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I Want Your Job: Mary Jane Conboy, Science Exhibit Designer

Going to the Ontario Science Centre is a rite of passage for most GTA kids. Middle-school boys compete furiously on the rowing machines, trying to assess each other’s stamina; nearby babies try out their new walking skills on the rock-climbing wall as their parents watch over them. Mary Jane Conboy is the author of all […]

Extra, Extra: Toronto Star Shuts Down Comment Section, Possible TTC Fare Structure Changes, and Raffled-Restaurant Faces Labour Complaints

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Toronto’s online trolls will have to look elsewhere for their commenting fix—The Toronto Star is closing its online comment section, effective immediately. In a post this afternoon, the paper wrote that it will instead select choice comments […]

The Torontoist Guide to Holiday Theatre

Holiday entertainment is in full swing at Toronto’s theatres, and the options are many. You can get glammed up for a night out with Cinderella, or spend some time hanging at Kim’s Convenience. Or if you prefer the fresh air, you can take in the annual walking tour-slash-play at the Evergreen Brick Works. The Phantom […]

How the 2016 Toronto Budget Isn’t Exactly What it Seems

When he presented the 2016 budget, Toronto City Manager Peter Wallace took great pains to insist that his budget team wanted to avoid recommendations, conclusions or policy decisions in their work on the draft budget. Several times the City Manager stated that the goal was to be transparent, and to provide a budget “stripped of […]

Don’t Forget About LGBTI Syrian Refugees

The photo ops were tear-jerkers: Dozens of Syrian refugees—families, children skirting down escalators, trying on new winter coats, and shaking hands with the country’s political elite at Pearson International Airport. “Welcome to Canada,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told each one. “You are home.” They are phrases widely quoted in media outlets across the world, emblematic […]

Extra, Extra: TTC Not Happy About UberHop, Beer in Supermarkets (But Not Yours), and Pedestrians Try to Help Sad Raccoon

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Commuters may be happy about UberHop but the president of the TTC’s union certainly isn’t. Bob Kinnear, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113, released a statement today calling UberHop a “gypsy cab” service, and accusing […]

Explaining the 2016 Preliminary Budget Choices

“We’ve got some hard work ahead of us.” That was the refrain at this morning’s Budget Committee, where staff presented the preliminary budget. As we found out earlier this month, for the first time in roughly a decade, there’s a budget hole that has to be filled. This is a Big Deal, because, unlike the […]

The Preliminary Budget Conversation Toronto Needs

As the 2016 budget launch wrapped up at a special Budget Committee meeting today, I said to a fellow council watcher as we left the room, “Well, the chicks have come home to roost.” The piper was now demanding his payment, and all those other clichés. In what’s referred to this year as a “Preliminary […]

Public Works: A Flood Wall With Artistry and Environmentalism

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them. The downside to living beside an ocean, it turns out, is that sometimes that ocean serves up King Tides—multi-metre rises in water level apt to flood out anything too close to shore. So in 2012, […]

Front Page Challenge—December 15, 2015

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies. Today’s Front Page Challenge is a study in contrasts, with some of the city’s daily papers confronting dark, troubling subject matter, while others preferring to look on the bright side, to seek refuge in life’s pleasures (illicit or otherwise).

Torontoist Explains: Inflation and the City Budget

This article is part of Torontoist’s special 2016 municipal budget coverage. If you’d like to see more coverage like this then join Raccoon Nation now. “The Toronto Police Service typically answers such calls for restraint with a spending hike well in excess of inflation.” “…[A]s a conservative, Tory [is] showing oldee-timee reluctance to square the […]

Like the Debt Ceiling Can’t Hold Us

This article is part of Torontoist’s special 2016 municipal budget coverage. If you value journalism like this and you’d like to see it year-round, then subscribe now and help fund a staff writer to hold City Hall accountable. Remember the 2013 U.S. debt ceiling crisis? It was crazy. Texas Senator Ted Cruz forced a filibuster […]

How Property Taxes Work

This article was originally published on January 9, 2014. We have republished it to coincide with the 2016 City budget launch on Tuesday morning. At city hall there is often very little agreement about property taxes, other than the fact that they are confusing. People will debate the merits of a 1.75 per cent or […]