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4:19 p.m. Jan. 18, 2019. Bike lanes on Adelaide Street and Richmond Street became permanent this week.

Housing, homelessness, budget, and bike lanes

Weekend Newsbrief: February 3, 2019 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week  Affordable housing. Council voted for the city to allow developers to build housing on...
6:32 p.m. Nov. 1, 2017. The St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts is the only one of the city’s three theatres that will keep its name, following a partnership with Meridian that will turn the Sony Centre into Meridian Hall, and the Toronto Centre for the Arts into the Meridian Centre for the Arts.

Advocates call for better shelter and more housing, coming soon: Meridian Hall, “neoliberal...

Weekend Newsbrief: January 27, 2019 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week    Naming rights bring financial products to city’s public theatres. The Sony Centre will become...
Jan. 10, 2019. At the TTC board meeting, Councillor Brad Bradford and Councillor Jim Karygiannis say why they’re eager to be commissioners for the first part of this term. (screenshot)

Traffic tickets, downtown developments, and the safety of donation clothing boxes

Weekend Newsbrief: January 13, 2019 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Toronto Transit News Subway upload: NDP transportation critic Jessica Bell and the head...
8:59 a.m. Dec. 14, 2018. A carousel is one of the amusements at the holiday fair at Nathan Phillips Square, running until Dec. 23.

Pot shops, power shifts, and the potential provincial upload of the TTC

Weekend Newsbrief: Dec 16, 2018 What happened at city hall this week (special edition) Legal pot shops set to open in Toronto in April… Black Lives Matter...

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Who are the councillors that got the shaft when it comes to committee selection? Most councillors got their first or second choice for the...
11:02 a.m. Nov. 20, 2018. Mayor John Tory, with Grade 4 and 5 students from St. Barnabas Catholic School and Kensington Community School, at Toronto City Hall, on National Child Day.

New city governance structure will have fewer politicians on fewer committees; Hearn changes from...

Signal Weekend Newsbrief: November 25, 2018 What happened at city hall this week Mayor supports new city governance structure that will have fewer politicians on fewer...
4:21 p.m. Nov. 16, 2018. Christmas decorations went up in the rotunda of Toronto City Hall this week, six weeks before Christmas.

City councillors charged by OPP; Brad Ross chosen for city’s top comms job; plans...

Weekend Newsbrief: November 18, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Toronto City Councillors Mark Grimes and Justin Di Ciano charged by Ontario Provincial Police....

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In other local news - Nov. 15, 2018. By Mary Ormsby and Kenyon Wallace, the Toronto Star. Darren McKim died after a fire in Rosedale....

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In other news… - Nov. 6, 2018. By Toronto Life staff. Photography by Dave Gillespie, Renée Suen and Caroline Aksich, Toronto Life. The City’s 100...
12:02 p.m., March 2, 2018. On Yonge, north of Sheppard, someone seeks shelter in a sleeping bag on a cot, under the construction hoarding.

City manager’s office hiring three executive positions with salary ranges between $196,596 to $243,261...

Weekend Newsbrief: November 11, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week   City manager’s office hiring three executive positions with salary ranges between $196,596 to...
2:09 p.m. Nov. 2, 2018. A piece from the City of Toronto Art Collection recently installed outside Committee Room 1 at Toronto City Hall. The piece is a representation of the North St. Lawrence Market, by Gerald (Jerry) Englar. The curatorial information on the right reads that Leida Englar donated the work last year, “through a unique partnership of Jerry’s friends and neighbours on the Toronto Islands as well as the landscape architecture community … This north market building was built in 1968 and demolished in 2016. The construction of a new market building is slated to begin in 2018.”

City launches ‘Art of Distraction’ campaign picturing objects owned by deceased; one advocate calls...

Weekend Newsbrief: November 4, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Superlinx. The Toronto Region Board of Trade took another step in the development of...
12:31 p.m. Oct. 28, 2018. Mayor John Tory speaks to media alongside Ana Bailão, re-elected councillor for Davenport. Bailão was one of three symbolic deputy mayors last term.

Election results; council races end with same percentage of women; why the future may...

Weekend Newsbrief: October 28, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Municipal election results. Mayor John Tory was elected to a second term...
3:49 p.m. July 25, 2018. ‘Vote here’ sign outside an apartment building.

Monday is voting day in Toronto; ward races to watch; safe streets group advocates...

Weekend Newsbrief: October 21, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week (election edition)   Monday is voting day in Toronto. Toronto voters head to the...
4:22 p.m. Oct. 9, 2018. A teepee sits above a platform on the roof of Toronto City Hall on Tuesday, the first day of the three-day Indian Residential School Survivors (IRSS) Legacy Celebration in Toronto.

Mihevc vs. Matlow; called out for campaigning on city property; teepees at Nathan Phillips...

Mihevc vs. Matlow John Tory (incumbent mayoral candidate) endorsed Joe Mihevc (incumbent councillor for part of new ward) in Toronto-St. Paul’s on Friday with...
1:26 p.m., Oct. 4, 2018. Candidates in Scarborough North at the all-candidates debate this past Thursday. Scarborough North is one of two wards that has no incumbent running.

Municipal election is in two weeks. Do you know who are your candidates for...

Weekend Newsbrief: October 7, 2018   What happened at Toronto City Hall this week (election edition) The municipal election is in two weeks. Do you know who...
3:03 p.m. Mar 22, 2018. The view under the Gardiner Expressway near Parliament St. Mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat announced on Sunday that if she is elected mayor she will advocate for a grand boulevard instead of an elevated highway.

Keesmaat commits to tear down the Gardiner; taking Faith out of mayoral debates; preparing...

Weekend Newsbrief: September 30, 2018 What happened at Toronto City Hall this week Keesmaat commits to tear down Gardiner (east of Jarvis) and turn it into...
10:05 a.m. Sept. 21, 2018. Mayor John Tory speaking to members of the media about his commitment to the arts at Underpass Park, which was the location of a breakdance battle last summer. (View the photo-story from Aug. 2017)

Toronto council’s 25; ward races heat up; spotlight on visual culture

Signal Weekend Newsbrief: Sept 23, 2018 What happened at city hall this week Toronto city council will have 25 wards. Premier Doug Ford’s government bill to...
11:08 a.m. Sept. 15, 2018. City clerk Ulli Watkiss stands and answers questions at a special council meeting this past Thursday.

Ford government barrels ahead with a midnight sitting in the legislature to make Toronto...

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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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...