Articles Archive for January 2010
By Miranda Newman, Going Places / Ryerson School of Journalism
At any given day or time, when sitting in Bellevue Square Park, in Kensington Market, visitors can find themselves listening to the strum of guitars rolling over the breeze, watching eclectic artists arrange colourful strings around trees and a girl with no hair dancing in the empty wading pool. Visitors come to enjoy the creative vibe this park holds and it clearly is a microcosm of the diversity and culture Toronto stands for.
Terrence “Bull” Manning visits Bellevue Square Park nearly every …
tags »Al Waxman • Artists • Bellevue Square Park • Canadian culture • Dundas Street • flowers • Going Places • Guitars • HiMY SYeD • immigrants • Jewish market • Kensington Festival of Lights • kensington market • Kensington Market Action Committee • King of Kensington • KMAC • Local Artists • microcosm • National Historic Site • Pedestrian Sundays • Playground • PSKensington • Red Pepper Spectacle • RGB • Shamez Amlani • Terrence Bull Manning • Toronto City of Labyrinths Project • Trees • Wading Pool • Winter Solstice
By MARCUS BOWMAN, Spacing Toronto
Adam Giambrone took some time this afternoon to address the fast escalating criticism of customer service on the TTC. His message was one of commitment to a new focus at the commission. Acknowledging the ‘perfect storm’ of bad press that started with the botched fare hike and culminated last week with a slew of pictures of sleeping employees; the Chair stated that this is was an opportunity the commission could seize upon to refocus itself on the issue of customer service.
“Focus” was indeed the word of day, …
tags »10382 • Adam Giambrone • Bus Stops • Customer Dissatisfaction • Customer Service • Fair Hike • Focus • Google Transit • GPS based Next Vehicle • long-term • Next Train • Next Vehicle Arrival • Online Trip Planner • Perfect Storm • SMS Numbers • streetcars • Subway Stations • Technological Improvements • Transit System • TTC • TTC Employees • TTC Riders • TTC Staff
Law and Government, Photojournalism »
By JOHN LORINC, Spacing Votes
In a lunchtime speech to the Empire Club at the Royal York today, mayoral hopeful Rocco Rossi laid out some of the key planks of his platform — promises that will likely set the tone and the dynamic of the race to come.
He vowed to cancel all future bike lanes on major arterial roads, including Jarvis Street, and complete the balance of the city’s cycling plan on residential or secondary streets. He also promised to review existing bike lanes on arterials.
As for Transit City, Rossi condemned …
tags »arterial roads • Bike Lanes • capital budget • City Services • Contracts • Empire Club • Garbage • Jarvis Street • Mayoral Candidate • Metrolinx • operating budget • Outsourcing • Pat Best • Platform • Public Sector Unions • Race 4 Mayor • Rocco Rossi • Royal York Hotel • Sheppard subway line • Spacing Votes • St. Clair right-of-way • Transit City • TTC
By Joe T., BikingToronto
The first photos I’ve seen of the Toronto Bike Awards (that took place last night) are from HiMY Syed via twitter and twitpic:
tags »Adam Giambrone • Andrew Chiu • awards • Bike Pirates • Bike Train Initiative • BikeTO • BikingToronto • Clay & Paper • cycling • Cyclops • Dave Meslin • Gladstone Hotel • Joe T. • Michael Louis Johnson • toronto bike awards • Toronto community bike award • Toronto Cyclists Union • TwitPic • Twitter
Law and Government, Photojournalism, Video »
By Kelly Anderson, blogTO
Rocco Rossi was the first in line to file his papers to run for mayor of Toronto. In his subsequent press conference, he billed himself as the “big, bald” mayoral candidate who wanted to cut the mayor’s salary and sell off Toronto Hydro. Despite the splashy debut, many Torontonians don’t know much about the east end-raised Rossi, who once kayaked 490 km from Toronto to Ottawa to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, of which he was formerly the …
Law and Government »
By Jamie Bradburn, Torontoist
Cheered on by supporters as he filed his papers, Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina) officially entered the mayor’s race this morning.
Pantalone is positioning himself as the candidate to carry on the work of the Miller administration in a non-flashy, down-to-business manner—as he told the Globe and Mail’s Marcus Gee, “you want someone who will do the job, not someone who is going to entertain you.”
So far two hopefuls (Karen Sun and Himy Syed) have submitted their papers to fill …
Law and Government »
By JENNIFER LEWINGTON, The Globe and Mail
As soon as the bell rang yesterday to kick off the Toronto election race, a contingent of fresh and familiar faces quickly put their names on the ballot for Oct. 25.
First among the 40 who signed up on day one of the municipal campaign, up from 24 on the first day of the 2006 contest, was former Liberal Party national director Rocco Rossi, bidding to succeed Mayor David Miller.
“I will be able to put the team and the money in place to put a …
tags »Cadigia Ali • Candidates • Casino • City Hall • City Idol • Eglinton-Lawrence • Etobicoke North • Etobicoke-Lakeshore • George Smitherman • Giorgio Mammoliti • HiMY SYeD • Howard Moscoe • Jem Cain • Joe Pantalone • John Tory • Karen Sun • Lottery • Mark Grimes • Mayor David Miller • Mayoral Candidate • Municipal Election • Municipal Politics • Old City of York • Race 4 Mayor • Rob Davis • Rob Ford • Rocco Rossi • Trinity-Spadina • UnIncumbents • Ward 15 • Ward 19 • Ward 2 • Ward 6 • Ward 7 • York West
Who will have the best social media strategy for the November 2010 Toronto municipal election?
Mayoral candidate George Smitherman is laying low until spring; Rocco Rossi can’t decide whether to tweet under his partisan @liberalrocco handle or go for @roccothevoteTO; Giorgio Mammoliti promises a “no-nonsense campaign” that probably has no role for a Twitter consultant.
Back when nobody was heeding much attention to these details, though, compulsively chronicling the 2006 vote via Web 2.0 was Himy Syed — who planted himself on the ballot of central-west downtown Ward 19 to watch …