May 22, 2012, The Academy of the Impossible. Those elected to Toronto City Council for the first time in 2010 found themselves under the media microscope more than any of their municipal politician predecessors — while the downtown councillors were also put in a position of being on the opposite side of the mayor. Read More…

May 20, 2012, The Star. Nearly six years after a push for Expo 2015 fell apart, there’s a movement afoot for Toronto to consider bidding for the World’s Fair in 2025.

“It’s very early in exploration. The conversations are very casual. It’s information-gathering,” said Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam. Read More…

May 17, 2012, Now News. You might have the impression that the only transportation debates worth having are subways vs LRT or bikes vs cars. But last week we were reminded that there are others. The first was introduced by Councillor Krystyn Wong-Tam: a pilot project cutting traffic on Yonge from four to two lanes to make space for patios and more dynamic urban space. (For many, this will conjure the summertime pedestrianizing of Yonge in the early 70s.). Read More…

May 10, 2012, NOW Magazine. With big changes in the works for Yonge, the Yonge Street Planning Framework  is worth a read. Commissioned by Wong-Tam in 2011, the document…  Read More at #TOPOLI DOCS

May 11, 2012, The Bulletin. Residents of Moss Park and the Garden District met with local politicians on April 23 to provide feedback and suggestions for the future of their community

May 10, 2012, Openfile. A notable win for Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) today at council, as a motion sponsored by her and Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) passed overwhelmingly despite needing a two-thirds margin to even get heard today (it would normally be punted to the Mayor’s Executive Committee). Wong-Tam’s motion called for the city to ask the Province of Ontario to do “everything in its power” to stop the deletion of Long Gun Registry data and join the lawsuit the government of Quebec has started to do the same. The full motion is here. Read More…

May 10, 2012, The Sun. TORONTO - Toronto city council fired a shot Wednesday at the federal government for killing off the long gun registry. Read More…

May 10, 2012, Global Toronto. TORONTO – Despite being repealed in the House of Commons, the controversial long-gun registry continues to be a matter for discussion across Canada, as Toronto City Councillors move to save the data for Toronto Police. Read More…

May 10, 2012, National Post. Toronto’s unofficial main drag, Yonge Street has had its ups and downs. A low point came in January 2011, when the once-bustling Empress Hotel, at the corner of Gould Street, burned down. The destruction of the historic building became a catalyst to look at ways to invigorate the storied street, already experiencing a renaissance thanks to Yonge Dundas Square.

May 10, 2012, NOW Magazine. City could ease cash crisis if it put revenues in a bank of its own. Those who participated in Occupy Toronto last fall have fond memories of economist Jim Stanford at the protest mic in front of the bank towers on King. Read More…

May 10, 2012, Openfile. Between a flying shark, Trojan horse, and banana costumes, City Hall has had a history of welcoming Carrot Top-like stunt props. So if you walked into council chamber Tuesday morning and saw an eight-foot, Golem-like cardboard statue and scoffed, you could be forgiven. Read More…

May 9, 2012, The Sun. TORONTO - Priscilla de Villiers came to Toronto City Hall Monday to urge councillors to fight for the federal long-gun registry data. De Villiers’ daughter, Nina, was abducted from a Burlington tennis court and murdered in 1991. The man that did it was carrying a .22-calibre rifle that until that point he had used to clear vermin from his farm, she said. Read More…

May 9, 2012, Citytv. Toronto’s city council debated a host of measures at a two-day monthly meeting, including how to deal with bed bugs and expanding permission for food trucks. Read More…

May 9, 2012, Openfile. On May 8, the Globe and Mail reported that Mayor Rob Ford had turned down PFLAG’s invitation to attend a flag-raising event being held at City Hall on May 17. It would have been a relatively painless way for him to finally acknowledge the city’s LGBT community, which he snubbed last year when he missed the Pride parade to go to the cottage, a tradition he plans to carry out again this year. Read More…

May 9, 2012, The Globe and Mail. Two Toronto councillors are pursuing different paths in their efforts to improve the city’s main drag. Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, whose downtown ward includes the Yonge Street strip, is seeking approval for a one-month trial this summer to increase pedestrian traffic and business by reducing lanes and “widening sidewalks” between Gerrard and Richmond streets. Read More…

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