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The Political Families of Toronto City Council

Maria Augimeri (Ward 8, York Centre): Her husband Odoardo Di Santo was an NDP MPP from 1975 to 1985. In the 1997 federal election, he...

Why National Post Columnist Kelly McParland Fears Electoral Reform (And Australia)

Is anybody crying halleluljahs that Rob Anders or Dean Del Mastro remain in the Tory ranks instead of striking out on their own? The Hansons...

Toronto Police Apology for Bathhouse Raids is Too Little, Too Late

The TPS has also regularly placed anti-gay, not to mention racist, people in positions of power, perhaps manifested best by former Toronto police chief and...

Why an Ottawa Lawyer Filed a Human Rights Complaint About an East Toronto Tabloid

... object to its content.” Liberal Ontario MPP Arthur Potts (Beaches—East York) also lodged a formal complaint later that month with Canada Post CEO Deepak...

Historicist: Ross Whicher's Porn Kerfuffle

The amendments to the Criminal Code still produced deeply conservative rulings. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence was ruled obscene by a judge in...

Historicist: Get Rid of Those Sideburns!

Those that adopted this look in Toronto were frequently amongst the most prominent and respected citizens, including longtime Ontario Premier Oliver Mowat, piano manufacturer Samuel...

Catch Up With Toronto's Changing Transit Plans

Brad Duguid, provincial minister for Economic Development and Liberal MPP for Scarborough Centre, was consulted on and rejected one plan, according to a report in...

Heroes and Villains of 2015: Hall of Villains

Before we plunge into 2016, it's time to reflect on the year that was. In our Hall of Villains, we honour the people, places, things,...

Why Canada Needs to Elect More LGBTQ politicians

In the crimson tide that overtook this year's election, Scott and two other LGBTQ-identifying incumbents—former Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine NDP MP Philip Toone and former Chicoutimi-Le Fjord NDP...

Extra, Extra: Anne Michaels is Toronto's New Poet Laureate, Jays Fan Tries to ...

Michaels takes over the role from predecessor George Elliot Clarke. She is best known for her two novels, Fugitive Pieces and The Winter ... During...

Persistently Overlooked Youth Unemployment

Mike Sullivan, the NDP MP representing York South-Weston, recalls a time when companies in Toronto would show up at high school convocations, take their pick...

Historicist: Get Draper!

On the night of September 3, Constable Robert Kerr, patrolling eastbound on Bloor Street near Spadina, trailed a vehicle weaving from lane to lane at...

Introducing Operation Junk Mail

Also in York Centre, Conservative advertising uses former Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis' image to criticize Justin Trudeau's stance on marijuana. We want more examples of...

Extra, Extra: OVO After-Party Faces Possible Ban, A Class-Action Lawsuit, and ...

The motion, backed by councillors Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt) and Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West), was sent to the Exhibition Place's board of...

A Day in the Life of Toronto's Firefighters

By delightful happenstance—or someone's sense of humour—my team includes Dan Jacobs, a former DJ-turned-Rob Ford's executive assistant, and Rathika Sitsabaiesan, the NDP MP from Scarborough.

Live Blog: Council Debates the East Gardiner

12:03 PM: Paula Fletcher (Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth), who supports removal, shows images of east Gardiner traffic in the morning rush hour. It is mostly empty.

Electing Mike Harris

Though the selection was suggested by one of the premier-elect's aides, it well represented the way Harris and his advisors reshaped the Ontario Progressive Conservatives...

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on his Urban Agenda

Matt Kellway, who is our member for Beaches–East York, is specifically tasked with dealing with urban issues. We're the only political party in Canada that...

Liveblog: Municipal Election 2014

9:48 PM: A look at the new councillors: Rob Ford replaces Doug Ford in Ward 2, Stephen Holyday replaces Peter Leon and Doug Holyday in...

Historicist: The Tiny Perfect Candidate

Crombie, his wife Shirley, and his daughter Carrie locked together in a group hug. News floated in of victories from pro-community, anti-development ... Among the...

Historicist: “She certainly doesn't play like a girl”

Graham and other red-faced league officials quickly decided that, since there was no formal rule forbidding girls from playing, Abby could finish the season: lacing...

Real City Matters

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced that human clinical trials have started for a Canadian-made Ebola vaccine. Developed by the Health Agency of Canada, the...

Newsstand: October 14, 2014

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced that human clinical trials have started for a Canadian-made Ebola vaccine. Developed by the Health Agency of Canada, the...

Newsstand: October 13, 2014

This news may well be old by the time everyone wakes up from their post-turkey slumber, but let's take a gander anyway: racist vandalism in...

Extra, Extra: Stifled Research, John Tory's "Lost Years," and Hockey Lovers

Extra, Extra: Stifled Research, John Tory's "Lost Years," and Hockey LoversDavid Hulchanski spent five years developing a series of maps that charted urban poverty in...

Understanding Metrolinx

The McGuinty Liberals tried again, creating the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority in 2006. After passing Places to Grow, its region-wide plan for curbing sprawl, the...

Historicist: The Toronto Eighteen

The Conservatives won overwhelming majorities in all four Toronto ridings, and two of the three York County ridings—the third being won by William Findlay Maclean...

Highlights From Olivia Chow's Reddit AMA

This afternoon, mayoral candidate Olivia Chow participated in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), during which she fielded questions from the Reddit community on topics...

Newsstand: September 11, 2014

As the federal NDP start to think about the 2015 election, the party has unveiled a new slogan: “Change that's ready.” Underwhelming? Nonsensical? Inspiring? For...

Joe Cressy Making Council Bid in Trinity-Spadina

When last spoke with Joe Cressy in June, the former staffer for Olivia Chow was running to replace his former boss as member of...

Historicist: Birth of a Golf Superstar

It earned a reputation not only for being one of the premiere courses in the country, but also for its fast greens. When the 6,408-yard...

Jim Karygiannis Sets His Sights on Scarborough-Agincourt

Former Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis first got involved in local politics nearly 30 years ago, when concerns about his daughter's safety prompted him to join...

Weekend Newsstand: August 2, 2014

Conservative MP Eve Adams has dropped her nomination bid to run in the new riding of Oakville North-Burlington, citing health problems. In a statement emailed...

Doug Ford, on Ford Nation Being Just Like Braveheart

Toronto Sun ... Rob Ford's campaign manager, painting a vivid word picture (which inevitably became a vivid actual picture on the front page of the Sun)...

Historicist: Cabbagetown Horatio Alger

“[I]t might be stated without exaggeration,” the Toronto Star (October 26, 1925) proclaimed at the time of his death, “that to write his life is...

Historicist: Cabbagetown Horatio Alger

“[I]t might be stated without exaggeration,” the Toronto Star (October 26, 1925) proclaimed at the time of his death, “that to write his life is...