Category Archives: Politics

Toronto: A Tale Of Three Cities

Dave Hardy, R.P.P. — July 2016 In 1998, the cities of Etobicoke, York, East York, North York, Scarborough, and Toronto, making up Metropolitan Toronto, were amalgamated into the City of Toronto. In 2014, the Rotary Clubs in Scarborough (coalition of … Continue reading

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Is the decline of traditional media and substantive news reporting and the rise of news through social media harming our democracy?

Is the decline of traditional media and substantive news reporting and the rise of news through social media harming our democracy? Dave Hardy’s abbreviated 17 February 2015 presentation to:  Why Should I Care? http://whyshouldicare.ca The topic tonight is timely in … Continue reading

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Mitigate Municipal Headaches with Timely Tweets

Discover how Twitter can help your town, city or region to avoid issues and communicate with your community, especially during infrastructure construction projects or events. Continue reading

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Toronto’s Chattering Elites and Scarborough’s Transit Victims

Toronto’s councillors of wealthy wards and their chattering elite supporters turned a blind eye on a critical social justice issue for Danzig Street, Ward 44 and all of Scarborough. Instead, they opted to exclude social costs and benefits in deciding the fate of Scarborough’s transit. Our take on how and why assessing socio-economic impacts would have created a better life for Scarborough’s working poor and multicultural community. Continue reading

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Seven Ways to Rethink Toronto’s Resiliency

Seven ways the recent ice storm, earlier power outages and floods enable us to consider whether municipal sustainability plans for Toronto and other municipalities should be reconsidered through the lens of resiliency planning. How different would social and environmental planning for food, climate change, energy, economic development, healthy communities, natural assets and transportation be if seen through the lens of ‘resiliency’? Continue reading

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Power Plants and Communities: Rethinking the Relationship

Following the break-up of Ontario Hydro in the late ‘90s, provincial energy policy migrated to the Premier’s office. This, tightly centralized decision-making is reminiscent of the circumstances almost a century earlier when Sir Adam Beck led protests at Queen’s Park. Beck’s cry for ‘Power for … Continue reading

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How to Move Your Home Renovation Forward with Municipal Approvals

You finally have enough saved to start that home renovation. You are ready to build the extension and drive in the first nail.  Before breaking a sweat you decide to contact your friend to lend a hand.  You share your … Continue reading

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