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How Did the Province Do on Land-Use Plan Amendments?

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The Ontario government announced changes for land-use plans in the Greater Golden Horseshoe last month. This article is brought to you by Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation Creating complete communities where people can live with easy access to services, jobs, shops, and green space is a complex process. Show More Summary

The First Step for a Fairer City? Getting Women Elected

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Women Win Toronto, an organization to help women run for municipal office, is holding a launch event Wednesday. How do you know you belong? We often look to our communities for the comforting feeling that we belong in Toronto. Being able to connect with our neighbours and see ourselves reflected in our city is an important aspect of belonging. Show More Summary

‘There’s no reason they should be asking for my 2015 taxes’

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Renting while Black, and while too tall to fit in many small apartments. Craig Dominic is a DJ and event co-ordinator living in downtown Toronto. After living in the same apartment for several years, he spent about a month searching for a new place this year. Show More Summary

Toronto’s Little India is Undergoing an Urban Transition with the Vision To Preserve Its Identity

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Gerrard Street is changing, but the area hopes to maintain its Indian culture. At the corner of Coxwell and Gerrard is Lazy Daisy’s Café, run by Dawn Chapman. Chapman moved into the neighbourhood in 2006, and opened her cafe in 2011....Show More Summary

Torontonians Push Back Against Traditional Employment to Bring Art to the People

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

A couple Toronto startups are trying to make art accessible—if they can stay afloat in an expensive city. In an economic environment where young people are caught between part-time work options and earning cash on the side through “gigs,” some Canadians are pushing back and following their passion: art. Show More Summary

Historicist: How the ROM Became a World-Class Museum

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

After Sir Edmund Walker decided to make a museum, he needed to build a team of people dedicated to making the dream happen. Disclosure: An academic version of this article appeared in the Journal of Canadian Studies, Winter 2006 TheShow More Summary

Toronto is Finally Moving Ahead to Combat the Overdose Crisis

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The City of Toronto is still waiting for provincial money, but has the support of Health Canada for new supervised injection sites. Despite having developed and approved the Overdose Action Plan to tackle the deepening opioid crisisShow More Summary

Make the Suburbs Walkable by Allowing GTA Homes to Convert into Businesses

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

It’s time we did away with the neighbourhood-stultifying bylaws that make Toronto’s suburbs unwalkable.   Toronto and other GTA municipalities should update their zoning bylaws and allow suburbanites to convert their homes into cafes, stores, and cultural centres. Show More Summary

The Parkdale Rent Strike is Gaining Steam

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The CEO of MetCap, which runs the buildings whose tenants are on strike, drove into a tenant advocate Tuesday. Bed bugs. Mice. Badly needed repairs ignored for months, and then, when finally attended to, done shoddily. These are just...Show More Summary

Where xXx: The Return of Xander Cage was filmed in Toronto

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Toronto gets all extreme and puts some Diesel in its tank when the heroic Xander Cage and friends come to visit. 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

Walking the Lower Don Trail Will Be Possible This Summer

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Construction on the Lower Don should be finished in a few months, but more work is needed to make Toronto's ravines accessible for residents. We watched from the Don River overpass. An older cyclist slowed as he approached a blue metal gate blocking the Lower Don path. Show More Summary

In Photos: The Pride Flag Raising at City Hall

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Pride Month began with the raising of the Pride flag and Transgender Pride Flag at City Hall. The annual Pride flag raising at City Hall on May 31 marks the start of Pride Month in Toronto, with plenty of celebrations to come. Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) emceed the event. Show More Summary

Veteran NDPers Discuss the Way Forward Without Fossil Fuels

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Filmmaker Avi Lewis and MPP Cheri DiNovo discussed the Leap Manifesto, climate justice, and the future for the NDP. “No political party in Canada is taking a strong principled stand on the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels,” said journalist, filmmaker, and activist Avi Lewis during a panel at Ryerson University last week. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: What’s On In Toronto, May 31–June 6

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Returning clowns, swashbucklers, and sketch performers; pizza in the park and music at the fort; wrestling, dinosaurs, and true crime; a memorial for WWII soldiers, and one for a young cyclist. Wednesday, May 31 With Honest Ed’s coming...Show More Summary

Ontario is Getting a $15/hour Minimum Wage

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

In Ontario, the fight for a $15 minimum wage will soon become a reality. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced that Ontario’s minimum wage will rise to the $15 per hour mark by January 2019, phased in with a $14-per-hour increase at the start of 2018. Show More Summary

Conservative Columnists Insist Andrew Scheer Isn’t That Bad (and Can Definitely Beat Trudeau)

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Jordan Peterson's free speech brigade has a new leader. This weekend, the federal Conservative Party of Canada selected its new leader, Andrew Scheer, the former Speaker of the House of Commons in the last Harper Government. Scheer was...Show More Summary

Council Spends The Day Debating Whether or Not To Continue Funding Pride Toronto. Again

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

After a long, and at times hostile debate, City Council votes in favour of giving Pride Toronto its $260,000 grant. Pride Toronto has survived the latest attempt, spearheaded by Councillor John Campbell (Ward 4, Etobicoke Centre), to suspend its City grant of $260,000 until uniformed police officers were allowed to march in the annual parade. Show More Summary

Historicist: Sir Edmund Walker

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

How a boy from Hamilton became a banker, an art collector, and a museum founder. Disclosure: An academic version of this article appeared in the Journal of Canadian Studies, Winter 2006 It’s true: The Royal Ontario Museum wasn’t built in a day. Show More Summary

The Downtown Relief Line Still Being Debated After More Than a Century

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Mayor John Tory continues his stand-off with the Province to demand it fund transit projects, rather than even considering raising property taxes. After nearly 100 years of being debated in one form or another, the famed Relief LineShow More Summary

The Story of Toronto’s First Jewish Congregation

3 months agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

For Jewish Heritage Month, we look back on the small group of Jewish Torontonians who came together and created a community. Now and Then explores the stories behind Toronto’s historical plaques and monuments. In the mid-1800s, the Jewish population in Toronto was very small. Show More Summary

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