Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


Friday Wrap: Ford's popularity picks up, casino talk won't stop, pools and zoos threatened

To end the week, a look at the major stories that have been swirling around Toronto City Hall. From Forum Research this morning comes the somewhat surprising news that the mayor's popularity has slowly started to recover. The pollster puts him at a 47% approval rating, up significantly from the 40% range he's been mired in since last summer. The uptick proves that Ford is at his most...

Making the same mistake twice: will Rob Ford skip Pride again?

As we once again plunge into the waters of speculation about whether the elected leader of Canada's most diverse city will skip one of its foremost cultural festivals, let's make things really simple: the Mayor of Toronto should absolutely attend Pride Week. That Rob Ford is the guy wearing the chain of office doesn't change that. When he said his oath last year, Ford accepted...

The Rob Ford pledge-o-meter: what's left on the mayor's agenda?

So, Mayor Ford, what are you going to do next? People started wondering about Ford's next steps a few weeks back, soon after the final decisive vote on transit. After that file was so emphatically closed, things seem to slow down around City Hall. Far from waging a transit war, the mayor took to reminding people to keep their dogs leashed. The Toronto Star's Daniel Dale asked around...

City Council Scorecard: council finds peace on the field, but remains divided on labour

April 15, 2012: Google Docs (Best View) – Download (PDF) – Download (PNG) Last week's council session was one of the most uneventful meetings of the Rob Ford mayoralty. Things have felt quieter in general since councillors concluded their debate on transit. Upcoming committee meetings have light agendas, and most eyes at City Hall this week are turned to the mayor's weekly...

With Ford's agenda stalled, Deputy Mayor rages against activists, unionists and cyclists

After Tuesday's council session ended with a unanimous vote and hearty handshakes, council returned to its more contentious – and entertaining – ways on Wednesday, as a fairly innocuous-looking agenda item became a major wedge issue. Up for debate: should the city be able to contract out cleaning services to private bidders without oversight from council? In the end, the vote...

Toronto casino a cash cow? Not for City Hall

So Toronto wants a casino. A casino, says the mayor and some councillors, is just the ticket we need to boost the city's finances and build the vast – underground! – transit network commuters need. Let's do some quick math. First, take all the direct revenue the City of Niagara Falls got from its vast casino complexes in 2010. Then, being optimistic, double that number... Archived columns and blog posts by Matt Elliott


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