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cityscape

Public Works: Proving Urban Agriculture’s Worth

A New York non-profit sets out to show once and for all that community farms are viable enterprises.

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them.

From backyard gardeners to sophisticated startups to students at schools right here in Toronto, city dwellers are embracing urban agriculture in a big way. For some, though, urban farming may call to mind knitting cafés, ukulele jam sessions, and other whimsies confined mostly to hipper neighbourhoods. City gardens make for quaint community projects, but can they be viable and productive enterprises? To answer that question, the Design Trust for Public Space, a prolific New York City non-profit, has created a data collection toolkit for analyzing urban farming ventures.

Keep reading: Public Works: Proving Urban Agriculture’s Worth

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politics

Meet a Council Candidate: Russ Ford, Ward 6

Snapshots of candidates running for city council in 2014.

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Image courtesy of the Russ Ford campaign.

Candidate: Russ Ford (age 60)

Ward: Ward 6 (Etobicoke-Lakeshore), currently represented by Mark Grimes, who is running for his fourth term.

Background: Ford is on leave from the LAMP Community Health Centre, a non-profit that provides health services to the community, where he is executive director. Its health programming includes recreation programs, a drop-in program for homeless people, harm reduction, and clinical services for people who do not have OHIP. During Ford’s tenure at LAMP, the organization’s budget has grown from $2 million to $13 million. Ford also worked for 10 years in the policy and planning department of the City of Toronto.

He is married and has two adult children, and in his spare time likes playing sports and watching documentaries. He makes it clear that he is not related in any way to the more famous political candidates named Ford.

Keep reading: Meet a Council Candidate: Russ Ford, Ward 6

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Newsstand: September 16, 2014

Apparently Kanye West yells at people in wheelchairs to get up and dance at his concerts. Naturally, because why wouldn’t being the genius voice of a generation entitle a person to berate his audience in the most obnoxious and insensitive way ever? Stay classy, Kanye. In the news: Giorgio Mammoliti is under police investigation, Doug Ford has a pretty awful council attendance record, Ontario Tories want a provincial leader who supports GTA issues, and PETA takes issue with the Blue Jays over wild animals used in recent photo ops.

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Keep reading: Newsstand: September 16, 2014

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Newsstand: September 16, 2014

Apparently Kanye West yells at people in wheelchairs to get up and dance at his concerts. Naturally, because why wouldn’t being the genius voice of a generation entitle a person to berate his audience in the most obnoxious and insensitive way ever? Stay classy, Kanye. In the news: Giorgio Mammoliti is under police investigation, Doug Ford has a pretty awful council attendance record, Ontario Tories want a provincial leader who supports GTA issues, and PETA takes issue with the Blue Jays over wild animals used in recent photo ops.

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Newsstand: September 15, 2014

Well, the stars are gone. Except for those few Canadian stars who hang around Toronto more or less year-round, but somehow their lustre just doesn't quite match the Brangelinas and the Kate Winslets who descend on the city in their designer gowns for a week at a time. In the (regular-people) news: a look at the man who will design the development replacing Honest Ed's, Andrea Horwath is fighting for her career, and the Fords weren't popular at a Sunday mayoral debate.

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Weekend Newsstand: September 13, 2014

Mayor Rob Ford may go down in history as the only municipal politician to ever steal headlines away from TIFF. Somewhere, Cameron Bailey is angrily shaking his fist. In the news: Rob Ford is out of the mayoral race, and Doug Ford may or may not have long been a backup candidate; early polls indicate that Doug Ford is already a more popular mayoral candidate than his brother was; what the ballot switch means for Doug Ford’s campaign financing; and a Toronto teachers group complains about trustee Sam Sotiropoulos’s comments about transgender people.

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