Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott

ArchiveJanuary 2018

Matt Elliott: Opposition to Annex homeless shelter might be peak NIMBY

Backlash to a new homeless shelter in The Annex reveals is a telling part of Toronto's shelter crisis, Matt Elliott says. The city has acquired 348 Davenport Rd. in the Annex neighbourhood. It will be used as a winter respite site — a place for people to stay warm — starting this week and will open as a full-service shelter once renovations are completed. Here’s the bad news: the NIMBYs are...

Matt Elliott: Museum of Toronto is an idea long past due

A plan being pitched this week could turn Old City Hall into a city museum. This city has a history. It goes back hundreds of years. The stories range from triumphant to terrible. But they’re ours. Toronto’s past includes the stories of the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat and other Indigenous peoples, whose land we took and whose traditions we tried to...

Matt Elliott: Don’t let business complaints derail transit improvements on King Street

Streetcar travel times are 33 per cent more reliable on King Street than they were before the transit-priority pilot launched, according to city data. Average vehicle travel times on most streets around King, meanwhile, have changed by less than a minute. I got an email the other day from someone I’m working with on a project: “How quickly can you get to King and Spadina?” he asked. It was one of...

Matt Elliott: Toronto's shelter shortage is a crisis by design

It gets cold every year, writes Matt Elliott, and every year a version of the same shelter shortage crisis plays out. Almost five years ago, during a bitterly cold February in 2013, I wrote a column for this newspaper about Toronto’s homeless shelter crisis. Back then, the shelter system was running at about 95 per cent of capacity each night, well above the city’s target of 90 per cent. Shelter...

Matt Elliott: Here's a New Year’s resolution for you — run for council, make a difference

Toronto voters will elect 47 councillors and a mayor in the Oct. 22 municipal election. Forget going to the gym. To hell with pursuing new skills or hobbies. This year I've got a much better New Year’s Resolution for you: you’re going to run for Toronto City Council. I know what you’re thinking. “Matt, I’m not qualified.” But here’s the good news: neither are half the people who have been... Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


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