Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott

ArchiveJuly 2016

A bridge too far? The case for a pedestrian, cyclist link to Toronto Island

Toronto Island has been an especially hot spot this summer thanks, in part, to gorgeous weather. When people ask me were they should go on these hot, hazy summer days in Toronto, I do two things. First, I tell them to go to Toronto Island. Then I give them a list of things they need to do to ensure their experience getting there isn’t miserable. That list includes always buying tickets for the...

OK, you got your Scarborough subway – now pay for the rest

Three years ago, in a blog post for Metro driven mostly by frustration, I rewrote the lyrics to “The Song That Never Ends” to refer to Toronto City Council’s seemingly endless debate around the Scarborough Subway. It went like this: “It’s the debate that never ends / yes, it goes on and on my friends / Some people started planning it not knowing what it was / and they’ll continue debating it...

Immediate action needed to save lives on Toronto’s deadly streets

A new road safety plan will be debated this week at city council. Two pedestrians and cyclist have died since it was tabled last month bringing the total number of deaths this year to 22. I hate to be a cynic, but as Toronto City Council gets set to debate a road safety plan intended to make our streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users this week, I’m worried. I’m worried that...

John Tory’s Scarborough subway divisiveness a failure of leadership

File After people like me complained about Mayor John Tory’s divisive Toronto Star op-ed about the Scarborough subway last week – the one that sort of implied people opposed to the subway are xenophobic, Scarborough-hating jerks — the mayor was quick to dismiss our criticism. But I’m not outraged, Mr. Mayor. I’m not even mad. I’m just disappointed. In case you missed it, Tory’s op-ed was... Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


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