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• The Fixer: One good turn deserves another at Queen and Jameson [Toronto Star]
• Red light no obstacle on Jarvis [The Sun]

• St. Lawrence neighbourhood suffers highrise fever [Toronto Star]
• Development ahead: Queen Street is experiencing growing pains in both the east and west ends [National Post]
• Podcast: On tall buildings and short transit construction [National Post]

• Toronto’s Union Station was flooded Friday causing TTC nightmare during rush hour [Toronto Star]
• Peter Kuitenbrouwer at flooded Union Station: TTC chief slightly damp, fully in charge [National Post]
• The great Union Station flood of 2012 (and its ensuing memes) [Open File]

• Rob Ford shouldn’t be allowed to buy neighbouring parkland, committee says [Toronto Star]
• Rob Ford affirms he wants to phase out land transfer tax [Toronto Star]
• Rob Ford cannot buy slice of land next to his home, conservation authority rules [National Post]
• Mayor Ford still out to kill ‘terrible’ land transfer tax [Globe and Mail]
• Committee rejects Ford’s bid to buy parkland [Globe and Mail]

• $90-million surplus? More like a great idea waiting to happen. ‘Deviant island,’ anyone? [Globe and Mail]
• Holyday to tackle cyclists [The Sun]
• Stintz embraces Ford bag plan [The Sun]
• With High Park Zoo saved by donations, next on council list is postponing Far Enough Farm’s closure [Open File]

• Bike tragedy survivors join cycle rally calling for safer streets [Toronto Star]
• The Fixer: New sod at David Pecaut Square likely to be danced into oblivion by Luminato [Toronto Star]
• Newsmaker: The City of Markham, thank you very much [National Post]
• Past Pieces of Toronto: Towers Department Stores [Open File]


  1. Councillor Layton is using the issue of high taxes, and therfore rent, pushing out tenants as a means to push his own pet project. Providing low rent spaces for his friends. The issue is compaines vacating because of escalting costs. The rebate noted by Layton is not the issue. The benefit of the rebate, in holding out for more rent, is not enough to cover the loss of rental income over any reasonable timeframe. In Toronto, there are many properties that remain vacant for 12 months or more. To suggest that saving 30% of the tax portion is enough of an economic incentive to have lost 100% of income is absurd.

  2. PS. Adam Vaughan, has been brave enough to raise this issue (finally). High property taxes on commercial properties are going to destory the fabric of this city.