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What Do Torontonians Want From Their Waterfront?

It’s not every day that there’s a line up to get into a public consultation. But it’s not every day that there’s a consultation on such a contentious issue as the future development of a major chunk of Toronto’s waterfront. Hosted by Lura Consulting (listen, understand, relate, advance) and SWERHUN, the event was an introduction […]

What Is Toronto Public Library Thinking About Cutting Now?

Last month, the Toronto Public Library board rejected, in principle, the idea of reducing hours at branches in order to meet a 10 per cent budget-reduction target. And yet the same amount of money that would have been saved by that move—about $5.4 million—may still have to be cut before budget season is over. The […]

Queen’s Park Watch: Liberals Get Scolded On Electricity

Rookie Ontario Energy Minister Chris Bentley is probably he wishing he hadn’t picked up when Premier Dalton McGuinty called to offer him the job back in October. This week both the Ontario auditor-general and the environmental commissioner scolded the Liberal government for their mediocre performance in keeping Ontario clean, lit, and solvent. In volume two […]

Extra, Extra: Astral and Loblaws, Menaces to the Street

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. As if the new Astal Media info pillars weren’t bad enough: they are taking out bikes now, too. Not just bike parking—ring-and-posts have been removed at some locations to make room for the pillars—but actual bikes. Behold the […]

Barter a Better Bargain Next Buy Nothing Day

Toronto is home to a host of swapping, bartering, and sharing communities. Swapsity is one of them, and for this year’s Buy Nothing Day on November 25, they put their own twist on the occasion, calling it Buy Nothing, Swap Something Day. Swapsity is an online swapping community dedicated to helping Canadians build a more […]

A New Park Plan for the City Within a Park

On a Thursday night last week, park-loving Torontonians found themselves gathered around a collection of tables in the gymnasium at Wellesley Community Centre for the last of four public consultation sessions the City conducted to develop its new Parks Plan. The five-year strategic plan will touch on everything from park acquisition to management to the […]

What’s On City Council’s Agenda: November, 2011

In which we highlight key items from the month’s city council meeting. You can also watch it live. City council is meeting today (November 29) and tomorrow (November 30). Here are a few items from this month’s agenda that have been in the news, or should have been. City council will weigh whether or not […]

A Moustache Award, In Honour of Jack

Even before his death, Jack Layton’s moustache enjoyed a kind of iconic status. Now that he’s gone, it has become an oddly poignant symbol. Mourners scribbled images of it in chalk on the concrete pavers at Nathan Phillips Square. It’s fitting that money raised during Movember—which uses moustaches as a fundraising tool—benefits treatment for prostate […]

Our Budgets Tell Us Who We Are

“Ok, put your hands up. Now put your hands down if you live south of Eglinton.” Councillor Shelley Carroll (Ward 33, Don Valley East) was standing at the front of a room on the second floor of OISE. Only a handful of the 100 hands that went up stayed in the air. “These are the […]

Extra, Extra: Station Name Recos and Take Care Shoutouts

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss. Based on public consultations via an online survey this fall, TTC staff have released a report recommending names for the stations on the Spadina Extension. The report recommends that the commission approve the names Downsview Park, Finch […]

Sound Advice: Provider by Bry Webb

When your CV has “former Constantines frontman” on it, it’s likely that anything you put out as a side project is predestined for Canadian indie success. Shit-tonnes of indie cred aside, Provider, the debut solo foray of Bry Webb, still features all the elements of #1 albums on the last page of Exclaim!, with all […]

@City_Raccoon Will Waddle Subversively No More

For the past few weeks Toronto’s tweeps have been charmed by the antics of a furry masked bandit named @City_Raccoon. He did what all raccoons do: peered through windows, ripped open trash bags, and spooked passersby with scary glow-in-the-dark eyes. It was a distinctly Toronto-esque bit of fun: the creature we all join in hating […]

Duly Quoted: Nick Kouvalis

“One thing we realized when we got to city hall was that the bureaucrats…are working hard: 12, 15, 16 hours a day. Joe Pennachetti is working hard. So there’s not a lot of “gravy” at city hall, per se.” —Nick Kouvalis, key architect of Rob Ford’s mayoral campaign, confessing in an interview with Toronto Life […]