to come with every decision handed down by the dreaded Ontario Municipal Board, it’s pretty rare that a municipality gets to pop the cork on some champagne and celebrate a victory over them. Show More Summary

How Section 37 Funds Work (And Don’t Work)

We explain the section of the Planning Act that makes every councillor pull out their hair. #evergreentweet nobody knows how section 37 works dot tumblr dot com #TOpoli — Nev Tragically Park (@neville_park) July 7, 2014 You may have heard “Section 37” brought up in discussions about some recent developments. Show More Summary

Articles to Read Other than the Sun’s Best Cleavage at TIFF

Read this, not that. Boobs. That’s what the Toronto Sun, home of the Sunshine Girl and columnist Joe Warmington, wants you to check out. The latest article in this tradition is “TIFF 2016: Best Cleavage of the Fest,” which is a photo gallery of exactly what the headline promises. Show More Summary

Where the Not-So-Classic Class of 1984 Was Filmed in Toronto

Michael J. Fox and Al Waxman make some (not-so-serious) Canadian film history. Class of 1984 is some kinda movie. Particularly after watching it in 2016, it’s hard to tell if it’s actually trying to be a serious issue movie, in a misguided Reefer Madness kind of way, or a full on exploitation-style B-movie. Show More Summary

What to Check Out in Toronto September 19–25: The Polaris Prize, JFL42, and Bells On Bloor

This week features A Tribe Called Red, literary festival Word on the Street, and a burlesque tribute to Queen Bey. Urban Planner is your weekly curated guide to what’s on in Toronto—things that are local, affordable, and exceptional....Show More Summary

In Legalizing Prescription Heroin, Canada Supports Ethical, Evidence-Based Medical Care

The decision comes at a critical time in the national opioid overdose crisis. Last Tuesday, the federal government continued to quietly unravel the “hard on drugs” policies of the previous administration by legalizing medically prescribed heroin. Show More Summary

Travelling Art Gallery Gives Voice and Representation to Sexual Assault Survivors

After a pit stop at Nathan Phillips Square, the gallery will make its way to Toronto university campuses. It’s a startling sight to behold: a shipping container tagged with the message “Sexual Assault: The Roadshow” in cheerful, sorbet-coloured spray paint. Show More Summary

Joe Cressy: Why Toronto Should Invest in Rail Deck Park

The Ward 20 councillor argues for addressing the downtown parks deficiency with a signature project. A central park over the rail corridor in downtown Toronto. It’s an idea whose time has come. Now, all we need is a little creativity, political will, and a commitment from City Council to invest significant money to make it happen. Show More Summary

Historicist: ‘A Carnival of Vice’

Toronto helps the Junction to celebrate the closing of its bars in 1904. This post originally appeared on September 15, 2012. In 1878, the federal government passed the Canada Temperance Act, drafted by Liberal Senator Richard William Scott. Show More Summary

TIFF’s Infinite Views of Toronto Take us to The Stairs

Toronto filmmaker Hugh Gibson's documentary sheds light on recovering addicts and social workers in Regent Park. There were a lot of views of Toronto on display at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. For the casual festival-goer, for starters, there was the modernist cityscape of the fest’s inspired Infinite Views ad campaign. Show More Summary

Why Toronto Should Introduce a Commercial Parking Levy

Parking spots aren't the best use of valuable real estate, but they should at least contribute to the city's well-being, argues Gideon Forman. A June 2016 report [PDF] from the consulting firm KPMG suggests Toronto has something on the order of a million non-residential parking spots. Show More Summary

Five Lessons A 10-Year-Old Learned From Black Lives Matters’ Freedom School

Respecting Blackness and understanding systemic racism were among lessons learned at the summer camp. A photo posted by Zahra (@zzspacemonster) on Aug 13, 2016 at 1:58pm PDT While other fourth graders had the summer off, Zahra spentShow More Summary

TIFF Day 9: That’s (Almost) A Wrap!

With just three days left in the festival, [re]Assignment is really angering viewers. Three more days to go until TIFF 2016 concludes. There are two more days of premieres and a Sunday full of repeat screenings to go, with attendeesShow More Summary

Toronto Artists Built Sculptures Out of Old Rubble

A trip to the Spit. BY: Unknown LOCATION: The Leslie Spit PHOTO BY: Ryan FIELD NOTES: The Leslie Spit, a nature oasis well within the city limits, is a five-kilometre-long spot of parkland that was created from the rubble remains of demolished Toronto buildings. Show More Summary

You Can Pair Beer and Opera, and It’s Amazing

This Toronto Beer Week, treat yourself to a unique evening that pairs baritones and beer. Many people believe that beer pairings start and end with food. Chocolate and stout, IPA with curry, pilsner with a burger, and Berliner Weisse with white fish. Show More Summary

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