So why would we expect him to change now? Of course, he’s fighting tooth and nail against new revenue tools for transit expansion. He doesn’t give a shit about transit.
Another ugly truth about the worst mayor in human memory.
Asked to name what she regards as the highest priority project in the city, Horwath seemed to indicate that politics — and not sound transit planning — has been the NDP’s guide: “I think it’s those neighbourhoods in the outskirts of this city that aren’t receiving the transit they need.” When a reporter asked about the Downtown Relief Line, she replied: “I think it’s a mugs game to try to divide this city in terms of who needs transit more. We have to address all of these concerns.”
Sounds to me like the NDP leader thinks the DRL is all about relieving congestion for downtowners. Maybe she needs to turn off the Ford’s radio show and realize the value of the line in Scarborough and North York.
It’s the exact Neverland City transit plan that gave us one of the worst commute times in North America: You just think of a happy thought, sprinkle it with private-sector pixie dust, and before you know it, you’re sitting in traffic for another generation.
Fortunately for us, the private sector has joined others to decisively call out this fairy tale for what it is. It’s time to grow up about funding in this growing city.
Though Del Grande says the choice to throw his support behind Ford was, in essence, making do with “the best of the worst [remaining candidates],” he’s responsible for doubling the number of Fords at City Hall: “It’s my fault—basically, I convinced [Doug Ford] to run. Rob didn’t really feel comfortable trusting anybody down here. I said to Doug, ‘Look, I think your brother needs you.’
The TwoFer: How MDG brought us DoFo.
Res ipsa loquitur.
In a recent Toronto Life essay on the need for renewed urban leadership for the city, Richard Florida unsparingly sets out the long-term risks of pursuing Ford’s “anti-urban” agenda. But he told me last week his warnings have fallen on deaf ears, with barely a peep by way of response from Bay Street and the corporate elites. “Many Torontonians including our business leadership claim to want Toronto to be a great global city like London or New York,” Florida said in an email. “But they say nothing about the casino, nothing about the mayor. They just want it to somehow `happen.’ I cannot understand the failure of the business community to speak out. The mayor is ruinous to them – he and his policies hinder and hamper their ability to attract talent. How do they not see this? Why don’t they speak out? Why do they acquiesce?
“I am apologizing. If I’ve offended the medical officer of health, Doug Ford apologizes to him,” Ford said.
“Who is going to apologize to the taxpayers when they go out and spend $60,000 on a transportation study?”
Help me out here, Dougie. Why should anyone, least of all David McKeown, apologize for a traffic study?
Instead of the decent thing, Mr. Ford is doing what he always does when under attack: shoot the messenger. “It’s all political. It’s just nonsense,” the mayor told reporters on Thursday. He wants to get rid of the integrity commissioner, the ombudsman and, for good measure, the lobbyist registrar.
@marcusbgee on the latest embarrassment at City Hall.
Once again, the Ford boys show their contempt for the rules.
What’s the point of winning an election if we don’t get to do whatever the fuck we want?
They’re special, you see. They don’t need no stinkin’ rules.
It seems that a lot of former Ford voters are feeling a bit of buyers’ remorse. One wonders how this will affect it.
- @Cityslikr, @NickKouvalis, and more on controlling the narrative: the runup to 2014 | #TOpoli
- @TOMayorFord, football, and the #TOpoli gong show: why does he let this go on?
- Conflict of interest and the toxic Ford effect | #TOpoli
- @JohnLorinc and @GraphicMatt on Rob Ford and conflict of interest | #TOpoli
Source: The Globe and Mail
Will these corporations be writing off their Chicago expenses on their corporate taxes? If so, the assertion that the trip won’t cost taxpayers anything is patently false. And if so, how much will it be costing the taxpayers? Will Deco Labels be writing off the expenses for the mayor and his brother at the taxpayers expense?
Why isn’t the media asking these questions? The same could be asked of the expenses around the Mayor’s new Cadillac and all kinds of other expenses that have been picked up by his company instead of being charged to the city hall budget. Are they being written off by his company?
Yet as these increasingly damaging episodes pile up, it is reasonable to ask why his closest political advisors – starting with chief of staff Mark Towhey – have done so little to persuade their boss to front small but politically resonant initiatives that would re-cast his mayoralty. They are, of course, in a murderously difficult situation, because their counsel is routinely thwarted by brother Doug, who only believes it’s been a good week if he’s poured more gasoline on the fire.
Via @JohnLorinc …