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City of Toronto Seeking Public Input on City of Toronto Act

City of Toronto Act, COTA, Toronto, politics
October 22, 2015 3:00 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 2:30 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 4:19 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 2:45 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

Toronto Ward Boundary Review, Toronto, wards, Draw the Lines
October 1, 2015 2:02 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 10:45 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 11:10 am | 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 2:50 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 3:04 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

Toronto, Province of Ontario, Municipal Legislation Review
July 3, 2015 11:09 am | 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

Mayor's Task Force on Community Housing to Hold Public Meeting

Toronto Community Housing
June 12, 2015 10:24 am | by Stefan Novakovic | Comments
Following a series of community meetings in May, the Mayor's Task Force on Toronto Community Housing is hosting a public consultation on June 22nd. Chaired by senator (and former Toronto Mayor) ... read more

Photo of the Day: King and University

Photo of the Day, King and University, Toronto
March 3, 2015 12:00 am | by Jack Landau | Comments
The intersection of King and University, at the western end of Toronto's Financial District, is served by St. Andrew station on the TTC's Line 1 as well as the 504 Streetcar line. In today's Photo ... read more

Toronto's Ward Boundaries May Change For 2018

Current Toronto Ward Map, courtesy of the City of Toronto
December 8, 2014 2:25 pm | by Erin Cassidy | Comments
The City of Toronto has initiated a Ward Boundary Review (WBR) to reconsider the size and the shape of the city's 44 Wards. A website called Draw The Lines has been created to give you ... read more

Join the Audience at Monday's Mayoralty Debate

September 12, 2014 4:15 pm | by Editor | Comments
If you have not been to a mayoralty debate yet and are looking to join an audience at one, you have a chance coming up this Monday evening. Right on the subway at St. Andrew station, the debate ... read more

Canada and Ontario Announce Affordable Housing Funding

The IAH agreement extension is signed. Image by Marcus Mitanis.
August 12, 2014 11:00 am | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
Finding affordable housing in Toronto, especially housing that is in good condition, can be a daunting task. The wait list for affordable housing continues to climb and a backlog of repairs is ... read more

Local Appeal Body Proposed for Committee of Adjustment Decisions

Nicholas Residences
February 24, 2014 2:20 pm | by Rami Kozman | Comments
Many landowners, stakeholders and urban enthusiasts in Toronto are familiar with the Committee of Adjustment and the roll that it plays in real estate and development in the city. The ... read more

Planning Roundtable Looks for Solutions to Suburban Issues

Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner Roundtable, Toronto, Jane Farrow, Swerhun
November 26, 2013 3:15 pm | by Eddie LaRusic | Comments
On November 25, as budget talks progressed—and sometimes raged—across the hall, Toronto's Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, led her sixth Chief Planner Roundtable of the year, closing out a ... read more

Brooklyn Community Planning Board Leader Advises Toronto

Triangles: Who Builds Toronto?
November 25, 2013 1:25 pm | by Stephanie Calvet | Comments
Unprecedented building activity in the GTA coupled with the public’s frustration in engaging the development process is creating a shift towards participatory planning practices. Community ... read more

Richard Florida looks for Intelligent Action to Address Challenges

Richard Florida speaks before an audience at the U of T on November 4, 2013
November 5, 2013 3:45 pm | by Craig White | Comments
At an inspiring lecture at the U of T, urban theorist Richard Florida looks at what Toronto has going for it, the hurdles facing us, and what we need to do to get past them. read more

Province Examining Development Charges, the OMB, and Section 37

Linda Jeffrey, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Fort York, Toronto
October 24, 2013 1:45 pm | by Eddie LaRusic | Comments
This morning at Fort York, Lindy Jeffrey, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced that her government would be seeking input as to how the province could improve land use ... read more