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     Toronto  Kensington 

  2. tumblngtoronto:

Free kitten!

Ready for a loving home. Healthy, happy, energetic, very loving and smart kitten. Loves attention and company. Perfect for families with kids because he is very careful when he plays, he does not scratch. He will stay in your arms when you feel cuddly, he is not one of those cats that try to escape from you the second you try to lift them up and pet them : ). He Is - just a very good boy. And he likes to talk sometimes ;)

    tumblngtoronto:

    Free kitten!

    Ready for a loving home. Healthy, happy, energetic, very loving and smart kitten. Loves attention and company. Perfect for families with kids because he is very careful when he plays, he does not scratch. He will stay in your arms when you feel cuddly, he is not one of those cats that try to escape from you the second you try to lift them up and pet them : ). He Is - just a very good boy. And he likes to talk sometimes ;)

     

     Free  kitten  Toronto 

  3. Treat your ears right. Listen to this track.

     

     pop  electronica  funk  indie  soul  toronto 

  4. Adam

    Trinity-Spadina councillor Adam Vaughan delivered a spirited defence of Toronto’s public libraries before the city budget committee on Monday. - Toronto Star

    The reality in this case is the library is being asked to reduce its service because it’s done what’s been asked of it every single budget year since amalgamation. They have been one the most responsible departments in this city and now are going to be victimized because of that. If every department had met its targets the way the library board meets their targets, runs their capital budget, and programs their service, we wouldn’t be having this discussion here today about all the services in the city, we wouldn’t be having this discussion about reducing any of the services.

    […]

    You have no disagreement amongst any of us about finding more efficient ways to run the library. You have an absolute argument from the residents of the city which has been presented time and time again from virtually every single one of the people who have come to the pew saying “don’t touch the library system.” They have said “don’t thouch the library system.” And instead of taking the 5.9% cut that’s on the table and saying “thank you, we’ve heard the residents,” somebody around here who knows better thinks that the city would be better served with less library service. If you think that’s true and you’re on this committee, volunteer for your library to take more hour cuts than other peoples’ libraries. Put your money where your mouth is. Go into your communities and say “I’ll close the library in my ward for more hours because I think you’re overserving the library service.” Do that. Because short of that, you’re asking other people to close libraries in their community when they don’t want to.

     

     Adam Vaughn  Trinity-Spadina  Toronto  budget  2012 

  5.  

     Toronto  timelapse 

  6. tumblngtoronto:

    From The Toronto Star:

    If you are music lover age 18-35 or know someone who is, have I got a deal for you! The Toronto Symphony’s tsoundcheck program allows people in that age group to buy a pair of best available tickets for each performance for $14 each, and there are no age restrictions on who can use the companion ticket.

     

     Toronto  TSO  Toronto Symphony Orchestra 

  7. Dan Yashinsky:

    In Ford’s story, our municipal leaders were, through malice and/or sheer incompetence, frivolously wasting our hard-earned taxes. City Council presided over a veritable Niagara Falls of misspent money, or worse: a backroomers’ paradise where insiders got rewarded with juicy, taxpayer-funded benefits. (During the election, for example, he suggested that a certain restaurant by the lake secured a city lease through political contacts, a potentially libelous allegation currently before the courts.) However questionable the details, Ford told his story convincingly and well. It had a plausible outsider hero, a quest, a dash of suspense, and, most importantly, a memorable punchline. Near the end of the campaign, he didn’t even have to tell the whole thing. With two code words — “gravy train” — he could conjure the whole, irresistible story, and it made him the most powerful mayor in Canada. Stories truly do win elections.

    But as a Caribbean friend of mine likes to say, “The leaky roof can fool the sun but it can’t fool the rain.” Our mayor’s original tale, about being a renegade hero come to rescue us from self-serving and inept politicians, has sprung many leaks. It has morphed into a narrative we didn’t vote for. The inscription on Eldon Garnet’s sculpture on the Queen St. bridge states: this river I step in is not the river I stand in. In our mayor’s case, the story we stepped in is definitely not the story we’re standing in nine months later. We storytellers may be “professional liars,” as my Grade 2 friend said, but we do have our principles, and one of them is that you can’t switch stories midstream.

    There were early signs of narrative trouble in his mayoral reign. One of his first acts in office was cancelling the Vehicle Registration Tax, then complaining that the city didn’t have enough revenue to cover its costs. The Irish call this “putting on the poor mouth,” i.e., pretending to be poorer than you really are. Then the mayor’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford, began talking about how anything that “wasn’t nailed down” would be sold off, privatized, or just plain axed in the name of running a cheaper ship of state. Nailed down? That was a new metaphor indeed, and it became the recurrent motif of Ford’s new story, where elements of a hard-earned and long-established common good — libraries, parks, arts programs, police, firefighters, support for our youth — weren’t “nailed down” sufficiently to be safe from the impending cuts.

    Writing about how conservatives in the USA have hijacked the vocabulary that describes a government’s duty of care for its citizens, George Lakoff writes, “Services … start where necessities end. … It is time to stop speaking of government ‘services’ and speak instead of government providing necessities.” (Untellable Truths, Dec. 10, 2010) And how the mayor’s recent decision not to accept provincially-funded public health nurses fits into any kind of meaningful, city-building story is anybody’s guess.

    By the time KPMG’s due diligence found no evidence of a “gravy train” at City Hall, Ford had already, with the help of his brother and friends on Council, begun telling us his new story about Toronto becoming the Incredible Shrinking City, where the government will provide fewer and fewer services — or necessities — to its citizens. First we listened to a story about “cutting the waste,” then we found out that we are the waste. Things that many generations of Torontonians had agreed were important and valuable parts of civic life were now being spoken of as disposable assets.

     

     Toronto  Rob Ford 

  8. fuckyeahtoronto:

    ohmygay: Rob Ford interview with CP24 with actual facts being checked.

    (via tumblngtoronto)

     

     Toronto  Rob Ford 

  9. tumblngtoronto:

    OurPublicLibrary.TO:

    If you love the Toronto Public Library, you need to come to her defense right now!

    The cost cutting agenda of Toronto City Council could target the TPL within weeks. Local branches could be closed and some or all of the Library’s operations could be privatized, unless we act now. Please send a message to Mayor Ford telling him our libraries are not for sale. A copy of your message will be sent to members of the Toronto City Council Executive Committee and your own City Councilor.

    Please tell City Council that our public libraries are not for sale.

     

     Toronto  libraries 

  10. tumblngtoronto:

    From mez dispenser:

    Yesterday’s staff report presented positive statistics regarding three bike lanes. On Jarvis Street, in particular, they provided information that illustrated how well the street was working – for all road users. Cycling has tripled as a result of the new lane, from 290 riders in an 8-hour period to 890. Meanwhile, vehicle usage has remained constant, and slight delays in rush hour traffic were going to be fixed with a new advanced green. For the other two lanes, in Scarborough, they also reported that traffic is flowing smoothly, for both cyclists and drivers. Councillors ignored the staff report, and voted to remove all three lanes.

    Emphasis Ram’s.

    (via funkaoshi)

     

     Toronto  traffic  Jarvis  bike lanes  Rob Ford 

  11. Edward Keenan:

    The truth then was that the city was getting by: No one was swimming in cash, but we posted a small surplus in 2010. Modest tax and user-fee hikes would have gotten us most of the way to balancing both the 2011 and 2012 budgets. One season of Ford tax freezes and cuts later, we’re facing—even after the much-vaunted slashing of city council perks—an $800-million hole in the budget and we’re discussing selling off capital assets and gutting programs. This is not just ugly. It is unnecessary.

    The city of Toronto is growing quickly in population and as a global cultural and business powerhouse, partly due to past investments. When you’re growing—whether you’re a family, a business or a city—you need to invest to ensure the expansion doesn’t lead to collapse. How to fund that continued investment in our city is and was a good question for debate, but coming up with the money was a manageable task. Just about the only unhelpful approach to the problem so far has been denial—pretending we could get more for less money. Which is the approach City Hall has taken over the last six months.

    Throughout history, “something for nothing” has always been a suckers’ pitch. Those foolish enough to buy that line have always found they risked losing a great deal. That’s where Toronto stands today. We ought to change strategy immediately, rather than doubling down on a delusion.

     

     Toronto  buget  Rob Ford 

  12. tumblngtoronto:

    Brian Topp, Toronto LifeThe Toronto Community Housing scandal has given rise to fears that Rob Ford will impose a U.S.-style rent voucher system

    Private landlords in the U.S. aren’t compelled by law to accept rent vouchers, and many of them don’t. A 2009 federally funded audit conducted by the Fair Housing Action Center in New Orleans found that 82 per cent of landlords surveyed in that city refused tenants with vouchers, or presented insurmountable barriers to their applications. It also noted that nine per cent of landlords who refused a voucher from a black “mystery shopper” accepted it from a white one. Similar problems have been reported in other cities. The conclusion was that landlords are using the vouchers as a handy way to identify and screen out poor people and visible minorities.

    Instead of integrating the poor into mixed-income areas, vouchers have had the effect of concentrating them into pockets of sometimes grossly substandard private housing owned by neglectful landlords—the same kind of ghettoization the vouchers were designed to put an end to. Policing abuses would require teams of well trained and managed overseers, but program administrators (like those running the TCH) are the principal targets of populist right-wingers these days—their jobs are the ones pro-privatization types are keen to eliminate.

    […]

    A wholesale privatization of Toronto’s public housing would do nothing but deliver a lot of valuable city land to developers, who aren’t likely to build low-density, child-friendly housing for poor and low-income renters. Private developers want a decent return on their investment, which in Toronto means development aimed at a much different demographic.

     

     TCHC  public housing  Toronto 

  13.  

     music  Toronto 

  14. From Steve Munro:

    The proposed financing for Sheppard is laughable.  The 2011 City Budget foresees $61-million in development charges for all of Toronto.  How enough revenue could be generated just on Sheppard Avenue to pay for a $4b subway while leaving the street financially attractive to developers is a great mystery.

    […]

    During the era of “Metrolinx I”, the board filled with politicians, Mayor Miller had an ongoing fight to get recognition for Transit City and LRT, and he won out in the end.  Indeed, there are now Metrolinx-backed proposals for LRT in Mississauga and Hamilton, and LRT plans are afoot in Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo.  The proposals are not perfect, but they have, at least, political respectability.  When we got “Metrolinx II”, a board of business people and transit experts, politics was supposed to be banished from the room.  Now Mayor Ford, not even a member of the Metrolinx board, is driving major changes in the plan and fundamental principles of The Big Move may be ignored.  Distant, ghostly laughter from the original Board might be appropriate here.

    Finally, I cannot help commenting on the irony of so much funny money sloshing around the meeting room.  I almost expected to find sheets of photocopied $100 bills stuck to my boots on the way out the door.  The TTC has a huge funding crisis on its capital budget thanks to a city that would rather freeze taxes than spend on investment, and a Provincial government that wants us to make do with a paltry $150-million or so in gas tax revenue.  Meanwhile, there are billions for new construction, and not a word about who will pay to actually run these lines once they begin operation.

    2012 will almost certainly bring more TTC service cuts, and who knows what “system” will exist by the time the first of the new routes opens for business.  Metrolinx and Queen’s Park treat local operations in Toronto as “not their business” while professing that better transport is vital to the GTA’s economy.  Must the stench of overcrowded, unreliable, unsafe service brew under Queen’s Park before this changes, or will we continue to see only monuments, billions of construction spending, while the TTC rots around us?

     

     Toronto  transit  TTC 

  15. jaimeleigh:

    GREAT TO KNOW THE POLICE ARE ON OUR FUCKING SIDE.

     

     Toronto  police