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11:08 a.m. Sept. 15, 2018. City clerk Ulli Watkiss stands and answers questions at a special council meeting this past Thursday.

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9:20 a.m., Sept. 6, 2018. Mayor John Tory and TTC Chair Josh Colle speaking near St. Clair Avenue and Bathurst Street on Thursday.

Six weeks until municipal election and candidates start to speed up; the reason the...

Weekend Newsbrief: September 9, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Candidates start to speed up with talk on speed limits, photo radar, and bike lanes. With Toronto’s municipal election six weeks away, mayoral...
7:22 p.m. Aug. 29, 2018. City councillor candidate and challenger to Bill 5 Rocco Achampong speaking at a fundraiser for Saron Gebresellasi at The Spoke Club this past week.

Democracy, freedom of expression and Toronto council debated in court; Keesmaat’s 30-year transit plan;...

Weekend Newsbrief: September 2, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Court hears arguments on council cuts. Legal arguments in the court challenge over the constitutionality of Bill 5 were presented in a Toronto...
7:32 p.m., Aug. 23, 2018. Former chief planner and mayoral candidate, Jennifer Keesmaat, at her campaign launch this past Thursday night.

Citybeing defined; City clerk moves forward with 25 wards for 2018 election as councillors...

Weekend Newsbrief: August 26, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week City clerk moves forward with 25 wards for 2018 election as councillors fight legality of Bill 5. At a special city council meeting...
debate panel

New Signal debate series: Jonathan Goldsbie, Matt Elliott, and Neville Park on what council...

Weekend Newsbrief: August 19, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Bill passes to cut Toronto city council. The Better Local Government Act was passed in the legislature on Tuesday, receiving royal assent before...
11:33 a.m., Aug. 10, 2018. Mayor John Tory speaking to media outside the Leslie Barns.

Mayor to premier: hit ‘pause button’ on cutting council and allow a referendum; Weekend...

Weekend Newsbrief: Aug. 12, 2018 What happened at city hall this week Mayor to premier: hit ‘pause button’ on cutting council and allow a referendum. In a news conference on Friday morning, Tory said he was...
Map of the Etobicoke Centre provincial riding in white. Black outline indicates Toronto’s 2014-2018 ward boundaries (Ward 3 and most of Ward 4 in Etobicoke Centre). Red outline indicates ward boundaries under the 47-ward structure (Ward 3 and most of Ward 4 in Etobicoke Centre).

How popular incumbents look beside each other in Ford’s new ward boundaries; Tory and...

Weekend Newsbrief: Aug 5, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Legislation to reduce Toronto council from 44 wards down to 25 is introduced at Queen’s Park. As Toronto city council met for its...
2:06 p.m., July 27, 2018. Jennifer Keesmaat after registering to run for mayor of Toronto in the October municipal election. “In changing times, we need changing leadership,” Keesmaat told media. “My commitment to this city is to work incredibly hard, to be incredibly collaborative and to not be afraid to make the hard choices and decisions when bold leadership is, in fact, required,” Keesmaat said, not taking questions from reporters.

Ford says he will slash council, Tory suggests a referendum, and Keesmaat joins mayoral...

Weekend Newsbrief: July 29, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Ford says he will slash council and Tory suggests a referendum. Premier Doug Ford made the stunning announcement on Friday morning he is...
10:14 a.m. July 6, 2018. In the mayor’s office: Moments after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mayor John Tory made comments to reporters but did not make themselves available for questions. Read their exchange about gun violence in Toronto, asylum seekers and the pattern on their socks below in Hall Monitor.

Fewer candidates registered to run in 2018 election; Vision of a Tkaronto sign; Hall...

Weekend Newsbrief: July 6, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Fewer candidates registered to run in 2018 municipal election, compared to last.This fall, Toronto residents will elect a new city council including three new...
10:22 a.m., May 30, 2018. Mayor John Tory speaking at the announcement for Bike Share free half-hour rides on Wednesdays in June. Rhonda English, Chief Marketing Officer at CAA, looks on.

Time for a vanner revolution? Column from Matt Elliott on the city of Toronto...

Weekend Newsbrief: June 2, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week By Arianne Robinson Half-hour free bike rides on Wednesdays. The city’s Bike Share program is offering a free half-hour ride on Wednesdays in June,...
10:30 p.m. May 23, 2018. Roy Thomson Hall at night, home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra – one of two organizations that had their funding cut this year.

The city hall committee that deals with bikes lanes got a new member, and...

Weekend Newsbrief: May 26, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week By Arianne Robinson Arts and culture organizations got their city budgets cut because they weren’t meeting diversity and inclusion goals. Forget last year’s day-long...
Dec. 6, 2017. (Photo credit: Luke Trohimchuk/Signal Toronto)

Laneway naming in the city; Executive Committee on prioritizing gender and equity-seeking groups; Q...

Weekend Newsbrief: May 19, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week By Arianne Robinson Incumbent councillors register to run as candidates in the 2018 election. As of publication time, among the 22 incumbent councillors who...
9:35 a.m. May 9, 2018. Mayor John Tory announced in his opening remarks at Canadian Music Week that a permanent music or festival site on city lands is coming to Toronto.

TTC Chair Josh Colle has a message to Ontario party leaders: take the Dufferin...

Weekend Newsbrief: May 12, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Mayor tells Canadian Music Week industry event attendees that a permanent music or festival site on city lands is coming to Toronto. Mayor...
1:13 p.m. May 4, 2018. A report to the Parks and Environment Committee on the cost of bicycle tune-up stations in parks says “the typical price range for a reasonably durable unit is from $1,000 - $2,5000 plus installation costs.” Signal Toronto contacted the author of the report to inquire for a price breakdown, but was passed on to another staff who could not provide an answer.

City report says bike tune-up stations will cost more than a Caribbean vacation; Candidate...

Weekend Newsbrief: May 5, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week By Arianne Robinson Candidate nomination for the 2018 municipal election begins. Tuesday was the first day that candidates for mayor, city councillor, and...
11:08 a.m. February 26, 2018. A train heading east near Toronto’s Union Station.

SmartTrack; 24-hour casino in Etobicoke North; New sign bylaw allows logos and images on apartment...

Weekend Newsbrief: April 28, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Council pushes forward SmartTrack plan. City council approved terms for a transit agreement with the Province of Ontario on Wednesday, based on a...
6:32 p.m., April 20, 2018. Police watch what is left of the crowd of pot smokers who gathered for the 420 pro-marijuana rally at Nathan Phillips Square.

Board of Health passes motion to report on potential health hazards from uranium plant;...

Weekend Newsbrief: April 21, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Board of Health passes motion to report on potential health hazards from uranium plant at Lansdowne Avenue and Dupont Street. On Monday at...
11:29 a.m., April 10, 2018. Sticks outside Mayor John Tory’s office. On Tuesday, Tory said to reporters, “You know, it’s shocking when these things actually happen in a given moment in time, but the time that becomes the most difficult is when the reality sets in, and when a few weeks have passed, and we just want those people in Humboldt and people around the country who are so profoundly affected by this to know that the people in the city of Toronto at the mayor’s office are deeply affected by this as they are and that we’re thinking about them.”

Advocates raise concerns over new shelter locations; Musicians consider fairness of grand prize in...

Weekend Newsbrief: April 14, 2018 What happened at city hall this week Standing in support of families of victims of bus collision tragedy in Humboldt. At city hall on Thursday, councillors and attendees at the Community Development...
11:07 a.m., April 6, 2018. Mayor John Tory announces new initiatives to help local businesses on Eglinton Avenue West on Friday. Standing with him: Jamie Robinson, director of community relations and communications for rapid transit projects at Metrolinx, and TTC Chair and local Councillor Josh Colle.

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

Weekend Newsbrief: April 7, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week BIA response to digital innovation for Eglinton West amid construction: “It will work well for some businesses, it won’t work well for others.”...

Laneways not the key in draft policies for permits; responding to Wynne, mayor offers...

  Weekend Newsbrief: Mar. 31, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Laneways not the key element in draft policies for laneway house permits presented to the public. City of Toronto planning staff gave a...
12:03 p.m., March 23, 2018. Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Andrew Scheer and Mayor John Tory spoke with reporters at Toronto City Hall on Friday, after a closed meeting.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer on convincing dates to meet him at the bus stop;...

Weekend Newsbrief: Mar. 24, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, was at City Hall on Friday and reminisced about taking the GO train into...
(Image courtesy of TTC)

As Jameson Whiskey ads pay for free TTC downtown, chair encourages sponsorship for other...

Weekend Newsbrief: March 17, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week As Jameson Whiskey ads pay for free TTC on King and Queen on Saturday, TTC chair encourages transit agency to “explore similar partnership...
11:29 a.m., March 6, 2018. The Scarborough Civic Centre is located south of the proposed final stop of the Scarborough subway extension at the Scarborough Town Centre, near Hwy 401 and McCowan Road.

Insights from female city councillors on politics and power; taking the mayor’s Exec Committee...

Weekend Newsbrief: March 10, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Mayor wants to “take the government” to other parts of the city – starting in Scarborough. Mayor John Tory wants to bring his...
2:54 p.m., March 2, 2018. A bike lies across a wide section of sidewalk on Yonge Street on Friday. City council will vote later this month on whether bike lanes should be included in the road reconstruction plan for the stretch of Yonge from below Sheppard Avenue to above Finch Avenue.

Committee rejects bike lanes for north stretch of Yonge; Bring on the hen party!...

Weekend Newsbrief: Mar. 3, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Public Works and Infrastructure Committee rejects bike lane plan for north stretch of Yonge Street. City councillors on PWIC will recommend that council...
8:40 a.m., Feb 21, 2018. The view looking north from Oxford Street between Augusta Avenue and Bellevue Avenue. This laneway was named to honour former Rev. Campbell Russell for his work with Stephen-in-the-Fields and St. Stephen’s Community House.

Politics to determine public realm changes to Yonge, and possibilities of bike lanes; Six...

  Weekend Newsbrief: Feb. 24, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Politics to determine what happens to Yonge Street, from south of Sheppard Avenue to north of Finch Avenue. The number of car lanes...
10:48 a.m., Feb. 13, 2018. Mayor John Tory speaks at the TTC control centre the morning after the budget is passed, in front of a television broadcasting him speaking at the same press conference. (Right: TTC Chair Josh Colle)

As City of Toronto keeps property taxes low, mayor pushes transit agenda; Pushes for...

Weekend Newsbrief: Feb. 17, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week As City of Toronto keeps property taxes low, mayor pushes transit agenda. Toronto City Council passed its 2018 budget on Monday night. The...

City Manager’s Office behind on Auditor General recommendations; Investment Board members question personal-trading policy;...

Weekend Newsbrief: Feb. 10, 2017 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week   Most Auditor General recommendations not implemented at city hall are in the City Manager’s Office. The Auditor General presented 25 recommendations made to...

“Hop on,” “Hop Off” at city hall not just about two-hour TTC transfers; Baby...

Weekend Newsbrief: Feb. 2, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week “Hop on,” “Hop Off” not just about two-hour TTC transfers. Hours after a Monday morning press conference to promote two-hour transfers, an idea...

There’s a men’s club in Toronto laneways; icing on the cake? Councillors talk development...

Weekend Newsbrief: Jan. 27, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Moving forward: Accessibility icon set to change in Toronto. Toronto is even closer to joining the list of Ontario cities that will use...

There’s a men’s club in Toronto laneways; icing on the cake? Councillors talk development...

Weekend Newsbrief: Jan. 20, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Toronto makes shortlist for Amazon’s second HQ competition. “We’ve made the playoffs,” Mayor John Tory says of Toronto’s spot on the Amazon HQ...

Coming to King Street this winter: warming stations, ice sculptures, and fire performers; Keesmaat...

Weekend Newsbrief: Jan. 13, 2018 What happened at city hall this week? Public art part of new initiatives to come to King Street this winter. “Over the next few months we are introducing a number of...

Where are Toronto’s politicians? First week of 2018 finishes at city hall with a press...

Weekend Newsbrief: Jan. 6, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Mayor calls shelter miscommunication “not defensible,” blaming lack of records; has asked Feds about “suitability” of Moss Park Armoury as a respite centre....

A special holiday issue with some Signal stories from 2017; Preview Q & A...

Weekend Newsbrief: Dec. 30, 2017 Signal Toronto stories from 2017 In case you read nothing on Signal Toronto this year, here’s a few stories from 2017 to make you laugh, cry, spit your coffee into your lap,...

City hall wraps up last full week with song and celebration; Open data on...

Weekend Newsbrief: Dec. 23, 2017 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week City hall wraps up last full week with song and celebration. The city’s annual Christmas concert in the rotunda happened on Thursday, as...

Three new seats added to council and two of them are downtown; Transit news...

Weekend Newsbrief: Dec. 16, 2017 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Ward boundaries shift for 2018 election: three new seats added to council. A decision at the Ontario Municipal Board on Friday cements Toronto City...

Threats to security at city hall; new accessibility icon better “brand”; Short-term basement rentals...

  Weekend Newsbrief: Dec. 9, 2017 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week   Potential changes to security and public access to City Hall fleshed out at council. This week city council voted to endorse recommendations to...