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Can governance reform bring citizens back to city hall?

Last night, at a panel discussion held by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, former Chief Planner Paul Bedford put out his thoughts on reworking the governance structure of Toronto, with responses from Board of Trade VP Richard Joy and Councillor Kyle Rae.

Calls for Change - From the Top

Here at PPT, we've been calling for changes to the planning process since our inception. That's been based on feedback from residents of the city who say the process is dysfunctional and confusing, citizens are marginalized, and too much so-called planning really comes down to horsetrading between councillors.

Yonge-Eglinton Square Goes to a Vote

RioCan REIT's development application for the Yonge-Eglinton site has caused considerable controversy recently.  The , comprised of the four residents’ associations that represent each of the four quadrants of the intersection, want to save the square on the northwest corner of Yonge and Eglinton from being destroyed to make room for more retail, and are asking for public support.  But other parties - including The Globe & Mail's Marcus Gee,

The Striving of Scarborough Village

Can the residents of Scarborough Village turn their neighbourhood around? And will the city’s planning department help?

It's Election Season

Planning issues should be front and centre on the municipal agenda this year.  Here at PPT, we’re working up questions to ask municipal candidates, and putting on our thinking caps to come up with pithy messages that express our core views about the planning process, why it doesn’t work for citizens, and what should be done to reform it.  What do you think?  Tell us your views, and what you think should be the central messages we deliver to politicians and the public.  You can comment here, or if you want to send it to us directly, email us at

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