How to become a Toronto City Councillor

On Thursday, November 2nd, Toronto’s City Council held a special meeting to appoint a new council member to Ward 28. The successful candidate, Lucy Troisi, filled the ward seat that had been vacant since long-time Councillor Pam McConnell passed away in July. Appointments tend to happen if one of Council’s 45 seats (44 ward representatives…

Do we have the tools to melt Toronto’s fiscal iceberg?

Lauren Birch Lessons Learned from Peter Wallace, Toronto’s City Manager An engaged crowd of policy wonks and academics gathered on the evening of October 17th at the Munk School of Global Affairs to listen to Toronto’s City Manager Peter Wallace. Hosted each year by the Institute for Municipal Finance & Governance (IMFG), the 5th Annual City Manager’s…

Ontario brews up a new beer reform, although it still needs to be uncorked

Lauren Birch This week Ontario revealed the lucky thirteen grocery retailers who get to be the first to stock their shelves with beer. As a result of an “extremely competitive bidding process” these retailers could be selling beer at up to sixty locations in Ontario by December 2015. Long overdue, this reform is the biggest change…