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Editorial: Ford Subverting Democratic Process in Toronto

Toronto 2014-2018 wards, populations compared to average, image by Sean Marshall
July 30, 2018 4:11 pm | by Alex Mather | Comments
July 27, 2018 was a dark day for democracy in Toronto. Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s stunning decision to slash the size of Toronto City Council from 47 to 25 councillors with the Fall 2018 ... read more

Federal & Provincial Governments Pledge to Help Fund Toronto Rapid Transit Projects

Toronto's Transit Master Plan, highlighting many of the projects being funded
March 20, 2018 10:45 am | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Last week the Federal and Provincial governments pledged nearly $9 billion, $4.89 billion Federal and $4.04 billion Provincial, towards five (or six, depending on how you break it down) Toronto ... read more

John Tory's 10-Point Plan to Alleviate TTC Crowding: a Close Look

The Feb 15, 2017 Council vote
February 20, 2018 4:50 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Last week Toronto Mayor John Tory made headlines when he released a 10-point plan to tackle congestion on the TTC. This was largely in response to a series of problems on the TTC in previous weeks ... read more

City to Host Midtown In Focus Open House

Yonge-Eglinton skyline, Toronto
January 31, 2018 1:36 pm | by Nathan Petryshyn | Comments
On February 10th the Toronto City Planning will be hosting the Midtown in Focus Open House, a chance for the public to discuss plans the future of the area centred around Yonge and Eglinton. City ... read more

$5M Ontario Funding for Charging Stations at Workplaces

January 17, 2018 3:53 pm | by Nathan Petryshyn | Comments
Prior to today's cabinet shuffle, the Ontario Government announced up to $5 million of provincial funding for new electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces throughout the province. Minister ... read more

Ontario PC, TO Board of Trade Transit Proposals Cause a Stir

The proposed coverage area of "Superlinx"
November 28, 2017 5:35 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
In the past few days two influential political and economic bodies, the Ontario PC Party and the Toronto Region Board of Trade, have independently released transit proposals that call for big ... read more

Toronto City Council Makes Park Lawn GO Station a Priority

Demolition of the Mr Christie's plant
November 10, 2017 5:31 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
At the November 7th-9th meeting of Toronto City Council, a motion was put forward by Etobicoke Lakeshore Ward 6 Councillor Mark Grimes which stated that "a new Park Lawn GO Station is a priority ... read more

GTHA Transit Fare Integration: Metrolinx Delves Into First Steps

A summary of the four fare integration options presented back in February
September 11, 2017 4:42 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
On Thursday, September 14th, Metrolinx will hold its fall board meeting, at which one of the items that will surely attract a significant amount of attention is the issue of fare integration, a ... read more

City Moves Forward with Short Term Rental Regulations

How much of Toronto's new-build housing stock has been converted to short-term r
June 27, 2017 10:59 am | by Eric Chen | Comments
Last week, Toronto City Council's Executive Committee voted to advance new measures aimed at regulating Toronto's rising short term rental market—impacting services like Airbnb. The meeting ... read more

Kids in Condos: Toronto Crafts 'Growing Up' Guidelines

King West and the Humber Bay Shores, image by Greg Lipinski
June 19, 2017 4:50 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Long before shovels touch the ground and communities take shape, the marketing machine for new Toronto condominiums—and increasingly, rentals—renders lobbies of lounging young professionals, ... read more

MoveOntario 2020 Transit Plan Turns 10: How Has It Fared?

MoveOntario 2020, introduced in 2007
June 15, 2017 3:55 pm | by Andrew Johnson | Comments
Ten years ago today—June 15, 2007—Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and his Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield announced MoveOntario 2020, a package of 52 rapid transit projects across the GTHA ... read more

Toronto Revising Rules and Fees for Sidewalk Cafés

Aerial view of sidewalk patio at Against the Grain restaurant, image by UT Flick
June 7, 2017 12:45 pm | by Matthew Derohanessian | Comments
The City of Toronto is currently reviewing a report which recommends updates to its bylaw covering sidewalk patios. Revised guidelines include the goal of improving walking space in areas ... read more

Greenbelt Alliance Cautiously Optimistic for Post OMB Ontario

According to some critics, the OMB was too pro-development, image by Tommi Aarni
May 26, 2017 1:54 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
Just over a week ago, the Province of Ontario announced the creation of new tribunal that would replace the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) as we know it today. The Provincial government argues ... read more

Provincial Government Introducing Four Updated Land Use Plans

Updated map showing the Greenbelt Area in the GGH, image courtesy of the Provinc
May 24, 2017 2:00 pm | by Eric Chen | Comments
Last year, we reported that the Government of Ontario was taking steps to amend the land use plans and policies that guide how the Greater Golden Horseshoe grows. As part of this initiative the ... read more

New Tribunal Could Soon Replace The Ontario Municipal Board

Toronto skyline, image by Simone Gramegna via Flickr
May 16, 2017 2:18 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
Earlier this month, UrbanToronto published an article on the City of Toronto having implemented a Local Appeals Body for matters regarding land use decisions made by the Committee of Adjustment ... read more

Ontario Unlocks Downtown Toronto Land for Affordable Housing

26 Grenville and 27 Grosvenor, Toronto, by Infrastructure Ontario
May 9, 2017 11:40 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
This morning, Ontario Housing Minister Chris Ballard announced that the Province will be "leveraging Provincial lands to build more affordable and rental housing" in Toronto. In a small room past ... read more

Toronto's Local Appeals Body Coming Into Effect May 3

Sunrise over the Toronto skyline, image by y5wong via Flickr
May 1, 2017 3:02 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
Just over a month ago, Toronto City Council passed Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 142, allowing for the creation of the Toronto Local Appeals Body (TLAB), effective starting on Wednesday May 3rd. ... read more

Rent Control: What Will Closing '1991 Loophole' Mean for Toronto?

Toronto's newer housing stock is not subject to rent control, image by UT Forum
April 5, 2017 2:57 pm | by Sophia Reuss | Comments
On March 30, Toronto City Council voted overwhelmingly in support of NDP MPP Peter Tabuns’ (Toronto-Danforth) private members’ bill, which aims to protect all Toronto renters against unreasonable ... read more

City Council Passes Tenant Protection and Rent Control Motions

Apartment towers in Toronto's densely populated St. James Town, image by UT Flic
March 30, 2017 2:32 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
For thousands of Torontonians, being a tenant will soon be different. Passed yesterday by City Council, a new By-Law will give new protections to many Toronto tenants, with any building of three ... read more