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FORUM: Shelters overwhelmed by refugee seekers (Summer 2023)

September 14th, 2023 · Comments Off on FORUM: Shelters overwhelmed by refugee seekers (Summer 2023)

Crisis underscores a larger housing crisis that Ford refuses to help fix

By Jessica Bell

Refugees and asylum seekers who arrive in Canada have been forced to flee their homes for many reasons, including war, violence, and natural disasters made worse by the climate crises.

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EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice (May/June 2023)

August 8th, 2023 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice (May/June 2023)

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EDITORIAL: Ford’s poor planning will hurt us all (May/June 2023)

August 8th, 2023 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Ford’s poor planning will hurt us all (May/June 2023)

Back in 1973, when Ontario Premier Doug Ford was just nine years old, Conservative Premier Bill Davis brought in the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act. This was the foundational legislation for what we now call the Greenbelt—2 million acres of farmland, forest, wetlands and watersheds in southern Ontario. Every premier since then, of every political stripe, has fought to protect that—until now. Premier Doug Ford is bent on tearing the area apart despite whatever promises he made in the last election, and that destruction is justified by a false premise.

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FORUM: Navigating a strong fiscal recovery (May/June 2023)

August 8th, 2023 · Comments Off on FORUM: Navigating a strong fiscal recovery (May/June 2023)

Battling inflation and the challenge to create a clean economy

By Chrystia Freeland

Canada has made a remarkable recovery from the COVID recession.

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FORUM: Addressing a housing shortage (May/June 2023)

August 8th, 2023 · Comments Off on FORUM: Addressing a housing shortage (May/June 2023)

Building a greener, safer city

By Dianne Saxe

If you’re anything like me, June means enjoying fine weather with fine people, and I hope that all of you are able to enjoy the summer to its fullest. 

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FORUM: New density is landing where there are few schools (May/June 2023)

August 8th, 2023 · Comments Off on FORUM: New density is landing where there are few schools (May/June 2023)

Province allowing density but forgetting about education

By Jessica Bell

As an MPP and parent of two children who attend TDSB schools, I am personally and politically concerned about the quality of education University-Rosedale’s 33 schools provide to our children.  

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR (April 2023)

August 8th, 2023 · Comments Off on LETTER TO THE EDITOR (April 2023)

RE: Budget passes in consensus vote, March 2023

Thank you for the complimentary copy which arrived in my mailbox on March 20. I found it an interesting read, but must take exception to the “Forum” column by Dianne Saxe.

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EDITORIAL CARTOON: How nice (April 2023)

August 8th, 2023 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON: How nice (April 2023)

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EDITORIAL: Bleed it and then blame it for dying (April 2023)

August 8th, 2023 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Bleed it and then blame it for dying (April 2023)

Mayoral candidate Anna Bailao launched her campaign with a plan to move the Science Centre to Ontario Place and replace it with housing. Premier Doug Ford promptly seized the moment by saying this was his plan all along, for three years now!  This is hard to believe; it’s a scheme fraught with problems and a scheme that must absolutely be challenged.

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FORUM: Leveraging a green agenda (April 2023)

August 8th, 2023 · Comments Off on FORUM: Leveraging a green agenda (April 2023)

Finding impactful uses for community benefit funds

By Dianne Saxe

I hope you are well and enjoying the warm spring weather. I am thrilled to report that over the past few months, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with many of my council colleagues on a range of important initiatives. These initiatives are aimed at improving Ward 11 and our city. 

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FORUM: Ford boosts sprawl, brings in meek renter protections (April 2023)

August 8th, 2023 · Comments Off on FORUM: Ford boosts sprawl, brings in meek renter protections (April 2023)

Annex area renters face a very specific risk

By Jessica Bell

The Conservatives have just introduced some good, bad and ugly legislative changes that impact renters and how we plan and build for our future.  Here’s the lowdown. 

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EDITORIAL CARTOON: Scale of badness (Mar. 2023)

April 12th, 2023 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON: Scale of badness (Mar. 2023)

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EDITORIAL: Ford’s budget is a fail (Mar. 2023)

April 12th, 2023 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Ford’s budget is a fail (Mar. 2023)

The province is enjoying a windfall from sales tax on the inflated prices of goods and services. Notwithstanding a legacy of debt, which provincial governments of all stripes have contributed to, this government here and now is swimming in cash. One might have expected a budget with more punch, a budget that makes a difference for the economy, the environment, or for the many Ontarians who are struggling right now—but no. We have a budget that is neither conservative nor progressive, and there appears to be no underlying vision whatsoever, beyond kicking the can down the road. 

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