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The biggest transit need in southern Ontario is local, not regional

Local commuters aren't getting their fair share of transit attention in the province.

Photo by Patrick in the Torontoist Flickr pool.

For reasons that are slightly mysterious, there is talk of big changes to transit governance in Ontario. One idea floating about is to upload all transit systems to the province because there are 11 separate transit systems in the GTHA. Which is supposed to sound like chaos, or something.

There have been some good critiques of this proposal: I recommend reading Cherise Burda and Jennifer Keesmaat on this.

But one big problem with this governance talk is that regional cooperation and coordination are not the biggest transit problems in the GTHA.

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politics

What happened at December’s City Council meeting?

What passed, what failed, and everything else you need to know in this run-down of the biggest—and most controversial—votes.

Photo courtesy of Sandra Herber via Flickr.

December’s marathon City Council meeting is finally coming to a close. Which agenda items caused the most outrage? Airbnb regulations, shelter spaces, and, of course, transit debacles. Read on for a run-down of the most important votes.

Keep reading: What happened at December’s City Council meeting?

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Anti-Muslim documentary, rejected elsewhere, makes world premiere in Toronto

Despite its hateful tone, the documentary received a standing ovation from the audience.

An Islamophobic documentary made its world premiere on Sunday in Toronto when it was screened at the Toronto Zionist Centre, at an event hosted by the Jewish Defense League and Act For Canada.

Killing Europe uses examples of real and horrific assaults to portray all Muslim migrants as violent rapists or, at the very least, complicit in these crimes.

The Ottawa Public Library cancelled a planned screening of the film in late November after complaints by Ottawa Against Fascism and human rights lawyer Richard Warman. In an interview with Metro News, filmmaker Michael Hansen said the cancellation constituted an act of censorship and claimed his ability to screen his movie was a question of free speech.

Keep reading: Anti-Muslim documentary, rejected elsewhere, makes world premiere in Toronto