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FORUM: Looking back on 2017 in Ward 20 (Dec. 2017)

December 15th, 2017 · Comments Off on FORUM: Looking back on 2017 in Ward 20 (Dec. 2017)

Ensuring our communities are livable, sustainable, and equitable

By Joe Cressy

It wouldn’t surprise you that we’ve had a busy year together in Ward 20. We’ve made critical strides as we work to build our communities and a city that is more equitable and sustainable for all. We’ve worked hard on the dozens and dozens of development files that populate downtown, creating new green spaces, and building livable communities. And as we look back on another year, we have a lot to be proud of.

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GREENINGS: No solutions for nobody’s problem (Dec. 2017)

December 15th, 2017 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: No solutions for nobody’s problem (Dec. 2017)

Governments must move sooner to address issues big and small

By Terri Chu

If it’s nobody’s problem, does it really need to be solved?

Scientists are once again sounding the alarm about the untenable amount of plastic in the world’s oceans. It is estimated that there will soon be more plastic in the ocean than fish. This is a problem. But whose problem is it anyway?

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FORUM (JULY 2017): Recognize and reconcile Canada at 150

August 1st, 2017 · 1 Comment

Take personal actions to work towards reconciliation

By Mike Layton

As festivities wind down from Canada’s 150th birthday, we are granted an important opportunity to look back at where we have been as a nation and chart our course for the nation we want to become.

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FORUM (JUNE 2017): Address affordable housing

June 30th, 2017 · Comments Off on FORUM (JUNE 2017): Address affordable housing

All levels of government must take responsibility

By Joe Cressy

Some people measure the progress of a city by the speed of its transit systems or the quality of its public parks, by the number of schools in a neighbourhood, or by the number of potholes filled each year.

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GREENINGS (JUNE 2017): Lessons from Madrid

June 30th, 2017 · Comments Off on GREENINGS (JUNE 2017): Lessons from Madrid

PHOTO BY TERRI CHU/GLEANER NEWS: Cars rule the road in Madrid (above), a city whose culinary delights and historic sights are marred by the population’s refusal to use public transit.

Time to end the car era

By Terri Chu

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GREENINGS (MAY 2017): Thoughts on hitting the 400 benchmark

May 26th, 2017 · Comments Off on GREENINGS (MAY 2017): Thoughts on hitting the 400 benchmark

Governments need to change behaviour through policy

By Terri Chu

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FORUM (MARCH 2017): Build a neighbourhood

March 22nd, 2017 · Comments Off on FORUM (MARCH 2017): Build a neighbourhood

Not just buildings

By Joe Cressy

If you’ve ever made your way to a development meeting in Ward 20, you’ve heard me talk about the need to build community as we grow and change. With almost one quarter of all proposed development in the entire city occurring in our ward, we’d be leading ourselves astray without this focus. This has been my primary focus in the review of the Mirvish Village redevelopment proposal, which continues to evolve after three iterations.

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ARTS (MARCH 2017): Blue whale exhibit opens at the Royal Ontario Museum

March 22nd, 2017 · Comments Off on ARTS (MARCH 2017): Blue whale exhibit opens at the Royal Ontario Museum

Bloor Street’s cultural organizations starting to celebrate Canada 150

PHOTO COURTESY THE GARDINER MUSEUM: Drawing from memory and using a unique visual language of hybrid animal creatures, Janet Macpherson presents her very personal view of the nation in Janet Macpherson: A Canadian Bestiary at the Gardiner Museum. Its features four immersive installations are connected by overlapping themes and questions tracing identity and history, nature and the consequences of human actions, and the idea of the North. Showing until May 22.

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GREENINGS (MARCH 2017): Kellie Leitch was right

March 22nd, 2017 · Comments Off on GREENINGS (MARCH 2017): Kellie Leitch was right

It’s hard to borrow a cup of sugar…but the problem isn’t Toronto

Kellie Leitch is reportedly getting packets upon packets of sugar in the mail as a response to her comments that in Toronto, you can’t walk next door and borrow a cup of sugar. She’s right, to an extent…just not in Toronto.

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FORUM (FEBRUARY 2017): Tolls, taxes, and Toronto

March 5th, 2017 · Comments Off on FORUM (FEBRUARY 2017): Tolls, taxes, and Toronto

Canadian cities receive only 10 cents for each tax dollar they pay

By Mike Layton

With all the talk about tolls and taxes, I feel I need to admit something: I don’t mind paying taxes.

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