In My Opinion: OMB review must create a level field for local planning

Given the rapid pace of development taking place in our community, there is good reason to care about the current provincial review of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The OMB is a provincial tribunal that hears appeals of land use planning decisions (such as changes to zoning by-laws), and has a huge influence on the […]

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

Let’s build on past participation and progress

As we move into the new year, it’s a good time to reflect on what we accomplished in 2016. Much more work remains to be done, but last year marked a good beginning. We resettled tens of thousands of Syrian refugees, and brought compassion back to our immigration system. We restored the long-form census, invested […]

Opinion: Sick of secret deals

On October 5, 2016 Toronto City Council voted ‘Yes’ (21 Yes, 14 No, and 9 Absent) to assign the sole-sourced former Boardwalk Café from the current tenant Tuggs Incorporated (Tuggs) to Cara Operations Limited (Cara), the largest restaurant franchise in Canada. The discussion once again, as in 2010, took place “in camera”, meaning behind closed […]

Beach community should be proud of summer ’16

In a summer that has reached record high temperatures, the Beach Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) has had a busy time. Beautiful flowers and uniquely decorative painted planter boxes have added a bright splash of colour and interest along our retail strip. Some new and returning retail businesses are adding some unique flavour to our […]