1501 Woodbine Ave.

Residents of 1501 Woodbine Avenue have had enough

Robi Hamilton hasn’t been on her balcony for four months due to balcony construction. Only able to open her balcony door by four inches, the space equals about a tenth of her apartment rent at 1501 Woodbine Ave. Hamilton, who has not been compensated financially for the inconvenience, estimates a loss of approximately $360 to $400 since […]

wall covered in graffiti

Graffiti, street art and the City of Toronto

In the last three years, St. Luke’s United Church on Sherbourne and Carlton streets has spent around $1,000 annually to remove graffiti. The church even needed to buy an $800 power-washer.  St. Luke’s would remove graffiti once every couple of years. Now, that happens about twice a year. Joanne Mastrotucci is the church administrator at St. Luke’s. She […]

Ice skaters at Nathan Phillips Square

Here we go again: City of Toronto 2017 budget

Don’t be surprised if you get a sense of déjà vu as the mayor and Toronto city council wrap up the budget for 2017, this week. City council finalized the budget during a meeting scheduled for Feb. 14-15. On the chopping block for budget reductions are popular public services such as library hours, childcare and the potential closing of a men’s shelter in North York for people addressing substance-abuse. They’ve all faced similar threatened cuts in previous years.

Police association head warns against TPS budget cut

The union representing Toronto’s front line police officers says reductions to the police budget will have a noticeable impact on public safety.

On Tuesday, the City released its preliminary 2017 budget, which proposes a $4.4 million cut to annual police spending. Also included in the report are increases to property taxes and investment in public transit.

Mike McCormack, the president of the Toronto Police Association (TPA) warned that crime will rise as Toronto’s population increases.

“We have huge sporting events, (and Toronto is) a destination city,” McCormack said. “That’s a huge demand on police resources. There is clear evidence that properly deployed police officers have an impact on crime prevention.”

Talks ongoing, but strike deadline approaching

City of Toronto unionized inside and outside workers are on the verge of a strike.

This comes after a deadlock in negotiations between the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the City of Toronto. Tim Maguire, president of CUPE Local 79, offered an assessment of the talks.

“While there has been some progress in some areas, (but) we still remain far apart on the key issues,” he said. “There has been no movement on the issue of reversing stability for many of our frontline workers.”