Author: Marzio Pelù

“Taste of Little Italy” and Italea: the Italian traditions under the spotlight in College on the weekend

TORONTO – It’s June, the Italian month in Canada, and the events dedicated to the Heritage of “Belpaese” continue in Toronto. This weekend will be the turn of “Taste of Little Italy”: on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th, the area of ​​College Street between Bathurst Street and Shaw Street (historically, the Italian quarter in Toronto), will host a series of events including music, shows and food stands to celebrate the large Italian community and the excellence of Made in Italy.  (more…)

New housing: skyrocketing costs for infrastructure, but there’s a way. All the details in the report “A Jump Start”

TORONTO – Canada needs to build more homes and it needs to do it as fast as possible. But there is a… “but”: this will imply the need to increase spending on municipal infrastructure like roads, sewers, water mains, public transport, schools, parks, fire stations… and according to the report “A Jump Start” by former city manager and Ontario deputy minister Michael Fenn and the Canadian Urban Institute (funded by the Canada Infrastructure Bank), the average cost of such infrastructure could exceed $100,000 for each newly built home (you can download and/or read the whole report here: A-Jump-Start). (more…)

Immigration, “rain” of (federal) millions of dollars over Quebec

OTTAWA – Persistence pays off. And the premier of Quebec, François Legault, after having asked for months 1 billion dollars to the federal government  in compensation for having “welcomed over half a million temporary immigrants”, obtained $ 750 million. A nice figure to cover the expenditure that Quebec would have incurred for social services to support migrants from 2021 to 2023.  (more…)