During yesterday’s memorial marking the 1st anniversary of Jack Layton’s death, the inevitable Will she? Will she?! question came up. Would Layton’s widow, Trinity-Spadina MP and former city councillor, Olivia Chow, run for mayor of Toronto in 2014 against incumbent Rob Ford? Inevitable certainly since a recent poll was released … Continue reading
“A public hearing in a big city is apt to be a curious affair, simultaneously discouraging and heartening. Sometimes the sessions are calm and speedy; but often they are tumultuous and last not only all day, but far into the night. Whole segments of city life, problems of neighbourhood upon neighborhood, district upon district, parades of remarkable personalities, all come alive in this room…” Continue reading
What does it say about Mayor Rob Ford that there was very little surprise at the announcement this week of Mark Towhey’s appointment as the mayor’s Chief of Staff? That he’s doggedly predictable? That he’s a man of his word and when he told listeners of his radio show earlier … Continue reading
I’ve got a confession. Although I’ve never actually met Nick Kouvalis and, in all likelihood, oppose almost everything he purports to stand for in terms of governance, I think I just might admire like fear… what’s the word, I’m looking for here?… respect? Hmmm. Grudgingly respect him? OK. He’s a … Continue reading
I know next to nothing about city planning.
Yet I found myself near maximum giddy yesterday at the announcement Toronto had found itself a chief planner, Jennifer Keesmaat. Why? Because people who do know a thing or two about urbanism and city planning seemed to be excited. Very, very excited. Continue reading
Just after the epic twist in Toronto Bag Ban Saga, Mayor Rob Ford bemoaned a lack of civic engagement in Toronto. “Sometimes I get so frustrated because the people are just sitting back listening but they don’t pick up the phone, don’t go down to city hall, they don’t ask … Continue reading
When community organizer Dave Meslin walks into City Hall, he sees room for improvement. There’s a waterfall of brochures for tourist attractions, yet nothing about the political process or how to get involved. His Fourth Wall exhibit offers 36 suggestions that can transform how we take part in politics. Continue reading