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Kelly Grant, Toronto city hall bureau chief (Charla Jones)
Kelly Grant, Toronto city hall bureau chief (Charla Jones)

From the editor

Introducing the new Toronto hub Add to ...

The Globe and Mail has always been passionate about covering Toronto and the GTA. Beginning today, you'll find all the fine work of our Toronto reporters, reviewers, columnists and visual journalists in one place: globeandmail.com/toronto.

With the launch of our new virtual home, we're also rolling out a slew of groundbreaking online features.

We've signed a deal with Torontoist, the city's best comprehensive blog, to bring you intensely local tales from every corner of Toronto, along with listings of events you won't want to miss. We've created a first-of-its-kind traffic page combining Twitter feeds and real-time images of the GTA's busiest roads to help make your commute smoother. We're turning "Inside City Hall" - our local political bureau's renowned Monday compendium of tips, gossip and analysis - into a daily blog.

Speaking of Toronto City Hall, our top-shelf reporters, Jennifer Lewington, the bureau chief, and Jeff Gray, are about to get two new colleagues. Brodie Fenlon, currently a reporter, editor and multimedia specialist for The Globe, joins the bureau, as does Marcus Gee.

As a foreign affairs columnist and the Report on Business's globe-trotting Asia-Pacific reporter, Marcus has spent much of his career exploring the world's best cities. He is also a former head of The Globe's editorial board - as you might guess, he's not shy with his opinions. Now he'll turn his fierce intelligence and provocative voice to writing about his hometown. You can read Marcus's debut Toronto column here.

I'm also excited to welcome Craig Offman as the new editor of our weekend Toronto section, Globe T.O. A former National Post reporter, executive editor at Chatelaine and veteran of the New York magazine scene, Craig is a great catch for The Globe. From now on, you'll find all of Globe T.O.'s must-read journalism - plus the section's popular society spreads - here at globeandmail.com/toronto.

These are just some of the features you'll find on our new hub. I encourage you to explore the site. If I may recommend a place to start, check out Kate Hammer's exposé of the Toronto Humane Society. Her three-part investigation debuts today, along with photo galleries, a documentary and insider documents that reveal one of the country's largest animal shelters is anything but humane. Kate's investigation is an example of the great journalism The Globe's Toronto team produces in print - and now, online.

I'll be online Monday for a live chat about the new hub and our Toronto coverage. Please join us with your thoughts, questions and feedback.

Kelly Grant Toronto Editor

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