Before moving to Montreal in September 2013, I wrote for Torontoist. It’s an award-winning local news website in Toronto, and one of the places where I started out as a freelance writer. It gave me a lot of chances to write about cool things that I never would have been able to do on my own, such as the opening of Legoland Toronto, the closing of the original Liberty Village location of the Toronto Model Railroad Club, and the beer bottle recycling plant tour. It was always fun and exciting, and during the three years I lived in Montreal I often thought that if and when I returned to Toronto I would start writing for the site again.
It’s been a long time coming, but last week I finally looked up the editor-in-chief and shot him an email. As it happens, the current EIC is a guy who wrote for The Grid around the same time I did, and we’re familiar with each other’s work. We exchanged emails over the course of a few days, and now I’m working on my first story for Torontoist in over three years. It’s about the city’s poverty reduction strategy, called Prosperity TO, and how well the city has lived up to achieving the goals it laid out in 2015. From what I can tell so far, it hasn’t. Deadline is Friday, so I have to get started with contacting sources today.
Torontoist represents a chance to do real journalism on subjects that matter. For the past three years I’ve written so much about business and technology, it’s nice to switch it up and write about something more political and hard-hitting. After this, I’ll likely continue to cover transit and development issues in the city.