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ArchiveSeptember 2017

Woodbine bike lane opponents should look to the record

Bike lanes along Woodbine Avenue in the east end of Toronto. Woodbine Avenue’s new protected bike lanes are just a few weeks old and already opponents are playing the same old hits. A petition started by Woodbine area residents calling for Mayor John Tory to remove the lanes outlines the same set of tired objections I always hear about new bike infrastructure. Their list of reasons to remove the...

Tory's road to re-election runs straight through downtown Toronto: Elliott

Showing support for new bike lanes on Bloor and pushing for lanes on the Danforth are among the issues John Tory can take on to woo downtown voters. Now that Doug Ford has announced he will once again challenge John Tory in next year’s mayoral election it seems a good time to remind the mayor of a little electoral math. Because the math tells us something really important about the 2018 race: it...

On booze and pot, Toronto could stand to chill out: Elliott

Parks on Tap has been bringing craft brews to city green spaces since 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa. It's the basis for a program being pitched for Toronto parks. On a Saturday in June, I drank a beer on Queen Street West. It was one of the first scorcher days of the summer. The sidewalks were packed. The sun was unrelenting. And then, as if by magic, my girlfriend and I came across a couple of...

Chief planner's replacement must carry the same torch for Toronto: Elliott

Toronto City Hall was 'dysfunctional' when chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat arrived, writes Matt Elliott. It will be sad to see chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat leave Toronto City Hall on Sept. 29. It’ll be even sadder if the change she helped bring to city hall leaves with her. It’s easy now to forget just how dysfunctional city hall was when Keesmaat started as chief planner in 2012... Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


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