Toronto City Council

Putting An EpiPen In Every Restaurant Would Be A Life-Saver

Pauline Osena | Posted 04.24.2017 | Canada Living
Pauline Osena

A stock epinephrine and mandatory food allergy education program for the hospitality industry in the City of Toronto is the right thing to do. It has huge benefits for the safety of the general public and increases public awareness of food allergies.

Unlimited Data In Canada? Good Luck With That One

Peter Nowak | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada Business
Peter Nowak

Councillors last week voted 27 in favour, four opposed and six absent in favour of making a motion to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. They pointed to the unlimited data plans now proliferating in the United States and expressed exasperation that such offers aren't available here. Uh, good luck with that.

It's Time For Torontonians To Grow Up And Invest In Their City

Toronto Storeys | Posted 01.05.2017 | Canada Politics
Toronto Storeys

It's worth spending money on Toronto. The better the city does, the better we do. That would be obvious in most cities, but not here. Accustomed to being treated as children, pampered and primped, voters won't all be

Toronto's City Council Needs To Regulate Uber (Before It's Too Late)

James Patava | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Politics
James Patava

Dear Toronto City Councillor: You and your colleagues in City Council will soon decide the future of Uber in Toronto. Before making up your mind to ban a service that represents an emerging economic reality, I urge you to consider regulation -- and to consider it quickly.

Uber Threatens To Leave Toronto And Take 15,000 Jobs With It

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Business

The ride-sharing service is unhappy with rules that may pass next month.

We Need A New Approach To Funding Poverty Reduction

Rachel Gray | Posted 02.04.2017 | Canada Living
Rachel Gray

Canada's largest city has a world-class problem with poverty, and yet we hope that maybe, just maybe, it will go away. Rest assured it's not. Far from an old-school approach to budgeting, we need leadership and new approaches to revenue generation unless we want to be paying for the growing costs of poverty for years to come.

A Better Way For Toronto To Stretch Its Infrastructure Dollars

Paul de Jong | Posted 01.08.2017 | Canada Business
Paul de Jong

There are ways of funding badly needed projects that are already at hand and don't involve squeezing the long-suffering taxpayer harder. Although it would take some political will, Toronto could realize millions in savings that would go a long way in addressing its budget shortfall.

Integrity Commissioner Calls Out Rob Ford's 'Reckless' Behaviour

CP | Paola Loriggio | Posted 09.25.2016 | Canada Politics

Toronto's integrity commissioner says then-mayor Rob Ford was "unnecessarily reckless" when he accidentally knocked over a city councillor during a televised high-stakes meeting two years ago.

What Torontonians Really Think About When They Vote

Huffington Post Canada | Sunny Freeman and Dan Lytwyn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Politics

To mark Election Day, we asked Torontonians: What are they really thinking about when it comes time to cast their vote? “I think transit beca...

Toronto City Council Candidate's Signs Defaced With Racist Comments

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Politics

"Go back home," read the racist remark left on Munira Abukar's campaign sign. The 22-year-old Somali-Canadian is running for city councillor in To...

'Well, That Was A Quiet 4 Years'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - "Well, that was a quiet four years."And, with that tongue-in-cheek comment from Coun. Josh Colle, Toronto city council wrapped up its final ...

Let's Partner Tech Startups With City Hall

David Soknacki | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Politics
David Soknacki

As Mayor, I will make sure Toronto leads the way in data transparency. I want to disclose more datasets at accessible standards than any other comparable city in the world. But this information must also be easier for coders and citizens to use. Toronto's existing Open Data releases often have limited value because the data isn't in a usable format.

Focus More On Electing Your Councillor and Less On Your Mayor

Saeed Selvam | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Saeed Selvam

This is why council is so important. As a unified body it has immense power to shift the agenda of our city. A mayor should technically be able to unite and determine solid goals for Toronto along with a strong policy agenda designed to solve our toughest of challenges. Unfortunately there hasn't been much unity on council and partisan-politics has stifled much progress. The never ending subway vs. LRT debate creating a rift between the downtown core and the suburbs and a lack of true 'big-picture, visionary thinking' has seriously stalled Toronto's ability to capitalize on its unique potential.

Move Over Rob Ford: How I'd Restore Civility in City Hall

David Soknacki | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Politics
David Soknacki

As mayor, I will move to adopt ranked ballots, a model that would help to unite our divided city by rewarding candidates with a broad appeal within the electorate. Too much of our current political discourse is spent on negativity, or pitting councillors against one another. Ranked ballots would help eliminate this rancor, fostering a more positive political environment. Ever wonder why political parties choose leaders this way? It's because ranked ballots help maintain a certain level of civility that has been AWOL from Toronto politics for quite some time.

Why I'm Running for City Council

Saeed Selvam | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada
Saeed Selvam

You grow even fonder of your city when you've travelled abroad, I remember returning from a trip overseas and almost kissing the ground when I landed ...

Rob Ford Has Kathleen Wynne Right Where He Wants Her

Mark Towhey | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

Relieved of most of his civic responsibilities, Rob Ford is occupying his time by campaigning for re-election and torturing the premier. He's got her over a barrel, and he knows it. Premier Wynne, on the other hand, has nothing to gain in this dispute. She'd love to dodge it, but Ford won't let her. She can't be seen to reinforce Ford's misbehaviour by ignoring it and meeting with him. But, she can't stand up and publicly disenfranchise a democratically elected civic leader, especially one whose electoral mandate dwarfs hers 15 times over.

Ten Reasons Why the City of Toronto Should Put the Brakes on the Bixi Bailout

Candice Malcolm | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Candice Malcolm

On behalf of taxpayers who would rather see our money go to real transit strategies, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says "let Bixi fail." We've compiled ten reasons for why the City of Toronto should put the brakes on the Bixi bikes bailout.

Is Toronto Turning Into the Town From The Simpsons?

Jordon Froese | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Jordon Froese

Most importantly, unlike Springfield Toronto has a city council and councillors. Unlike Mayor Quimby, Mayor Ford is not a power unto himself (as much as he thinks that). Oh, I almost forgot. Unlike Springfield, which is a fictional town in a cartoon, Toronto exists in the real world -- as real as the world gets, anyway.

Toronto City Hall 'Unsafe' For Kids

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada Politics

School field trips to Toronto City Hall have been suspended until further notice over concerns the Rob Ford scandal has made the building an “unsaf...

Rob Ford: It's Not About Crack, It's About Crime

Nikki Thomas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Nikki Thomas

Throughout the drawn-out Rob Ford crack-smoking saga, one thing has been made abundantly clear: Rob Ford has very poor judgment. As a Mayor, as a person, and as a representative for the City of Toronto, Rob Ford has continually proven that his judgment is lacking. This, above all else, is the reason that he should resign immediately. As I wrote in previous articles about this subject, it's not his now-confirmed crack use that's even the problem. However, exercising terrible judgment in the consumption of crack brings a world of other problems with it, not the least of which is criminal association.

Why Ford Is Still the Man to Beat

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

I think all those years of drinking fancy tea at David's Teas, sipping Almond Milk at Whole Foods and eating organic beef from Rowe Farms, where everybody knows your cow's name, may be the cause. I don't think even 30 days of rehab in Scarborough will do the trick. But I will try one more time to explain the populist and enduring appeal of the Ford phenomenon. I have known and met many members of Ford Nation in the last few years. I have met them at coffee shops, restaurants and in their homes. I have met them at Ford Fests. The bulk of Ford's support is in the cities of Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough.

Sam The Record Man Sign May Live To Light Another Day On Campus

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 10.11.2013 | Canada Music

It appears that the iconic Sam The Record Man sign in downtown Toronto might end up restored to one of the two originally agreed-upon locations after ...

The Problem With By-Elections

Steve Lafleur | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Politics
Steve Lafleur

Two sitting Toronto city council members faced off against each other in Wednesday's Ontario by-election, and a former councilor is running in another riding. Each is representing a different party. While this may seem banal, it is highly problematic.

There Are Scandals and Then There's Rob Ford

Saeed Selvam | Posted 07.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Saeed Selvam

Google Rob Ford and you're met with the latest on the "Crackgate Scandal." In what can only be described as a whirlwind of chaos, Toronto's Mayor is in the news again with another bizarre allegation. What needs to happen next is that the Mayor should address the allegations head-on then move on. What Toronto needs to do is start vetting potential Mayoral candidates for 2014 as Ford has made it clear that he'll be running again. When you honestly think about it, our standards are not that high when it comes to politicians; we need to raise the bar.

Toronto Councillor Charged With Impaired Driving

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.16.2012 | Canada Politics

Ana Bailao, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 18, was charged with impaired driving, Toronto Police confirmed on Tuesday afternoon. According to the...