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  1. The Bad Trip
    The Untold Story of the Spadina Expressway

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1970
  2. The Badger
    Resource Type: Unclassified
    The official voice of Reform Toronto
  3. Canadian Information Sharing Service
    Volume 2, Number 1 - May 1977

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1977
  4. Citizens for Local Democracy Newsletter 20, November 1997
    Periodical profile published 1992

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1997
    Fighting for democracy and against the Harris government.
  5. A Citizen's Guide to City Politics
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1972
  6. The City and Radical Social Change 
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1982
    A collection of essays dealing with the dynamics of the new forces for social change in our urban milieu, discussing how new ideas are contributing to an urban insurgency which could lead to a new city and a new concept of citizenship.
  7. Democracy loses out
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1978
    The people can say what they want, they can vote how they want, but the bureaucrats make the decisions.
  8. Fighting Back
    Urban Renewal in Trefann Court

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1972
    A detailed report on the conflict between city bureaucrats and residents of Trefann Court, a five-block area just east of downtown Toronto. Bent on tearing down as a step towards urban renewal, the planners and government officials met organized resistance by homeowners, landlords and tenants for over six years.
  9. Google's 'Smart City of Surveillance' Faces New Resistance in Toronto
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2018
    A plan to develop 12 acres of the valuable waterfront just southeast of downtown Toronto
    by the government agency Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs, owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. has sparked concerns about privacy and lack of public consultation. A recent slew of resignations from its board has made these concerns increasingly urgent and public.
  10. How We Changed Toronto
    The inside story of twelve creative, tumultuous years in civic life, 1969-1980

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2015
    By the mid-1960s Toronto was well on its way to becoming Canada's largest and most powerful city. One real estate firm aptly labelled it Boomtown. Expressways, subways, shopping centres, high-rise apartments, and skyscraping downtown office towers were transforming the city. City officials were cheerleaders for unrestricted growth.
  11. Inclusion or exclusion 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2008
    People who advocate a vision of distinct communities that speak different languages, keep apart from each other, and communicate with the structures of the larger society only through interpreters, are doing more harm than good. What they are advocating is not diversity but entrenched division.
  12. Mackenzie
    A political biography of William Lyon Mackenzie

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2002
    History has often dismissed William Lyon Mackenzie as a comical figure, or as the political hothead who bungled the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837. Former Toronto mayor John Sewell suggests he may actually be the best model this country has ever had of a responsible politician.
  13. The MegaCity Saga
    Democracy and Citizenship in This Global Age

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2000
  14. Metro Network for Social Justice (MNSJ) newsletter
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1993   Published: 1995
    A 1990s non-profit network of organizations committed to promoting social and economic justice in Toronto.
  15. Movement for Municipal Reform (ReforMetro)
    Connexipedia article

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2020
    The Movement for Municipal Reform (often called ReforMetro) was created in Toronto in 1975. Its purpose was to establish and institutionalize close linkages among community organizers, left-wing city aldermen (as they were still called at that time), and their constituents (primarily in working-class wards).
  16. Nexus
    A magazine of land, corporate and community affairs

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1978
    Inactive/Defunct Periodical
    Focusing on the financial, development, and real estate industries in the urban arena, primarily in Toronto. Published in the 1970s. Some copies are available in the Connexions Archive.
  17. Principles governing municipal/provincial financial relationships
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1997
    In past decades, provincial governments have generally recognized the separate nature of local government and have not acted unilaterally in the field of financial relationships, but have attempted to reach amicable agreement.
  18. The Real World of City Politics
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1970
    A report about what is going on -- and what is going wrong -- in Canada's cities. Urban reneewal, public housing, downtown schools, citizen participation, highrise development, city politicians.
  19. Reform Metro News
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Newsletter of the Movement for Municipal Reform (ReforMetro) in Toronto, published from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. There are a number copies in the Connexions Archive.
  20. The Riot at Christie Pits
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1987
  21. Seven News
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1970
    Seven News (7 News) was a community newspaper published in the area of Toronto east of downtown which at the time was known as Ward 7. Seven News was published from 1970 to 1985. Seven News is no longer publishing, but all issues of the paper have been scanned and are available on the Connexions website.
    Ward 7 covered the area of Toronto east of downtown, from Sherbourne Street to Logan Avenue, south of Bloor-Danforth, including Don Vale, Cabbagetown, Regent Park, Riverdale, St. Jamestown.
  22. Sewell, John
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    Political activist and writer on municipal affairs. The mayor of Toronto, Canada from 1978 to 1980. (Born 1940).
  23. Toronto For Sale: the Destruction of a City
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1972
    An account of how the Toronto City Council rezoned land to maximize land densities, favoring the interests of private developers over the public in the 1970s.
  24. Toronto's Poor
    A Rebellious History

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2016   Published: 2916
    Toronto’s Poor reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people’s resistance. It details how the homeless, the unemployed, and the destitute have struggled to survive and secure food and shelter in the wake of the many panics, downturns, recessions, and depressions that punctuate the years from the 1830s to the present.
  25. The Trouble With Co-ops
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1974
    The story of a pioneer co-operative housing project in downtown Toronto: Down Area Co-operative Homes, inc. (DACHI).
  26. Up Against City Hall
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1972
    John Sewell describes his early life and explains how he accidentally got involved in politics. He tells of his experiences in Trefann Court, and how this opened his eyes to the realities of civic politics, and gives behind-the-scenes accounts of some of the major battles at City Hall.

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