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Latest release on Jul 08, 2020

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Rank #1: Episode 032: Housing Toronto

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In this episode, we look at housing from a number of angles.

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

54mins

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Rank #2: Election Panel with John Lorinc and Jennifer Pagliaro

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As Toronto gets ready to vote, we'll be bringing you regular panel discussions with journalists and experts who will help you wade through what is maybe the most confusing race in the city's history.

This week we have Spacing Senior Editor John Lorinc, and Toronto Star city hall reporter Jennifer Pagliaro.

Oct 01 2018

45mins

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Rank #3: The Future Fix: Fast internet for rural communities

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Access to reliable internet has become an essential service, necessary for local businesses, education, and even healthcare. But there's a connectivity gap which has left over half of rural communities without this level of service.

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

18mins

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Rank #4: Episode 008: Booming! - January 2017

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In this episode, we talk about the changing face of the city, about what we preserve, and what gets left behind. We talk to Kaitlin Wainwright, director of programming for Heritage Toronto. We talk to Toronto For Everyone's Hima Batavia and Negin Sairafi, co-producers of the Honest Ed's farewell celebration. And we speak to the Storefront Theatre's Benjamin Blais, and Claire Burns, about the value of community arts hubs, and the challenges threatening their existence.

Jan 29 2017

44mins

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Rank #5: Episode 037: Ken Greenberg's Toronto

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To celebrate three years of the Spacing Radio, we have an in-depth conversation with urban designer Ken Greenberg.

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

35mins

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Rank #6: Episode 036: Canadian City Parks

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This episode, we partnered with Park People to bring you highlights from their national Heart of the City conference: the first of it's kind in Canada.

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

43mins

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Rank #7: Episode 018: The Battle of Portage & Main - November 2017

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In this special episode, we devote our entire time to an issue that's plagued Winnipeg for nearly 40 years: pedestrians are not allowed to cross the major, iconic intersection of Portage and Main St.

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

45mins

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Rank #8: Episode 023: Winning Women - April 2018

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If you can read this, the 2018 Toronto election has begun!

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

30mins

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Rank #9: Episode 005: Shake It Up — October 2016

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This is the companion episode to the latest issue of Spacing Magazine, with a focus on celebrating women in city building.

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

33mins

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Rank #10: Election Panel with Matthew Blackett and Shawn Micallef

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As Toronto gets ready to vote, we’ll be bringing you regular panel discussions with journalists and experts who will help you wade through what is maybe the most confusing race in the city’s history.

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

43mins

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Rank #11: Episode 016: The Racist Roots of Canadian Cities - September 2017

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In this episode, we speak to Toronto Dreams Project founder Adam Bunch, who took a tour this summer of Toronto's problematic landmarks. We also ask him about his latest work, the "Toronto Book of the Dead."

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

46mins

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Rank #12: The Future Fix: Smart Mobility, Fare Play and Quebec City's New Tramway Project

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This is the second of three special French-language episodes of Future Fix, or "Face au Futur."

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

26mins

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Rank #13: The Future Fix: Who governs the Smart City?

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It's easy to be excited by the promise of new technology, and bold, transformative "smart city" projects. Often that promise is made by companies who offer to pull municipalities into the future, at a speed that leaves local government and leadership behind.

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

23mins

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Rank #14: Episode 028: Toronto Election: The People vs. Doug Ford

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Toronto's election was thrown into chaos this summer by an surprise announcement from Premier 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

34mins

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Rank #15: Bonus Episode - Beer Tour

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After speaking to Robin Leblanc and Jordan St. John, co-authors of the "Ontario Craft Beer Guide," our co-producers decide to take a tasting tour of some of Toronto's indie beer offerings.

Aug 16 2017

16mins

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Rank #16: Episode 015: Summer Reading Series, Part II

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We speak to Globe & Mail architecture critic Alex Bozikovic about Toronto Architecture: a city guide, a series of guided walking tours through Toronto's varied built landscape.

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

36mins

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Rank #17: Episode 014: Summer Reading Series, Part I

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Part One of our Summer Reading Series!

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

30mins

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Rank #18: The Future Fix: Inclusion and a new "smart" campus in Montreal

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This is one of three special French-language episode of Future Fix, or "Face au Futur."

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

25mins

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Rank #19: Election Panel with Tricia Wood and Matt Elliott

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As Toronto gets ready to vote, we’ll be bringing you regular panel discussions with journalists and experts who will help you wade through what is maybe the most confusing race in the city’s history.

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

49mins

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Rank #20: Episode 022: Visioning - March 2018

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In this episode, we talk about imaging what we want our city to be.

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

42mins

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