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6:52 p.m. May 15, 2018. A section of the newly named Avellino Lane.

Three lanes were named in Toronto this month

May 15, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Earlier this month, community councils approved three names for laneways. Two are named after men – one after Saul Korman,...

Mayor Tory asks community to come together in wake of horrific incident that leaves...

April 23, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Mayor John Tory provided four responses to the tragic incident in the city’s north end on Monday, calling for citizens...
Photo of the proposed sign at 146 Bloor Street West.

Resident and business groups’ wishes have weight at city hall’s Sign Variance Committee

April 18, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Members of the Sign Variance Committee decided not to allow a third party wall sign at 146 Bloor Street West,...

(Updated) Board of Health passes motion to report on potential health hazards from uranium...

Updated April 19, 2018 By Arianne Robinson During a motion that the city re-affirm itself as a nuclear weapons-free zone, a safety concern from an environmental...
A photo of the metallic green sweat bee, the Agapostemon virescens, pictured in the Toronto Pollinator Protection Strategy.

Seen and heard: puns at the Parks and Environment Committee

April 11, 2018 This week, the Parks and Environment Committee was asked to consider a Pollinator Protection Strategy for the city, including for council...
1:24 p.m., April 6, 2018. Aadila Valiallah, coordinator for the York-Eglinton BIA speaks to reporters at the Maria A. Shchuka branch of the Toronto Public Library.

One BIAs response to digital innovation for Eglinton West amid construction: “It will work...

April 6, 2018 By Arianne Robinson At a public library near Toronto’s Eglinton Avenue and Dufferin Street, Mayor John Tory and local Councillor Josh Colle announced...
A map showing where the newly named lanes are located.

Seventeen lanes were named in Toronto this week

April 5, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Seventeen lanes were named at community council meetings on Wednesday. Of the 17, six were named after men, four were named after...
(An image of the proposed wall sign for 415 Yonge St. presented to the sign variance committee on Tuesday. The application was not granted. Image courtesy of Kahara Media.)

Sign Variance Committee rejects application for massive advertisement on Yonge Street

March 20, 2018 By Arianne Robinson An application for a massive wall sign that would hang on the south-facing wall of a building on Yonge, north...
12:05 p.m., March 2, 2018. Facing south on Yonge Street north of Sheppard Avenue. When it comes to assessing the best design options for the future of Yonge Street, the city’s Medical Officer of Health says it’s details like the width of car lanes that will make the difference in drivers’ speed, and the overall vibrancy and safety of the streets.

City’s Medical Officer of Health stands behind both options for Yonge Street

March 5, 2018 By Arianne Robinson The city’s top health officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa, says she does not favour one design option over the other...
There are 49 restaurants listed on the Ritual map, part of the ‘Food is King’ $15 off discount for patrons of new restaurants.

Where to find the $15-off discount for take-out on the King St. Pilot

Feb. 23, 2018 This week, Mayor John Tory announced a one-time discount of $15 off the take-out bill for almost 50 restaurants along the King...

Six streets were named in Toronto this week

Feb. 22, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Attention map enthusiasts and urban explorers! Six streets were named at community council meetings on Wednesday. None were named after...

A deep dive into Toronto’s newly named streets reveals the city’s laneways are a...

Jan. 23, 2018 By Arianne Robinson As women around the world took to the streets this past weekend for the global women’s march, Signal Toronto looked...

“We’ve made the playoffs,” says Tory of Toronto’s spot on Amazon HQ shortlist

Jan. 18, 2018 Mayor John Tory held a last-minute press conference on Thursday to respond to news that Amazon had chosen Toronto as one of...

Could setting up online ticketing help city golf courses putt to profit? “It’s not...

Jan 11, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Could setting up an online ticketing system help city owned golf courses putt to profit? That’s one of the solutions that...

Toronto Fire Services releases high-rise violations inspections data – with notable holes

Dec. 19, 2017 By Arianne Robinson Toronto Fire Services released the results of “fire prevention inspections” of high-rise residential buildings in 2017 on the city’s website...

Tory on his love of the Toronto Maple Leafs and hopes for a more...

Dec. 18, 2017 By Arianne Robinson Pictured with Toronto’s Old City Hall behind him, Mayor John Tory stood with Leafs president Brendan Shanahan to proclaim Dec....
Ward Boundaries adopted by Toronto City Council November 2016. Look up exact boundaries on the city’s interactive map.

Toronto’s downtown will get two new councillors in 2018 election

Dec. 15, 2017 By Arianne Robinson On Friday, the Ontario Municipal Board upheld Toronto City Council’s 2016 decision to change its ward boundaries. Toronto will go from...

Downtown supervised injection site becomes permanent

Nov. 8, 2017 Toronto Public Health (TPH) opened its doors to Toronto's first permanent supervised injection site. The site is a TPH facility called The...

Sign Variance Committee member: “this is a drilldown cross-examination… I’m observing a TV show”

Nov. 5, 2017 By Arianne Robinson When you first look at the Etobicoke apartment sign at 9 Crown Place on Google Maps, it’s hard to know...

No logo or branding on apartment sign, sign committee says

Oct. 31, 2017 By Arianne Robinson The city’s Sign Variance Committee voted on Tuesday to prevent an investment company from using their logo and brand, as...

Rosedale’s Ramsden Park plan for a new ramp and stairs is more accessible… but...

Oct. 27, 2017 By Arianne Robinson The design plan for a new ramp and stairs at Rosedale’s Ramsden Park were presented at the Toronto Accessibility Advisory...

Hall monitor: seen and heard about which teams the mayor will (and won’t) cheer...

Oct. 20, 2017 Reporter: Mayor Tory, a light hearted question for Friday. The mayor of New York City is not cheering for the Yankees because...

Puns, perseverance, and personality about prohibited animals at city hall

By Hafeeza Murji This week, city council approved a backyard hen pilot project that will allow backyard hens in four wards of the city —...

Profit vs non-profit for movie nights in Toronto parks

Oct. 6, 2017 City council approved changes to park permits at council this week, opening the door to make movie nights in parks easier to...

Councillor Michael Ford calls council vote against Rob Ford stadium “deplorable”

Oct. 5, 2017 A proposal to rename the stadium at Centennial Park as the Rob Ford Memorial Stadium was voted down at Toronto City Council...
Photo of the “Interim Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism.”

Councillors approve grant to fund black youth leadership

Sept. 14, 2017 City councillors approved funds for a one-time black youth leadership grant, amounting to $300,000, at Monday’s Community Development and Recreation Committee. If approved...

CondomTO: “Cover your lumber, jack” NOW AVAILABLE

      Sept. 13, 2017 The City of Toronto announced that the winners of condomTO contest (2016) are up for grabs. The top four wrapper designs are now...

Worried your neighbours’ tear-down will take some trees with them?

Budget committee approves new staff hires to help tree protection bylaw Sept. 5, 2017 Toronto city councillors supported the extension of six temporary positions during...

City-funded dance battle happened under the Gardiner, and it was pretty cool

Aug. 27, 2017 WHO: Approx. 150 people (at time of report), some passersby WHAT: Street dance battle to house music tournament WHERE: 29 Lower River St., at...

Good to know

Road closures Saturday Pape Village SummerFest Pape Avenue will be closed from Mortimer Avenue to Gamble Avenue on Saturday until 7 p.m. for the Pape Village SummerFest. Riverside...

TO Council makes Toronto Realty Agency a reality

May 24, 2017 “Our city’s real estate is our most valuable asset,” Councillor Joe Cressy said to city council Wednesday night, speaking about the formation...

Lawrence Park residents speak for trees and sidewalks

May 9, 2017 When it comes to preserving trees in Toronto, homeowners­ in the leafy Lawrence Park area may have found the key to effective...
11:32 a.m., Feb. 1, 2017. Said Rageah, Imam/founder of Sakinah Community Center, speaks with protesters in the rotunda of City Hall about the importance of securing places of worship and schools for the next generation.

Hundreds gather at City Hall to support Imam’s request

Feb. 1, 2017 “As communities, we want our Masjid and our schools to be close to where we live and where we work. This...

Imam: “Muslims are not alone,” after mayor visits local mosque

Jan. 30, 2017 Expressing his condolences and support, Mayor John Tory visited the evening prayers at the Muslim Association of Canada’s Masjid Toronto mosque on...

Politicians talk savings; Board Chairs talk strategy

Dec. 6, 2016 The Budget Committee held a special meeting to launch the 2017 public budget on Tuesday. City staff have structured this year’s budget...