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Where's the Progressive Coalition for Zoning Reform?

Is gentrification — and displacement — an inevitable byproduct of new urban dens
March 8, 2019 5:17 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The appetite for change is here. Emphatically manifested in U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's proposed Green New Deal, a new American progressive movement calls for a bold reinvention ... read more

Report Says Toronto Property Taxes Could Handle 20% Rise

Ryerson University, Property Taxes
March 4, 2019 4:00 pm | by Ryan Debergh | Comments
Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research & Land Development has released a report analyzing property tax rates in Toronto. The report argues that because Toronto has some of the lowest ... read more

Public Input Sought on Ontario Place Redevelopment

Ontario Place, Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Joe Cressy
March 1, 2019 4:03 pm | by Ryan Debergh | Comments
As the Province of Ontario looks to re-develop Ontario Place, a mostly shuttered cultural, recreational, and entertainment hub located on Toronto’s central waterfront, a number of residents, ... read more

OAA Recommends Controversial Changes to Planning Process

February 27, 2019 7:38 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
A letter produced by the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) in January is causing a bit of a stir in the architectural and planning community. The letter, which was signed by previous OAA ... read more

Toronto City Council Approves Affordable 'Housing Now' Plan

Aerial overview of 3741 Bloor West at the Six Points, Toronto
February 1, 2019 1:18 pm | by Ryan Debergh | Comments
This week, Toronto City Council voted to approve the ‘Housing Now’ plan, part of John Tory’s campaign promise to build 40,000 affordable rental units over the next 12 years. This first phase of ... read more

Ontario Government Considers Uploading TTC Subways

December 11, 2018 5:22 pm | by Jonathan English | Comments
Toronto’s ever twisting transit saga has seen numerous shocks, but few are larger than the ever-growing possibility that the TTC will be partially or entirely taken over by the provincial ... read more

For the People: Why Universal Rent Control is Worth Fighting For

rent control, Ontario
November 21, 2018 5:52 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Last week, the Province of Ontario brought an abrupt end to universal rent control. The move reversed a policy enacted by the outgoing Wynne government just last year, which expanded rent control ... read more

Editorial: Ford Subverting Democratic Process in Toronto

Toronto 2014-2018 wards, populations compared to average, image by Sean Marshall
July 30, 2018 5:11 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 11:45 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 5:50 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 2:36 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 4:53 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 6:35 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 6:31 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 5:42 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 11:59 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 5:50 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 4:55 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 1:45 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