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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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GREENINGS (JANUARY 2017): Feeling the carbon tax crunch?

January 23rd, 2017 · Comments Off on GREENINGS (JANUARY 2017): Feeling the carbon tax crunch?

Embrace the green and lower your footprint

Christmas came a little late for me this year. I woke up on New Year’s Day and looked out of the window at the gas station sign. The ever slightly higher gas price was a pleasant reminder of the new carbon tax that Ontarians are now paying and I couldn’t be happier. Natural gas will be increased by about 7 cents a cubic metre, and gasoline about 4 cents a litre. This is truly a great day for our children. It’s a small but important step in the right direction.

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FORUM (OCTOBER 2016) We can do better:

October 28th, 2016 · Comments Off on FORUM (OCTOBER 2016) We can do better:

Dangerous summer for Toronto pedestrians and cyclists

By Mike Layton

Recent statistics from the Toronto Police Service show a disturbing trend — collisions between vehicles and pedestrians and cyclists are on the rise.

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FORUM (SEPTEMBER 2016): A new central park for Toronto

September 15th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Building up will allow us to create the sizable park downtown needs

By Joe Cressy

A central park in downtown Toronto. It’s an old idea whose time has come. Now, all we need is a little creativity, political will, and a commitment from Toronto City Council to invest significant money to make it happen. Let’s get it done.

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FORUM (AUGUST 2016): Curious story of Christie Pits pool liner ends in extended hours at Alex Duff

August 25th, 2016 · Comments Off on FORUM (AUGUST 2016): Curious story of Christie Pits pool liner ends in extended hours at Alex Duff

By Mike Layton

The phone started ringing in my office almost immediately. Why is the Alex Duff Memorial Pool closed during the hottest days of summer? Why wasn’t the pool fixed earlier in the season? Why doesn’t it look like anyone is working on it?

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FORUM: Bike lanes on Bloor Street

May 13th, 2016 · Comments Off on FORUM: Bike lanes on Bloor Street

The arrival of cycling in Toronto

By Joe Cressy

For too long, discussions of bike lanes have been divisive in our city. They shouldn’t be. When we do it right, cycling infrastructure can be a win-win for everyone.

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GREENINGS (MAY 2016): Cloth diapers have gone from burden of the poor to luxury of the rich in one generation

May 13th, 2016 · Comments Off on GREENINGS (MAY 2016): Cloth diapers have gone from burden of the poor to luxury of the rich in one generation

By Terri Chu

Having a kid is expensive, anybody can tell you that. What nobody told me though was how expensive raising a child can be when you try to stay low on environmental impact. Cloth diapers are a huge capital outlay and I’m not convinced they are used long enough to break even against disposables. Using a diapering service costs around $25 per week while disposables are about $0.30 each, which even at 10 per day comes in at $21.

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DEVELOPINGS: Annual review reflects tension between community activism and OMB

March 9th, 2016 · Comments Off on DEVELOPINGS: Annual review reflects tension between community activism and OMB

Our third survey of development projects in our coverage area highlights projects that interest us, trends that appall us, and elements that enthrall us. We favour innovative projects that connect with a neighbourhood’s built form, reflect community consultation, and meet the objectives of the City of Toronto’s Official Plan. We take a dim view of developers that do an end run around the process and appeal directly to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), which demonstrates little respect for the city’s urban planning guidelines. And, we — once again — make an argument for razing the OMB. Please click on the image below to enlarge.

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