Move on housing!

By Admin 03.12.2014

A family waiting for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) housing in Toronto could wait as long as 10 years before being placed. Yet, with close to a billion dollars needed for repairs to Toronto Community Housing stock, some units fall into such disrepair that they should not be rented out.

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A new beginning

By Admin 26.11.2014

John Tory will be sworn in as mayor of Toronto this coming Tuesday, December 2. The beginning of his term will also mark the end of a tumultuous period in Toronto municipal politics. Toronto was witness to unprecedented disruption at city hall during the four years that the Brothers Ford held us all in thrall.

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Carding continues

By Admin 19.11.2014

Racial profiling and carding go together in Toronto. The practice by police here has long been verified with numbers bearing out the experiences of individuals of colour that they are as much as 10 times more likely to be stopped by police in this city and questioned as being suspicious, compared to the White population. Furthermore, if the individual is male and young, it is as if those two characteristics are checked off as qualifying for repeated police stops, questioning and data collection.

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Paying tribute

By Admin 12.11.2014

It is our prerogative as people whose lives are invested in this country to question the decisions our government and political leaders make. Certainly, we have a duty to question their military decisions which could have far-reaching consequences both here and in countries far away.

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Compromising liberties

By Admin 05.11.2014

We have to hand it to our prime minister. When he gets hold of a talking point, he holds firmly to it, regardless of other meaningful interpretations. Especially if it fits a preferred narrative.

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It’s Tory’s Toronto

By Admin 29.10.2014

Much of Toronto is breathing a sigh of relief after a memorable municipal election campaign that lasted 10 months and brought an end to four years of turmoil at city hall. It should say something about the urgency with which people of this city felt the need for change that early voting brought out a record number of voters, followed by a record 64.2 per cent of voters going to the polls on Monday to elect John Tory, a Conservative, as the city’s 65th mayor.

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Tory’s our choice for Mayor of Toronto

By Admin 22.10.2014

This municipal election period has not been without its share of drama. Torontonians have had to contend with rising expressions of racial intolerance and with glaring omissions among the many mayoral debates held across the city to allow the broad electorate to have a good look at the individuals asking us to entrust them with the keys to the city.

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Messy mayoral debate

By Admin 22.10.2014

It was regrettable that a mayoral debate held recently in the Jane and Finch community, hosted by the community group Inner City Union (ICU), omitted to invite mayoral candidates who would be closely identified with such issues as poverty, policing and housing that relate to that community. Can ICU explain why candidates D!onne Renée and Dewitt Lee were not on the dais?

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Youth shootings shocking

By Admin 15.10.2014

The recent shootings of three youths within hours of each incident, in the Dixon and Islington neighbourhood and in Regent Park, respectively, including the death of a 15-year-old, occurred in areas of the city marked by poverty and disadvantage. Only days before, 19-year-old high school student Hamid Aminzada, a recent immigrant from Afghanistan, was stabbed to death reportedly while intervening to break up a fight between other students inside another Etobicoke high school. The incident that took the life of the 15-year old and a 17-year old occurred in a space between two schools during school hours. The incidents call to mind the shooting death in 2007 of 15-year-old Jordan Manners inside C.W. Jefferys Collegiate. The school is also located in what had been designated a high needs neighbourhood.

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Put policies first

By Admin 01.10.2014

When one of the persons seeking to become mayor of this city, in this case former New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Olivia Chow, is verbally assaulted by an individual in a raucous crowd, it is clear that we are now edging into the type of down and dirty electioneering that would be more commonly found in parts of the United States.

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