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EDITORIAL: Ford needs to step up and lead for once (May 2024)

June 14th, 2024 · No Comments

The competing notions of treating illicit drug use as a health issue versus a criminal one is at the heart of a divide between the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario. The city wants to decriminalize and help people who are addicted and the province thinks it can arrest its way out of the problem.

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FORUM: Undoing vacant home tax debacle (May 2024)

June 14th, 2024 · No Comments

Booze in parks gets green light, revamp of recycling on the horizon

By Dianne Saxe

Spring arrived early this year with turbulent weather in April and sunshine in May. It’s also been an eventful season: I hope you had a chance to enjoy the total solar eclipse, the Easter parades, Earth Day’s 45th anniversary, Toronto’s luscious bounty of cherry blossoms, and holiday meals with friends and family.

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FORUM: Queen’s Park roundup (May 2024)

June 14th, 2024 · No Comments

Underfunding schools, justice system, and interference at colleges & universities

By Jessica Bell

It’s been a very busy period at Queen’s Park. Here are the highlights. 

Parents stand up to pending school budget cuts

On May 8, I joined parents, students, teachers, and residents outside Kensington School for a rally to demand better funding for our public schools.

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GREENINGS: Greater density along transit hubs is good for all of us (May 2024)

June 14th, 2024 · No Comments

Mandating no cars under new builds is the way forward

It is very exciting to see the development of the old Honest Ed’s site almost come online. It means there will be more people in this city living close to transit. It means there will be more people in this neighbourhood to sustain the small businesses that make this neighbourhood liveable. We need to support high-density housing projects in this neighbourhood, but we have to make sure that these new projects come with zero new parking spots. We want walkers, cyclists, and transit users. We don’t want to be home to more polluting drivers who make the city dirty and dangerous.

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EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice: NIMBYism 101 (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice: NIMBYism 101 (Apr. 2024)

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EDITORIAL: The Vacant Home Tax: A multi-mayor failure (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: The Vacant Home Tax: A multi-mayor failure (Apr. 2024)

The Vacant Home Tax (VHT) is an unabashed debacle. The City of Toronto just sent 167,000 homeowners tax bills that include a one per cent VHT levy based on the values of their properties. If, for example, their Municipal Property Assessment Corporation valuation is $800,000, then the city just added a surcharge to their tax bill of $8000. Payable when? Now.

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FORUM: A busy agenda at city council (Apr. 2024)

May 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on FORUM: A busy agenda at city council (Apr. 2024)

Many environmental initiatives getting the green light

By Dianne Saxe

Spring has arrived. Flowers are pushing up and there are so many ways to enjoy beautiful University-Rosedale. This spring we want to highlight great local music venues, festivals, parks, and environmental events. Hot Docs, Fringe, Jazz Fest—these and other Toronto arts organizations need your support if they are to survive.

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EDITORIAL CARTON: “Someone’s getting rich!” (Dec. 2023)

December 23rd, 2023 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTON: “Someone’s getting rich!” (Dec. 2023)

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EDITORIAL: AG confirms Ford rigged Science Centre analysis (Dec. 2023)

December 23rd, 2023 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: AG confirms Ford rigged Science Centre analysis (Dec. 2023)

In an annual report, Ontario’s Acting Auditor General (AG) Nick Stavropoulos contradicts the conclusions of the government’s stated “business case” for moving the Ontario Science Centre to Ontario Place. It turns out the “savings” the government promises taxpayers is anything but.

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A hectic first year in University-Rosedale  

December 23rd, 2023 · Comments Off on A hectic first year in University-Rosedale  

Housing, new greenspaces, traffic, and construction dominate

By Dianne Saxe

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Where’s Ontario’s student housing plan?

December 23rd, 2023 · Comments Off on Where’s Ontario’s student housing plan?

Students are particularly vulnerable to weak rental laws

By Jessica Bell

Justin is a graduate student studying pancreatic cancer at the University of Toronto. He’s one of thousands of students who live in our downtown neighbourhoods. When his building was bought by corporate landlord, Harrington Housing, he became a victim of neglect and harassment designed to drive him out of his rent-controlled home.

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EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice (Fall 2023)

December 4th, 2023 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice (Fall 2023)

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EDITORIAL: An insincere mea culpa (Fall 2023)

December 4th, 2023 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: An insincere mea culpa (Fall 2023)

When announcing his latest reversal of plans to develop parts of the Greenbelt, Premier Doug Ford said he was “very, very, sorry.” It’s not clear what exactly he is sorry for, or if he is indeed sorry at all. After months of ignoring his critics, including damning reports from the Auditor General and the Integrity Commission, Ford forced his flying monkey cabinet to line up behind him to try and rationalize his latest u-turn on the Greenbelt file.

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