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Canada and Ontario Announce Affordable Housing Funding

The IAH agreement extension is signed. Image by Marcus Mitanis.
August 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by Marcus Mitanis | Comments
Finding affordable housing in Toronto, especially housing that is in good condition, can be a daunting task. The wait list for affordable housing continues to climb and a backlog of repairs is ... read more

Local Appeal Body Proposed for Committee of Adjustment Decisions

Nicholas Residences
February 24, 2014 3:20 pm | by Rami Kozman | Comments
Many landowners, stakeholders and urban enthusiasts in Toronto are familiar with the Committee of Adjustment and the roll that it plays in real estate and development in the city. The ... read more

Planning Roundtable Looks for Solutions to Suburban Issues

Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner Roundtable, Toronto, Jane Farrow, Swerhun
November 26, 2013 4:15 pm | by Eddie LaRusic | Comments
On November 25, as budget talks progressed—and sometimes raged—across the hall, Toronto's Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, led her sixth Chief Planner Roundtable of the year, closing out a ... read more

Brooklyn Community Planning Board Leader Advises Toronto

Triangles: Who Builds Toronto?
November 25, 2013 2:25 pm | by Stephanie Calvet | Comments
Unprecedented building activity in the GTA coupled with the public’s frustration in engaging the development process is creating a shift towards participatory planning practices. Community ... read more

Richard Florida looks for Intelligent Action to Address Challenges

Richard Florida speaks before an audience at the U of T on November 4, 2013
November 5, 2013 4:45 pm | by Craig White | Comments
At an inspiring lecture at the U of T, urban theorist Richard Florida looks at what Toronto has going for it, the hurdles facing us, and what we need to do to get past them. read more

Province Examining Development Charges, the OMB, and Section 37

Linda Jeffrey, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Fort York, Toronto
October 24, 2013 2:45 pm | by Eddie LaRusic | Comments
This morning at Fort York, Lindy Jeffrey, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced that her government would be seeking input as to how the province could improve land use ... read more

Roundtable Seeks to take "Sub" out of "Suburbs"

Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto
October 2, 2013 4:00 pm | by Eddie LaRusic | Comments
Since becoming Chief Planner of Toronto a year ago, Jennifer Keesmaat has been a shining star of the city, putting herself out there in a manner that we don't normally expect from public servants, ... read more

Town Hall Meeting Tonight on Jet Proposal for Island Airport

Billy Bishop Toronto Centre Airport
September 19, 2013 9:20 am | by Izabela Molendowski | Comments
Have any concerns you want to voice about the proposal to expand Billy Bishop Toronto Centre Airport into the lake to allow jets to land there? Any questions or suggestions you want to raise on ... read more

Second Round Starts on Condo Consultation by the City of Toronto

E Condos, Toronto
May 28, 2013 2:05 pm | by Izabela Molendowski | Comments
Scheduled to occur from May 30th to June 5th, the City of Toronto is inviting condominium residents, members of condominium boards, property managers and business owners located within ... read more

RioCan Pursuing Zoning Amendment for Big-Box Proposal on Bathurst

420 Bathurst, RioCan, Turner Fleischer Architects, Toronto
May 3, 2013 4:50 pm | by Izabela Molendowski | Comments
Retail developer RioCan has applied for a zoning amendment to permit the construction of a big-box retail destination at 420 Bathurst between Dundas and College Streets in central Toronto. This is ... read more

The Interview: Kyle Rae, Part 3

November 15, 2012 4:07 pm | by Craig White | Comments
UrbanToronto sat down recently with former Toronto City Councillor Kyle Rae, now a lecturer at Ryerson University and a partner in development consultancy PQR Solutions. We wanted to get Kyle's ... read more

The Interview: Kyle Rae, Part 2

Kyle Rae, image by Jack Landau
November 8, 2012 4:00 pm | by Craig White | Comments
UrbanToronto sat down recently with former Toronto City Councillor Kyle Rae, now a lecturer at Ryerson University and a partner in development consultancy PQR Solutions. We wanted to get Kyle's ... read more

The Interview: Kyle Rae, Part 1

Kyle Rae, image by Jack Landau
November 1, 2012 4:30 pm | by Craig White | Comments
UrbanToronto recently sat down with former Toronto City Councillor Kyle Rae, now a lecturer at Ryerson University and a partner in development consultancy PQR Solutions. We wanted to get Kyle's ... read more

Is There A Casino In Toronto's Future? The Debate Is On

Toronto and East York Community Council Toronto
October 15, 2012 6:40 pm | by Dumitru Onceanu | Comments
Two days before news broke this past Friday that Oxford Properties is planning to redevelop the Metro Toronto Convention Centre lands and is proposing a casino on the block immediately ... read more

Photo of the Day: Skyline at Sunset

A view of downtown Toronto at sunset
July 5, 2012 12:00 am | by Evan Manning | Comments
Provided to us by Forum member yonderbean, this evening shot of our skyline succinctly captures summer in the city. Humid, hot and brief, the appreciation of the season is heightened by the ... read more

Province to Re-examine 1998 Condominium Act

The provincial government is planning to review the Condominium Act, 1998.
June 12, 2012 1:40 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
The Ontario government has announced it is planning to review the rules which regulate the condominium market, industry and community. The Condominium Act, 1998, has seen numerous challenges as ... read more

Waterfront Toronto Holds First Public Consultation on Port Lands Acceleration Initiative

Waterfront Toronto Port Lands public consultation
December 16, 2011 4:33 pm | by Dumitru Onceanu | Comments
This past Monday before a packed house at the Toronto Reference Library, Waterfront Toronto held the first of a series of public consultations intended to seek input and direction after City ... read more

The Ontario Municipal Board: Villain or Scapegoat?

December 13, 2011 2:11 pm | by Anonymous | Comments
Research on the Ontario Municipal Board shows that a poor planning system is behind the negative perception of the OMB, and improving the system would be more productive than eliminating the OMB. read more

TTC reaches out to riders as service cuts loom

Dufferin subway station Toronto
October 14, 2011 11:15 am | by Adam Hawkins | Comments
Few Torontonians lack a strong opinion on what’s right and wrong with the TTC, and now there’s a better way to make sure TTC brass know what separates a pleasant trip from a transit nightmare. ... read more

Transit in the Ontario Election Part 3: PC Transportation Critic Frank Klees

PC Transportation Critic Frank Klees, image supplied by his staff
September 30, 2011 3:34 pm | by Adam Hawkins | Comments
Ontario voters go to the polls next week and their choice for the next provincial government will have a big impact on how Torontonians get around. This week Urban Toronto has featured interviews ... read more