Rank #1: Episode 032: Housing Toronto
Spacing Senior Editor John Lorinc and urban planner Cheryll Case give us the lay of the land, and a preview of their upcoming book, "House Divided."
Planner and consultant Sean Galbraith tells us how City bureaucracy can lead to fewer affordable homes.
And Councillor Gord Perks walks us through what "affordability" really means.
Feb 27 2019
Rank #2: Election Panel with John Lorinc and Jennifer Pagliaro
This week we have Spacing Senior Editor John Lorinc, and Toronto Star city hall reporter Jennifer Pagliaro.
Oct 01 2018
Rank #3: The Future Fix: Fast internet for rural communities
While higher levels of government have been making some moves to expand service beyond major urban centres, it's been slow going.
Some communities are taking on the problem themselves. In this episode, Mayor Larry Oakden paints us a picture of Hamiota, Manitoba, and the co-operative solution the surrounding municipalities there came up with to bring everyone online. And Gary Wilson, Indigenous engagement and outreach lead for Connected Communities B.C. talks about consulting with Coastal First Nations communities in British Columbia to find modern broadband solutions that compliment their way of life.
Nov 13 2019
Rank #4: Episode 008: Booming! - January 2017
Jan 29 2017
Rank #5: Episode 037: Ken Greenberg's Toronto
We talk about his new book "Toronto Reborn: Design Successes and Challenges," the growth of the modern city from its humble postwar roots, Sidewalk Labs, Doug Ford, and more...
Aug 01 2019
Rank #6: Episode 036: Canadian City Parks
We speak to Rena Soutar, the first Reconciliation Planner for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation about decolonizing parks planning.
Skateboarder and documentary filmmaker David Boots takes us on a tour of Peace Park in Montreal.
And Park People's own Jake Tobin Garrett tells us what was uncovered in the inaugural Canadian City Parks Report, which included 23 participating municipalities across the country.
Jul 02 2019
Rank #7: Episode 018: The Battle of Portage & Main - November 2017
To help tell this story, we have special guest co-host Oliver Moore, urban transportation reporter for the Globe & Mail. As well, you'll hear the voices of urbanist/architect Brent Bellamy, Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, and Winnipeg city councillors Jeff Browaty and Janice Lukes, and Glyn's granny. For real.
Thank you to The Weakerthans for the use of their song "One Great City!" off of their album Reconstruction Site.
Nov 30 2017
Rank #8: Episode 023: Winning Women - April 2018
Toronto City Council has a problem when it comes to gender parity and diversity. Women Win Toronto is hoping to change that. We speak to co-chair Hema Vyas about the organization, and how to help women succeed in Toronto politics. And we speak to municipal candidates Chiara Padovani and Amber Morley, and provincial candidate Suze Morrison.
And we give you a little preview of Spacing's latest book "25 Toronto Transit Secrets."
Apr 30 2018
Rank #9: Episode 005: Shake It Up — October 2016
We talk to Pamela Robinson, associate dean, graduate studies and special programs at Ryerson University, about striving for gender equality in the traditionally male-dominated world of city building, and urban planning.
We speak to Toronto Centre for Active Transportation Director Nancy Smith Lea about a recent report geared at tapping into untapped potential cycling demographics.
And urban planner Kyle Miller tells us about a personal study he's made of pedestrian and cyclist injuries and death, during what has been a dismal year for road safety in Toronto.
Thanks to special guest Melanie Hrymak of Toronto indie theatre company, Headstrong Collective!
Oct 28 2016
Rank #10: Election Panel with Matthew Blackett and Shawn Micallef
In this, our final panel, we talk to Spacing publisher and editor-in-chief Matthew Blackett, and Spacing senior editor and weekly Toronto Star columnist Shawn Micallef.
Oct 21 2018
Rank #11: Episode 016: The Racist Roots of Canadian Cities - September 2017
And we talk about cities' responsibilities towards Truth and Reconciliation with Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman and Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark.
Finally, we talk to Dr. Afua Cooper, associate professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and James Robinson Johnston chair of Black Canadian Studies, about the legacy of slavery and anti-black racism in this country.
Opening samples "Canada: a Centennial Song" by Bobby Gimby.
[Editor's note: Winnipeg is 2,222 kilometres from Toronto, not miles. Regret the error.]
Sep 29 2017
Rank #12: The Future Fix: Smart Mobility, Fare Play and Quebec City's New Tramway Project
Quand on pense à la mobilité dans le cadre des villes intelligentes, il nous arrive souvent de penser aux villes futuristes qui ont marqué notre imaginaire avec leurs voitures volantes ou les hyperloops. Pourtant, la mobilité intelligente est déjà présente dans nos quotidiens de manière plus organique et concrète. Dans cet épisode, nous nous sommes intéressés au projet de Tramway de la ville de Québec et avons voulu comprendre comment la mobilité intelligente s’intègre dans ces nouveaux projets de mobilité présents au Québec et à travers le pays.
Le maire de Québec a annoncé en 2018 que le projet projet de renouvellement du transport en commun serait mis en place et prendrait la forme d’un Tramway. Etienne Grandmont, le porte parole et directeur général de Accès Transports Viables nous a permis de comprendre davantage le contexte qui entoure la création du Tramway, et tout ce qui concerne les enjeux de transports et de mobilité à dans la ville de Québec.
Pour aller un peu plus loin, nous nous sommes entretenus avec Thierry St-Cyr, le directeur du CIAMIL : le centre d’incubation et d’accélération en mobilité intelligente à Laval. Thierry St-Cyr nous explique en quoi consiste exactement la mobilité intelligente et quelles solutions cet organisme met en place pour améliorer le service d’un transport collectif plus efficient et d’une ville plus intelligente.
When we hear about mobility in the smart city we might think of hyperloops and flying cars, but ‘smart’ mobility can be as ordinary as our morning commute. On this episode of ‘Face au Future’, host Katia Gaid is joined by activist Etienne Grandmont (Accès transport viable) and engineer and manager Thierry St-Cyr (Centre d’Incubation et d’Accélération en Mobilité Intelligente à Laval) to explore Quebec City’s new Tramway project and the transition to smart and sustainable mobility.
Jan 08 2020
Rank #13: The Future Fix: Who governs the Smart City?
But Pamela Robinson, director of Ryerson's School of Urban and Regional Planning, and Future Cities Canada Fellow, says local government still has a role to play in smart city projects.
And Jonathan Dewar, executive director of the First Nations Informations Governance Centre, says there's a price to pay when marginalized communities don't have access to the data being collected about them, or any say in how it's gathered.
Oct 23 2019
Rank #14: Episode 028: Toronto Election: The People vs. Doug Ford
What's at stake, who are the stakeholders, and where do we stand as a city?
We break from format, and take you through a timeline of Bill 5, speaking with city councillors and candidates to get to the root of what recent developments mean to Toronto's ongoing election.
Sep 28 2018
Rank #15: Bonus Episode - Beer Tour
Aug 16 2017
Rank #16: Episode 015: Summer Reading Series, Part II
And we speak to Jane Farrow and Ed Jackson, two of the editors of Any Other Way: how Toronto got queer, in which a series of essays paints a broad picture of Toronto's LGBTQ2S community.
Aug 30 2017
Rank #17: Episode 014: Summer Reading Series, Part I
We speak to Toronto journalist Jackie Burns about her children's book "The Condo Kids: adventures with Bob the Barbary sheep," and about raising a family in the dense urban core.
And we speak to beer experts Robin Leblanc and Jordan St. John about the "Ontario Craft Beer Guide," and how Toronto can become a global leader in craft beer.
Jul 31 2017
Rank #18: The Future Fix: Inclusion and a new "smart" campus in Montreal
Dans cet épisode, nous avons voulu réfléchir à la façon dont le monde académique pourrait s'insérer dans le concept de ville intelligente. Le nouveau Campus MIL de l'Université de Montréal, inauguré en septembre 2019, correspond bien à l'idée que l'on pourrait se faire d'un établissement universitaire intégré dans un contexte de ville intelligente.
Geneviève O'Meara, la porte-parole de l'Université de Montréal, explique comment le Campus MIL, en se réappropriant une friche industrielle, a su utiliser l'espace de façon inclusive et responsable. Les projets éphémères, les installations technologiques, la mise en place de pistes cyclables et de passerelles sécuritaires ont, entre autres, valu à ce campus l'obtention de la certification LEED.
Pourtant, Sasha Dyck, un résident de Parc-Extension, prend la venue du Campus MIL à quelques 500 mètres de chez lui avec plus de réserve. Alors que l'on parle d'innovation et de progrès technologiques, Sasha Dyck est préoccupé par des problèmes bien plus rudimentaires, qui sont accentués par l'installation du campus aux frontières d'un des quartiers les plus pauvres du Canada.
How do post-secondary institutions, and specifically their campuses, fit into the smart city landscape? The Université of Montréal's new Campus MIL gives us an idea. Geneviève O'Meara, Université of Montréal spokesperson talks to us about how Campus MIL inclusively and responsibly repurposed old industrial lands with temporary urban interventions, tech installations, bike lanes, safe walkways, and other features that even landed them a LEED certification. But Sasha Dyck, a resident of Parc-Extention, is wary of MIL Campus located some 500 metres from where he lives. This may be a story of innovation and technological progress for some, but Sasha tells us about the impact all of this can have on one of Canada's poorest neighbourhoods. As innovative, tech-enabled spaces make their way into our cities we have to ask ourselves: Who is being left behind?
Nov 21 2019
Rank #19: Election Panel with Tricia Wood and Matt Elliott
This week we have Spacing urban affairs columnist and York University geography professor Tricia Wood, and CBC city hall analyst and Humber professor Matt Elliott.
Oct 08 2018
Rank #20: Episode 022: Visioning - March 2018
We speak to Jason Thorne, general manager of planning and economic development for the City of Hamilton, about a proposed plan for development, as well as recent anxiety about gentrification and affordability.
We speak to Graham Haines, research manager at Ryerson University's City Building Institute, about a new report called "Getting Intense," which offers strategy for intensification and development in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
And we speak with Myseum of Toronto Executive Director Karen Carter about the push for a Toronto museum inside Old City Hall.
Mar 31 2018