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Toronto Council Gearing Up For Another Battle Over Pride Funding

Straight politicians keep trying to dictate to Pride who should be welcome at the parade. Toronto Councillor John Campbell’s (Ward 4, Etobicoke Centre) much-anticipated motion is expected to hit the Council floor next week. His proposal...Show More Summary

In Sanitizing Toronto of its Grit, Are We Washing Away its Character?

"The relentless gentrification of Toronto is a major concern." Some of Toronto’s most nostalgic and beloved venues have also been the grittiest, and they are disappearing. But in sanitizing the city, we may be washing away its colourful history and the people who created it. Show More Summary

Toronto’s Poor Will Shoulder The Pain of Mayor Tory’s Austerity

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Even this early in the 2018 budget process, it's clear there is one singular goal: to keep property taxes low. Next year, as Frances Nunziata remarked in Thursday’s Budget Committee meeting, will mark 20 years since amalgamation. She then stared off into the middle distance, as if wondering whether or not it was ever a good idea. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: Here’s What’s On In Toronto This Week, May 10-16

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This week features plays about the Middle East (both contemporary and Biblical), meet-ups for fans of comics, roller derby and pugs, and events benefitting social housing and Amnesty international. Wednesday, May 10 No one work of art...Show More Summary

Video: At The Global Marijuana March; “This Is Prohibition 2.0”

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Marc and Jodie Emery joined marchers in Toronto to demand that the federal government immediately decriminalize weed and pardon people convicted of possession. While the Liberal government is on track to partially legalize marijuanaShow More Summary

Increasing Transit Usage Means Understanding Transit Riders

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Report analyzing transit user surveys collected over the course of eight years can provide useful insights for cities like Toronto. What makes a person choose public transit over the convenience of a car? In January of this year, the...Show More Summary

Hot Take Challenge: Pride vs. Police, Police vs. Scrawler

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Starting today, Torontoist introduces Hot Take Challenge, with a look at how The Sun's scribes covered yesterday's news about Pride and police. It is said that Toronto’s newspapers are the city’s most reliable source of Hot Takes, and...Show More Summary

From Saudi Arabia to Toronto in Search of a Homeland; “We Love It Here”

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

For Ehab Jaber, immigration to Canada happened very quickly. My parents were displaced in 1948 when Israel was created. My dad was eight and my mom was four. They grew up as refugees with no citizenship. My dad became a doctor, but non-citizens weren’t allowed to work in Lebanon. Show More Summary

There is a Raccoon on the Loose at Pearson Airport

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

And welcoming travellers to Toronto. Everyone’s introduction to Toronto should be a raccoon. Forget the CN Tower. Never mind Union Station. None of them, I submit, are as emblematic of the city as the raccoon. On one of my first nights in the city, I left my trash outside—soon enough, my doorstep was overrun with half a dozen hungry raccoons. Show More Summary

‘The Unsung S/heroes’ Takes African Grandmothers From the Shadows to the Spotlight

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Get an intimate look into the lives of the African grandmothers who are the (s)heroes at the heart of the response to the Africa’s AIDS pandemic at the CONTACT Photography Festival. “Photography hasn’t had a good history in Africa,” said Alexis MacDonald at the opening of her current photo exhibit, The Unsung S/heroes. Show More Summary

CAMH is Taking The Mask Off Mental Illness

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Delicious cuisine, surrounded by beautiful art, and discussions about mental health at UnMasked on May 10. Two years ago, Sandi Treliving was having dinner at an art gallery when one of the guests had an unexpected emotional breakdown prompted by a conversation about mental health. Show More Summary

Celebrate the Ongoing Story of Toronto With These 10 Jane’s Walks

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Don't let a little rain stop you from exploring the city for the annual Jane's Walk weekend. Spring officially kicks off with Jane’s Walk annual festival the first weekend of May (although there are walks all year round). There will be more than 200 walks crisscrossing the city led by locals and folks passionate about their neighbourhoods. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: Here’s What’s On In Toronto This Week, May 4-9

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Torontoist's weekly roundup column returns—as does the SheDot and We're Funny That Way comedy festivals, Feast In the East, and Global Marijuana March. Thursday, May 4 The fourth annual SheDot Festival this week showcases funny women from Toronto, Canada, and beyond. Show More Summary

Why Urban Trees Are Giving Us Life

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In Toronto, trees provide $28.2 million worth of services each year in the form of savings on heating and cooling, improvements to air quality and carbon sequestration. Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. Show More Summary

Review Roundup: Six Must-See Films at Hot Docs

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Toronto's documentary film festival continues till May 7. Tokyo Idols (Magnificent Obsessions, UK/Canada) Directed by Kyoko Miyake, 88 minutes Screenings: Wednesday, May 3, 10:30 a.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox Sunday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. TIFF...Show More Summary

Decolonizing Toronto Classrooms

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

High school students from five GTA schools present ideas on how to integrate Indigenous culture at their schools. Kim Wheatley looks across the room with a mix of awe and amazement across her face. For her, it’s everything she has been waiting to see since her time as a high school student—students validating her Indigenous culture. Show More Summary

Faces of The Parkdale Renter’s Revolution

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Residents say the landlord is imposing massive rent hikes while complaints of cockroaches, mice, bedbugs, and urgent repairs are ignored. Parkdale tenants are fighting back against above-guideline rent increases. On Sunday they marched...Show More Summary

How Toronto’s Papers covered Stolen Valour and LeBron vs The Raptors

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

And some hard-hitting reporting on that monster, Caillou. In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. This morning, Toronto is starting to come to terms with the long odds that the Raptors...Show More Summary

With Toronto’s Support, Canada Moves Closer To a National Shark Fin Ban

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

“If we allow sharks to disappear from our oceans, the balance will be gone and our oceans will die, and if our oceans die, mankind goes with it." Shark finning remind me of that episode of Seinfeld in which Elaine advocates eating only the muffin’s top. Show More Summary

Where Falling Skies was filmed in Toronto

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

It's the closest Steven Spielberg has got to shooting a movie in our city. 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

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