Matt Hellin

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Breweries make case that Alberta's beer tax system is unconstitutional

Lawyers for two breweries challenged the constitutionality of Alberta’s tax system on small breweries Thursday, arguing the system unfairly favours …

Canada

White House Defends Implementation of President Trump's Refugee, Visa Order

Responding to confusion and outcry over President Donald Trump’s executive order Friday suspending the U.S. refugee program and banning travelers …

Torontoist Explains: City Council Revenue Tools

Council's perennial budget woes could be solved with the right mix of revenue tools. Here's what those options are.Photo by edk7 from the Torontoist …

John Tory

Want to be more productive? Don’t go paperless.

Brick-and-mortar bookstores are closing their doors. Libraries lend out e-books. Receipts are emailed or texted. Bank statements are sent …

Productivity

How to beat the right: The gay rights victory in Georgia shows the power of fighting conservatives’ bad-faith arguments

Gay rights activists refuse to buy disingenuous arguments over “religious freedom”, and their strategy is working<p>The modern conservative movement is built on a foundation of bad faith. Whatever they're up to, the one thing you can guarantee is conservatives will rarely, if ever, admit their actual …

On Muslims, Democrats find an unlikely ally: George W. Bush

Taunted by Republicans to declare war on "radical Islamic terrorism," Democrats are turning to an unlikely ally: George W. Bush.<p>President Barack Obama, under pressure to be more aggressive on terrorism, regularly cites his predecessor's refusal to demonize Muslims or play into the notion of a clash …

Donald Trump Should Not Be Giving Yiddish Lessons

Or language lessons. Or etiquette lessons.<p>He's telling the world that his use of "schlonged" is not vulgar, that it just means that Hillary Clinton was beaten.<p><b>Once again, #MSM is dishonest. "Schlonged" is not vulgar. When I said Hillary got "schlonged" that meant beaten badly. -- Donald J. Trump</b> …

Trudeau offers, Harper accepts ride home in VIP jet

OTTAWA—He pulled up for the first meeting of the opposition Conservative caucus in a basic minivan, but Stephen Harper flew home in style.<p>The …

Numbers over narrative: The truth about Oct. 19

The niqab issue may not have sunk the NDP in Quebec, and voters didn’t abandon Stephen Harper. Pollsters sift through the data for nuggets of …

Uber Surge Price? Research Says Walk A Few Blocks, Wait A Few Minutes

Uber has shaken up what it takes to get from point A to point B in cities across the country with a simple premise: If you need a ride, a driver nearby could pick you up within minutes.<p>Behind that idea is an algorithm, which promises to keep supply and demand in constant balance, encouraging …

Transportation

Law to reduce use of bee-killing pesticides upheld in court

Grain Farmers of Ontario lost bid to block law that limits use of neonicotinoids on corn, soybeans<p>An Ontario Superior Court has upheld a provincial …

The summer's over for Alberta's NDP. How about the honeymoon?

Inside Rachel Notley’s surprisingly pragmatic, slightly unprepared, learn-on-the-fly new government<p>As her black SUV approached the festival gates, …

Queen’s Park abuzz over legalization of pot

The looming legalization of marijuana has sparked a buzz at Queen’s Park.<p>Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau won last Monday’s federal election …

VW Canada halts sales of diesel cars after U.S. emissions scandal

Volkswagen Canada Inc. has halted sales of diesel car models amid a scandal over falsified U.S. emissions tests that risks tarnishing its image in North America.<p>As Volkswagen AG and the German government launched investigations, the auto maker's shares skidded 18 per cent on the Frankfurt DAX index.<p>…

City considering tolls for DVP, Gardiner Expressway

Report estimates cost of maintaining Gardiner at $3.8 billion over next 30 years<p>City council is being urged to take a more in-depth look at …

Ryerson president Sheldon Levy heading to Queen's Park

Levy has been Ryerson's president for the past decade<p>Ryerson University president Sheldon Levy says he will be taking a new job at Queen's Park.<p>Levy …

Auditor says under old ad rules, Ontario pension ad may have been partisan

Ontario's auditor general says she would question the timing of a new pension plan ad — which is running during the federal election campaign — if …

Harper and Mulcair blamed for Blue Jays losses on social media

The Jays lose both times federal leaders bring their campaigns to the Rogers Centre<p>Conservative Leader Stephen Harper took his campaign to the ball …

City Commences Extension of Richmond-Adelaide Cycle Network

As cycling continues to gain popularity throughout Toronto, the need for expanded bike infrastructure is becoming increasingly acute. Following …

Toronto

My Dog's Activity Tracker Is Letting Me Watch Her Die

I'm holding a thick wad of paper towels against my dog's hip, shushing her and patting her head. I'm fairly timid at first, worried that pressing …

Why Harper attacks Trudeau, but not Mulcair: Hepburn

For months now, Canadians have been bombarded non-stop by Conservative party ads attacking Justin Trudeau on everything from his hair to his foreign …

Researchers discover seaweed that tastes like bacon and is twice as healthy as kale

The seaweed, a form of red marine algae, looks like translucent red lettuce. It also has twice the nutritional value of kale and grows very quickly. Did we mention it tastes like bacon?<p>According to Oregon State researcher Chris Langdon, his team started growing the new strain while trying to find a …

Biofuel

What BC's transit plebiscite tells us about voters and taxation

If voters are using their ballot to express views on other issues, allowing them more ways to vent democratic steam might solve the problem<p>Metro …

Can Lyft Pull an Avis?

We’re No. 2!<p>Can Lyft pull an Avis?<p>Photo-illustration by Allen Chiu<p><b>John Zimmer is one of</b> the two founders of the ride-sharing service Lyft, and on a …

Downton Abbey

Canadian Condominium Institute Welcomes Bill 106

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 26, 2015) - Condominium owners across Ontario are rejoicing and they are not alone!<p>The Canadian Condominium …

Canada

This Is How Uber Takes Over a City

Charlie Hales, the mayor of Portland, Ore., was running a zoning hearing last December when he missed a call on his cell from David Plouffe, the …

Fred Armisen

Paris Confronts Airbnb’s Rapid Growth

City of Light brags about Airbnb but ramps up inspections of listings, as residents turn to tourist rentals<p>PARIS—Xavier Fouquerand is among the most prolific hosts on Airbnb Inc.<p>The 48-year-old’s firm, ParisAddress, advertises more than 200 apartments for rental on the home-sharing service, …

Hospitality

Why We’re Talking About Flags Instead of Gun Control

Last weekend, the world saw white supremacist and mass murderer Dylann Roof posing stone-faced with Confederate flags and license plates. Sometime …

Guns

The Wealthy Are Getting Unnecessary Perks for Buying Electric Cars. Call It Green Privilege.

We need to talk about green privilege.<p>All kinds of businesses and people benefit because of their involvement in environmentally friendly …