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Eviction Prevention Programs a Vital but Limited Service

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Here's why tenant representation matters. Eviction is the sword hanging over every renter’s head. Whether someone struggles to pay their rent each month or not, every renter knows his or her landlord possesses the capacity to put them out of their home. Show More Summary

Historicist: Pedestrian-blaming, 1930s style

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Toronto struggles to reduce the number of traffic fatalities during the holiday season. The Christmas of 1936 was a black one for Toronto. On December 26, newspapers reported on the holiday slaughter: three people killed, at least six people injured by hit-and-run drivers, and more than one hundred separate traffic collisions. Show More Summary

Girl Power for Street Art

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Encouraging female participation in a traditionally male-dominated medium. BY: Dudeman LOCATION: Unknown PHOTO BY: Georgette P. FIELD NOTES: The world of art has a long and ongoing history of under-representing female-identified artists. Show More Summary

Two Years Later, Doug Ford Finally Gets a Slap on the Wrist for Ethics Violation

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The report highlights some of the longstanding problems with Toronto's integrity complaint process. Remember when Doug Ford was a city councillor? It was a crazy time. There was: a Ferris wheel, a public weight loss challenge, a feud...Show More Summary

The Toronto Holiday Beer Gift Guide

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Stuck on what to get for that special beer lover in your life? Don't worry, we got you covered. Well, it happened again, didn’t it? You thought you were so damn clever in the summer, thinking that you would beat the crowd and get your holiday gifts sorted early. Show More Summary

A Beginner’s Guide to Electoral Reform

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

So many options: the Thunderdome, a staring contest, picking a name out of a hat. Relief Line is your not-so-serious glance at the city we love. Electoral reform has been dominating headlines lately. From the recent vote in favour of...Show More Summary

Where Suicide Squad Was Filmed in Toronto

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

On our streets, bad guys take on badder guys. 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

What the 2017 Budget Says About the Yawning Gaps in Toronto Transit Funding: Munro

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The unbalanced budget is in large part due to funding problems at the TTC. Toronto’s 2017 budget launch on December 6 brought a wealth of detail in proposals for City spending over the coming year, but little in good news for transit riders. Show More Summary

How Council’s Committees Could Change for the Second Half of John Tory’s Term

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Josh Matlow gets shafted, again. Every two years, council picks its new dodgeball teams. Since council doesn’t actually have dodgeball—which is unfortunate—this takes the form of council committees. Some committees, of course, are more desired than others. Show More Summary

Duly Quoted: Gavin Stark, on His Mom Being Struck and Killed By a Driver

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

What a pedestrian fatality means to a 10-year-old. “It’s not fair at all because all she was doing was standing on the sidewalk.” —Ten-year-old Gavin Stark writes about his mom, Erica. She was killed in 2014 when a driver’s vehicle jumped the curb and struck her while she was training a service dog in Scarborough. Show More Summary

The Toronto Island Ropes Course is Probably Going to Close

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Farewell, sweet prince. To help balance Toronto’s budget, the Island ropes course will likely close in 2017. The ropes course, which includes both high ropes and low ropes, is a destination for youth groups, companies that wish to build employee trust or morale, and people who got lost trying to find Centreville. Show More Summary

Why Toronto Should Repeal the Tax Break for Vacant Stores

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The policy that gives an incentive to empty storefronts has outlived its usefulness. Toronto needs money. That isn’t news, but it is news when ideas come up that can either raise or save the City some cash that it needs for its $33 billion of approved, but still unfunded, projects. Show More Summary

The Origin of Human Rights Law in Ontario

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Now and Then explores the stories behind Toronto’s historical plaques and monuments. On December 10, the United Nations celebrates Human Rights Day to commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948. Show More Summary

What You Need to Know about Toronto’s Budget

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The budget isn't balanced, and council will have to find some combination of service cuts and additional revenue to make up the difference. The staff-proposed City budget has been released, and we’ve had the chance to go over it in high-level detail. Show More Summary

Why Imposing Tolls on the Gardiner and DVP is a Terrible Idea

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

This is not a serious plan for raising revenue or fighting congestion. Road tolls. At first glance, it looks like we’re finally getting serious about generating revenue for transit. Alas, this is not the adult conversation you are looking for. Show More Summary

How Toronto’s Papers Covered Christmas Trees and Chris Alexander

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

From Toronto's Deadly Streets to electoral reform to the killing of a local doctor. In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and as the festival...Show More Summary

Follow Live Coverage of Toronto’s 2017 Budget Launch

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

All the analysis, context, and fact-checks you need to understand Toronto's budget, and what it means for you. Photo by Himy Syed from the Torontoist Flickr Pool. It’s time for the annual city budget! This year, like last, we expectShow More Summary

How Christmas Markets Have Gone Global

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Is there such a thing as too much holiday cheer? Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. In a city known for snow, skiing, and hearty cuisine, wooden stalls fill a downtown park to create an annual Christmas market. Show More Summary

What to Do in Toronto December 5–11: Solo Sessions, DIANA, City of Craft

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Seasonal shows from Second City, Soulpepper, and White Cowbell Oklahoma; album shows by Jordan Foisy, Tom Henry, and DIANA; festival offerings from Storefront Theatre and City of Craft. Urban Planner is your weekly curated guide to what’s on in Toronto—things that are local, affordable, and exceptional. Show More Summary

What Toronto Colleges and Universities Are Doing to Help Students’ Mental Health

last monthCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Awareness about the mental health challenges students face is growing on campuses. Here's what local schools are offering in the way of support. Mental health is an ever-growing issue, especially at post-secondary institutions. A report...Show More Summary

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