Toronto City Councillors split on how best to address Toronto’s worsening housing crisis
Though Toronto City Councillors collectively agree that the housing crisis is a worsening issue throughout the city, there’s pushback from some city councillors towards putting the proper funding together to address the situation throughout their wards. According to Ward 4 Toronto City Councillor Gord Perks, the issue of affordable... Read more
Torontonians are unimpressed by performance of Toronto City Council
The ‘Unofficial Toronto City Council Satisfaction Forum’ gives Torontonians from all 24 wards the opportunity to voice their opinions on their city councillor, but only 10 wards were represented before the deadline. The poll itself received 19 responses, with most of the responses coming from residents living in Ward... Read more
Toronto’s shelter shortage calls for government action
TORONTO – Ongoing shortages in Toronto’s homeless shelters calls for government action as more unhoused individuals struggle to find shelter out of the cold weather. Shelters have reached maximum capacity almost every night this year. Extreme cold weather alerts, blazing snowstorms and freezing temperatures characterize Toronto’s coldest month of... Read more
Unofficial ban on critiquing minority cultures allows dictators to flourish: Banoo Zan
By Saloni Bhugra Three years after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated, an “unofficial ban” on critiquing minority cultures is allowing dictators to flourish, says Iranian-born poet and author Banoo Zan. On Dec 7, 2021, a suspect in the murder of Khashoggi was arrested in France. The arrest took place... Read more
Liberals highlight agenda in “historic” throne speech from GG Mary Simon
The Liberal government made promises on COVID-19 pandemic recovery, fighting climate change, moving forward on reconciliation and growing the economy in the throne speech delivered Tuesday. “The decade got off to an incredibly difficult start, but this is the time to rebuild,” Gov. Gen. Mary May Simon said, reading... Read more
World gathers at COP26 to mitigate climate crisis
Representatives of almost 200 countries have gathered in Scotland for the 26th United Nation Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26). Embed from Getty Images The main goal of the summit is to secure global net zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century and not let temperatures increase by more than... Read more
New government’s credibility rests on  pharmacare commitment, student says
A Humber College student says he is not surprised with the recent election results since the Liberal’s focus on pharmacare is what Canada needs at the moment. Following Canadians’ decision that Justin Trudeau should remain the country’s prime minister, many voters worry there will be no changes in the... Read more
Patients worry as provincially-insured eyecare in Ontario remains on hold
Ontario optometrists continue to withhold all services covered by OHIP as they push the government to increase payment after claims of underfunding. In March, 96 per cent of optometrists in the province voted to withdraw OHIP services, according to a statement posted on the website for the Ontario Association... Read more
University student hopeful after Liberals re-election
X University electrical engineer student Mohammad Umair is optimistic about federal help to ease the burden of student debt after Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party won re-election and will lead for the next 18 months with a minority government. Though Umair is looking forward to the implementation of the promises... Read more
It might be time for a new party to vocalize BIPOC concerns, says poet George Elliott Clarke
As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals return to parliament with a minority government, some communities might be looking for a new party prioritizing agendas of equality and protection of ecology, says George Elliott Clarke, former poet laureate for the City of Toronto and the Canadian Parliament. In an email... Read more