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GREENINGS: Driving fuelled by unseen subsidies (Jan. 2018)

January 29th, 2018 · Comments Off on GREENINGS: Driving fuelled by unseen subsidies (Jan. 2018)

Invest in transit and public works, not roads and parking

If all goes according to plan — and with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) it never does — Torontonians should enjoy time-based transfers starting in August. It’s great news for transit users but critics — who claim it’s an unfair subsidy — are livid.

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Tags: Annex · Life · Opinion

FORUM: University no longer fielding exemplary behaviour (Jan. 2018)

January 29th, 2018 · 1 Comment

Can a park’s past set the tone for its future?

Had the Spadina Expressway been built, there might have been a development like St. James Town west of Yonge Street. The city had rezoned the area, and a developer had quietly purchased many of the 32 properties on Robert and Sussex avenues. COURTESY CITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES

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Tags: Annex · History · Opinion

FORUM: Fairness and cleaner air (Dec. 2017)

December 15th, 2017 · Comments Off on FORUM: Fairness and cleaner air (Dec. 2017)

A case for road tolls

By Tim Grant

Why is the idea of charging drivers for the use of roads something that provincial politicians steadfastly avoid?

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

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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Tags: Annex · Columns · Opinion

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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Tags: Annex · Columns · Opinion

FORUM (Nov. 2017): Establishing a new Indigenous Affairs Office

November 24th, 2017 · Comments Off on FORUM (Nov. 2017): Establishing a new Indigenous Affairs Office

A dedication to reconciliation and Aboriginal issues

By Joe Cressy and Mike Layton

We gratefully acknowledge that the City of Toronto is located on the traditional lands of the Ojibwa, Hodenosaunee, and the Huron Wendat and is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

GREENINGS (Nov. 2017): Celebrate science not milestones

November 24th, 2017 · Comments Off on GREENINGS (Nov. 2017): Celebrate science not milestones

Researchers shouldn’t have to spend their time asking for money

The federal government recently announced that it provided $1.6 million to the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) to great fanfare. It is enough to keep it running through 2019. It seems like such a paltry amount considering we spent half a billion dollars to throw ourselves a Canada150 party. Really? $1.6 million is worthy of pats on the back, or the endless self-congratulatory tweets from Liberal members of Parliament. For a government that just appointed an engineer and astronaut as Governor General, this feels like a slap in the face for science.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FORUM (Oct. 2017): Building a better Bickford Park

November 2nd, 2017 · Comments Off on FORUM (Oct. 2017): Building a better Bickford Park

Large fenced off-leash area for dogs

The new and improved Bickford Park is a great place to take in the autumn leaves. It features large fields, a customized dog park, and new benches. GEREMY BORDONARO/GLEANER NEWS

By Mike Layton

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FORUM (Oct. 2017): A magical new supply of parking spots

November 2nd, 2017 · 1 Comment

Merchants need to look to themselves

By Albert Koehl

What if Bloor Street merchants — especially those who believe the bike lane is bad for business — could magically create a new supply of parking spots for their motoring customers?

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FORUM (FALL 2017): Toronto — an artistic city

October 12th, 2017 · Comments Off on FORUM (FALL 2017): Toronto — an artistic city

Home to nearly 25,000 working artists

By Joe Cressy

Cities are more than bricks and mortar and places where people live. Great cities are vibrant and dynamic. And, great cities contribute to this by investing in arts and culture, not because they are a nice to have but because they make our cities livable.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion