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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Tall Building Forum This Month

This forum is happening down in the Toronto/East York Communiy Council area but I understand the discussion is City Wide. Plenty of Toronto Parking Authority parking just south of the centre but, of course, TTC is best if weather permits.

TALL BUILDINGS: Who is Planning Our City?
Toronto has had no shortage of tall building controversies: the
Minto towers, the ROM condo, the Sapphire tower and the East
Bayfront lands to name a few. While there is agreement that
Toronto must grow upward, there appears to be little agreement
on where tall buildings should go and how tall is too tall. Instead,
decisions are being made in the wrestling ring of public opinion,
with developers, planners, councillors and citizens duking it out
building by building.
The Province has responded to this vacuum, proposing changes to
the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and giving new powers to City
Council to oversee development.
Will these changes be enough to address the problems Toronto has
been experiencing? How will City Council balance the interests of
developers and residents? How do we ensure that tall buildings,
when built, contribute to the making of a great neighbourhood?
What is the appropriate role of Council, planning staff, developers,
community groups and the OMB?
Kyle Rae: Toronto City Councillor
Tony Coombes: Principal, City Formation International
Steve Diamond: development lawyer and Partner,
McCarthy Tétrault
Mimi Fullerton: urban activist; Board Member, Annex
Residents' Association
Ted Tyndorf: Chief Planner for the City of Toronto
Moderator: Ted Barris: freelance broadcaster and Professor of
Journalism at Centennial College; author, most recently of Behind
the Glory: Canada's Role in the Allied Air War
7:30-9:30 p.m. FREE ADMISSION
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts capacity 500, first come, first seated
27 Front Street East, Toronto 416-366-1656 •
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