Asylum seekers: A new ground zero for civic engagement
The tipping point on the nativist outside hadn’t been reached, but it was obviously closer than many thought. The next few months of public protest and advocacy, to make sure it won’t happen again, may be the most significant political test for the mayor in recent memory. Read the full story.
Low-income car-share rentals: How Ford’s ride-hailing legislation takes on Uber
Even though the mayor continues to lack a plan to address the economic problems facing this sector of the economy, he still feels compelled to allow it to expand. Read the full story.
Bus route cut: Toronto councillors vote to reduce city’s rapid transit budget by $140m
Superficially, it was relatively uncontroversial. Council voted to reduce the total transit budget by $140m, including the elimination of 14 bus routes. Read the full story.
A Toronto’s move towards legal funding of abortions
After decades of debate, Toronto’s medical director of maternal fetal medicine, Dr. Lisa Matchett, is now responsible for overseeing several fetal tissue banks. As Matchett explains, women who use the tissue banks to help inform their decisions about or the timing of a legal abortion will be eligible for compensation for the expenses they incur in getting there, such as time off work or the costs of travelling to an abortion provider. Read the full story.
Ontario cuts heating fuel payments: ‘Does it make the U.S. happy?’
Ontario’s Bill 148 was supposed to empower lower-income Ontarians to benefit from the province’s plan to insulate and invest in its homes. Instead, a rise in the number of complaints led to Ontario government cutting $73 a month, or $1,880 a year, from heating fuel subsidies for tenants and individuals with low incomes. Read the full story.