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ArchiveApril 2013

More questions than answers with revived Scarborough subway plan

By: Metro Canada Published on Tue Apr 30 2013 Specifically, these councillors — who are supported by TTC chair Karen Stintz and several TTC commissioners — want the province to swap the current plan to replace the rickety old Scarborough RT with a rebuilt light rail transit line, and instead go forward with an extension of the Bloor-Danforth subway. The first thing we need to clear up...

Mayor Rob Ford's inaction on transit sparks council revolt – again

By: Matt Elliott Metro, Metro Published on Wed Apr 24 2013 Not this again. Going into yesterday's meeting of Ford's cabinet-like Executive Committee, conventional wisdom had it that members had two choices when it came to an agenda item relating to new taxes, tolls and fees to support transit expansion in Toronto and across the GTA. They could either endorse a set of revenue tools...

Knocking down common arguments against new taxes for GTA transit

By: Metro Canada Published on Tue Apr 23 2013 A few weeks back, I drew a line between those who deny the need for new funding sources to build transit in the GTA and those who persist in denying the science of climate change. Since then, we've heard a number of arguments attempting to justify why the region doesn't need new taxes, tolls and fees to fight crippling traffic congestion...

Can Rob Ford make his case for reelection, one insignificant issue at a time?

By: Metro Published on Fri Apr 19 2013 It may be too early to really take the crystal ball to Toronto's 2014 municipal election, but I know this: Mayor Rob Ford is not going to win reelection on a platform that puts the expansion of the island airport and construction of a massive waterfront casino forward as key planks. He's just not. It'd be hard to find two issues less suited to...

Council Scorecard Projection: Downtown casino now a dead issue walking

By: Metro Canada Published on Wed Apr 17 2013 The downtown Toronto casino is not happening. The debate is done. It's really, really done. There are so many gambling clichés that I could use to describe the situation. The downtown casino has gone bust, I might say. Or that it's crapped out. It's rolled snake eyes. Having previously known exactly when to hold 'em, it is now...

Council Scorecard: How did your councillor vote on the island airport tax deal? Oh, and burgers, too

Last week's meeting of Toronto City Council was a study of priorities. By which I mean there was a long, drawn debate about burgers and how readily available burgers should be in Nathan Phillips Square, followed by a short, perfunctory debate about homeless shelters. If you want to know how your city councillor feels about burgers, you've come to the right place. The Hero Burger... Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


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