March 2012

Help shape the future of the Port Lands at the upcoming public open house on March 31 and feedback workshops on April 3 and 4, or participate online. On Saturday March 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Waterfront Toronto and City of Toronto will be holding an open house information session at the Design […]


In 2012 there are three current concerns about governance: One of Mayor Ford’s election promises was to cut the number of wards in half to save money and align with provincial/federal electoral districts. This may be viewed as step backwards if done without concurrent and significant changes in how the city is managed. Second, recent […]

Village Post Vol. 21 Issue 7 (March 2012), p. 11. “With all the confusion about political direction at city hall, one wonders whether less oversight of city council decisions makes sense. In February city council voted overwhelmingly to ask the province to remove the city from the control of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The […]


Christopher Hume, Toronto Star Even without robo-calls and winner-take-all elections, Canada’s claim to democracy is growing strained. Toronto is no exception. When Zack Taylor of the University of Toronto Cities Centre did a little number crunching recently, his worst suspicions were confirmed: It seems some parts of the city are a whole lot more democratic […]