Toronto

With its 1,500 page plan, Sidewalk Toronto's neighbourhood of the future is one step closer to reality

With its 1,500 page plan, Sidewalk Toronto's neighbourhood of the future is one step closer to reality

More than 18 months after introducing its plan to redevelop a priority piece of Toronto’s eastern waterfront, Sidewalk Labs has released a master plan of its ideas to create a neighbourhood of the future. Dubbed Toronto Tomorrow, the plan is the most detailed and in-depth look at the company’s plans for Toronto — spanning more than 1,500 pages in length and detailing designs for the Quayside site.

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With $200 million already spent, Doug Ford is still interested in changing Toronto transit plans

With $200 million already spent, Doug Ford is still interested in changing Toronto transit plans

The provincial government is prepared to fund major transit projects in Toronto — including a three stop Scarborough subway extension, Eglinton West extension, Relief Line South and Yonge subway extension to Richmond Hill — but only if it has control over them. This is according a letter sent to TTC Chief Executive Officer Rick Leary and City Manager, dated March 22, and a follow-up letter dated March 26. The letters outlined some large differences between the city and province when it comes to major transit projects.

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Toronto's Quayside neighborhood, being built "from the internet up", is facing a lot of resistance

Toronto's Quayside neighborhood, being built "from the internet up", is facing a lot of resistance

The world’s latest smart city, a proposed neighbourhood in Toronto located near the Port Lands, is facing fierce criticism after it was revealed by the Toronto Star last week that the company is aiming to develop more than the 12 acres of waterfront land it had told the public it was interested in. In fact, representatives from Waterfront Toronto were in Ottawa on Thursday to answer questions over the Sidewalk Labs smart city project and whether it will really benefit the city. Waterfront Toronto is an agency — a partnership between all three levels of government that is responsible for redeveloping and enhancing the waterfront, including the public transit and housing in the area.

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Don't be so quick to blame the TTC for delays on the subway

Don't be so quick to blame the TTC for delays on the subway

In 2018 Toronto’s subway system had 153 delays caused by door issues, 532 because of speed control equipment and a staggering 3,216 caused by ill passengers. The city dealt with more than 47,682 minutes of delays in total — which equates to approximately 33.11 days — due to 182 different reasons. It’s important to note that many of these delays aren’t the actual fault of the TTC, but are caused by customers who are unruly and disruptive, ill, or those who pull the passenger assistance alarm for no reason. These precise numbers come from Toronto’s Open Data catalogue, which is a regularly updated online resource to track things like TTC delays, bikeshare usage and more.

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The GTHA still doesn't have harmonized fare payments and it's hurting commuters

The GTHA still doesn't have harmonized fare payments and it's hurting commuters

The rollout of PRESTO has inarguably been a bumpy ride — with consistently unreliable machines leading to an estimated million free rides to calls from the transit union and mayor for the issues to be fixed, a website dedicated to hating it and even a 1.5 star review on Yelp — things certainly haven’t gone to plan. But with one payment device working in each vehicle 99.5 percent of the time, things are certainly getting better for the technology, which is laying the groundwork for an improved system that could allow for a regionally integrated fare system.

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How to ensure your recycling actually gets recycled

How to ensure your recycling actually gets recycled

We’ve all had that experience before — being unsure of whether something goes in the recycling bin, to an electronics recycling facility or to the dump, we throw it into one bin, hoping it is the correct one. While this might seem simple enough, single-stream recycling is to blame for a big increase in contamination of recycling, forcing facilities to have to toss the batch in the trash instead of being able to properly break it down.

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A few questions that Toronto's SmartTrack project brings up

A few questions that Toronto's SmartTrack project brings up

The City of Toronto, Metrolinx and the TTC have been working on their GO Regional Express Rail and SmartTrack projects since 2015, with them blending with each other to offer not much differentiation between the two. Even though the latter has been pared down significantly since it was proposed by John Tory as part of his campaign for mayorship in 2014, it’s still going strong and remains a centrepiece of his second term.

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Things to do in Toronto this summer that won't break the bank

Many people think think that since Toronto is such a costly city to live in, it's expensive for entertainment and recreational activities as well — though it's understandable to think this, there's quite a lot of activities in the city that cost less than a hour's wage or are, better yet, free. We've picked out a few tried-and-true activities that cost only a nominal fee and that aren't necessarily what someone would think to recommend to a tourist, which should allow for a more enjoyable and exciting experience. There's lots to do in the city, from visiting Riverdale Farm to exploring the bowels of Canada's largest urban park, meandering through the streets of Kensington Market and trying out a free yoga class from a lululemon instructor.

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In a public letter to Doug Ford, John Tory is urging him to hit "pause" on downsizing city council

In a public letter to Doug Ford, John Tory is urging him to hit "pause" on downsizing city council

This week Toronto Mayor John Tory sent a letter directly to Premier Doug Ford urging him to hit "pause" on his unannounced plan to force city council to downsize from 47 to 25 members. The letter is more aggressive and was a surprising move on Tory's part, who is seeking a re-election this coming October. Though he downplayed the chances of a legal challenge against the province, there is still a chance that this matter could go to the courts.

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We now know Doug Ford will do whatever it takes to dismantle Toronto

We now know Doug Ford will do whatever it takes to dismantle Toronto

It's been only a few weeks since Doug Ford was sworn in as premier, but he's already made big waves throughout the province and is now going full attack-mode on Toronto, unveiling a plan to cut the number of elected city councillors from 47 to 25 while throwing the October 22 municipal election on the back burner. "People care about getting things done, they don't care about politicians," Ford said while calling Toronto the "most dysfunctional political arena" in Canada. He said that having fewer councillors will improve the city council decision-making process and will save taxpayers $25 million over four years.

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Fox News used the latest Toronto shooting to spread fear

There was a deadly shooting in Toronto's Greektown neighbourhood on July 22nd and though police are still investigating, the media was quick to cover this shooting as the amount of homicides rises more than ever this year. Namely, Fox News is one of the media outlets to jump for the story and did so in a rather unacceptable and fear-provoking way. Instead of opening the article by explaining the details of the event, the news organization began by saying terrorism is still a possible motive.

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The TTC board wants the transit agency to become a integrated mobility agency

The TTC board wants the transit agency to become a integrated mobility agency

The Toronto Transit Commission board has passed a motion exploring a move to give the transit agency new, broader responsibilities over taxi permits, the city's bike share program, the Toronto Island ferries and more. Studying the feasibility and cost of this move is the next step for the city manager, but the changes would help turn the TTC into an agency more akin to Transport for London, the UK capital's integrated transit authority that is responsible for all forms of transportation within the city and suburbs.

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Toronto now has a higher homicide rate than New York City — but don't panic yet

Toronto now has a higher homicide rate than New York City — but don't panic yet

Toronto Police have confirmed that 51 homicides have happened within the city since the beginning of the year, double the amount at this time in 2017. Just this weekend five people were killed, four of which with guns, prompting both Police Chief Mark Saunders and Mayor John Tory to express major concerns over the spike in crime.

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Doug Ford hasn't set foot in office yet, but his promised changes are already underway

Doug Ford hasn't set foot in office yet, but his promised changes are already underway

Even though Doug Ford doesn't take control of office until tomorrow, he's already set the wheels in motion on a number of his plans. In the weeks superseding the Progressive Conservatives victory at the polls, Ford has vowed to dismantle the province's cap-and-trade program that funded green energy initiatives like free smart thermostats and energy efficient windows.

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Doug Ford is obsessed with subways — so much that he wants them built to Pickering and Markham

Doug Ford is obsessed with subways — so much that he wants them built to Pickering and Markham

Incoming Premier Doug Ford envisions a future where one day Toronto's subways will extend to Pickering and Markham, cities that are both already served by GO Transit rail lines and BRT. Ford made this claim at a news conference in Pickering when questioned on a recent study suggesting Toronto has the worst commute in North America.

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Toronto is the worst city in North America for commuting, according to a new report

Toronto is the worst city in North America for commuting, according to a new report

Though The Economist ranked Toronto as one of the safest cities in the world in 2017, that doesn't mean it ranks the best in everything. In fact, a new study is suggesting that the most populous urban area in Canada badly lags behind when it comes to commuting. A new study by UK-based Expert Market reveals that Toronto has ranked the worst in North America and sixth worst in the world when it comes to commute times.

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The TTC has launched discounted fares, but only for some people

The TTC has launched discounted fares, but only for some people

Toronto is already one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, but for thousands of vulnerable residents, help is on the way in the form of discounted transit passes. The first phase of the city's Fair Fare Pass program is now in effect, offering discounted transit to recipients of Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works payments.

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Central Conference is a new conference for urban issues in the GTA

Central Conference is a new conference for urban issues in the GTA

Throughout Toronto and surrounding cities, there's always issues being brought up about relevant urban issues like public and active transportation, affordable housing and how our government can operate both more efficiently and openly. Central Conference, a new conference in Toronto, is aiming to inform the public of these issues through a full day packed with talks from the likes of Ilana Altman, Director of Programming at The Bentway and Kevin Vuong, founder of King Street Eats. There'll also be Tricia Wood, who teaches geography at York University and Cheryll Case, a researcher and planner connecting community groups, professionals and non-profits to increase the availability of affordable housing.

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Reduced GO Transit prices in Toronto are coming, but might not help with overcrowding

Reduced GO Transit prices in Toronto are coming, but might not help with overcrowding

Just last week the government announced new plans to make transit more affordable, including discounts for GO Transit trips within the GTA. Included in the 2018 budget is $3 trips for GO Transit and the UP Express anywhere in Toronto, as well as 10 kilometer trips anywhere on the GO network, beginning in 2019. The fares will only be available to PRESTO card holders.

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Cherry Blossoms, Doors Open and Massive Illustration are all things to do in Toronto this spring

Cherry Blossoms, Doors Open and Massive Illustration are all things to do in Toronto this spring

It's beginning to feel a lot more like spring as the temperature begins to rise and the snow melts away, which means it's time for those of us that have hibernated all winter to finally leave our houses. There's lots of different things to do in the city this spring and though this is only a short list, these should be some of the most exciting events to happen over the next few months.

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