Tall Buildings: Who is Planning Our City?

Toronto highrises

Toronto has had no shortage of tall building controversies: the Minto towers, the ROM condo, the Sapphire tower and the East Bayfront lands to name a few. While there is agreement that Toronto must grow upward, there appears to be little agreement on where tall buildings should go and how tall is too tall. Instead, decisions are being made in the wrestling ring of public opinion, with developers, planners, councillors and citizens duking it out building by building.

The Province has responded to this vacuum, proposing changes to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and giving new powers to City Council to oversee development.

Will these changes be enough to address the problems Toronto has been experiencing? How will City Council balance the interests of developers and residents? How do we ensure that tall buildings, when built, contribute to the making of a great neighbourhood? What is the appropriate role of Council, planning staff, developers, community groups and the OMB?


Kyle Rae: Toronto City Councillor

Tony Coombes: Principal, City Formation International

Steve Diamond: development lawyer and Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

Mimi Fullerton: urban activist; Board Member, Annex Residents’ Association

Ted Tyndorf: Chief Planner for the City of Toronto

Ted Barris
: freelance broadcaster and Professor of Journalism at Centennial College; author, most recently of Behind the Glory: Canada’s Role in the Allied Air War


7:30-9:30 p.m.

St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts capacity 500, first come, first seated

27 Front Street East – 2 blocks east of Union Station


Co-sponsored by St. Lawrence Centre Forum and The Toronto Society of Architects.

If you are a resident of the Bloor West Village area, with a particular interest and/or some expertise in architecture and urban planning, and would like to attend on our behalf – please contact us at info@bwvra.ca.