Hossein Rahnama is the brain behind Flybits, an award winning Ryerson-based company that is changing the way we communicate with our cities—and how our cities communicate with us. Context-aware computing may sound futuristic, but it's already here.
Lessons from Maximum City: responsiveness, not responsibility, is the key to teaching sustainability. Teachers and students agree youth need to play an active role in responsible citizenship, but it's the questions, not the terminology, that get results.
Natalie Panek may only be 28, but she's one of the few people in the country who can operate the Next Generation Canadarm. Now, she's on a mission to encourage more young girls to take risks and pursue careers in space.
The growing cargo bike delivery movement in Toronto has resulted in the emergence of a new economy, one where local businesses support one another with minimal impact on the environment. On a worldwide scale, Toronto falls behind. But a few local cyclists are gearing up to change that.
From old to new, St. Clair West is a neighbourhood in transition. While the right-of-way streetcar plan continues to divide the area, businesses are growing and the streets are becoming more beautiful. The common thread? The community itself.
Our Yonge Talks panel exploring the Toronto Community Foundation's new Vital Signs report led attendees to ideas about what could make our city a better place to live.
Just like the CN Tower and Maple Leaf Gardens, our current fleet of streetcars define the city. Will the sleek new ones become as iconic?
Veteran planner and author Ken Greenberg suggests we're better at sharing each other's food than sharing each other's space. But we'll learn.
He used to be in the seafood business in Mumbai, but now Akber Batada brightens Toronto's streets with his over-the-top cab offerings.
Passion and organizing skills are keys to getting policies changed or projects revised. But the efforts of Code Blue and the Clean Train Coalition also demonstrate that timing and connections make a major difference.
If Torontonians could only depoliticize the debate over transportation, we all might get further faster. Panelists at Yonge Street's Feet & Wheels event had more than a few ideas about how to improve the city's streets for everybody—and so did attendees.
Join Yonge Street on Thursday, Jan. 19, for a discussion on Toronto's transportation options. Our third public event will focus on how our streets can get everybody where they want to go, safely and harmoniously. Transportation advocate Nancy Smith Lea, National Post columnist Chris Selley and architect Chris Hardwicke lead the discussion. The Yonge Street Speaker Series is sponsored by the Toronto Community Foundation and Waterfront Toronto.
The growth of car-sharing services like Autoshare and Zipcar suggests it's ownership of vehicles, not access to them, that's the biggest contributor to Toronto's gridlock.
As industry players gather in Toronto this week to talk about the national rollout of electric vehicles, the trickiest part of the equation is getting consumers to change their ideas about what's makes for a good ride. Mike Elwood, chair of Electric Mobility Canada, tells us about the road ahead.
A GTA-based battery manufacturer gets revved up to supply the new wave of electric cars about to hit the streets. With over 150 patents to their name, Electrovaya is poised to take a profitable role in not just e-car battery production, but lead the way with a zero emission, non-solvent and non-toxic manufacturing process.
A town not known for its pro-pedestrian planning is redeveloping a historical site according to the principles of new urbanism. Oakville will be limiting car-related uses in Palermo Village, all the while trying to promote public transit and neighbourhood employment.
Yonge Street's Bert Archer recently sat down with Ontario's new Minister of Research and Innovation, Glen Murray, to talk about urbanism, sustainable transportation and technological and social innovation in and around Toronto.
Along the new TTC St. Clair streetcar line, a public art project with 24 new works is providing both wayfinding tools for riders and moments of wonder for the neighbourhood residents along the way.
As the big auto companies get ready to roll out their new electric vehicles, governments and other agencies in Toronto and Ontario are working to make it easy for drivers to go green with expanded e-car infrastructure projects and policies.
When it comes to advocating for more and safer cycling in Toronto, Janet Attard prefers the soft sell of her bicycle art. Apart from making her a living, her art has helped change the perception of bikes in the city.
Cycling isn't just for recreation as more and more Torontonians are pedaling around the city. Manual Cappel makes bikes and cargo trailers that help make that easy.
Zoe Hayes and Caitlin Carlisle wanted to get kids rolling, so they started Charlie's Freewheels, a volunteer-based community program that teaches bike mechanics and career development to Regent Park youth.
Nancy Smith-Lea became a cyclist almost by accident. But now she's helping change the way we think about our streets (and the role of engineers) in the 416 and 905 so cars, bikes, transit and pedestrians can finally all get along.
Frustrated by the problems and oversight in the bicycle market, an Annex bike store manager designed a bicycle specifically for Toronto's geography and climate, realized he'd found a niche need, and started manufacturing and selling the two-wheeler across North America.