Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


Matt Elliott: Toronto City Council is pushing pause on our future

A proposal to overhaul Yonge Street in North York was among those delayed last week by Toronto politicians.
Here’s what your Toronto City Council did last week: They delayed some stuff.
On two of the most significant items to come before them, Mayor John Tory and councillors decided the best course of action was inaction. Why make a decision today when you can make one tomorrow?

Matt Elliott: Report highlights hard-learned lessons from Toronto’s shelter crisis

Protesters rally with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty at city hall to confront Mayor John Tory on the lack of shelter beds during a budget meeting in February. Hey, remember Toronto’s shelter crisis? The one where it got really cold outside, the city’s shelters were near their maximum capacity, homeless people were reporting being turned away, and then Mayor John Tory got yelled at...

Matt Elliott: Four years later, the most enduring Ford legacy is as a cautionary tale

Then Mayor Rob Ford, left, listens to his brother and campaign manager Doug Ford during a commercial break as Rob takes part in a live TV debate leading up to the 2014 Toronto municipal election. When former mayor David Miller left the job in 2010, he practically gift-wrapped Toronto City Hall for his successor. There was an operating budget surplus of about $350 million. Hard-won new taxes...

Matt Elliott: 10 steps to marginal improvement for Toronto's pedestrians

A memorial lies across the street from a closed foot path (orange fence) where an 11-year-old boy was killed by a car last month near Kennedy Public School on Canongate Trail and Purcell Square. Imagine you live on a Toronto street where drivers routinely go way too fast — it’s dangerous. So you decide to request that the city install traffic calming measures like speed bumps. So far, so good...

Matt Elliott: Main streets should not be highways

A plan to transform Yonge between Sheppard and Finch, and make it more bike and pedestrian friendly with bike lanes, was nixed by the public works committee last week. Imagine your local government decided to take your neighbourhood main street and make it worse. Imagine they proposed adding traffic lanes and narrowing sidewalks, all in the name of making sure cars can always go fast. Imagine...

Matt Elliott: Mayor Tory deserves credit for not bending on King St. pilot

Mayor John Tory deserves credit for not bending on the King Street pilot project that prioritizes transit over cars, writes Matt Elliott. Let’s give it up for Mayor John Tory, who has refused to compromise on King Street. During the uproar and ice sculptures that followed the transit pilot's kick-off last November, it must have been tempting to strike a deal with the restaurant owners along... Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


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