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by Karolyn Coorsh on July 13, 2012
Children and youth sports leagues have been granted further respite after council voted for a phase-in of new sports field fees over two years.

Starting in 2013, youth leagues will be charged between $1 and $3 an hour to use outdoor rec fields in Toronto. The rate, which varies...(More)
by Paula Sanderson on June 18, 2012
Coming from a community that hasn’t traditionally been supportive of women in politics, Zuhal Darawal, 20, says she was eager for the chance to contribute to city politics.  

“I come from a background where politics, like many other cultures, is male dominated,” says...(More)
by Omar Mosleh on June 15, 2012
A special category has been created for non-profit organizations to exempt them from paying huge garbage collection fees.

“At the beginning, it wasn’t really thought out how much this would have an impact on charities and organizations that are trying to provide services in our...(More)
by Karolyn Coorsh on June 13, 2012
Two months after council waived a new sports field permit fee for 2012, city staff have pitched a significantly lower rate for 2013.

On June 12, the mayor’s executive approved a parks’ plan to charge youth and children’s sports organizations an hourly rate of $2–6 for field use,...(More)
by Omar Mosleh on June 13, 2012
With 15 female members, Toronto city council has more women in the chamber than ever before — but the number in leadership positions has actually shrunk since last term.

That’s part of the reason female politicians such as Ward 31 councillor Janet Davis are taking part in the...(More)
by Karolyn Coorsh on June 7, 2012
It’s time to stop the doomsday talk about Toronto’s financial situation and start responding to the needs of the community when it comes to city budgeting, Ward 31 councillor Janet Davis says.

Davis was reacting to a surprise surplus of almost $293 million from 2011’s budget,...(More)
by Omar Mosleh on June 6, 2012
If there’s one thing students Tara Pearson and Tracy Chen have in common, it’s their long-standing commitment to creating social change in their city.

That’s why they’re both taking part in the city’s Toronto Regional Champion Campaign, which partners up young women interested in...(More)
by Omar Mosleh on May 29, 2012
Michelle Maldonado’s political interests started close to home.

The York University grad, who has been involved with the co-op housing movement from an early age, has partnered up with Ward 13 councillor Sarah Doucette as part of a mentorship program that sees young women pair up with...(More)
by Tristan Carter on May 17, 2012
Of Toronto’s 44 city councillors, only 15 are women. However, that doesn’t mean females aren’t interested in politics.

Corina Wong and Jaspreet Sandu are just two of the 30 young women who are participating in this year’s Toronto Regional Champion Campaign, which aims at getting...(More)
by Paula Sanderson on May 16, 2012
At city hall 30 young women are learning what it takes to be a female councillor.

“They can’t believe the number of hours that I work,” Toronto Centre-Rosedale councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam says with a laugh.

She has opened her door to the Toronto Regional Champion...(More)
by Shawn Star on May 15, 2012
When the location of Eva’s Phoenix shelter was listed as surplus land by the city, Emily Wright sprang into action.

“I did a lot of work on making a campaign, both a social media campaign and getting different youth and community members involved, signing petitions, writing letters...(More)
by Omar Mosleh on May 9, 2012
A recent report on improving bus service on Finch has been met with mixed reactions by North York councillors, with some saying it’s too little, too late.

The March document is a follow-up to a May 2011 report titled Opportunities for Improved Bus Service on Finch Avenue, which...(More)
by Karolyn Coorsh on May 1, 2012
As the province firms up construction timelines for its newest light rail projects, the TTC is being asked to take a step back and review its last large-scale rail endeavour: the dedicated right-of-way on St. Clair West.

St. Paul’s councillor Joe Mihevc has requested an independent...(More)
by Omar Mosleh on May 1, 2012
A renewed agreement between the City of Toronto and the Toronto District School Board means community swimming programming will be kept afloat at 33 school pools for five years, pending council approval.

Back in 2009 when the Toronto District School Board was debating closing some of...(More)
by Omar Mosleh on May 1, 2012
The High Park Zoo has received a gift as sweet as honey.

The Honey Family Foundation has pledged to match up to $50,000 in funds raised by the public between April 9 and June 15 in order to keep the High Park Zoo open until the end of the year.

They have also offered to...(More)
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