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The Ontario Municipal Board is Long Overdue for Repairs

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You’ve likely heard the stories—stories such as citizen group loses battle to stop sprawl from destroying wetlands. Or city plan for a mixed-housing neighbourhood overturned to allow a developer to build low-density homes instead.

It’s all too common in Ontario—decisions about planning that contradict what local residents want, what municipal councils advise and that undermine the intent of Ontario’s Greenbelt and Growth Plans.

Who makes these wrongheaded planning decisions? The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)—an unelected quasi-judicial land-use appeals body that is undemocratic and unaccountable.

The OMB is broken and badly in need of an overhaul. The good news is that this fall, there’s a chance for some much needed repairs.

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How Toronto’s Papers Reacted to Castro’s Death, and Trudeau’s Reaction

In other news: Syria, Patrick Brown's byelection woes, and the Toronto Sun's fear-mongering.

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies.
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This week’s Front Page Challenge still shows lingering traces of the death this weekend of Fidel Castro, with at least two of this town’s papers still smarting over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s less-than-harsh words marking the passing of one of the most polarizing world leaders of the 20th century. One unifying theme this week is of a world under siege, with invading forces on people’s turf—it seems that whether you’re at home, in a Christmas market, or in line at the bank, unwanted interlopers are lingering at the gate…

Keep reading: How Toronto’s Papers Reacted to Castro’s Death, and Trudeau’s Reaction

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How Toronto’s Papers Covered This Week’s Ethics Violations

In which the Sun doggedly pursues the blockbuster DonGhaziWest scandal.

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies.
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As we hurtle towards the uncertain new era of President Donald Trump, today’s Toronto newspapers are awash in tales of political favouritism, ethics violations, and conflicts of interest. And no, Trump does not have the monopoly on this topic, though he may be an influence on how the subject is becoming top of mind for the city’s editorial departments as they try to make sense of the New Normal. But which of today’s papers can provide us with some much needed transparency and clarity, something for us to believe in?

Keep reading: How Toronto’s Papers Covered This Week’s Ethics Violations

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How Toronto’s Papers Normalized Our New Trumpian Overlord

In non-Trump news: Mike Bullard, laneway housing, and a spit take.

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies.
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One week ago today, Donald Trump became the President-elect of the United States, and the cultural shockwaves have not yet begun to let up. As the unimaginable becomes the new reality and the world tries to understand (and in some cases normalize) these new circumstances, which of Toronto’s daily papers has the best handle on these changes?

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How Toronto’s Papers Covered Donald Trump’s Terrifying, Shocking Election Win

What just happened?

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies.
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In a stunning development that few predicted, yesterday Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. The one-time steak salesman rode a populist wave to defeat expected winner Hillary Clinton, who maintained a lead (however slight) in the polls for months. Torontonians are waking up to a sense of shock and also a certain feeling of déjà vu. But as the world starts to process this news, which of our city’s papers best captures this huge historical moment, and which papers are working overtime to interpret the meaning (or even the possible silver lining) of this result?

Keep reading: How Toronto’s Papers Covered Donald Trump’s Terrifying, Shocking Election Win