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Ben Spurr Transportation Reporter
  • Toronto
  • Toronto Star

Ben Spurr has been the Star's transportation reporter since April 2016. He covers public transit, the politics of transportation, road safety, and other related issues. Before joining the Star in 2015, he covered municipal politics for NOW Magazine.

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Toronto Star

Focus Areas

  • Transportation
  • Toronto Politics
  • Ontario Politics
  • Public Policy

291 Articles
6 days ago

Ana Bailão wants to lead Toronto — and she has plans to reverse TTC cuts and save money on highways

Former Davenport councillor officially announces run for mayor’s office, calling for a “fair deal” for the city.

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7 days ago

As Toronto considers banning cars on all — or some — High Park roads, one option appears to be ga...

City staff looks likely to stop short of a complete ban on cars, with a final report expected in the spring.

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9 days ago

Former councillor Mike Layton to lead York University’s climate change strategy

The former representative for University-Rosedale announced two weeks ago he would not run to replace John Tory as ma...

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13 days ago

Fire crews slower to respond in Toronto’s low-income neighbourhoods, data shows

Toronto Fire Services met its target response times at lower rates in areas designated as struggling with inequity an...

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15 days ago

It’s time to ‘get real’ with Toronto residents. Why Josh Matlow is considering a run for mayor

Veteran city councillor confirms he is ‘strongly exploring’ a bid to run in the June 26 byelection to replace John Tory

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21 days ago

Mike Layton will not run for mayor of Toronto

Layton, a former city councillor, was considered Toronto progressives’ best hope for a left-leaning mayor after more ...

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28 days ago

Toronto to hold byelection for new mayor on June 26

Former mayor John Tory stepped down last week after admitting to having had a relationship with a member of his offic...

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30 days ago

Who’ll replace John Tory? City councillors, MPPs and an ex-police chief consider joining Toronto’...

Past and present councillors, MPPs and the city’s former top cop are pondering running though the byelection is not e...

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about 1 month ago

John Tory quit, but did his affair break the rules? It’s complicated

As the city awaits the findings, a tangle of policies offer guidance on relationships in the workplace — and reveal a...

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about 1 month ago

‘It breaks my heart to leave,’ says John Tory in his final remarks as mayor

Tory said he hoped to also be remembered for getting housing and transit built, and keeping taxes affordable.

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about 1 month ago

‘I continue to be deeply sorry’: Mayor John Tory steers budget through council then announces he ...

The news of John Tory’s formal resignation caps a shocking six days that started with a Star investigation that revea...

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about 1 month ago

John Tory, councillors prepare for bizarre budget session amid resignation plans

The mayor’s critics say they plan no protest of his presence Wednesday to pass the 2023 budget, will focus on trying ...

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