Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott

ArchiveOctober 2014

Five ideas to build a better progressive mayoral candidate for Toronto

By: Metro Canada Published on Fri Oct 31 2014 Let’s be honest, gang. That election we just had did not go very well for Toronto’s political left. Really, it’s hard to imagine how it could have gone much worse. Olivia Chow was supposed to be the chosen one, returning to this city to save us from the guys who ripped up our bike lanes and wouldn’t shut up about subways. This was supposed to be the...

It was a predictable election, now let's change the tone on 'Ford Nation'

By: Metro Canada Published on Tue Oct 28 2014 You’d be forgiven for thinking there was a late surge of support for mayoral candidate Doug Ford in the run-up to last night’s election, which was boringly won by John Tory. “It was a closer mayoral race than anyone had predicted, a testament to the strength and loyalty of Ford Nation,” writes the National Post. Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington...

It's election day in Toronto… thank God

By: Metro Published on Mon Oct 27 2014 It’s election time in Toronto, and thank God for that. There’s not a whole lot left to say after 10 months of campaigning, approximately 72,000 debates and dozens of polls that all seem to point to a foregone conclusion, but hey, there’s still time for some endorsements. And while I won’t enthusiastically throw my support behind any of the leading contenders...

What happens after Toronto’s election? More senseless transit debates, sadly

By: Matt Elliott Metro, Metro Canada Published on Fri Oct 24 2014 As if this long election campaign wasn’t frustrating enough, two reports from Inside Toronto and NOW give a glimpse of what Toronto can probably expect following the vote on Monday. The short version: more senseless, costly and soul-crushing transit debates. A longer version stars several Scarborough politicians quietly lining up...

Toronto Voting 101: How to choose your city councillor

By: Metro Canada Published on Tue Oct 21 2014 Fun Fact: In addition to electing a mayor next week, Toronto will also elect 44 other people who will each win access to a drab city hall office and a panel of buttons that allow them to vote yes or no on the city’s most critically important issues. Seriously, everything — from transit to housing to traffic to taxes — all comes down to pushing buttons...

Debate recap: Lekan Olawoye offers a “respectable voice” for Ward 12

By: Matt Elliott Metro, Metro Canada Published on Fri Oct 17 2014 I’ll be honest. I didn’t expect the Ward 12 candidates debate on Rogers TV to be so emotional. Coun. Frank Di Giorgio, the incumbent, set the tone as he seemed on the verge of tears as he gave his opening statement. “There are two things that I wish to say to residents,” he said, his voice cracking, “I am running for re-election... Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


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