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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 […]

Intermittent Outages on City of Toronto Website

Users attempting to visit the City of Toronto’s website right now are meeting with mixed results: for some the page is loading normally, for others the error message shown above. As word started circulating on Twitter a few minutes ago that the site was down (there were also reports the mayor’s page was facing similar […]

Four City Museums to Close?

“Our heritage is not for sale. Our heritage is not for closure. Our heritage is not for contracting out and it is not for dismantling piece by piece.” With these words Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21, St. Paul’s) greeted a crowd of around 200 concerned citizens outside Montgomery’s Inn in Etobicoke yesterday afternoon. The historic […]

Toronto Talks Mobility Infrastructure

“Do I agree with mobility management? How can you disagree with sliced bread!” Mobility management is simply a term for figuring out how to use transportation more efficiently—moving more people with fewer resources. (Hint: this generally involves getting people out of their cars, which are the least efficient mode of transportation across a population.) And […]

Win a Trip to Montréal

**This contest is now closed. Thanks to all who entered!** Two lucky readers will each win a trip to Montréal. Our thanks to Tourisme Montréal and Montreal Buzz for offering these prize packages. The Prize: Each winner will win one return trip for two people from Toronto to Montréal. You’ll travel Business Class on VIA […]

Why Tour Islington Village?

Ask the average Etobicokian about the history of their former municipality and they’ll probably tell you a story like this: “See those buildings over there? Seventy years ago that land was all farms. Thirty years ago it was a gas station/car dealership. Now it’s condos/townhouses/McMansions. The end… until it gets razed for an arco or […]