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.
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?
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.
Urban forests are vital infrastructure that provide $125 million in services to the GTA each year. But with little support from senior governments, municipalities are stretched to nurture their green assets.