Wynne Runs For Leader

Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne is presenting herself as a premier who would build consensus, listen to others and present a comprehensive vision for Ontario’s future. Wynne stepped down from her post as minister of urban affairs and housing on Nov. 2 and officially launched her bid for Ontario Liberal leader on Nov. 5 at a packed Japanese … [Read more...]

How Can We Pay For It?

Most Torontonians agree the city could use better public transit. The real question is who will foot the bill? That question was the focal point of a packed town hall meeting in midtown Oct. 22. We’re arriving at long last at a critical, but far more intelligent moment,” said Ward 22 councillor Josh Matlow, who hosted the panel discussion on … [Read more...]

Gardens Seek More City Funding

The Toronto Botanical Garden is pleading with the city to increase its annual funding by $135,000 to let it continue offering its services to the public. Executive director Aldona Satterthwaite is to appear at the city’s parks and environment committee on Oct. 15 asking for a funding increase to $160,000 from $25,000, with built-in, … [Read more...]

Preserving An Annex Institution

There are no gates at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in the Annex. For years the church and its surrounding green space have been open to the entire Annex community for worship, reflection or just idle relaxation. But all that was threatened when members of the parish noticed the bell tower was crumbling and in danger of falling. “The … [Read more...]

Sarah’s Food Drive Surpasses Goals

Sarah Jordan is a girl driven to succeed. Thanks to the efforts of Sarah and her peers, at least 200 low-income families enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner provided by Tremblett’s Valu-Mart and distributed by the Daily Bread Food Bank. Sarah also managed to raise about 10,000 kilograms of food in her fifth annual food drive, nearly doubling her … [Read more...]

No Casinos In Portlands, Meeting Told

Toronto-Danforth residents don’t want a casino anywhere near the Portlands, local MPP Peter Tabuns told a special community council meeting on Oct. 10. The NDP representative came out strongly against the idea of a casino in the Portlands, saying it would increase crime, cause congestion and undermine local businesses. Toronto and East York … [Read more...]

Ministry Freeze Sets Back Avondale PS

A ministry-imposed freeze on Toronto school board capital projects could have major repercussions on a North York school struggling with overcapacity. Avondale Public School in the Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue area had hoped to gain provincial approval to build a larger school by 2014, demolish Avondale’s current building, and then … [Read more...]

City Can’t Protect Post Station, Yet

It's one of the only buildings in Canada of its kind, but Ward 16 Councillor Karen Stintz is unable to currently designate a historical structure as a heritage building. Because the Canada Post Postal Station K building at Yonge Street and Montgomery Avenue isn’t privately owned, it can be only listed in the city’s heritage database but not … [Read more...]

Mihevc Wants Tracks Gone

Ward 21 councillor Joe Mihevc is looking to remove the city’s unused streetcar tracks in hopes it will help prevent another fatal accident. Mihevc will be presenting a motion along with Ward 19 councillor Mike Layton to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on Sept. 12 asking for city staff to come up with a plan for the city’s … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss The Newstrain

Last week I had the opportunity to attend Newstrain, a two-day touring journalism workshop aimed towards editors, department heads and other journalism management. If you’re wondering why the only photo I have from the two days is an obscure shot of a printing press, that’s because the event took place at the Toronto Star Press Centre and I was … [Read more...]