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ArchiveDecember 2012

Toronto City Council Scorecard: plastic bag fees, police board appointments & garbage budgets in the year-end spectacular

By: Metro Canada Published on Fri Dec 28 2012 Twelve months. Fourteen meetings. Thousands of agenda items. Forty-four councillors. One mayor. Way too many incidents where I wanted to smash my head into my desk. Another year of Toronto City Council has come to a close. In the final edition of the Toronto City Council Scorecard for 2012, I've added up the results from four major votes from the...

Pretty much any candidate could pose serious threat to Mayor Rob Ford in by-election

By: Matt Elliott Metro, Metro Canada Published on Fri Dec 21 2012 The headlines this week made a bold statement, declaring that only one candidate — NDP MP Olivia Chow — could really pose a “serious threat” to Mayor Rob Ford in a by-election that could potentially follow the decision in the mayor's conflict-of-interest case. But I don't buy it. In the right...

Budget 101: Did Mayor Rob Ford's City Hall really tame the police budget?

By: Matt Elliott Metro, Metro Canada Published on Wed Dec 19 2012 When we last looked at City Hall's proposed 2013 operating budget, the stage was set for an epic battle between Mayor Rob Ford's administration and Police Chief Bill Blair. At issue? Some $21 million needed to balance next year's budget. All eyes were on Chief Blair, who was tasked with finding savings even though...

Mayor Rob Ford makes quick comment on budget, then skips town

By: Metro Canada Published on Thu Dec 13 2012 Last week, I was critical of Mayor Rob Ford for barely commenting on the launch of the 2013 city budget process. It's odd for a sitting mayor to put so much space between himself and the operating and capital documents that dictate Toronto's programs, services and investments. It's doubly odd considering that Ford ran on a platform of...

Budget 101: Mayor Rob Ford's City Hall looks to asset sales, operating surpluses in capital plan

By: Metro Canada Published on Tue Dec 11 2012 We dipped a toe into the wild world of Toronto's 2013 operating budget last week, discovering that the budget balancing process is a multi-step affair that always — after some combination of scare tactics and yelling — gets back to zero. This week, let's look at the other side of the city's finances: capital. The capital...

The Gardiner Expressway: A lump of coal in Toronto's stocking

By: Metro Toronto Published on Mon Dec 10 2012 The proverbial lump of coal in Toronto’s stocking this year? As much as a half-billion-dollar repair bill for the crumbling Gardiner Expressway. As part of their 2013 budget debate, council is considering ratcheting up their annual maintenance spending on the lakeside highway from $10 million to more than $50 million a year over the next 10 years... Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


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