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CHATTER: Annex Residents’ Association AGM covers pressing issues (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

The ecological restoriation of Paul Martel Park (formerly Ecology Park) was one of the agenda items at the ARA’s AGM. The park is now home to a Bloor Annex BIA-sponsored mural created by First Nations artists led by local artist Joseph Sagaj. NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

The Annex Residents’ Association (ARA) held their annual general meeting on April 21 via Zoom. Those in attendance included members of the ARA, residents and representatives from development teams, city council and Toronto Police Service. The most notable discussions were about improving safety on Avenue Road, the West Annex Heritage Project, vandalism at St. Alban’s Square and the restoration of Paul Martel Park. 

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FORUM: Build it and they will come (May 2022)

May 17th, 2022 · No Comments

Shaw Street, Toronto’s first street with more bikes than cars 

By Mike Layton

When we think of ways to improve Toronto’s cycling network, grand projects such as the bike lanes across the city’s core on Bloor Street or Danforth Avenue, typically come to mind. 

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NEWS: City green-lights garden suites (Spring 2022)

April 11th, 2022 · Comments Off on NEWS: City green-lights garden suites (Spring 2022)

Amendments to bylaw increase density in established neighbourhoods

New bylaw allows backyard buildings to be residences. FOX OLIVER/GLEANER NEWS

By Joshua Snow

The City of Toronto has been talking about garden suites for years, and on Feb. 2, council agreed to a policy that allows homeowners to build a detached suite in their backyards. 

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FORUM: A budget brief from the trenches (Spring 2022)

April 11th, 2022 · Comments Off on FORUM: A budget brief from the trenches (Spring 2022)

Many progressive gains come out of city council

By Mike Layton

The 2022 budget process concluded in late February, followed by a few quick council meetings to address regular business. With the help of my colleagues, and the advocacy of many of you, we achieved notable improvements to a budget that began with glaring gaps in services, while continuing to work to improve safety in our communities. 

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EDITORIAL: Ford should be first (Winter 2022)

March 14th, 2022 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Ford should be first (Winter 2022)

Policing is largely a provincial matter, but faced with massive trucks and bouncy castles clogging up central Ottawa, plus blockades at key border crossings, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to invoke the Emergencies Act. As usual, Ontario Premier Doug Ford was too focused on the next election to do his job, and he should have to answer for it.

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FORUM: Building a progressive city budget (Winter 2022)

March 14th, 2022 · Comments Off on FORUM: Building a progressive city budget (Winter 2022)

Affordable housing, climate initiatives, road safety all on the agenda

By Mike Layton

The 2022 budget process will have wrapped up by the time this publication goes to print, but I still thought I could provide an update on some of the policy pieces I have been working on advancing through my role on the budget committee. 

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FORUM: Many achievements despite the pandemic (Jan. 2022)

February 4th, 2022 · Comments Off on FORUM: Many achievements despite the pandemic (Jan. 2022)

Government must be proactive to protect cyclists, pedestrians 

By Mike Layton

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FORUM: Tackling the climate crisis at a city level (Dec. 2021)

December 17th, 2021 · Comments Off on FORUM: Tackling the climate crisis at a city level (Dec. 2021)

All levels of government must be engaged in a solution

By Mike Layton

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NEWS: City fails to move forward as Avenue Road plans evolve (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: City fails to move forward as Avenue Road plans evolve (Fall 2021)

Bike lanes added to Avenue Road re-design

Avenue Road Safety Coalition has introduced a project that would create a bike lane on the east side of Avenue Road in a shared space with pedestrians. COURTESY BROWN AND STOREY

By Margarita Maltceva

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CHATTER: Access to winterized washrooms set to improve (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Access to winterized washrooms set to improve (Fall 2021)

In 2021, the City of Toronto opened up 79 new public washrooms for use throughout the winter, nearly doubling the previous number. This project was a direct response to pandemic restrictions which made access to public washrooms extra challenging, making life especially hard for vulnerable segments of the population.

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FORUM: Status quo streets unsustainable (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on FORUM: Status quo streets unsustainable (Fall 2021)

Government must be proactive to protect cyclists, pedestrians 

By Mike Layton

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FORUM: Looking to the feds to save cities (Aug. 2021)

September 8th, 2021 · Comments Off on FORUM: Looking to the feds to save cities (Aug. 2021)

So many municipal issues require a national strategy

By Mike Layton

This federal election, the focus for cities must be on social justice and the recovery. 

Cities are where the majority of the country’s population lives and for years, important programs to support residents such as child care, protecting the environment, and substantial investment into deeply affordable housing have been underfunded. 

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FORUM: Excessive force will not solve a housing crisis (July 2021)

August 16th, 2021 · Comments Off on FORUM: Excessive force will not solve a housing crisis (July 2021)

The violent eviction of homeless from parks is shameful

By Mike Layton

The violence and tactics on display by the City of Toronto in Trinity Bellwoods Park, Alexandra Park and Lamport Park this month is a deeply troubling use of resources and force. The number of armed police present to forcefully remove handfuls of residents experiencing homelessness is disgraceful. 

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