Lauren Pelley

City Hall reporter

Lauren Pelley is a CBC reporter in Toronto covering city hall and municipal affairs. Contact her at:

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'Walking on a tightrope next to a highway': Coalition, councillor call for wider sidewalks on Avenue Road

A coalition of concerned residents is calling on the city to consider widening the sidewalks alongside Avenue Road, a busy six-lane arterial running through midtown.

City set to build 120 kilometres of new bike lanes despite concerns network goes 'nowhere'

Toronto city council voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to build at least 120 kilometres of new bike lanes — roughly the driving distance from here to Niagara Falls — over the next three years. But some worry the shorter timeline is leaving behind the forward-thinking nature of the previous 10-year plan approved in 2016.

Council backs street-by-street approach to lowering speeds, but some warn it maintains 'fatal' limits

Council has given its stamp of approval to the city's new road safety plan, which calls for a street-by-street approach to lowering speeds — a move road safety advocates say maintains "fatal" speed limits throughout much of the city.

After 2 city hall lockdowns in less than a month, councillor calling for annual drills

After two lockdowns at Toronto's city hall in less than a month, a councillor is now calling for more emergency training and resources — including annual lock-down drills.

Residents file $3M lawsuits against city, land owner over 'unrelenting' demolition work

Two sets of west-end Toronto neighbours have filed joint lawsuits seeking $3 million from the city and multiple companies tied to a nearby construction site, alleging "excessive vibrations" caused damage to their homes.

'It still stinks!': Residents have mixed opinions on city efforts to curb Humber, Ashbridges sewage smells

City officials say major efforts are underway to curb the smells from local sewage treatment plants, including a recent $64-million project at the Humber plant in Toronto's west end. But residents have mixed opinions, with some saying the sites still stink.

How 'defensive design' leads to rigid benches, metal spikes, and 'visual violence' in modern cities

"Defensive design" is a controversial trend found in cities across Canada, from Toronto to Moncton, which aims to prevent urban issues through everything from rigid benches that can't be used for lying down, to metal spikes on storefront signs to keep away pigeons. But is it too "hostile" to be helpful?

Renata Ford will be a candidate for Maxime Bernier's People's Party of Canada

Renata Ford, the wife of late former Toronto mayor Rob Ford and sister-in-law of Ontario premier Doug Ford, is running as a candidate for Maxime Bernier's People's Party of Canada in the October federal election, CBC News has confirmed.

Why some experts say Toronto needs to rethink minimum parking requirements for new towers

Some experts say the city is overdue for an overhaul of its minimum parking standards, with a new report from a Ryerson University professor suggesting it's a welcome change to ensure the city keeps pace with changing transportation technologies and housing needs.

Ontario Line dubbed 'Mystery Line' as province plans to submit business case by end of June

The province's proposed 15-kilometre line is likely only at two per cent design work, councillors heard from city staff on Tuesday. But even as concerns about delays and unknowns grow, the Ministry of Transportation aims to submit a business case by the end of the month.

Toronto should join other world cities in digital rights accord, councillors say

Councillors Paul Ainslie and Joe Cressy are pushing Toronto to sign onto a pact alongside New York, Amsterdam and London that's meant to boost digital literacy and privacy in cities around the world.

Court battle over Ford government's mid-election council cuts sparks concern about 'constitutional crisis'

With another court battle on the books over Ontario Premier Doug Ford's mid-election Toronto city council cuts, the case is sparking concerns about a "constitutional crisis" — and raising questions about whether some municipalities should get a seat at the table, alongside the provinces and federal government.

Ontario, Toronto back in court over Ford mid-election council cuts

Premier Doug Ford's government and the City of Toronto are facing off again in the Ontario Court of Appeal over the province's bill to slash the number of city council seats — a controversial surprise move in the middle of the 2018 municipal election.

Province, city back to court over Ford government's 'unprecedented' mid-election council cuts

Premier Doug Ford's government and the city of Toronto are facing off again in court over the province's bill to slash the number of city council seats — a controversial surprise move in the middle of the 2018 municipal election.

Taller towers, more density, less sunlight: What the province's housing changes mean for Toronto

A decision from Ontario's housing minister is leading to sweeping changes to the city's plans for midtown and downtown, and sending city officials scrambling to make sense of the ramifications. But already, some warn the tweaks may spark growth but stymie livability.