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Mayor John Tory's Toronto

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John Tory will make another announcement today (yay!) regarding the poverty reduction plan. Promises to protect anti-poverty programs + new initiatives against his own budget cuts, despite voting against motions to do exactly that.
The rest of the budget remains to be seen...........

But this announcement doesn't seem a bad one........

To extend dental services to more low-income seniors and some working-age adults.

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=af71df79b2df6410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&nrkey=50F9A0021A8E13F88525801E00576292

That said, while both basic dental care, and prescription drug coverage ought to be part of the publicly funded health care system......

This is surely an item that belong under the provincial funding umbrella, not the municipal one.

But I can't fault Tory for funding this service as an interim step
 

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John Tory wants the ward boundaries to stay as they are. Even though there was and is a big population boom in the downtown areas, which should have meant more wards for the downtown.

See link.

Maps show Toronto's building and population boom



Those who live in Toronto know that the city's population is growing rapidly. Whether it be the cranes that dot the sky or the traffic on the roads, you don't need statistics to feel the effect of the increased number of people who call this place home. But beyond this lived experience, what does Toronto's population boom look like?

The last census with detailed population data related to this city dates back to 2011. That's an eternity when you consider the breakneck speed at which Toronto is growing, but a new report from the Canadian Urban Institute offers insight into the city's increased density via population profiles of 16 downtown neighbourhoods.

There's plenty of fascinating information about each area in the report, but the bird's eye view is perhaps most fascinating. Without recent census data as a guide, the study uses development pipeline data to track "all built, active, and under review projects over a five-year timeframe, 2011 to 2015."

The picture that emerges shows where Toronto's downtown growth is concentrated and also allows analysts to make rough estimates regarding the future population of the neighbourhoods under examination:


"There were a total of 27,150 built residential units in the development pipeline dataset for the Downtown, which when added to the 2011 base population of 199,405 is the equivalent of an estimated population downtown in 2015 between 242,845 to 245,830.

There were a total of 86,660 active and under review residential units in the development pipeline dataset for the Downtown, which is the equivalent of a potential population growth of 138,655 to 148,190 over the 2015 population estimate. Adding this to the 2015 population estimate results in a total potential future population of between 381,500 to 394,020."


Obviously this isn't the most rigorous way to estimate population given the other variables involved (e.g. whether built units will be occupied), but it does paint an intriguing picture of a city in the midst of a boom.
John Tory doesn't want more downtown wards because there would be more Councillors for the downtown wards compared with the Councillors from the sparely settled suburban wards.
 

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John Tory doesn't want more downtown wards because there would be more Councillors for the downtown wards compared with the Councillors from the sparely settled suburban wards.
So much for proper representation of the voters.
 

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John Tory doesn't want more downtown wards because there would be more Councillors for the downtown wards compared with the Councillors from the sparely settled suburban wards.
Does Tory not want to merely maintain 44 councillors, while distributing the ward boundaries to reflect population, or does he want to keep current ward boundaries that don't reflect Toronto's population?

Regardless, this is not his choice. The city will be sued in the upcoming months if the ward boundaies do not reflect population.
 

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Does Tory not want to merely maintain 44 councillors, while distributing the ward boundaries to reflect population, or does he want to keep current ward boundaries that don't reflect Toronto's population?

Regardless, this is not his choice. The city will be sued in the upcoming months if the ward boundaies do not reflect population.
The wards will still be redrawn to reflect popuation. Tory simply doesn't want "more politicians" to be part of that plan.
 

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guess the mayor does not travel frequently. Try riding London subways, Naples, Montreal, etc never mind all the stairs (especially in London). Was there for 10 days at various stations and rarely an escalator. I remember in NYC at one station where to transfer we had to exit the station and walk across outside to re-enter another station. And they complain in Scarborough about a Kennedy transfer. At least they are still inside and do not need to exit the street to transfer like in NYC. Tory needs to get around
 

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Great piece by Edward Keenan
Tory campaigned on being Toronto's Transit Mayor with his Scarborough commitment and his Smart Track on a napkin plan. We've had 2 years of furor over transit and his other "commitments" re: taxes, anti-poverty and housing initiatives, and policing. As the 2017 budget exercise launched I've begun to think of him as Mayor TransiTory. I can't wait to hear his Revenue Generation Tools proposals.
 
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