Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott

ArchiveApril 2017

Ontario's budget shouldn't pass up golden opportunity on transit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne disembark from a train before making a policy announcement at GO Transit's Willowbrook Rail Maintenance Facility in Toronto on Friday, March 31, 2017. There will be a whole bunch of numbers flying around when Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government unveils the provincial budget this Thursday, but here’s one thing transit...

Five reasons why Toronto is clearly better than Vancouver: Matt Elliott

The Toronto skyline is pictured from Riverdale Park East on Monday, April. 10. The first time I ever saw Vancouver, I was awed by the majesty of the Rocky Mountains. A week later, I was over it. It’s a fine place, but set aside those mountains and Toronto still tops it easily – here are five reasons why. 1. Bigger is better I’m a big city guy and in Canada it doesn’t get more big city than...

At long last, Toronto has championship hopes — revel in it

Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs (left) celebrates his empty net goal with Brian Boyle during the 3rd period of NHL action as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Air Canada Centre 5-3 on April 8, 2017. About halfway through Maritime indie rocker Joel Plaskett’s set at Massey Hall this past Saturday night, a shout rang out from the upper balcony. “The Leafs won...

Why we should give up on the detached home dream: Matt Elliott

An open house on Palmerston Avenue near Dundas St. on Sunday, April 9. This home is listed at $1,088,888. I realized a while ago that I am never going to own a house like the one I grew up in. I’m not going to live in a big, detached house with a two-car garage and a lawn that needs to be mowed every damn weekend. I’m just fine with that. Setting aside my hatred of lawn care, there are a couple...

John Tory's appeal for provincial help gets drowned out by his politics

John Tory and Kathleen Wynne meet at Queen's Park in January 2017. If you look to opinion polls, Mayor John Tory is a lot more popular these days than Premier Kathleen Wynne. It’s nowhere close, really. According to separate approval rating polls published by pollster Forum Research in March, Tory’s approval rating with Toronto voters sits at 51 per cent, compared to Wynne’s rating of just... Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


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