Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott

ArchiveJuly 2014

All mayoral candidates need to get serious about improving TTC bus service

By: Metro Published on Wed Jul 30 2014 Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow has been clear since she entered the race that her immediate priority on transit is improving bus service, but that campaign pledge took a bit of a beating last week after reports emerged that the TTC may not be able to immediately do that because it doesn’t have enough vehicles. There are a couple of ways to look at this news...

Why I want to believe in the David Soknacki style of politics

By: Metro Published on Mon Jul 28 2014 With less than 100 days to go before we choose our mayor and recent polls showing him capturing just 5 per cent of the vote, it’d be real easy to write off David Soknacki. But we shouldn’t. Because ever since he entered the race in January, Soknacki has been running exactly the kind of campaign we should demand from everyone who seeks political office. To...

Derailing old arguments for getting rid of Toronto's streetcars

By: Metro Published on Wed Jul 23 2014 Toronto’s transit system is taking a beating from all sides this summer. Huge construction projects have prompted annoying diversions all over the damn place — making service that was already suffering from a shortage of vehicles even less reliable. The National Post has been running a series of articles and columns about the system under the colourful...

John Tory finds the best approach for taking on Mayor Rob Ford

By: Matt Elliott Metro, Metro Canada Published on Wed Jul 16 2014 Mayor Rob Ford is a hard guy to debate. First, he is generally underestimated coming into every debate, which allows him to exceed expectations every time he manages to stand behind a podium and not say anything too offensive. Perhaps more daunting to opponents, however, is a very casual relationship with the truth that gives Ford...

Fact check: Is Toronto over budget on Pan Am Games projects?

By: Metro Canada Published on Fri Jul 11 2014 Another week, another bit of misinformation from Mayor Rob Ford. Ford’s target this week — in addition to the Eglinton Connects plan I wrote about on Wednesday — was a BMX track being built for the 2015 Pan Am/ParaPan Am Games at Centennial Park in Etobicoke. At a city council meeting Thursday, Ford presented a long list of grievances on the subject...

Are you angry about Eglinton Connects? The Eglinton community disagrees

By: Metro Canada Published on Wed Jul 09 2014 If you believe what the mayor’s been saying — and you can hear him over the shouts of the shirtless people standing behind him — the Eglinton Connects plan is yet another unwanted War On The Car offensive, designed in secret and without consultation to remove lanes and make traffic worse in service of nefarious and unstated reasons. But that’s... Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


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