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The Toronto Island Ropes Course is Probably Going to Close

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:00:26 +0000

Farewell, sweet prince.

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To help balance Toronto’s budget, the Island ropes course will likely close in 2017. The ropes course, which includes both high ropes and low ropes, is a destination for youth groups, companies that wish to build employee trust or morale, and people who got lost trying to find Centreville. It’s only open in the spring […]

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Why Toronto Should Repeal the Tax Break for Vacant Stores

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:30:10 +0000

The policy that gives an incentive to empty storefronts has outlived its usefulness.

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Toronto needs money. That isn’t news, but it is news when ideas come up that can either raise or save the City some cash that it needs for its $33 billion of approved, but still unfunded, projects. Our roads need fixing, our transit system needs expanding, and our affordable housing units need building. Where is […]

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The Origin of Human Rights Law in Ontario

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:00:34 +0000

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Now and Then explores the stories behind Toronto’s historical plaques and monuments. On December 10, the United Nations celebrates Human Rights Day to commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948. In 1962, Ontario became the first jurisdiction in Canada to legislate protections for human rights with the Ontario Human […]

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What You Need to Know about Toronto’s Budget

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:35:58 +0000

The budget isn't balanced, and council will have to find some combination of service cuts and additional revenue to make up the difference.

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The staff-proposed City budget has been released, and we’ve had the chance to go over it in high-level detail. We’ll do a deeper dive in the coming days as more information comes out, but here are the need-to-know highlights that will guide the budget debate over the next three months. The proposed residential property tax […]

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Why Imposing Tolls on the Gardiner and DVP is a Terrible Idea

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:30:36 +0000

This is not a serious plan for raising revenue or fighting congestion.

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Road tolls. At first glance, it looks like we’re finally getting serious about generating revenue for transit. Alas, this is not the adult conversation you are looking for. Road tolls can have more than one purpose. What is our goal—raising money or changing behaviour? Or both? These questions might suggest that road tolls are suitable […]

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How Toronto’s Papers Covered Christmas Trees and Chris Alexander

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:30:24 +0000

From Toronto's Deadly Streets to electoral reform to the killing of a local doctor.

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In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and as the festival season approaches and the year winds down, Toronto’s papers are taking a walk down memory lane this morning, updating readers on the latest news pertaining to some of their […]

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Follow Live Coverage of Toronto’s 2017 Budget Launch

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:35:39 +0000

All the analysis, context, and fact-checks you need to understand Toronto's budget, and what it means for you.

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Photo by Himy Syed from the Torontoist Flickr Pool. It’s time for the annual city budget! This year, like last, we expect the City Manager to deliver a budget that isn’t balanced, saying that the tough decisions to close the gaps will have to be made by council. At the same time, we’ll have a […]

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How Christmas Markets Have Gone Global

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:30:41 +0000

Is there such a thing as too much holiday cheer?

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Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. In a city known for snow, skiing, and hearty cuisine, wooden stalls fill a downtown park to create an annual Christmas market. The scene is Sapporo, Japan, which has hosted a German Christmas […]

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What to Do in Toronto December 5–11: Solo Sessions, DIANA, City of Craft

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:15:43 +0000

Seasonal shows from Second City, Soulpepper, and White Cowbell Oklahoma; album shows by Jordan Foisy, Tom Henry, and DIANA; festival offerings from Storefront Theatre and City of Craft.

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Urban Planner is your weekly curated guide to what’s on in Toronto—things that are local, affordable, and exceptional. Monday, December 5 It’s time for many people’s favourite Christmas movie! Now magazine’s Free Flicks Mondays pick for December, hosted by resident critic Norm Wilner, is a complimentary screening of Die Hard, with complimentary popcorn for the […]

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What Toronto Colleges and Universities Are Doing to Help Students’ Mental Health

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:15:17 +0000

Awareness about the mental health challenges students face is growing on campuses. Here's what local schools are offering in the way of support.

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Mental health is an ever-growing issue, especially at post-secondary institutions. A report released by the Ontario University & College Health Association in September [PDF] found that 65 per cent of students surveyed experienced overwhelming anxiety in the last year, up from 57 per cent in 2013. The report also found that 46 per cent of […]

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Why Toronto’s Urban Forest is a Critical Infrastructure Asset

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:30:36 +0000

Urban forests are vital infrastructure that provide $125 million in services to the GTA each year. But with little support from senior governments, municipalities are stretched to nurture their green assets.

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Here’s How Our Municipal Government Can Encourage Citizen Engagement

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:00:13 +0000

The key is meeting people where they are.

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The Toronto Community Foundation recently released its annual Vital Signs report, which provides a comprehensive snapshot of trends and issues affecting the quality of life in our city. The report revealed that a “dismal 5% of Toronto’s millennials report feeling that their local government listens to them.” To make matters worse, Vital Signs reported that […]

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