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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Focus Areas

  • Transportation
  • Toronto Politics
  • Ontario Politics
  • Public Policy

261 Articles
3 days ago
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John Tory uses his ‘strong mayor’ powers to fill key role without council’s approval

Toronto’s mayor appoints new city manager for the first time without city council’s approval.

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3 days ago
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Toronto cab company sues city over training for Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers

Beck’s is seeking a court injunction thet would revoke the licences of thousands of ride-hailing drivers who haven’t ...

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4 days ago
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Doug Ford accuses Toronto of mismanaging its finances in housing bill dispute

Ontario’s premier suggested the city has room in its budget to absorb the cuts to development fees, contrary to what ...

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5 days ago
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Province to cover one-third of Toronto’s $700 million budget shortfall

The Doug Ford government also suggested it might reimburse the city for the financial impacts of Ontario’s controvers...

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6 days ago
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Will a pay hike of more than $4 million for city planners help solve Toronto’s housing crisis?

The city intends to boost the pay of its planners to help attract and retain staff.

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7 days ago
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Toronto is urged to throw out plans for Ontario Place private spa complex

Advocates are balking at Therme’s plans for a private facility, which the company says also involves creating nearly ...

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10 days ago
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An inside look at how a Toronto city council revolt against ‘strong mayor’ powers came together —...

A co-ordinated attempt to force a council vote on the extraordinary powers being granted John Tory was defeated by a ...

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12 days ago
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In first meeting of new Toronto council, Mayor John Tory outlines conditions for using ‘strong ma...

In his address to the first meeting of council’s new term on Wednesday, the three-term mayor acknowledged there are c...

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14 days ago
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Explainer | How will John Tory’s ‘strong mayor’ powers work and what will they mean for Toronto?

Many U.S. mayors enjoy veto power, but allowing measures to be passed with one-third support is unheard of.

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17 days ago
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Ontario to allow earlier alcohol service during the 2022 World Cup

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario said Friday it has approved licensed bars and restaurants to start servi...

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19 days ago
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Earlier bar service for World Cup on tap at next week’s city council meeting

Mayor John Tory will ask city council for ‘immediate’ approval to allow bars and restaurants to start pouring pints a...

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20 days ago
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John Tory appoints Jennifer McKelvie as Toronto’s new deputy mayor

Mayor John Tory announced Wednesday he has appointed Coun. Jennifer McKelvie to the post previously held by former co...

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