Tabs sends email alerts for new Toronto city council/committee agenda items

If you find yourself often running the same searches on TMMIS, Tabs Toronto might save you some time.

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Tabs Toronto is inspired by a project of the same name which ran from 2012-2018, created by Bill Cowen, Christian Muise, Jayme Turney and others. This original project won first place after being initiated at a hackathon hosted by Random Hacks of Kindness Toronto (RHoKTO) in December 2012. It was later lovingly incubated by the now defunct Toronto Public Space Initiative.


What does Tabs do?

  1. You give it your email address and the search terms you care about.
  2. Every night it emails you any new City of Toronto council or committee items which match the search term.

Is this free to use?

Yes, and hopefully it'll always be free. (If you'd like to provide financial support, please get in touch.)

How can I help?

Please fill in our user survey!

Who made this?

Gabe Sawhney, With support from others at Civic Tech Toronto hacknights.

Is it open source?


Privacy Policy

Last updated June 15 2021.

This is the privacy policy for Tabs. Tabs is committed to keeping your personal information safe, and being transparent about how we use user data.

This privacy policy explains what information we collect, and how we use it. We use all reasonable efforts to protect your personal information. By visiting and using Tabs, you agree to this Privacy Policy. If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact:

Tabs only collects information that is necessary for: delivering the Tabs notification service; understanding how the Tabs service is found, accessed, and used; and understanding how many people use the Tabs service.

Information we collect

Email address: In order to receive email notifications from Tabs, you must provide your email address. We use your email address to send you the email notifications you sign up for, and we may also email you occasionally with important updates about the Tabs service. We will not use your email address for any other purpose, or share it with anyone else.

Subscription information: In addition to your email address and the search terms you'd like to receive notifications about, we store the date and time when you signed up for notifications, and the total number of notifications and emails we've sent you. For a short period, we record which items we've notified you about, in order to ensure that we don't send duplicates.

Google Analytics: Tabs uses Google Analytics to understand how people find, access, and use the Tabs service. Google Analytics employs cookies that are stored to your computer in order to facilitate an analysis of your use of the site. The information generated by these cookies, such as time, place and frequency of your visits to our site, including your IP address, is transmitted to Google and stored by them. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law or where such third parties process this data on Google’s behalf. You can prevent cookies from being installed by adjusting the settings in your browser.

Log data: When you visit our website, our servers may automatically log the standard data provided by your web browser. It may include your device’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, your browser type and version, the pages you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on each page, other details about your visit, and technical details that occur in conjunction with any errors you may encounter.

Removing your data

At any time you may choose to stop receiving notifications by clicking the appropriate link at the bottom of each notification email. When you stop notifications, your email address and all associated information is immediately deleted from our records.

We do not knowingly solicit information from or market to children under the age of 13. If you become aware of any data we have collected from children under age 13, please contact us using the contact information provided above.


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