GTA summer road construction guide

The province of Ontario is given notice of the following highways where construction will result in the complete or partial closure during the summer months: Highway 427 – on the southbound collector lanes between Dundas St. W. and North Queen St. Highway 427 – eastbound Eglinton Ave. to Highway 427 southbound Highway 427 – the… Read More

Elderly couple battles Toronto City Hall over house addition

What was supposed to be the Tseng’s tranquil retirement home has become a legal nightmare. The Tsengs unfortunately did not obtain building permits before constructing a $80,000 brick addition on the rear of their Kensington Market home. They are now facing a demolition order – at their expense. They have fought city hall for 5… Read More

TTC customer service booths launch

To enhance customer service to Torontonians and tourists riding the Rocket, the TTC opened today information kiosks at seven downtown subway stations. Providing directions and maps, this pilot project was one of 72 recommendations put forth by an external committee to improve customer service on Toronto’s public transit system. Manning the booths during business hours… Read More

Air Canada to fly out of Toronto island, compete with Porter

Travellers may be flying refined exclusively with Porter Airlines at the Toronto island airport, but soon they can also choose to fly Air Canada as well. Once exclusively the domain of upstart regional carrier Porter, national carrier Air Canada has obtained 30 takeoff and landing slots at the Billy Bishop Toronto Airport on the Toronto’s… Read More

University of Toronto Schools being evicted

After a century of co-operation, the University of Toronto Schools (UTS) has been asked by its creator, the University of Toronto, to vacate its premises and move elsewhere. The deadline is in 2021. The university intends to repossess the school’s current location at Bloor and Spadina for its own use, in line with the increasing… Read More

Toronto public works committee kills Fort York pedestrian bridge

In a surprising vote, city councillors last Tuesday decided to reboot work on a $22 million foot bridge to Fort York in west downtown Toronto. Toronto’s public works and infrastructure committee convened last Tuesday to formally award the contract to begin construction on the bridge this year. Instead, councillor David Shiner (Ward 24 – Willowdale)… Read More

Is Dundas-Sherbourne the next up and coming neighbourhood?

Urban rejuvenation happened in Leslieville, it happened in Cabbagetown and it’s happening in Riverdale…so why not here? The Toronto Star reports that Kristyn Wong-Tam, city councillor for Ward 27 is determined to clean up the downtown eastside. An area consisting of the Garden District, Moss Park and Regent Park, the blocks around Dundas Street East… Read More

Privatizing Toronto’s trash pickup costs more: union

CUPE Local 416 president Mark Ferguson went on the offensive this week in response to a city report released two weeks ago recommending the privatization of garbage collection on the west side of Toronto. Ferguson provided figures indicating the City of York, Hamilton and Ottawa all paid millions of dollars more for private trash collection…. Read More

Big box U.S. stores butt heads with Toronto shops

Retail space often dictates the character of the neighbourhood it occupies, and the battle for retail development is about to heat up more in Toronto. Once the domain of local shops and small businesses, Toronto is now targeted by American retailers eager to move into urban big box stores. The Toronto Star highlights the development… Read More

Garbage pickup to go private in downtown Toronto west?

Over 165,000 households west of Yonge Street downtown could have privatized garbage pickup as early as August 2012, according to a report by Toronto’s Solid Waste Management Services. City Hall believes contracting out garbage services would save the city up to $8 million per year. This would also translate in no fee hike for garbage… Read More