York Memorial students stage mass walkout amid safety concerns

Hundreds of teens from York Memorial Collegiate Institute staged a mass walkout on Friday to protest what they say is an unsafe learning environment, over-policing and a lack of teachers, which means some classes aren’t being taught with kids sent to the library or cafeteria. Najmo Mohammed, a Grade 11 student who has been feeling … Read more

Peel warns of a $2-billion shortfall under new housing act

The Region of Peel says it could lose $2 billion over the next decade because of changes to development fees included in the contentious More Homes Built Faster Act, a sweeping provincial bill that aims to build 1.5 million homes by 2031. The estimated shortfall would make it difficult to fund the infrastructure necessary to … Read more

John Tory uses ‘strong mayor’ power to fill key role

In his first substantial use of the expanded powers granted his office by the province, John Tory has used his “strong-mayor” authority to appoint a new city manager. The city announced Friday that Paul Johnson will be Toronto’s top bureaucrat, effective immediately. Johnson had previously been deputy city manager for community and social services, and … Read more

Toronto to be hit by rain, strong winds Saturday: Environment Canada

Torontonians should expect rain and strong winds on Saturday while making plans for this weekend. Environment Canada issued a special weather statement on Friday morning for strong winds in Toronto as a result of a cold front. “At this time, the cold front is expected to reach the Toronto area Saturday morning and the Ottawa … Read more

Toronto daycare resumes labour talks under lockout threat

A downtown Toronto daycare is scrambling to negotiate a last-minute labor deal after its board voted in favor of locking out unionized workers and potentially shuttering care for almost 200 children. Negotiations at St. Lawrence Co-operative Daycare (SLCD) had stalled after the not-for-profit center tabled a contract proposal in August and did not respond to … Read more

Newcomers face ‘alarming’ discrimination in housing

Newcomers searching for a home in Toronto’s tight rental market face “alarming” levels of discrimination, according to a new report by the Canadian Center for Housing Rights In a phone audit of rental listings that appeared this year, CCHR researchers found that women who called about a unit and said they were a newcomer faced … Read more

City of Toronto, contractor cleaning up North York oil spill

City of Toronto staff and a contractor hired by an automotive manufacturing company are working to clean up an oil spill into the Humber River. On Monday, Toronto 311 received reports of an oil spill into a catch basin near Weston Road and Finch Avenue West. Lawson Oates, Toronto Water’s director environment and administration, said … Read more

Doug Ford accuses Toronto of mismanaging its finances

Mayor John Tory and Premier Doug Ford appear headed for a showdown on the financial impacts of Ontario’s new housing bill. A day after Tory demanded the provincial Progressive Conservative government make an ironclad promise to fully compensate Toronto for any development charge revenue the city loses as a result of the legislation, Ford asserted … Read more

Woman struck by pickup in her own driveway in Whitchurch-Stouffville has died

A senior was on her own driveway when she was truck by the driver of a pickup truck on Wednesday afternoon, says York Regional Police. It happened Wednesday just after 3 pm Police say the victim, a 76-year-old woman, was on her own driveway in the Davis Drive and Highway 48 area in Whitchurch-Stouffville when … Read more

Province to cover part of Toronto’s $700M shortfall

Toronto got a lifeline Wednesday as it struggles to shore up its budget against ongoing damage from COVID-19 and the unexpected fallout from the province’s new housing bill. Prime Minister Doug Ford’s government announced Wednesday it would fund one-third of the provincial capital’s 2022 pandemic-related operating budget shortfall, which the city’s latest estimates peg at … Read more