Make city budget equitable

By Admin 17.02.2016

Toronto City Council is now going through annual budget deliberations and the public is sure to be presented with a feel good message of no significant increase in property taxes in the meantime. The truth below the shiny happy message …

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City budget another exercise in make-believe

By Admin 13.01.2016

By PAT WATSON Toronto City Council is going through consultations ahead of budget planning for the coming fiscal year. This would be the time when deputations make presentations to alert councilors to what should be a priority for spending. If …

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Bold steps on traffic!

By Admin 23.09.2015

The Gardiner Expressway is of significant value to Toronto, yet the cost to maintain it, as ever-increasing traffic demands, continues to create major problems for the bean counters at Toronto City Council.

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Taxi industry need to change

By Admin 09.07.2015

Toronto’s troubled taxicab industry is getting a shake-up, not from contentious city regulations or, as some would argue, over-regulation. The shake up is from Uber, the service that can, with the touch of a smartphone app, turn any car whose driver subscribes to it into a cab service.

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Council chose to tweak

By Admin 18.06.2015

The Gardiner Expressway, at least the sections that are elevated, is an eyesore. More than anything, that is what those who are against it are not saying. It presents no esthetic enhancement to the city’s waterfront.

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“C” is for community capabilities

By Lennox Farrell 10.06.2015

While good intentions are better than bad intentions, ultimately what matters most are capabilities. This is not to forensic the press conference recently convened at Toronto’s City Hall by some “elders” from Black Toronto and multicultural Toronto. The two gathered to address the issue of carding: the policy response of Toronto City Council and the Toronto Police Services, to police Toronto’s skin-coloured crime.

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Decision on the Gardiner

By Admin 03.06.2015

Righteous heat emanates in waves about what to do regarding the Gardiner Expressway. As the deadline approaches for Toronto City Council to make a decision regarding the 1.7-kilometre section east of Jarvis Street, the sides for and against removing that elevated section are once again making their positions known.

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Put tolls on the Gardiner

By Admin 20.05.2015

A long overdue decision by Toronto City Council on the fate of the lesser used eastern section of the Gardiner Expressway is set for the coming month and Mayor John Tory has already made it known that his preference is to see the elevated section of the expressway remain. Tory has settled on what has become known as the hybrid option, in which part of the expressway would be rerouted between Jarvis St. and the Don Valley Parkway. Detractors are already lining up.

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Budget shell game?

By Admin 18.02.2015

In balancing the upcoming $11.5 billion budget, Toronto City Council has an $86-million problem, but one for which Mayor John Tory says he has the solution. With a request denied by the province for a grant of $86 million to fill the revenue gap and achieve a balanced budget, which is mandated by the province, Tory’s solution involves borrowing the money from the city’s capital reserve. His plan would be to repay it with interest over the short term.

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Bob Marley was a Pan-Africanist and peace ambassador

By Murphy Browne 04.02.2015

By MURPHY BROWNE (Abena Agbetu) WHEREAS each year on February 6, we honour the legacy of Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley, an influential musician, advocate for human rights and international ambassador of peace. His early career began with friends, the legendary …

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