All Mayor Tory would have to do is not smoke crack more than once and he'll still be more successful than Ford. How crazy is that?Doubt John Tory will be in drunken stupors, refuse to answer questions, or not play well with others. Could be boring, but I may prefer John instead of Rob.
Cute.Wonder when, not if, John Tory becomes becomes "Mayor of all the people of Toronto", he'll get rid of the "record every vote" procedure at city council and replace it with "negative voting"? If absent, the councillor's vote counts to whatever direction the Mayor votes for.
The narrative that drives me up the friggin' wall. I won't do it.While I don't particularly like Tory, if there is even the slightest chance Ford might squeeze up the middle between him and Chow I'd swallow my pride and cast a ballot for Tory. This needs to be a two candidate race to ensure Ford is unemployed next month.
I agree. Re: Eg Connects, he may only adjust the part between Mt Pleasant and Avenue Rd, which is a very small part of the Eg Connects plan, to be 4 lanes like the rest of Eglinton in the plan, if it's even possible at this point.Maybe I have too much faith in Tory's reasonableness, but I do not believe he will be anything like Ford or Mel. Ford could not take advice. Mel was a North York wardheeler, which got us Sheppard.
Tory's take on Finch/Sheppard LRT is reasonable. Let's see if EgConnects was a blip or trend. SmartTrack is mostly accelerating others' good ideas, without a lot of extra contribution. I find it hard to believe that those initiatives can cause too much alarm.
That's really my impression. Metrolinx is now in charge of transit expansion. Toronto Council can request things, Metrolinx can ignore or fulfill the request as they please.Metrolinx was created while Miller was Mayor of Toronto, in 2006. Under Ford, Metrolinx really "took over", because of Ford's "disregard" of public transit. Maybe under Tory, Toronto may try to start some projects, such as SmartTrack, but I feel Toronto has lost the leadership in guiding transit growth. Its in Metrolinx's control these days. The TTC may have some input, not what it was under Miller.
Tory keeps flip flopping on the LRT issue. I think he is just trying to get Olivia Chow to stop talking about this. Also the Ontario government is short on money and needs a lot of money for GO expansion (which is clearly its top transit priority now) which means building underground levels under Union Station etc.; killing unpopular LRT proposals, Sheppard especially, makes it easier for it to afford this.I agree. Re: Eg Connects, he may only adjust the part between Mt Pleasant and Avenue Rd, which is a very small part of the Eg Connects plan, to be 4 lanes like the rest of Eglinton in the plan, if it's even possible at this point.
The rest of the plan, midrise development, improved pedestrian realm, bike lanes, big trees, some re-zoning to commercial etc, should be safe.
He's clearly stated that the LRTs will proceed. SmartTrack is just an adjustment of GO RER to add more stops and have it costs TTC fare. GO RER is happening under Metrolinx regardless.