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Province Set To Update Outdated Municipal Legislation

Queen's Park, image by Marcus Mitanis
November 23, 2016 5:42 pm | by Doug Ascanio Graffeo | Comments
To modernize municipal legislation, the Province of Ontario is proposing key changes that would grant municipalities a higher degree of autonomy through amendments to the Municipal Act (MA), the ... read more

Public Input Sought on Reforming the Ontario Municipal Board

November 16, 2016 7:08 pm | by Greg Lipinski | Comments
Originally called the Ontario Railway and Municipal Board in 1906 and later renamed the Ontario Municipal Board in 1932, the OMB is an independent tribunal that makes decisions on municipal ... read more

Noah Toly: What are City Rankings Good For?

Toronto, Urbanism, UWPAT, City rankings, Planning, Politics
November 14, 2016 3:12 pm | by David Rudin | Comments
It’s a typical Toronto experience. A ranking of global cities comes out and Toronto has fared well. Like clockwork, the deluge of Facebook posts begins. Everyone is so proud to live in this city ... read more

Province Proposing Changes to Ontario Municipal Board

Ontario Municipal Board, OMB, Toronto
October 6, 2016 3:00 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
For the past few years, Toronto City Councillors including Kristyn Wong-Tam, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Pam McConnell, and Josh Matlow have been taking a stance against the Ontario Municipal Board ... read more

CityAge: Bonnie Crombie Wants Politics Out of Transit Planning

Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga, GTHA, Transit, Infrastructure, CityAge
October 5, 2016 3:36 pm | by David Rudin | Comments
“Regionally integrated transit is necessary,” Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie tells me. “We all have different zone rates and that should be unified.” On the verge of commuting through these ... read more

Ontario Announces New Funding to End Urban Homelessness

October 5, 2016 2:30 pm | by Doug Ascanio Graffeo | Comments
The Province of Ontario has increased its efforts to end homelessness by providing new funding for municipalities through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative. Chris Ballard, Ontario's ... read more

Big City Mayors Come Together at 2016 Toronto Housing Summit

October 4, 2016 11:37 am | by Doug Ascanio Graffeo | Comments
Regent Park’s Daniels Spectrum served as the ideal location to host the 2016 Toronto Housing Summit, an event that brought together mayors and representatives from Canada’s largest municipalities ... read more

The Greenbelt: Does Smart Growth Policy Impact Affordability?

September 21, 2016 1:58 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
"It's pretty straightforward," economist and planner Russell Matthews told the audience, "land use restrictions constrain supply. If demand stays high, that drives prices up." In that simple ... read more

Inclusionary Zoning Debate Continues as City Opposes Bill 204

September 13, 2016 4:50 pm | by Sophia Reuss | Comments
Toronto’s affordable housing crisis is no secret. The number of families on waiting lists for subsidized housing increased by 1.6 per cent this year, the average home price increased by 18 per ... read more

Toronto Seeking Public's Comments on Ward Boundary Review

Existing City of Toronto ward boundaries, image retrieved from City of Toronto
September 7, 2016 3:09 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
We have been keeping a watchful eye on the City's ongoing Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR), a process which has most recently been narrowed down to a choice of two options. One plan ... read more

Suburbs on Track: Building Transit-Friendly New Communities

Transit, Development, Toronto, Ryerson City Building Institute, Suburbs
September 7, 2016 11:45 am | by David Rudin | Comments
Public transit is, in theory, supposed to connect people with the places that matter in their lives: the homes they live in; the stores they frequent; the schools they attend; the jobs at which ... read more

Have Your Say: Shaping the National Housing Strategy

September 2, 2016 11:33 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Below Toronto's skyline of cranes and steel, a housing crisis grips the city. Alongside the glassy totems of progress and prosperity, over 80,000 Toronto households remain on the wait list for ... read more

Tall Building Setback Changes Proposed for Downtown Toronto

TOcore, Official Plan, Toronto
July 25, 2016 12:00 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
The Planning Department's ongoing TOcore initiative is studying a wide range of issues currently facing our rapidly growing city, and could bring about sweeping changes to design and planning ... read more

The Dirt: Province Moves to Regulate Excavated—and Toxic—Soils

The launch shaft for the Crosstown LRT at Brentcliffe and Eglinton in 2015, imag
May 25, 2016 4:40 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
In Toronto's skyline of cranes and concrete, it's almost impossible not to notice the impact of development. With a decade-long boom showing little sign of slowing down, ours is a city under ... read more

Province Introduces Inclusionary Zoning Legislation

St. Jamestown Promoting Affordable Housing, Inclusionary Zoning, Marcus Mitanis
May 19, 2016 4:50 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
In an effort to boost the stock of affordable housing across Ontario, the provincial government has introduced legislation that would bring a host of changes to four provincial acts. The move ... read more

City Invites Engagement for TransformTO Sustainability Initiative

May 19, 2016 1:38 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
As part of a global movement to cut carbon emissions, the City of Toronto is targeting an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In cities around the world, efforts to mitigate ... read more

Ward Boundary Review: 47 Constituencies Recommended

The 47 proposed wards, image courtesy of 'Draw the Lines'
May 16, 2016 3:30 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The City of Toronto's Ward Boundary Review has culminated in a report recommending the creation of three new municipal wards, bringing the amalgamated City's number of constituencies up to 47. Of ... read more

Architecture is Culture: Ontario's Half-baked Culture Strategy

May 13, 2016 5:22 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Last year, the Province moved forward in drafting the first official Culture Strategy in Ontario's history. Envisioning "[a]n Ontario where every person has the opportunity for creative expression ... read more

Toronto Ward Boundary Report: Public Info Session Coming Up

City-wide map of Toronto's 44 wards, image courtesy of the City of Toronto
May 12, 2016 5:06 pm | by Sreedha Varanasi | Comments
The City of Toronto is inviting the public to an information session regarding the Toronto Ward Boundary Review. The largest city in Canada and the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is ... read more

Ontario to Amend Golden Horseshoe Land Use Policies

A map showing the urban structure of the GGH, image courtesy of the Province of
May 10, 2016 5:40 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Earlier today, the Province of Ontario proposed transformative changes to land use policies in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Based on recommendations presented by the Land Use Planning Review ... read more