Toronto City Council

Let's Partner Tech Startups With City Hall

David Soknacki | Posted 04.10.2014 | 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 03.31.2014 | 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 03.14.2014 | 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...

Toronto Council Kills Zoo Sale.. Ford Brothers Notwithstanding

CBC | Posted 12.05.2012 | Canada Politics

The Toronto Zoo is not for sale. Just a few days after the City of Toronto took a step toward selling or leasing Canada's largest zoo, cou...

Toronto To Reverse Plastic Ban?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Toronto city council voted Wednesday not to revisit its decision to ban plastic bags on Jan. 1, 2013.Only 18 of the city's 45 councillors vo...

Tips For Breaking Your Bag Habit

Lisa Borden | Posted 08.19.2012 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

The bags have been banned. Rather than wasting your time getting your plastic bags in a knot, just look at it as the catalyst you need to bring about much needed change. And, keep this in mind: having a huge collection of $1 reusable bags is worse than hoarding plastic bags. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your reusable bags, while consuming the least.

Plastic Bags Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg

John Izzo | Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada Politics
John Izzo

These bans are a positive and necessary step and they do raise awareness, but the overuse of plastic is just a symbol of a larger issue. We use disposable things without thinking about the consequences. Maybe one reason we resist the idea of banning plastic bags is because somehow we know it's just the tip of the iceberg.

My Dog And I Pooh-Pooh Your Bag Ban

Peter Worthington | Posted 08.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

I found plastic bags enormously useful to have around -- not only for garbage at home, but also when walking the dog. How can plastic bags be banned? Who do those councilors think they are? Who'll police the ban? Surely not our cops. The plastic bag fiasco stands as another example of those in charge trying to improve on an issue, and going too far into an area they know little about, having done no research.

Disposable News: Bob Rae and Plastic Bags

J.J. McCullough | Posted 08.11.2012 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Gossip about the political future of acting Liberal boss Bob Rae seems to appeal to precisely two sorts of people: the gossips themselves -- who were in full force this weekend -- and Bob Rae. Meanwhile, Toronto City Council's Wednesday night decision to ban plastic bags from Hogtown supermarkets will provoke some manner of "national discussion" on the issue.

McGuinty Pours Cold Water On Rob Ford's Subway Dreams

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says he must respect Toronto city council's decision on the future of the city's transit.And if that means li...

Toronto Mayor Dismisses Vote Against Subway Plan As 'Irrelevant'

CBC | Posted 04.10.2012 | Canada Politics

Ontario remains committed to helping Toronto pay for upcoming transit improvements, Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli says, but warns...

Rob Ford vs. The Toronto Star

The Huffington Post Canada | Ron Nurwisah | Posted 12.02.2011 | Canada

UPDATED: Mayor Rob Ford's office has issued a statement on its official Facebook page regarding the Toronto Star. The full statement is below: "The...

Occupy Toronto Park Repairs Could Cost Thousands

CBC | Posted 01.31.2012 | Canada

The cost to repair St. James Park, the site of the five-week long Occupy Toronto encampment, could reach as high as $60,000, the chair of...

Toronto Zoo Keepers Fight to Keep Elephants

CBC | Posted 01.09.2012 | Canada

The elephant keepers at the Toronto Zoo want city council to revoke its decision to send the zoo's elephants to a California sanctuary. ...