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Mayor John Tory taps Beaches-East York candidate to be ‘relief line champion’

Posted on 16 October 2018

Mayor John Tory announced Friday he would appoint a Beaches-East York council candidate as his “relief line champion” if both are elected on Oct. 22. At a campaign event at Main Street subway station, Tory said he would select Brad Bradford as council booster for the subway project, despite the fact Bradford isn’t running in one of the three wards through which the line would r ...

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Toronto Mayor Tory appears to be at ease in what may be just a warm-up fight

Posted on 16 October 2018

Sitting on a patio in a midtown Starbucks, Toronto’s incumbent mayor is relaxed, perching his elbow on the railing and greeting people who pass by. This stretch of Mount Pleasant Road, a mix of florists and cafés surrounded by upscale homes, is decidedly John Tory country. A passing mom presents her two shy young daughters. With the temperament of a grade-school principal, Mr. Tory ...

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PROMISES, PROMISES: Toronto's mayoral race

Posted on 16 October 2018

Here’s a recap of some of the election commitments of the main candidates running to be the next Mayor of Toronto. Incumbent John Tory and challenger Jennifer Keesmaat have both laid out visions for the city. There may be more promises, funding for some of this is at best ambitious and at worst unlikely, but voters should get a pretty good sense of where the two most high-profile candida ...

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Too many people are staying silent in the face of Trump’s lies and hatred: James

Posted on 19 August 2017

I disavowed Donald Trump long before his run for the presidency of the United States.He’d continued his racist attack against then-president Barack Obama, giving oxygen to the birther movement that used concocted concerns over Obama’s birthplace to cover up a historical tactic of keeping the Black man in his place.Here was this grotesque multi-millionaire spewing obvious lies and hatred about ...

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Trump to Seek $54 Billion Increase in Military Spending

Posted on 01 March 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump put both political parties on notice Monday that he intends to slash spending on many of the federal government’s most politically sensitive programs — relating to education, the environment, science and poverty — to protect the economic security of retirees and to shift billions more to the armed forces.The proposal to increase military spending by ...

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Improving child-care Access for Ontario Families

Posted on 01 March 2017

Lucas Malinowski — Ontario is improving access to affordable, accessible, high-quality and responsive child care and early years programming for families across the province.  As a first step in delivering 100,000 more child care spaces within the next five years, Ontario is creating approximately 3,400 new child care spaces in schools this year. Indira Naidoo-Har ...

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Social Policy Experts Decry cuts to Housing, Ervices

Posted on 01 March 2017

Recent cuts to the city budget for housing, services and transit have social policy experts decrying the reduction in staff and programs. Speaking from city hall, Sean Meagher, executive director of Social Planning Toronto said, “This budget presents a stark choice for the Mayor and Council: choose between eliminating 780 staff positions, affecting programs and services for thousands of ...

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YQNA battles city move to loosen noise rules from 7am-11pm

Posted on 01 March 2017

Ulla Colgrass — The city is trying to change the Noise Bylaw — and not in our favour. The changes would allow noise inside our homes from an outside source (amplified music, construction, clubs , etc.) at 85 dBA from 7 am to 11 pm. That is equal to a snow blower running all day! New York City’s dBA limit for homes is 42 dBA. To make matters worse, residents can onl ...

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Spectre of OMB Appeal may Harm Plan to Preserve Harbour Silos

Posted on 01 March 2017

Dennis Hanagan —  Community council recommended at its Feb. 23 meeting that city designate the Victory Soya Mills silos near the foot of Parliament St. as a heritage site.
But a letter from Bay St. lawyers Aird & Berlis representing owner Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. says the designation “is premature.” The silos are associated with industrialist an ...

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Time for police to investigate Hydro One sale: CUPE

Posted on 01 March 2017

Craig Saunders — Following revelations that a bank underwriting the Hydro One sale backed a fundraiser that funnelled tens of thousands of dollars into Liberal party coffers, it is time for police to investigate, says Fred Hahn, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “It was a banker – Ed Clark – who proposed the sale, and ...