The shock of rising rates hits hardest at detached and semi-detached house prices

The shock of rising rates hits hardest at detached and semi-detached house prices

Less expensive condos and townhomes held their value better in November than costlier detached and semi-detached houses in the Toronto region, as home sales declined across all categories with higher interest rates continuing to increase the monthly carrying costs of a home. The average price of all types of homes — from condos to detached … Read more

More ‘police stations’ run by China found in Canada, report says

More ‘police stations’ run by China found in Canada, report says

VANCOUVER—Two more overseas “police stations” run by authorities in China have been found operating in Canada, according to an international human rights organization. In September, Safeguard Defenders released a report alleging that three such stations were operating in the Greater Toronto Area, part of a report that found 54 sites in a number of countries … Read more

Why the ‘ugly duckling’ of nature conferences is about having a coming-out party in Canada

Why the ‘ugly duckling’ of nature conferences is about having a coming-out party in Canada

Once upon a time in Rio de Janeiro, twin treaties were born. One was designed to halt climate change; the other to save nature — forests, rivers, oceans, prairies, bogs, tundra, and every other wild place, and all the animals that depend on them. The “parents” of the two treaties, international delegates at the 1992 … Read more

Thousands still without power following strong winds

Thousands still without power following strong winds

Thousands could remain without power across Ontario overnight after wind gusts Saturday blew up to 90 kilometers per hour. Toronto Hydro’s storm center reported nearly 5,000 customers downtown had lost power Saturday afternoon from south of Shuter Street to Harbourfront. Around 500 customers along Royal York Road between Bloor Street and Lake Shore Boulevard also … Read more

York Memorial students stage mass walkout amid safety concerns

York Memorial students stage mass walkout amid safety concerns

Hundreds of teens from York Memorial Collegiate Institute staged a mass walkout on Friday to protest what they say is an unsafe learning environment, over-policing and a lack of teachers, which means some classes aren’t being taught with kids sent to the library or cafeteria. Najmo Mohammed, a Grade 11 student who has been feeling … Read more

John Tory uses ‘strong mayor’ power to fill key role

John Tory uses ‘strong mayor’ power to fill key role

In his first substantive use of the expanded powers granted his office by the province, John Tory has used his “strong-mayor” authority to appoint a new city manager. The city announced Friday that Paul Johnson will be Toronto’s top bureaucrat, effective immediately. Johnson had previously been deputy city manager for community and social services, and … Read more

Province to cover part of Toronto’s $700M shortfall

John Tory uses ‘strong mayor’ power to fill key role

Toronto got a lifeline Wednesday as it struggles to shore up its budget against ongoing damage from COVID-19 and the unexpected fallout from the province’s new housing bill. Premier Doug Ford’s government announced Wednesday it would fund one-third of the provincial capital’s 2022 pandemic-related operating budget shortfall, which the city’s latest estimates peg at more … Read more

Toronto police announce results of online child exploitation investigation

Toronto police announce results of online child exploitation investigation

On Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at 11:30 am members of the Toronto Police Sex Crimes Unit, Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) section, will release the local results of Project Maverick. More than 100 people have been charged following a massive province-wide investigation into online child exploitation, the Ontario police announced Wednesday. The month-long initiative, completed in … Read more

Ontario’s new gas plants will cause your hydro rates to rise, report says

Ontario’s new gas plants will cause your hydro rates to rise, report says

Ontario’s new gas plants will drive up hydro prices and make it more difficult to reduce carbon emissions to net-zero, according to an expert report published Wednesday. Rather than relying on natural-gas-fired generation to meet growing electricity demand, Ontario’s cheapest and most reliable options require new wind and solar, while keeping gas plants for backup, … Read more

Metrolinx postpones plan to chop down Osgoode Hall trees

Metrolinx postpones plan to chop down Osgoode Hall trees

The trees on the grounds of Osgoode Hall in downtown Toronto have been given a temporary reprieve by Metrolinx, which was threatening to cut them down by Dec. 5 as part of a transit expansion. “Metrolinx has determined an alternative method to continue progress towards construction and begin the archeological work at the site for … Read more