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ArchiveMarch 2016

Trudeau's Liberals prove transit funding can just be about math

If you haven’t read the federal government’s 2016 budget yet, I recommend it. Fun read. Not a lot of twists and turns, but it kept me engaged. My favourite part is on page 92. Now, sure, it doesn’t look like much. It’s just a rather nondescript transit funding table — all text and numbers. There’s no colour. No stock photos of smiling children or very serious businesspeople. It’s simply got a...

Matt Elliott: Rob Ford's legacy will last at Toronto City Hall

Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford made more news outside of office than in it, writes Matt Elliott. But the political clout of his devoted following has left a legacy at city hall. As he turned his focus over the last year toward fighting the cancer that would ultimately end his life, former mayor Rob Ford’s appearances at Toronto City Hall became less and less frequent. But even when he wasn’t in...

King Street relief transit should be a foregone conclusion in Toronto

The King streetcar averages more than 60,000 daily riders, making it the TTC's busiest surface route. When Toronto chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat and her team presented their transit plan to the TTC board in February, they showed a colourful map with four new rapid-transit lines planned within the next six years. The map showed the Eglinton Crosstown, the Spadina subway extension, the Finch...

The CUPE labour crisis has been averted, but peace is likely to be short-lived

CUPE Local 79 president Tim Maguire speaks at a rally of his members in Nathan Phillips Square in February. Crisis averted. Following a work-to-rule campaign and a couple of weeks of frosty negotiations, CUPE Local 79, the union representing Toronto’s inside workers, reached a deal with the city last week. CUPE Local 416, repping the city’s outside workers, reached a deal last month. So, hey... Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


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