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Sizing up amalgamation, 20 years on

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

As voters head to the polls for two big elections this year, what’s next for the “megacity”? Much has changed in the 20 years since the Progressive Conservative government of Mike Harris decided to amalgamate East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, York, and Toronto into a single unit, now known as the City of Toronto. Show More Summary

Here’s what regional and local commuting looks like

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

An update to last week's transit column about local and regional commuting distances and the importance of local transit. Last week, I drew on recent census data to demonstrate how local most work commutes are in the GTHA. I also pointed out that both inside and outside Toronto (but especially outside), local public transit is inadequate. Show More Summary

The biggest transit need in southern Ontario is local, not regional

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Local commuters aren't getting their fair share of transit attention in the province. For reasons that are slightly mysterious, there is talk of big changes to transit governance in Ontario. One idea floating about is to upload all transit systems to the province because there are 11 separate transit systems in the GTHA. Show More Summary

What happened at December’s City Council meeting?

2 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

What passed, what failed, and everything else you need to know in this run-down of the biggest—and most controversial—votes. December’s marathon City Council meeting is finally coming to a close. Which agenda items caused the most outrage? Airbnb regulations, shelter spaces, and, of course, transit debacles. Show More Summary

Anti-Muslim documentary, rejected elsewhere, makes world premiere in Toronto

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Despite its hateful tone, the documentary received a standing ovation from the audience. An Islamophobic documentary made its world premiere on Sunday in Toronto when it was screened at the Toronto Zionist Centre, at an event hosted by the Jewish Defense League and Act For Canada. Show More Summary

What’s on the agenda for December’s Toronto City Council meeting?

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Your need-to-know guide to this week’s council meeting. City Council will convene today for a meeting that could decide the fate of Airbnb in Toronto. Other agenda items to watch? A plan to add badly needed spaces to the city’s homeless shelter system, a SmartTrack update, and the feasibility of Rail Deck Park. Show More Summary

The national housing strategy may be more symbol than substance

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A close reading reveals just how committed the federal Liberals are to solving the problem. With much fanfare, the federal Liberals last week rolled out a National Housing Strategy—long in the works, and the first of its kind, as they are happy to remind everyone whenever the chance presents itself. Show More Summary

More public transit will help us all breathe easier

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Fewer cars on the road can help reduce air pollution and save lives. There is no question that climate change is one of the most urgent reasons we need to reduce the use of private automobiles. But there are other urgent reasons for switching to public transit too. Show More Summary

This one chart shows developers rushing to the OMB before it’s too late

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Appeals are rapidly piling up before legislation brings major changes. Appeals made to the Ontario Municipal Board have more than doubled, according to new data released by the City. The sudden rush of applications comes as developers anticipate that upcoming provincial legislation will result in a less favourable system. Show More Summary

Let’s better harness our growth to pay for Rail Deck Park (and other parks too)

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

By Jake Tobin Garrett At a Jane’s Walk last May imagining the future of Rail Deck Park, the number one question was: how are we going to pay for it? It’s not just an important question—it’s a critical one. Amidst so many priorities at...Show More Summary

Dispatches from the Hateful Fringe

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

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

4 months 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?

4 months 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

4 months 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

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