Category Archives: Roncesvalles Village

Affordable housing in Roncesvalles Village?

Sometimes in this life we get the chance to make amends.   And these days, I sure feel like making amends on the issue of affordable housing. It might have been ten years ago that we on the street banded together … Continue reading

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Legalizing drugs? No brainer!

Heroin doesn’t care who it takes,  Janis Joplin, or Chris Levoir.   It’s an “equal opportunity” killer.   The rich and famous, or your brother, my grandchild, whoever. I suppose alcohol could have killed Chris.  But not likely unless he’d been drinking … Continue reading

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Toronto’s loss, Hamilton’s gain?

A friend of mine – single mother of three wonderful adolescents – is trying to find a two-bedroom apartment close to their father, in the west end of Toronto.   That way they could easily visit back and forth between the … Continue reading

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The tender cafe

How precious is the kindness and gentleness that surrounds me every day.  I treasure it.  It is part of a sub-culture hard to find in many places.  I think that’s why I head here every morning.  I can’t imagine a … Continue reading

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Neighbourhood fascists?

I’m sitting across from someone who should know better, but he says “Well I don’t want tall buildings either!”  We’ve been talking about the need for densification to reduce urban sprawl, slow down gentrification and increase affordability – my favourite … Continue reading

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Embracing the opposition

A conference I’m attending soon in Toronto* that revolves around the increasing urbanization of the world and related issues, asks the question “How can citizens most effectively be involved in this massive re-shaping of the urban environment?” As it happens, … Continue reading

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Rachel + Jane

Two important  books  seem to be meeting each other in my mind these days.   Almost as though the two authors began with a conversation in my head about the environment vs. urban planning, and they’ve gradually come to embrace each … Continue reading

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