MPP Job Description

Contributed by George Smitherman, MPP representing Toronto Centre – Rosedale, Toronto Centre in the 34th, 35th and 36th Parliament (1999-2010) Position: Member of the Ontario Legislature Employer: Legislative Assembly of Ontario Position Rank: 1 of 124 “Seats” in the Legislature MPP Compensation:     $ 116, 550 (unchanged 2010!) (Less than Toronto City Councillors and […]

Provincial Election numbers?

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Contributed by Pstreet News. The provincial election is fast upon us, and there is a great battle between the Liberals and the up and coming NDP. With Suze Morrison stepping aside for Kristyn Wong-Tam. Up until the last election, this riding has almost always been Liberal. The liberals in Ontario got badly beaten, as we […]

Private Security

Private Security

Once again local residents are left little recourse but to take matters into their own hands in this recent letter to anybody at the city that might care.  We are a group of residents living in the blocks between Gerrard and Carlton, Sherbourne and Parliament Streets.  We have become concerned with the increasing amount of crime […]

Pam McConnell knew better

When the Shelter Support and Housing SSHA can’t do what they want because zoning does not allow it, the councillors step in and change the zoning. Then the SSHA can now fulfil their mandate without consultation or input from the community. “we were not consulted,” the councillors say, or “we don’t have any say in […]

Ontario Line sparks land grab in Moss Park

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Andre Bermon, Publisher of the bridge community newspaper Moss Park, a Downtown East community long impervious to change, is on the precipice of gentrification. The historically marginalized district, nestled between several high-priced neighbourhoods, is seeing lucrative real estate deals thanks in part to the planned Ontario Line subway project. The 15.6-kilometre transit line is set […]

Toronto Police, Toronto Fire and EMS Calls To Homeless Hotels Setting Record Numbers 

(Toronto)  Homeless hotels continue to be a nightmare to residents and businesses in downtown Toronto, particularly in the financial and tourist areas of Yonge Street and Front Street where three homeless hotels are located within 800 metres of each other.   Aggravated assaults, sexual assaults, theft, drug trafficking, property damage, propane tank explosions, arson, garbage, public […]

Vote

Contributed by Karen Joan Watson — We live in a strange world. But Canada has advantages during this time of Covid-19, climate crisis, democracies under pressure, social injustice and long-term care emergencies. During Covid, our federal government quickly gave out CERB (a form of universal basic income during crisis) and business grants and loans to keep […]

Changing street names won’t change street culture

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Opinion contributed by Andre Bermon, Publisher of the bridge community newspaper. —  In the last City Council meeting before the summer recess, our public servants put history to the test. In a 17-7 vote, council decided that the name Dundas, referring to an obscure 18th-century British politician, should be stripped from all Toronto signage.    […]