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FORUM: Ford’s fall agenda deeply flawed (Dec. 2020)

December 21st, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: Ford’s fall agenda deeply flawed (Dec. 2020)

Environment, evictions, schools dominate final days of Queen’s Park 2020 Session

By Jessica Bell

Queen’s Park closed for the year on December 8. Here are the legislative highlights from the final few weeks:

The Ford government continued trampling on Ontario’s natural environment. Government Bill 229 stripped the power of local conservation authorities to protect water quality and floodplains from development. 

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FORUM: Find ways to support local businesses (Dec. 2020)

December 21st, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: Find ways to support local businesses (Dec. 2020)

Your support may prevent “ghost” towns on main streets

By Mike Layton

One of the most challenging years in recent memory is almost at an end, and I want to take this time to express my gratitude for the work of so many who saw us through. From our Medical Officer of Health and city staff, to local businesses, community groups and residents, it is clear that the majority of us want to work to overcome this pandemic, together.

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FORUM: City budget a real challenge but we can work together (Nov. 2020)

December 4th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: City budget a real challenge but we can work together (Nov. 2020)

Impact on homeless is most acute

By Mike Layton

Winter is fast approaching, and with COVID-19 cases on the rise, we must prepare for how to support residents and small businesses through the next couple of months.

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Opinion

FORUM: How will Doug Ford’s 2020 budget impact us? (Nov. 2020)

December 4th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: How will Doug Ford’s 2020 budget impact us? (Nov. 2020)

The government’s Scrooge-like plan is not what we need

By Jessica Bell

It’s easy to make bold and lofty promises at a press conference, but a budget reveals a government’s true priorities. 

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Opinion

NEWS: Parking versus housing (Oct. 2020)

November 2nd, 2020 · Comments Off on NEWS: Parking versus housing (Oct. 2020)

Kensington Market considers a change

By Mary An

Priorities are shifting in Kensington Market, according to a recent motion adopted by Toronto City Council that declares the parking lot at 25 Bellevue Ave. a surplus location that could be used to build affordable housing. 

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FORUM: Finding positive outcomes (July 2020)

August 7th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: Finding positive outcomes (July 2020)

Rapidly expanding bike lanes a healthy solution

By Mike Layton

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FORUM: Ford failing to address homelessness, racism, schooling (July 2020)

August 7th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: Ford failing to address homelessness, racism, schooling (July 2020)

Telling parents to prepare for every eventuality is not a plan

By Jessica Bell

As the pandemic drags on, the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable are getting worse. I want to draw attention to three communities that need our help.

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FORUM: COVID-19 has exposed issues in long-term care homes (May 2020)

June 15th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: COVID-19 has exposed issues in long-term care homes (May 2020)

We need to summon the political will to make long-term change

By Jessica Bell

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only exposing how poorly our economy and society treat our most vulnerable, it’s making it worse. 

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NEWS: Keep Your Rent campaign emerges (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · 3 Comments

CIBC report says 30 per cent did not pay rent on April 1

NICOLE STOFFMAN/GLEANER NEWS

By Nicole Stoffman

Who should take the biggest hit during the economic shutdown of the coronavirus pandemic: renters, landlords, or the big banks? How one answers that question depends on whether one believes in the power of the individual or the collective.

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FORUM: We will get through this together (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · 5 Comments

Community resources are here for you

By Mike Layton

This is a difficult moment in time for everyone. People across the continent are having to make substantial changes and sacrifices to their lives and routines in order to help keep them, their families, and others in their community safe. It is understandable to be confused, or feel anxious on a daily basis. People know they are facing a real threat, and that the choices they make have serious and immediate consequences.

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NEWS: Clinton’s Tavern on Bloor closes after 83 years (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · Comments Off on NEWS: Clinton’s Tavern on Bloor closes after 83 years (Apr. 2020)

The tavern that’s been serving the west-end community with drinks, dance parties, and DJ nights announced in mid-February it will close permanently.

In a post to social media pages, Clinton’s Tavern announced its sudden closure.

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FORUM: Safer streets for bikes and pedestrians (Mar. 2020)

March 24th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: Safer streets for bikes and pedestrians (Mar. 2020)

Redesigning the roads with necessary rules

By Mike Layton

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Tags: Annex · Opinion