Chris Bateman

Chris Bateman is a freelance writer in Toronto.

In Toronto, Ford Nation Strikes Back

Doug Ford, the brother of the late and disgraced former mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, has thrown a local election into chaos.

How a Political Crisis Fueled an Urban Planner’s Mayoral Campaign

After conservative Doug Ford, the newly elected Premier of Ontario, announced that Toronto will lose 18 city council seats, Jennifer Keesmaat decided to run for office.

Child standing in front of early 20th century urban slum

The Photographer Who Watched Toronto Become a City

Arthur Goss found work as an office boy at the age of 11 in one of the few local government offices where a camera could be found. By his death, he had taken 35,000 photographs—vital documents of the metropolis’s formative years.

After Van Attack, Toronto Balances Grief and Resolve

A city that has long prized diversity is grappling with new security fears after Monday’s vehicle attack that killed 10 pedestrians.

People ice skating underneath an urban expressway.

In Toronto, a Likable Space Arrives Underneath a Loathed Expressway

The Bentway only opened last January but hasn’t had trouble drawing people to a previously overlooked spot beneath the Gardiner.

How Toronto Turned an Airport Rail Failure Into a Commuter Asset

The Union Pearson Express launched with expensive rides and low ridership. Now, with fares slashed in half and a light rail connection in the works, it’s a legitimate transit alternative for workers.

York Station

The Ambitious Design and Low Density of Toronto's Newest Subway Stations

Despite its shortcomings, the scope of the 5.3-mile Spadina line addition is significant.

Margaret Atwood standing on a stage.

Margaret Atwood Is Mad Online About a Condo Building

Tensions in Toronto always run high when it comes to housing, and Atwood was involved in several passionate online exchanges last week over the motives behind her opposition to a project and the precedent she and her neighbors were setting.

Fixing Toronto's Worst Streetcar Commute

Connecting a number of rapidly densifying neighborhoods, the 504 King will finally get priority over cars along a central portion of its journey thanks to a one-year, $1.5 million pilot study starting this fall.

Toronto's Questionable Plan to Add a Single Subway Stop

The politics behind why a fully-funded light rail line is being rejected in favor of a limited and more expensive one.