Toronto has room to hike property taxes by 20% to fund city services, researchers say

The research from Ryerson University offers a stark contrast to the city's latest budget — which keeps property taxes within the rate of inflation, a move critics say hinders the city's ability to deliver crucial [Read entire story]

Controversial anti-vaccine billboards made headlines in Toronto — so who regulates them?

Some of the criticism came from the public health community, including board of health chair and city councillor Joe Cressy, who called the campaign "deeply disturbing, and potentially dangerous" in a tweet. But the city [Read entire story]

More than a dozen illegal cannabis stores still operating in Toronto, but closing them a ‘complex process’

City staff from the Municipal Licensing and Standards department are investigating 16 illegal storefronts in total. [Read entire story]

Small businesses ‘taxed out’ across Toronto hoping for long-term solution

New research from Ryerson University's City Building Institute highlights the widespread impact of higher taxes on small businesses. [Read entire story]

Tory, Keesmaat both tackling transit — but mayoral candidates have different priorities, experts say

An examination of Jennifer Keesmaat's plan compared to what John Tory has been moving forward over the last four years reveals some stark differences in priorities among the two mayoral candidates. [Read entire story]

Councillor calling on city to provide free tampons, pads to homeless shelters

Recommendation encourages the city to explore the feasibility of providing free menstrual supplies to shelters, drop-in centres and other spaces catering to marginally-housed women, youth, and trans individuals. [Read entire story]

Residents fight proposed meat packing plant as city sells ‘eyesore’ site near the Junction

After a years-long battle over a chunk of city land north of the Junction, residents want to stop the arrival of a meat packing plant due to concerns about potential smells, environmental concerns, and heavy traffic. [Read entire story]

Road safety advocates seek traffic calming measures, boost in cycling network

A new #BuildTheVisionTO report from a coalition of road safety advocacy groups also recommends banning right turns on red lights in Toronto. [Read entire story]

Police board wants $25K budget boost to support external review of missing persons cases

Review prompted by concerns over force's handling of Bruce McArthur investigation [Read entire story]

Toronto may crack down on ‘predatory’ payday loan industry through caps, licences

A new report recommends that the city license payday loan stores, and cap the number of those operating in Toronto at 207 — the current number of outlets already licensed by the province. [Read entire story]

Mom accused of possible ‘oral neglect’ by dentist checking her daughter gets reported to children’s aid

Melissa Lopez is questioning why a dentist would be allowed to report a parent without knowing all the facts, and why she now has a permanent file with the Children's Aid Society — even though she provided them with [Read entire story]

Neighbourhood mourns ‘Parkdale’s greeter’ Navneet Sondhi

'Nav' spent his days bringing joy on Queen Street West. And then, one day in March, he disappeared. [Read entire story]

Parents push back over potential closure of nearly-full Catholic elementary school in Vaughan

A proposal to close the school, which is at 97 per cent capacity, makes 'zero sense,' says a local parent. [Read entire story]

Toronto police investigating controversial Your Ward News publication

Last year, the federal government ordered Canada Post to stop delivering the free handout accused of publishing stories that demean women, insult the LGBT community, or are anti-Semitic. [Read entire story]

After road toll plan killed, Tory says he’s tired of ‘begging and pleading’ with province

Mayor John Tory and Steven Del Duca, Ontario's Transportation Minister, appeared in studio with Matt Galloway on CBC's Metro Morning. [Read entire story]

How Toronto’s skating rinks stay frozen when temperatures rise

Ever wonder how rinks stay chilled on balmy winter days? It's all due to refrigeration technology. [Read entire story]

Violent pot dispensary robberies often unreported, police say

Toronto police say there have already been four robberies of storefront marijuana dispensaries so far this year — and slammed store owners for not always reporting the robberies to police. [Read entire story]

Leaving relationship is ‘most dangerous time’ for domestic violence victims, experts say

The death of Toronto family physician Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji​ — allegedly at the hand of the neurosurgeon husband she was trying to divorce — has sparked conversations about the dangers facing women trying to flee abusive [Read entire story]

‘Streetcar safety murals’ could be coming to Toronto streets

Chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat hopes to make an innovative NXT City road mural proposal a reality in hopes of beautifying Toronto streets and increasing safety for exiting streetcar riders. [Read entire story]

12-year-old Toronto basketball phenom already shooting for NBA

Elijah Fisher is the top-ranked player for his age by a number of scouting organizations, and he's setting his sights on the NBA. [Read entire story]