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Editor's Letter by Nicholas Hune-Brown

How the City Is Failing Aging Torontonians

Toronto’s demographic shift was expected and predictable. But from housing to health care, it often feels like the city has been caught by surprise.

Service Journalism by Rebecca Gao

A Guide to Benefits, Tax Credits, and Rebates for Older Torontonians

Aging in Toronto is expensive. And while there are government supports for older Torontonians, finding them can be hard.

Feature by Wency Leung

The Trouble with Home Care

Aging at home is what people want, and what governments have long said is the key to easing pressure on the health care system. So why is home care so broken?

News About The Local

The Local Journalism Fellowship 2024

Now in its fifth year, the program provides training and mentorship to aspiring and emerging journalists from communities underrepresented in Canadian media. Applications are now open.

Feature by Jason McBride

When Seniors Wander

Each year, over 500 seniors are reported missing to the Toronto Police. As the city ages and dementia rates rise, what can we do to ensure older Torontonians get home safe?

Perspective by Marni Jackson

Biking at 77

I’ve cycled in Toronto all my life. But when I had an accident, and was forced off my bike, I suddenly saw the city with new eyes.

Feature by Brennan Doherty

After 20 Years, Torontonians Will Have to Wait Even Longer for an Accessible TTC

Until this September, the TTC reported being on-track to meet its 2025 deadline for provincially mandated accessibility improvements. The transit authority had two decades on the clock—where did it go wrong?

Feature by Erica Lenti

Recloseted at 80

Out of fear of discrimination, insensitive care, or even memory loss returning them to an earlier time, some LGBTQ2S+ seniors find themselves hiding their identities as they age.

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From a wide-angle look at the region’s sorry transit history to an intimate ride-along on the 36 bus, from an examination of the pandemic's legacy in northwest Toronto to a profile of a forgotten workers’ housing co-op in Rexdale—stories from Finch West on the verge of a massive transformation.

First 100 Days

The first 100 days are crucial for a new mayor. In our new column, we’re following Olivia Chow’s first months in office—tracking her progress (or lack thereof) on election promises, who’s supporting and who’s impeding her, and everything else you need to know from City Hall.

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Ongoing coverage of the 2023 Toronto mayoral by-election. With in-depth profiles of candidates, community reporting, policy analysis, and our Candidate Tracker tool—the only place to find reported, fact-checked biographies and platform summaries of all 102 candidates.

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Parthi Kandavel Wins Scarborough Southwest By-Election

The former TDSB trustee beat out a field of 23 to become Ward 20's newest city councillor.

Analysis by Inori Roy

Minor Tweaks to Road Safety Policy Won’t Get Us to Zero

City council just approved a series of changes to Toronto’s Vision Zero program—but the improvements fail to address a key weakness in the way the program is run.

Feature by Wency Leung

Promised Childcare Centres Delayed by Provincial Red Tape, says TDSB

Six years after the ministry of education greenlit 28 new childcare centres, construction hasn’t even begun, leaving parents in underserved corners of Toronto struggling to find care.

Data Feature by Adin Wagner

In Small Claims Court, Justice Delayed

While Ontario’s other court systems bounce back from their pandemic-era backlogs, analysis by The Local shows that “the people’s court,” where many low-income people seek justice, is lagging far behind.

Feature by Wency Leung

Behind the Unprecedented Rise in Food Bank Use

Food charities started out as a temporary measure to alleviate hunger. But since COVID, demand has skyrocketed for services that were only ever meant to be a stopgap.

Column by Neville Park

Evaluating Olivia Chow’s First 100 Days

On issues from intergovernmental relations to housing, transit to taxes—we try to make sense of the mayor’s first months in office in the final column of our First 100 Days series.

Investigation by Jay Cockburn

The New Middlemen of the Rental Market

With demand high and renters desperate, property management companies like Urby Housing are using non-standard rental agreements that try to sidestep the protections of the Residential Tenancies Act in creative, increasingly brazen ways.

Column by Neville Park

A New Approach to Homelessness on the TTC?

85 Days In — a new message at the TTC Board, turning shuttle buses into shelters, and how to derail a train.