EXCERPT: Displacement City: Fighting for Health and Homes in a Pandemic

The following is the afterword by Spacing‘s Shawn Micallef in the new book Displacement City: Fighting for Health and Homes in a... Read More

LORINC: John Tory’s housewarming gift to the new police chief

In the early 1980s, when inner city crime was soaring in many large metropolitan areas, a pair of American sociologists concocted what... Read More

Measuring Toronto’s unsafe construction zones

Prior to this September’s return to school, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto will be doubling down on its... Read More

REID: The Jenga school of civic management

For some years, I worked for an organization that practiced what I came to think of as the Jenga school of management. The... Read More

Movie Review — Trash Day: a dumpster diving documentary

People are buying and using more things than they ever have before and, with this, creating more garbage than a city can sustainably... Read More

WHY WE CAN’T GO: Debunking the Costs of Operating Public Washrooms, pt. 3

Parks Forestry and Recreation (PFR), according to City of Toronto data, operates over 1,500 parks, nearly 700 sports fields, 123... Read More

Why We Can’t Go: City Flushes Time Away, pt. 2

Anyone who spends time in cities, and not just Toronto, likely has both a mental map as well as a strategy for finding a place to go... Read More

Why We Can’t Go: A Report on Toronto’s Public Washrooms, pt. 1

Because this is Toronto, and because it’s important for officialdom to do certain things backwards, we’re going to spend... Read More

LORINC: Trying to police the way cops use AI-based investigation tools

Late last month, the Toronto Police Services Board released a new policy meant to guide the agency’s future procurement and use... Read More

LORINC: The paradox of the City’s new sidewalk snow removal program

A question for the immediate aftermath of the heaviest snowstorm in ten years: Following years of resident complaints and half-hearted... Read More