Michal Rozworski: The road tolls for thee

Last week, Toronto mayor Join Tory announced a plan to toll two major Toronto highways, the Gardiner and the DVP. The city is starved for cash with huge shortfalls for both infrastructure (new housing, new transit lines) and even everyday operating expenses. Tolls are supposed to help close this gap. But despite the absolutely huge ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The grandstanding of Patrick Brown.

People who prefer to grandstand in politics can be a pain in the ass. There are times when a politician should to take a stand on an issue but that is when you can reason and suggest alternatives to help solve the problem. Our Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition in Ontario does not believe in ...

Aaron Manton: On Last Night’s News: My thoughts on the TTC fare increase

I appeared on Global News Toronto last night on behalf of TTC Riders to offer a few comments on the TTC fare increase coming into effect this weekend. Even though they spelled my name wrong, I was happy to have some good quotes make it into the online and broadcast versions of the story: “I ...

Progressive Proselytizing: John Tory’s ascension and the Metro’s ridiculous narrative

As John Tory is now officially the mayor of Toronto, everyone – particularly the media – is in search of an appropriate narrative to go with it. Some of those narratives are good and some are bad, but the Toronto Metro (a free daily mainly consumed on public transit) choose a just laughably terrible narrative. ...

Progressive Proselytizing: John Tory’s ascension and the Metro’s ridiculous narrative

As John Tory is now officially the mayor of Toronto, everyone – particularly the media – is in search of an appropriate narrative to go with it. Some of those narratives are good and some are bad, but the Toronto Metro (a free daily mainly consumed on public transit) choose a just laughably terrible narrative. ...

Eh Types: Ford Fin

Rob Ford is no longer the Mayor of Toronto. Not in name, not in law, not in anything but perhaps the delusional recesses of his brother’s mind. A quiet ending is not one many city observers would have predicted as little as six months ago. Many likely saw Ford leaving his office in defeat, if ...

Eh Types: You Get What You Need

Between changing more diapers and falling deeper in love than I’d have thought possible, I’ve struggled to put in to words my thoughts on Toronto’s election since the ballots were counted. Sleep deprivation is likely an accomplice to my inability to write an adequate epilogue but hardly the ringleader. More likely the feeling of having ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Our Long Municipal Nightmare Is Over

Of course one’s first response must be an overwhelming sense of relief.  The Ford’s are gone from power in this town, even though Rob reclaimed his council seat out in Etobicoke.  That’s a sideshow. Peak Ford has passed.  Ford Nation is dead.  Even though they turned out in full force for this the Ford’s have ...

Eh Types: When Being Right Feels Wrong

In March of this year I had a job interview with a well known political consulting group. I must say despite not being hired I immensely enjoyed the interview. One of the questions I was asked, other than my response to a zombie apocalypse, was what I thought the main issue facing Toronto in the ...

The Ranting Canadian: John Tory, the leading Conservative Party candidate for Toronto…

John Tory, the leading Conservative Party candidate for Toronto mayor, has gotten endorsements from the Conservative Toronto Sun (after they previously promoted the Ford brothers), the Conservative Globe and Mail, Conservative Toronto city councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, a bunch of other lesser-known Conservative city councillors, federal Conservative Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper ...

The Ranting Canadian: Doug Ford should drop out of the Toronto mayoral race – he is…

Doug Ford should drop out of the Toronto mayoral race – he is splitting the anti-John Tory vote. John Tory should drop out of the mayoral race because he is splitting the anti-Doug Ford vote. They should both drop out because they are both splitting the pro-Chow vote. If that sounds silly or presumptuous, then ...

Autonomy For All: Ranked Balloting (Toronto) Primer: This Needs to Happen

In 2013, City Council voted 25-16 in favour of a motion that (among other things) asked the province to implement legislation authorizing ranked balloting (or “instant runoff voting” – IRV) for municipal elections in Toronto.  Since then, the re-elected Liberals included a specific promise to implement such legislation for all Ontario municipalities. What Is It? ...

Autonomy For All: Ranked Balloting (Toronto) Primer: This Needs to Happen

In 2013, City Council voted 25-16 in favour of a motion that (among other things) asked the province to implement legislation authorizing ranked balloting (or “instant runoff voting” – IRV) for municipal elections in Toronto.  Since then, the re-elected Liberals included a specific promise to implement such legislation for all Ontario municipalities. What Is It? ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: John Tory’s Statement Withdrawing From Upcoming Debates

“With Doug Ford entering the race and less than six weeks to go until election day, we have entered a new phase of the campaign. John has extraordinary demands on his time and, unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate every event and request.”  Team Tory elaborates further at the other end of  the link.  Short ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Toronto Set To Elect Henry Blake

Amiable, sort of clueless.  The kind of guy who wanders around saying “the world is a square, the world is a square” until someone tells him its a rhomboid, after which he goes around saying “the world is a rhomboid, the world is a rhomboid.” Hopefully somebody tells him the Sheppard Subway is one big ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Olivia Chow loses when the race is about Rob Ford

On paper, the Toronto Mayoral race should be a cakewalk for the NDP’s Olivia Chow. Consider, it is down to two conservatives who will split votes on the right and a single progressive on the left, from a city who has previously had the political makeup to elect NDP candidates like David Miller. Indeed, part ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Olivia Chow loses when the race is about Rob Ford

On paper, the Toronto Mayoral race should be a cakewalk for the NDP’s Olivia Chow. Consider, it is down to two conservatives who will split votes on the right and a single progressive on the left, from a city who has previously had the political makeup to elect NDP candidates like David Miller. Indeed, part ...

Autonomy For All: The "SmartTrack" Political Context

SmartTrack: Politician designed transit works surprisingly well…for politicians To recap: John Tory has centred his Mayoral campaign on a promise to build a heavy surface rail (he calls “surface subway”) electrified line 53KM long that mostly uses 2 existing GO-Transit non-electrified lines and builds 12KM of new track along Eglinton west into Mississauga terminating just ...

Autonomy For All: The "SmartTrack" Political Context

SmartTrack: Politician designed transit works surprisingly well…for politicians To recap: John Tory has centred his Mayoral campaign on a promise to build a heavy surface rail (he calls “surface subway”) electrified line 53KM long that mostly uses 2 existing GO-Transit non-electrified lines and builds 12KM of new track along Eglinton west into Mississauga terminating just ...

Aaron Manton: Olivia Chow is the Best Choice for a Bike-Friendly Mayor of Toronto

On October 27th of this year, Toronto will have the opportunity to elect a new Mayor who will commit to improving transportation in our city. For those who want a bike-friendly mayor who understands the importance of all modes of transportation, Olivia Chow is the best choice.

Progressive Proselytizing: John Tory’s empty "plan" for Toronto

Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory has penned an op-ed in the National Post claiming to explain what his plan is for Toronto. Usually politicians spend most of their campaigning time spewing platitudes that are cute, but offer little insight into what they actually plan to do. Usually, however, buried somewhere – and you might think ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: TTC Chief Andy Byford On Scarborough LRT Vs. Subway

…or, at least, an LRT running underground: Andy Byford says that TTC is mindful of changing politics, is doing work on Scarb. transit that could apply to either subway or LRT— Ben Spurr (@BenSpurr) April 30, 2014 Byford: “What we’re trying to avoid is wasting money. Whether it were an LRT or a subway there’s ...

The Wandering Joe: The Man Who Said Too Little

Ok, I need to make a confession. There was once a time where I would say without too much reservation that, “I would be comfortable voting for John Tory as Mayor of Toronto.” I won’t specify how long ago that time was, but it was well before his campaign officially got under way. Back then ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Another BCLSB Exclusive: Story Refuted! John Tory Did NOT Take Weekend Off To Attend Masters Golf Tourney!

@Bigcitylib2 thanks. Good to see you as well. @JOHNTORYTO was canvassing in #Etobicoke today #topoli #tocouncil #Toronto— Nick Kouvalis (@NickKouvalis) April 12, 2014 I’d heard this from sources I deemed reliable.  Now I feel cheapened and betrayed.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: BCLSB Exclusive: John Tory Suspends Mayoral Campaign

TORY TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS CAMPAIGN  John Tory released the following statement this morning:There are some occasions so momentous that they rise above politics and  therefore should not be sullied by politics.  I will resume my run for the Toronto mayor’s office on Monday, April 14th.