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Councillor Neethan Shan appointed Toronto's Newcomer Advocate

Toronto city council has appointed Councillor Neethan Shan as the city’s Newcomer Advocate.

Shan was elected councillor of the Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River riding in February’s byelection, just over a year after being elected as a Toronto District School Board trustee. 204 more words


Toronto's Bloor bike lanes just took one more step toward permanency

The Bloor bike lanes, currently a pilot project, inched one step closer to becoming a permanent fixture on the major street Wednesday.

After a lengthy debate at city hall, Toronto’s public works committee voted 4-2 in favour of keeping the lanes from Shaw Street to Avenue Road after a lengthy debate at city hall. 231 more words


When Hate Goes Public

Stand Up and Speak Out

“On the one hand, I am a librarian and, as such, I am professionally committed to freedom of speech and bringing forward a broad range of viewpoints in the library,” says Maureen O’Reilly, president of the Toronto Public Library Workers Union (Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4948). 74 more words


Observers taken aback by Margaret Atwood condo development controversy in Toronto

TORONTO – Pundits say they’re taken aback both by Margaret Atwood‘s public opposition to a modest condo development planned for her upscale Toronto neighbourhood and the vehement social media backlash that followed it. 978 more words


'Public safety at risk' with city's new scheduling system: Toronto paramedic

A Toronto paramedic says recent “glitches” with a new software scheduler for city crews is putting “public safety at risk.”

Mike Merriman, who has been an emergency care worker for the past 26 years, told AM 640’s Kelly Cutrara that paramedics have “grave concerns” about a new multi-million-dollar test system which taps into their dispatch centre. 323 more words


Toronto considers lifting ban on backyard chickens

Toronto city council is considering a pilot project that would allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards.

The proposal comes as part of a motion to review the city’s list of prohibited animals. 170 more words