Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott

ArchiveMarch 2013

Don’t let the Big Move overshadow needed small moves on transportation

By: Matt Elliott Metro, Metro Canada Published on Thu Mar 28 2013 Don’t get me wrong: I really like that Metrolinx's Big Move transit plan has forced the GTA to finally have a real conversation about large-scale transportation planning and how to fund it. It’s way overdue. But let’s not let talk of downtown relief lines and electrified GO corridors distract from some of the smaller, more...

There's only one reason to care about Rob Ford's personal life

By: Metro Published on Tue Mar 26 2013 Does Mayor Rob Ford like to drink? Does he like to drink a little too much? I don't know. I don't care. And you shouldn't care either. As long as the mayor isn't driving while impaired or endangering anyone, the choices he might make at the LCBO, out on the town or anywhere else away from official city business are of no real concern to...

Karen Stintz, not Rob Ford, looks mayoral in response to federal budget

By: Metro Published on Fri Mar 22 2013 Yesterday's federal budget announcement should have been a gimme for Mayor Rob Ford — an easy chance to score some leadership points. Instead, the day belonged to TTC chair Karen Stintz. With longtime Ford family friend Jim Flaherty delivering another budget, the mayor was handed an opportunity so obvious that it's hard to imagine how he...

GTA transit revenue deniers don't deserve any more of our time

By: Metro Published on Wed Mar 20 2013 With the Toronto Region Board of Trade finally taking an official position in support of new taxes and fees for transit expansion on Monday, politicians and pundits in the Greater Toronto Area that still deny the need for regional transportation revenue tools are now officially on the fringe. We can lump them in with the likes of climate change deniers...

Olivia Chow and other would-be mayors should stick with current transit plans

By: Metro Canada Published on Fri Mar 15 2013 So is it safe to say that Olivia Chow will run for mayor of Toronto in 2014? Last week — days before the CBC aired a biopic about her late husband — Chow told CBC host George Stroumboulopoulos that she was open to the idea of running in 2014. It makes sense that she'd be leaning that way. Virtually every hypothetical mayoral poll...

Growth can only be a good thing for Toronto

By: Metro Toronto Published on Mon Mar 11 2013 It’s official: the City of Toronto now considers itself more populous than Chicago, according to a press release issued last week. That makes us the fourth largest city in North America. So take THAT, Chi-Town. You may have an internationally-renowned waterfront, more than double our number of subway stations and a mayor that doesn’t end up... Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


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