Rank #1: Episode 023: Winning Women - April 2018
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."
Rank #2: Episode 018: The Battle of Portage & Main - November 2017
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.
Rank #3: Episode 025: "Until We're Safe" - June 2018
In this episode, we discuss the problems with policing in Toronto. Alok Mukherjee was Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board from 2005-2015. In that time, he wrestled with reforming the police, and struggled to navigate the complicated politics behind the force. He has written a book: "Excessive Force: Toronto's Fight to Reform City Policing." And we talk to Gabriel Eidleman of the University of Toronto's Urban Policy Lab about a new online treasure trove for urban researchers, and anyone curious about Toronto's history. Special guest: actor and writer Gavin Bowerman (yes, relation).
Rank #4: Episode 017: Urbanists Assemble! - October 2017
Bringing you the highlights from the Council for Canadian Urbanism's annual summit, held this year in Winnipeg. We speak to CanU founding president Brent Toderian, Winnipeg architect and Free Press columnist Brent Bellamy, SVN's Barbara Myers, Halifax's Urban Design Program Manager Jacob Ritchie, and newly-named CanU Vice President Kalen Anderson, Edmonton's director of planning coordination.
Rank #5: Episode 026: Interesting Times - July 2018
In this episode, we speak with Cycle Toronto's Liz Sutherland for a Vision Zero update, and what the new Ontario government means to cycling infrastructure in municipalities across the province. And architect Brian Kucharski gives us a tour a of a laneway house on Croft Street, and what recent approved guidelines for laneways mean to density in Toronto. Finally, former parking enforcement officer Kyle Ashley is taking his love of cycling to city hall, challenging incumbent Jaye Robinson who chairs the public works committee. At least we think so? Doug Ford's proposal to cut Toronto wards from 47 to 25 may change all that, and we talk about that too! Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, or SoundCloud, or follow our RSS feed.
Rank #6: Episode 015: Summer Reading Series, Part II
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.
Rank #7: Episode 022: Visioning - March 2018
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.
Rank #8: Bonus Episode - Beer Tour
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.
Rank #9: Episode 024: Ontario Votes! - May 2018
Election day is fast approaching, advanced polls are already open, so let's talk Ontario. We're joined by TV Ontario's John Michael McGrath (provincial affairs columnist and host of The Agenda on Politics podcast), who helps break down what the election means for Ontario's cities, large and small, and gives us a sense of each of the three main parties' urban platforms.
Rank #10: Episode 019: Out In The Cold - December 2017
In this episode, we speak to Toronto councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam about the desperate call to provide more shelter space this winter. Park People's Jake Tobin Garrett about a new park space opening in the new year. We speak to Anne Gloger and Zahra Ebrahim, about Anne's work with the East Scarborough Storefront, for which she recently earned the 2017 Jane Jacobs Prize. And Senior Editor Dylan Reid tells us about Spacing's book series.
Rank #11: Episode 014: Summer Reading Series, Part I
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.
Rank #12: Episode 021: Pride & Place - February 2018
We're celebrating Black History Month with a special episode. Author and Place-maker Jay Pitter is our special guest host, and she introduces us to a number of exceptional Black urbanists in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. Habon Ali is an urban planner with urban strategies. Tura Cousins Wilson is an architect with Diamond Schmitt Architects. Stephanie Allen is a not-for-profit real estate developer. Anthonia Ogundele is a facility and environmental sustainability manager. Matthew Progress is a hip hop and electronic artist. Will Prosper is a journalist and documentarian involved with Hoodstock. Each person has knowledge to share, and a story to tell, from grassroots organizing, to architecture and development. "Pride & Place" was made possible with the generous support of OCAD University.
Rank #13: Episode 020: Loose Ends - January 2018
This episode, we follow up on some stories from last year. We follow up on what became of the Ten Year Tent City in Vacouver with Ethel Whitty, director of homelessness services for the City. We talk to Careers Eductation Empowerment Centre for Young Black Professionals Executive Director Kofi Hope, one of the 2017 Jane Jacobs Prize recipients. And we have our full conversation with Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark, who tells us about the challenges of urbanism in a mid-sized Saskatchewan city.
Rank #14: Episode 13: Birthday - June 2017
It's the one-year anniversary of the relaunch! Last year, we took you to the celebration party for the approval of the Bloor bike lanes pilot. Now, we speak to Cycle Toronto Executive Director Jared Kolb about how to make the lanes permanent. We speak to Jason Loo, creator of Toronto's own comic book superhero, The Pitiful Human-Lizard. And we speak to ERA Architects' Michael McClelland about how to preserve Toronto's heritage. Also, Engineer Neil speaks!
Rank #15: Election Panel with John Lorinc and Jennifer Pagliaro
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.