City Hall Watcher

Matt Elliott
A weekly newsletter about Toronto City Council by Matt Elliott
Created 07 Nov 2018
  • Ending a streak, then starting another
    20 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 17 11
    Way back on February 3, 2017, I started a walking streak. Trying to log 10,000 steps every day is hardly unique as personal challenges go — it’s so cliché it’s kind of corny, honestly — but I quickly ...
  • A chart that looks like Pac-Man
    13 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 0 1
    Hello again! Don’t worry. You didn’t receive the same email twice. Instead, you’re getting two issues of City Hall Watcher in a single day — it’s truly a time for miracles. Friday’s issue was delayed ...
  • The Week at Toronto City Hall #8
    13 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    On the agenda at City Council’s last meeting of the year: the Rate Supported Budgets, new taxes, one (1) mean tweet, the Ontario Line, cycling updates, and more. Read on for my roundup…plus a festive ...
  • If lamp posts could talk
    06 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Hello hello. It’s a new month, so today I bring you a new edition of Lobbyist Watch, City Hall Watcher’s monthly summary of lobbying activity at Toronto City Hall. This issue has everything: airlines,...
  • The Week at Toronto City Hall #7
    03 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    On the agenda next week at Toronto City Hall: decriminalizing drug possession for personal use; the Rate Supported Budgets get sent off to Council; the Parliament Slip; the new Vacant Home Tax; and mo...
  • One last score...
    29 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Welcome back. First, a special thank you to all the great feedback to last week’s issue about campaign finance. A bunch of you emailed in with good tips on cleaning up and sorting through the data — I...
  • The Week at Toronto City Hall #6
    26 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 4 0
    On the table at Toronto City Hall next week: Uber regulations, mini-robots, venomous snakes, a new tree emblem, the future of the ActiveTO bike lanes, 311 service levels, and more. Also, Jim Karygiann...
  • Watching the dollars
    22 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 4 0
    Hey there! Happy anniversary to us. Today marks the 150th issue of City Hall Watcher. (The official count does not include the bonus The Week at Toronto City Hall issues, though we celebrate those too...
  • The Week at Toronto City Hall #5
    19 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 4 0
    Community Council week at City Hall brings lots of new developments, plus local traffic by-laws and tree removal applications. Laneway suites, the Yellowbelt, and the Ontario Line are up for discussio...
  • Caught on camera
    15 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 1
    Hey there! I’m still a little tired from live tweeting my way through three long days of a Council meeting last week, so let’s not dawdle. This week: the City has finally published data from Toronto’s...
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