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What Politicians Can Learn from the “Intersectionality Awareness Week” Debacle

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

City Council could do far more to improve the lives of marginalized citizens who are impacted daily by racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism. Politicians have one overarching responsibility: addressing the concerns of their constituents. Show More Summary

Ways Toronto Can Dramatically Improve The City Bus Network

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A relatively small investment can equal a huge improvement in the experience of Toronto transit riders. Consider the bus. The lowly bus. It plays such an important role in Toronto’s transit network, where buses carry 60 per cent of TTC riders, but it gets so little respect. Show More Summary

The Former Home of a Feminist Senator Was a Meeting Place for Women’s Groups

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Women gathered at this address organizing to make sure gender equality was in the constitution. Now and Then explores the stories behind Toronto’s historical plaques and monuments. Former senator Nancy Ruth owned the house at 184 Roxborough Drive for only 16 years, from 1980 to 1996. Show More Summary

How Urban Parks Keep Seniors Healthy and Living Longer

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Toronto must adapt to an aging population. For the first time ever, there are more people over 65 than under 15. 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

Urban Planner: What’s On In Toronto, July 5-11

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This week, lots of outdoor picnics and film screenings (indoor ones, too); book and record releases by Nick Flanagan, Absolutely Free, and Jonny Sun; and, of course, the annual Toronto Fringe Festival. Wednesday, July 5 The next 12 days are referred to as “theatre Christmas” by many Torontonians who are fans of the Toronto Fringe Festival. Show More Summary

Are Laneway Suites a Solution to Toronto’s Housing Crisis?

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

"There are thousands of opportunities to build small, one-family units along laneways.” The reality is that we live in a city of rental shortages, increasingly out-of-reach housing prices, dwindling affordable housing options, and a population that keeps growing. Show More Summary

Where The Handmaid’s Tale was Filmed in Toronto (Part Two)

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

More of Toronto as Gilead, the site of Margaret Atwood's chilling dystopian future. 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

Ignoring Our Climate Responsibility Would Make Mayor Tory As Bad As Trump

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Torontonians are demanding real action by City Council on the biggest challenge facing humanity. When Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement in early June, Canadian politicians from all political stripes made it clear they did not agree with Trump’s climate dismissal approach. Show More Summary

TransformTO Could Make the City Look Very Different in 2050

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The plan for a low-carbon city can move Toronto into the future—if we commit to making it happen. Why TransformTO? TransformTO is a project of the City of Toronto’s environment and energy division and the Atmospheric Fund to look at strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: What’s On In Toronto, June 30 – July 4

3 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Our special long weekend Urban Planner susses out all the best (and mostly free) entertainment (including fireworks) to be had as part of Canada Day (and beyond). Friday, June 30 The Harbourfront Centre has perhaps the widest array of...Show More Summary

Honouring a Beloved Local Theatre Writer at the Dora Awards

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

"I doubt there's a person here whose life wasn't changed by Jon Kaplan." The 38th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards on Monday night began with a projected image of an empty audience chair on the stage, with a sign affixed: “reserved for...Show More Summary

In Praise of Stockholm’s Stunning Transit System

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Three key takeaways for Toronto after riding the metro in Sweden's capital city. A recent trip to Stockholm introduced me to a pretty fantastic transit system. I’m not going to jump on the Swedes-do-everything-right bandwagon—partlyShow More Summary

The Sun’s Sue-Ann and Scrawler Vs Toronto Pride

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

But the real question is why didn't the Dyke Marchers make the homophobic pastor feel more included and welcomed? For someone who has so much hard-wired contempt for the city’s annual Pride Parade, Toronto Sun columnist Sue-Ann LevyShow More Summary

Anger is An Appropriate Response to Poverty and Death on Toronto Streets

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

What does it say about our city? While some Torontonians make millions off a skyrocketing housing market, homeless deaths have nearly doubled. On the second Tuesday of every month, friends and family of those who have died on our city’s streets join together on the steps of the Church of the Holy Trinity to acknowledge and mourn their passing. Show More Summary

From Protests to Parades: A Walking Tour of Labour History on Spadina

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Leftist groups, including communists, met at various halls and buildings on Spadina, attracting many radical thinkers. By Erin Sylvester On a hot, sunny Sunday in late spring, a group gathered at Spadina and College, ready to learn about the hidden history of the neighbourhood. Show More Summary

In Photos: Politics and Celebration at Toronto’s Pride Parade

4 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Indigenous artist and grand marshall Kent Monkman was at the front, and Black Lives Matter Toronto unexpectedly closed the procession to cheers from a supportive crowd. Thousands cheered, danced, and waved rainbow flags for Toronto’s annual Pride Parade on Sunday as the colourful and glittery procession weaved through the downtown core. Show More Summary

In Photos: The Dyke March is Still Radical, Still Resisting

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

At about halfway, marchers took part in a die-in by laying on the concrete to symbolize the violence done to queer women’s bodies. The theme of the 2017 Dyke March was to “resist” and that is exactly what thousands of queer women and their supporters did on Saturday, June 25. Show More Summary

Historicist: The Caravan is on its Way

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Torontonians travel the world—without leaving the city borders. “Toronto was once a mausoleum where nothing moved on Sunday but clergymen’s lips,” wrote the Toronto Star‘s Trent Frayne in 1974. However, in the years since the SecondShow More Summary

Video and Photos: Trans Marchers Celebrate the Passing of Trans Human Rights Bill

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

“I'm marching today because I finally have the freedom to be the person I always wanted to be" The mood was jubilant as thousands took part in the 9th annual Toronto Trans March on Friday evening. Marchers took off from Bloor Street at Church, headed south down Yonge Street, turned left on Carlton Street, ending up in Allan Gardens. Show More Summary

In Photos: Toronto’s Annual Queer Night March Blocks Traffic in Front of Police Headquarters

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Night March is the annual reminder that Pride is political. The annual queer and trans Night March, now in its sixth year, led hundreds of marchers through Toronto’s Gay Village, across College Street, before temporarily stopping traffic in front of police headquarters Wednesday evening. Show More Summary

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