Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

‘When justice fails block the rails’ — Wet’suwet’en solidarity protest weaves through Toronto..

February 17, 2020

Countrywide demonstrations in support of the Wet’suwet’en’s hereditary chiefs included a massive demonstration at Queen’s Park on Sunday, with more events expected on the horizon.

Doug Ford’s education cuts are killing our future..

February 4, 2020

Jonathan LeFresne has been teaching for seven years. After four years of short- and long-term occasional work, LeFresne got a full-time contract in the 2018-2019 school year with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). In spring 2019, Doug Ford’s government announced it was increasing class sizes, and LeFresne was declared surplus to the school, and later, the board. Despite assurances the TDSB would find a placement for him over the summer, on August 31 LeFresne was laid off.

Eight in 10 Toronto voters say climate change is a serious problem for the city, poll finds..

June 26, 2019

The vast majority of Toronto voters say climate change spells big trouble for the city and will affect their choice of candidates in upcoming elections, according to a new public opinion survey.

Warning of ‘Surveillance Capitalism’ Nightmare, Big Tech Investor-Turned-Critic Pushes Toronto to Abandon ‘Smart City’ Waterfront Development..

June 7, 2019

American venture capitalist Roger McNamee, an early investor in big tech companies including Google and Facebook, urged Toronto officials this week to abandon a proposed “smart city” waterfront development—adding his voice to a growing chorus of people who have raised privacy and data collection concerns about the project.

GTA: Land of Prosperity and Disparity..

May 28, 2019

Zizek vs Jordan Peterson debate..

April 20, 2019

New advocacy group calls for Toronto to declare state of emergency on homelessness..

December 21, 2018

In 1998, homelessness worsened so badly in Toronto and across the country that a group formed the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee. We issued The State of Emergency Declaration and called homelessness a national disaster. That campaign and momentum led to a new federal homelessness program. However, a series of federal governments held out and shamefully ignored the call for a national housing program.

Twenty years later homelessness has worsened across the country to an almost post-apocalyptic state because we have not seen commitment by the federal government to fund and ensure a new supply of social housing that is truly affordable. There is only a “national housing strategy,” which has not made a dent in the human disaster.

Doug Ford has his boot on Toronto’s neck, so why is John Tory so complacent?..

December 16, 2018

Are you encouraged and heartened by the new Toronto city council — cut to half its size, but not its cost; led by an executive committee that’s loaded with the mayor’s suburban bootlickers; weak in gender representation; and saddled with the same intractable problems of 20 years ago?

Only the mindlessly optimistic among you can find comfort in the posed picture of the 26-member council as Mayor John Tory “leads” the new members to the municipal gallows.

Like it was in 1998, the Premier of Ontario has his boots on Toronto’s neck — only this time the mayor is almost an accomplice, malleable to the point of being complicit.

Census map shows Black people live in ‘segregated’ Toronto, professor says..

November 8, 2018

Community activist and writer Desmond Cole argues the map clearly demonstrates the city has a “segregation” problem when it comes to where Blacks live.

“This is called segregation. That’s what it is. There is no other word for it,” Cole told a hushed audience of city leaders, builders, planners, innovators and housing advocates gathered Thursday at the Evergreen Brick Works for the Future Cities Canada Summit, a city-building workshop.

He said many “young brilliant Black people” are leaving the city because “we can’t get the opportunities we deserve.”

Cole urged the crowd to consider the lives of people impacted by segregation and discrimination and “incorporate their needs into the notion of city building in 21st-century Toronto.”

Toronto is segregated by race and income. And the numbers are ugly

September 30, 2018

The new charts come from University of Toronto Prof. David Hulchanski and his research team, known for using census data to illustrate growing income inequality in the city. Their latest effort flags the role of discrimination in that inequality, with lopsided racial breakdowns that surprised the researchers.

“It’s starker than we would expect,” Hulchanski said in an interview.

Hulchanski revealed the new charts last week in the Netherlands at a conference called “Urban poverty and segregation in a globalized world.”