Will a $4 million-plus pay hike help Toronto’s housing crisis?

Toronto intends to boost the salaries of city planners on its payroll in an effort to address a long-standing retention problem in the department that’s been blamed for worsening the housing crisis. A city report going to Mayor John Tory’s executive committee next Tuesday recommends increasing the salaries and benefits of employees in the planning … Read more

Why a Toronto council revolt against ‘strong mayor’ powers fell apart

A co-ordinated attempt to force a council vote on the extraordinary powers being granted to Toronto’s mayor was defeated by a single vote on Thursday when a handful of key councilors sided with John Tory to block debate of the issue, according to city hall sources. The unsuccessful effort was an early test of the … Read more

Doug Ford’s new laws no help for Toronto’s housing woes

So tell us, Steve Clark, why is it that Mayor John Tory deserves undemocratic powers to pass legislation at Toronto city hall with the support of just one-third of city councilors? “John Tory won a citywide mandate with over 342,000 votes — 36,000 more votes than every city councilor combined,” the Minister of Municipal Affairs … Read more

If you lost your home, could you find shelter?

If you lost your home, could you find shelter? | The Star “,”heading”:””,”fullWindow”:false,”fullBleed”:false,”showFullBleedOnMobile”:false,”headColor”:””,”type”:”html5mobile”,”textColor”:””,”mobileImageUrl”:””,”bgColor”:””,”imageUrl”:””,”registeredOnly”:false,”linkUrl”:””,”aodaTitle”:”Beds/rooms available mixed adult”,”internalScroll”:false,”displayStyle”:”small-up”},{“text”:”If there is any space, Cook says people are usually given two hours to get to a shelter, which can be in places far from the core like North York. If someone is on their own without money for the … Read more

Housing bill threatens Toronto programs, says city manager

A briefing note to Toronto council is warning that new Ontario legislation could harm the city’s ability to build new affordable rentals and homeless shelters, and protect ones that already exist. And it would do so while taking an estimated $200-million from the city’s embattled coffers. The newly released note, penned by interim city manager … Read more

Toronto’s affordable housing program set to break ground

After delays of up to two and a half years, Toronto could break ground on three developments from its Housing Now affordable rental program by next summer, according to a new report, while the shifting tides of the development market, including rising interest rates, loom large. The three sites — at 50 Wilson Heights Blvd, … Read more

Three ways John Tory can fix Toronto’s money woes

The big number $2.3 billion the amount John Tory is requesting in bailout funds from the provincial and federal governments to fill Toronto’s 2022 budget deficit and the 2023 projected budget gap. After sweeping to re-election last month, Tuesday marks John Tory’s first official day in his third term as mayor of Toronto. As first … Read more

London, Ont. mayor, mayor-elect mark return of annual poppy campaign – London

Friday will be the official start of the Royal Canadian Legion’s (RCL) 2022 poppy campaign, an annual initiative held to honor and raise funds in support of Canada’s veterans. To mark this year’s campaign, London, Ont. officials, including mayor Ed Holder and mayor-elect Josh Morgan, gathered at city hall on Thursday for a short poppy … Read more

Meet Winnipeg’s 2022 city council

Things will look a little different at City Hall in downtown Winnipeg for the next few years. With previous mayor Brian Bowman stepping down after two terms, and two councilors throwing their names in the ring for his job — not to mention a host of challengers for seats across the city — council was … Read more

New progressive councillors vow to safeguard Toronto services

Mayor John Tory faces a new progressive squad at city hall but the councillors-elect say they’re eager to get things done for Torontonians, not go to war. Voters on Monday filled eight vacant council seats and replaced one sitting councillor, a major churn of the 25-councillor chamber with most of the fresh faces coming from … Read more