Jennifer Pagliaro

Jennifer Pagliaro


City hall reporter for the Toronto Star jpagliaro@thestar.ca (Mail to: 1 Yonge St., 5th Floor, Toronto ON M5E 1E6)

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The fire station will move to Metro Hall and a daycare within Metro Hall will have to be relocated within the city-owned building. All this just to make a sizable park. In light of Rail Deck decision, this shows how tough it is to create livable spaces in the downtown core

This is the parking lot we're talking about, recently used as an outdoor patio:

You can see from this zoomed out image that it would be a significant green addition to the core:

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I started writing about this site and the difficulty of creating parkland downtown back in 2016:

Here are renderings of the redevelopment of 260 Adelaide and 229 Richmond park proposal:

City recently said it would not prioritize enforcing ban on drinking in parks unless it was large gatherings. But the city does not direct enforcement. Can’t say what happened here, but wonder if it could be born of the ambiguity of not just allowing drinking in parks

A parking lot, a fire station and a condo proposal: How a tricky city-building chess game is bringing a much-need park to Toronto’s core

‘Where is the light at the end of the tunnel?’: Restaurant owners fear the future, as province keeps patios shut amid falling case counts. Great story from @KopunF ⁩

A friend is volunteering at this clinic and they have low numbers right now. If you are 18+ and live/work in these postal codes, go now! (cc: @VaxHuntersCan )

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(I can also reliably report there is a DJ and it’s a good vibe!)

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BREAKING Matlow's motion asking the Toronto _olice to bring forward a 2021 budget request with at least a 10 per cent cut, and for it to be spent on community supports instead, fails. Vote is 8-16:

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BREAKING: Councillor Rob Ford, Toronto's most famous mayor, has died. He was 46.

I’m on the roof of city hall and something is happening. People are running including what looks to be cops and security

This is not true. The legislation just introduced by Ford’s government specifically includes a way to bypass environmental protections to allow development in the Greenbelt. If his government doesn’t plan to sign off on Greenbelt development, why design a legal path to do so?

After 7 people died, 2,000+ got sick in Walkerton, the province created the Clean Water Act. Nearly 19 years later, new rules would circumvent those protections. A Walkerton resident & environmental advocates say it would be a massive setback:

Ford talking about his time as a city councillor and how dysfunctional council was. Ford consistently had one of the worst attendance records. In 2014, he missed half of the votes taken:

This is a big deal. Ford government proposes changes to allow municipalities to encourage major business investments in their cities by allowing them to bypass major environmental protections advocates have fought decades for. Big h/t

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