Toronto looks bleak now, but its future doesn’t have to be

Toronto is in a deep funk. The city’s decline and precarious future is widely documented. The dismal 29 per cent turnout for the municipal election is utterly depressing as it suggests people have given up and stopped caring. It’s pale. Toronto has been in funks before though. Twenty years ago, Toronto was coming out of … 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

Etobicoke trustee for Catholic school board wins by one vote

A single vote separates the winner and loser in the bid to represent Ward 1 Etobicoke North on the Toronto Catholic District School Board. According to the city’s unofficial results, incumbent Joseph Martino has 2,148 votes and 50.01 per cent of the vote. His only competitor, a realtor named Robert Pella, finished with 2,147 — … Read more

New Toronto city council faces transit, housing, other woes

The winners of Monday’s municipal election won’t have long to savor their victory. Council’s next term begins in November, and the mayor and 25 newly elected councilors will have to quickly come to grips with a host of problems, ranging from climate change to traffic congestion, to balancing a $15-billion operating budget. Here are the … Read more

Municipal leaders seek path to power by changing places

If at first you don’t succeed in winning power, don’t make the mistake of trying and trying again in the same place. Change places. That’s the winning formula for some (but not all) of Ontario’s initially unsuccessful but ultimately successful politicians: Don’t run in place, run someplace else. Two recently defeated provincial opposition leaders tried … Read more

Full election night results for Beaches-East York including school board trustee races

Welcome to the Toronto Star’s ward watch for Beaches-East York. Here you’ll find the full election night results for Beaches-East York’s city councilor and four school board trustee races as of 11:56 pm Select a different Toronto ward Toronto City Council Brad Bradford has the most votes in Beaches-East York’s councilor race with 57 of … Read more

Why Toronto’s 2022 election is a wakeup call

Toronto’s municipal race is almost run, but even before voters head to the polls on Monday there are lessons to be learned from the 2022 campaign. This election has been all about less — after two terms in office, Mayor John Tory faced no high-profile challenger; there were fewer debates, and if advance polls are … Read more

Toronto councillor Cynthia Lai dies

Toronto city councilor Cynthia Lai has died, her campaign announced Friday. One of four new faces elected to serve in 2018, Lai was a successful realtor for many years before winning Ward 23 Scarborough North. Lai was running again in the ward in this election. The family has asked for privacy and no further comment … Read more

Funding shortfalls have delayed needed TTC fixes

Transit advocates know all too well what can happen when crucial maintenance and upgrades to Toronto’s transit system are allowed to slip. When asked about the stakes of the massive hole in the portion of the TTC budget that handles state of good repair — $22.5 billion still unfunded in the transit agency’s capital investment … Read more

Toronto election 2022: Survey on Tory, Penalosa supporters

A recent survey found supporters of Mayor John Tory and his leading challenger, Gil Penalosa, share significant common ground on several high-profile issues, including overwhelming support for a citywide ban on handguns. The findings from Vox Pop Labs, the data science firm behind Vote Compass, showed that 83 per cent of Tory’s supporters strongly believe … Read more