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

Province to cover part of Toronto’s 0M 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. Premier 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 more … Read more

The hunt for affordable housing in Toronto

The hunt for affordable housing in Toronto

As rents have soared in Toronto — with the average two-bedroom on rentals.ca hitting $3,353 in October — city-dwellers may be left wondering what it takes to find an affordable home. The answer for tenants today involves wading through a tangle of waiting lists, random lotteries, independent application systems and, in some cases, banking on … Read more

‘They’re nervous as hell’: Gun deaths highlight simmering traumas inside Toronto schools

‘They’re nervous as hell’: Gun deaths highlight simmering traumas inside Toronto schools

In the halls at Woburn Collegiate Institute, students knew a fight was brewing before class let out at 3:15 p.m. on Halloween. Outside, the anticipation was palpable as at least one teen pulled out her cellphone and started filming, her voice rising as at least four boys appeared to get into it — one backing … Read more

Toronto’s affordable housing program set to break ground

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

Can Toronto condos make a ‘natural’ retirement community work?

Can Toronto condos make a ‘natural’ retirement community work?

How do you want to spend the final years of your life? This is the focus of The Third Act, an ongoing series the Star is producing in collaboration with Toronto Metropolitan University and the National Institute on Ageing. It will challenge governments, institutions and individuals to reframe our later years as a time when … Read more

Is it time Toronto flipped the script on traffic, housing woes?

Is it time Toronto flipped the script on traffic, housing woes?

It’s a news story that sounds like the set-up for a joke your cranky uncle would crack about abstract art: “A painting by abstract Dutch artist Piet Mondrian has been hanging upside down in various museums since it was first put on display 75 years ago, an art historian has found,” a story in the … Read more

Doug Ford’s housing plan could cost Toronto millions: Tory

Doug Ford’s housing plan could cost Toronto millions: Tory

Mayor John Tory says the province’s new housing plan could starve Toronto of $200 million in annual revenue, and he’s warning that the cash-strapped city can’t take the financial hit. Tory made the comments Wednesday at city hall, two days after decisively winning a third term in Monday’s election. He’s not the only one sounding … Read more

Five things Ontario’s housing plan could mean for Toronto

Five things Ontario’s housing plan could mean for Toronto

Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark released some details of the province’s latest plan to build 1.5 million homes by 2031. On Twitter, Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto’s former chief planner and the founder of development company Markee Developments, called the provincial proposal “bold, thoughtful, specific.” City staff say they need more time to study the … Read more

New Toronto city council faces transit, housing, other woes

New Toronto city council faces transit, housing, other woes

The winners of Monday’s municipal election won’t have long to savour their victory. Council’s next term begins in November, and the mayor and 25 newly elected councillors 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

Why Toronto’s 2022 election is a wakeup call

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