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What You Need to Know about Toronto’s Budget

The budget isn't balanced, and council will have to find some combination of service cuts and additional revenue to make up the difference.

The staff-proposed City budget has been released, and we’ve had the chance to go over it in high-level detail. We’ll do a deeper dive in the coming days as more information comes out, but here are the need-to-know highlights that will guide the budget debate over the next three months.

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Why Imposing Tolls on the Gardiner and DVP is a Terrible Idea

This is not a serious plan for raising revenue or fighting congestion.

Photo by -liyen- from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

The Don Valley Parkway. Photo by -liyen- from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Road tolls. At first glance, it looks like we’re finally getting serious about generating revenue for transit. Alas, this is not the adult conversation you are looking for.

Road tolls can have more than one purpose. What is our goal—raising money or changing behaviour? Or both?

These questions might suggest that road tolls are suitable to one but not the other. The answer is they’re suited to neither. They’re a bad idea. They’re not the worst idea circulating in Toronto (the Gardiner rebuild probably takes that prize), but they’re still bad.

Sure, I’ll take road tolls over cutting services, but why should anyone make such a choice?

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How Toronto’s Papers Covered Christmas Trees and Chris Alexander

From Toronto's Deadly Streets to electoral reform to the killing of a local doctor.

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and as the festival season approaches and the year winds down, Toronto’s papers are taking a walk down memory lane this morning, updating readers on the latest news pertaining to some of their top recurring 2016 features, from Toronto’s Deadly Streets to the Panama Papers.

Keep reading: How Toronto’s Papers Covered Christmas Trees and Chris Alexander