Michael Smee

Reporter, CBC Toronto

Michael Smee has worked in print, radio, TV and online journalism for many years. You can reach him at michael.smee@cbc.ca

Latest from Michael Smee

Province eyeing changes that could see developers hire their own building inspectors

The City of Toronto is pushing back against a provincial government proposal that could give developers the power to skirt the rules surrounding municipal building inspections.

Bike Share getting a big new cash infusion

E-bikes may soon be coming to Bike Share Toronto stations around the city, as part of a major expansion planned for 2020.

Don Mills and Eglinton getting new neighbourhood but preserving heritage buildings an issue

As one of the city's largest neighbourhoods slowly moves from the drawing board to reality, planners and politicians are struggling to decide which of the old buildings should be preserved, and which should be cleared to make way for the new.

This Toronto landlord has only raised rent by $100 — since the 1980s

Fifteen houses along Niagara Street were given protection as heritage homes just before Christmas, thanks in large measure to one local landlord.

Last vestiges of Victorian-era village set to vanish to widen a pair of roads in Peel Region

Peel Region is expected to decide early next month whether to save one of the last vestiges of a Victorian-era village.

Guild Inn sculpture gardens getting 9 new pieces in the coming year

Fragments from Toronto's architectural past are about to get a new life, in an iconic Scarborough park.

New traffic lights could be coming to Queen's Park Cres. to improve pedestrian safety

Toronto city council will be asked Tuesday to add three new sets of traffic lights to Queen's Park Crescent in a bid to improve pedestrian safety, in addition to the six signalled pedestrian crossings that already exist on the busy north-south artery.

Councillors aim to spread overnight permit parking to almost all local downtown roads

Downtown city councillors are a step closer to bringing overnight permit parking to almost every local road in their jurisdiction - a scenario that has some residents worried.

City may have to write off $3.7M in costs for Meridian Arts Centre from 20 years ago

City council will be asked to write off almost $3.7 million in bills racked up by one of its theatres - the Meridian Arts Centre in North York - almost 20 years ago.

Want to snap up this $1M Toronto home? Opening bid is $119K — but there's a catch

Who says home ownership in Toronto isn't affordable? The city is about to auction off a $1 million home in High Park North. The starting bid: $119,000. But there's a catch: You can't look inside the house before you bid.

Why this man's plan for an elite sports training space started a storage war in Oshawa

Hockey dad Kirk Lowe is trying to persuade Oshawa city council to let him convert storage space at a city-owned arena into a training space for elite athletes. But community groups who are using it right now say the proposal is offside.

Metrolinx not backing down from LRT stop dispute with Mississauga residents

Elderly residents and people with disabilities in Mississauga say they're being left behind in the Metrolinx plan for a new LRT line through the centre of the city.

'They're taking my life': Elderly couple fighting condo board's order to rip out their garden

An Etobicoke couple say their condo townhouse complex's board of directors is trying to force them to tear up the gardens they've tended for 25 years. Now they're spending $30K to fight the ruling.

Greek god sculptures by renowned artist may soon be back on display at Exhibition Place

After three years of negotiating, the city, the Exhibition Place board and the owner of the Toronto Event Centre are close to a deal to put a collection of 20 statues by renowned Canadian sculptor E.B. Cox back on display.

Scarborough councillor wants to send bill for emergency services to people who get stuck on Bluffs

An east end city councillor is suggesting that daredevils who get stuck trying to climb the Scarborough Bluffs should be billed for the cost of the rescue.