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…

Why is London banning Uber?

Caleb Holden On September 22nd, Greater London’s municipal transport authority, Transport for London (TfL), announced that it would not renew Uber’s five-year operating licence beyond its September 30th expiration date, highlighting the ride-sharing company’s “lack of corporate responsibility” as an important factor in their decision. Should the decision stand, it will have a major impact…

Keep Calm and Cycle On: the case for cycling infrastructure

Emily Wong In early August, Bike Share Toronto announced the addition of 70 new bike stations to its network. This expansion, supported by funding from the City of Toronto as well as from the provincial and federal governments, is a commendable move towards the effective implementation of cycling policies. Encouraging more active transportation is good…

Transit and Tax Credits: A Lesson in Preparing Your Audience

Jonathan Kates  Immediately following the release of Budget 2017, I found myself caught up in a whirlwind of opposing viewpoints thanks to the Liberal government’s discontinuation of the Public Transit Tax Credit (PTTC). Normally, I would welcome such discussion, but in this case, it quickly became apparent that members were sorting themselves into two groups….

Flip-flops and frenemies: The latest chapter of Toronto transit

Jonathan Kates When Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne kiboshed Toronto City Council’s plan to implement road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway, it was clear to anyone who pays attention to politics why she did it. With her approval ratings in the gutter, and a chance to play the hero for suburban drivers…

Long Overdue: Assessing the State of Canada’s Infrastructure Deficit

Rohan Balram Every day, over 6,000 commuters travel to and from central Toronto by the Gardiner Expressway. Although the Gardiner is clearly a key piece of transportation infrastructure, it has been left to deteriorate for more than a decade. Despite reports of falling debris every winter, most government action has manifested itself in scattered efforts…