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City Announces Public Meetings for Community Housing Strategy

Looking northeast across Regent Park, Toronto, image by Jack Landau
April 8, 2016 5:16 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Drawing on input from the Mayor's Task Force on Community Housing, the City of Toronto will be holding a series of public consultations to inform the future of the Toronto Community Housing ... read more

Local Appeal Body Approved at Executive Committee

Construction cranes at work, image by Jack Landau
March 17, 2016 3:52 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The City of Toronto's Executive Committee has recommended approval of the creation of a Local Appeal Body (LAB) to adjudicate appeals of minor variances—and consent applications—from the Committee ... read more

Queen's Park to Introduce Inclusionary Zoning Legislation

Ted McMeekin announces the updated Affordable Housing Strategy, image by Stefan
March 14, 2016 1:02 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Speaking at the Fred Victor Mission in Toronto's Moss Park neighbourhood this morning, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Ted McMeekin announced a Provincial framework allowing ... read more

Bill 73 Bringing Extensive Change to Ontario Planning Legislation

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March 3, 2016 6:17 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
Last year, the Province of Ontario introduced the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015, known as Bill 73, which brings amendments to the Planning Act and Development Charges Act, ... read more

Ontario Government Selling Seaton Lands to Fund Infrastructure

Seaton, Pickering, Ontario government, Trillium Trust
January 8, 2016 12:33 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
Some long-awaited news was delivered by the Ontario government on January 7 when the sale of the Seaton lands in central Pickering was announced. The expansive swath of land encompassing nearly ... read more

2016 Budget: Public Consultations Inviting Residents' Input

Toronto City Hall in December 2015, image by Jack Landau
January 7, 2016 4:10 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Following the presentation of the City of Toronto's Preliminary Operating Budget on December 15th, the City has now announced a series of public consultations to allow residents an opportunity to ... read more

Toronto Council Adopts 'Open Door' Affordable Housing Initiative

Open Door Affordable Housing Program, City of Toronto
December 11, 2015 12:15 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Toronto City Council has formally adopted the Open Door Affordable Housing program, an initiative that frees up publicly held land and provides financial incentives for private developers who ... read more

Three Toronto Initiatives Featured in New Green Cities Report

cities100, toronto, sustainia, Realdania, C40, green standard, port lands
November 20, 2015 11:30 am | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
Toronto has experienced its fair share of growing pains over the past decade, but every once in a while, between the exasperated sighs over transit and the heated debates about rampant ... read more

City Seeks Public Input on Affordable Housing Strategy

November 13, 2015 5:35 pm | by Adrian Gamble | Comments
As temperatures drop throughout November and December, the City of Toronto's Affordable Housing Office will host a series of public consultations as a part of a five-year review of ... read more

Ontario Announces Plan to End Chronic Homelessness by 2025

Deb Matthews addresses the audience, surrounded by members of the Advisory Panel
October 28, 2015 6:00 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
On the morning of October 28th, Government Ministers, bureaucrats, press secretaries, and journalists joined member's of Toronto's homeless population in taking shelter from the cold, pouring ... read more

City of Toronto Seeking Public Input on City of Toronto Act

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October 22, 2015 4:00 pm | by Jack Landau | Comments
Since being enacted in January of 2007, the City of Toronto Act (COTA) has enabled our City with governmental powers representative of our growing population. City Council recently adopted a ... read more

John Sewell Talks City Affairs and 'How We Changed Toronto'

John Sewell and his book 'How We Changed Toronto', image by Marcus Mitanis
October 8, 2015 3:30 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
John Sewell, Mayor of Toronto from 1978 to 1980, recalls a time when citizen-led groups had real political sway on matters that shaped the way the city developed. Now, he says, a dysfunctional ... read more

The Future of Old City Hall Takes Clearer Shape

Old City Hall, image by Marcus Mitanis
October 5, 2015 5:19 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
On October 5th, the City of Toronto's Government Management Committee (GMC) met to discuss the future of Old City Hall, outlining a principled vision for the heritage property's uses once the ... read more

New Environmental Protections Proposed by City Planning

Another perspective of the city at the Brickworks, image by Marcus Mitanis
October 2, 2015 3:45 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
As part of a comprehensive 5-Year review of the City of Toronto's Official Plan, the City's Planning Department has released a series of recommendations outlining the new and revised environmental ... read more

Public Input Sought on Options for Toronto's Ward Boundaries

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October 1, 2015 3:02 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
As Toronto's population continues to grow at a torrid pace, the need to reassess the current ward divisions has become a top priority for the city, to ensure that citizens have equitable ... read more

Public Meetings Announced for Toronto Ward Boundary Review

Current ward boundaries, image courtesy of the City of Toronto
September 15, 2015 11:45 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
As Toronto continues to experience a surge of population growth and high-density development throughout parts of the city, the population of many of wards has been changing at drastically ... read more

City Planning Recommending Tower Renewal Program Changes

Another view of towers in North York, image by Marcus Mitanis
September 14, 2015 12:10 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Seeking to supplement the City of Toronto's ongoing Tower Renewal Program, the City's Planning Department has recommended new guidelines to improve quality of life in Toronto's high-rise ... read more

Public Input Sought on Toronto Ward Boundary Changes

Drawing the Lines, Toronto
August 12, 2015 3:50 pm | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
The City of Toronto has undertaken a study to review the boundaries of Toronto's 44 municipal wards, seeking to ensure that all Toronto residents are equally represented by City Councillors. The ... read more

UrbanToronto's Exclusive Interview with Mayor John Tory

Toronto Mayor John Tory speaks with Craig White of
July 22, 2015 4:04 pm | by Craig White | Comments
We recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Toronto Mayor John Tory to talk about the mood of the city and dig a little deeper on transportation choices facing the city in coming ... read more

Public Input Sought for Municipal Legislation Reforms

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July 3, 2015 12:09 pm | by Julian Mirabelli | Comments
The City of Toronto is encouraging citizens to provide input to the Province of Ontario on how municipal legislation is working in the city and throughout the province. Led by the Ministry of ... read more