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: Rob Ford Crushes the First Toronto Mayoral Debate

Sorry, fellow progressives, but it’s true. The first debate was, somewhat mercifully, fairly policy focused with large sections devoted to debating various transit plans (such as LRT vs subways in Scarborough), finances, the Billy Bishop Airport expansion, and so on. In this context, and with a format that had a combination of one minute short ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Another Poll: Chow Ahead

Olivia Chow led the field of mayoral candidates in a poll conducted the day of her official campaign launch event.Chow had the support of 36 per cent of respondents, incumbent Rob Ford 28 per cent, John Tory 22 per cent. They all held wide leads over Karen Stintz at 5 per cent and David Soknacki ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Stintz Line: Soknacki On Stintz

Click on it to see it better. As I’ve mentioned previously, David Soknacki is an intriguing candidate, and I predict that his anti-Scarborough subway stance will prove to be surprisingly popular now that the bill for it has come due. I have not heard the fellow speak, but a lobbyist friend has and tells me ...

RedBedHead: Three Reasons Why Ford Should Stay

Everyone’s clamouring for Ford to resign: he lied, he smoked crack, he was wasted on the job, the city needs a competent administration. Balls, I say. I’ve seen competent administrations and I can say for certain in the present climate that a “competent administration” will focus its attention on further austerity and attacking those who ...

RedBedHead: Three Reasons Why Ford Should Stay

Everyone’s clamouring for Ford to resign: he lied, he smoked crack, he was wasted on the job, the city needs a competent administration. Balls, I say. I’ve seen competent administrations and I can say for certain in the present climate that a “competent administration” will focus its attention on further austerity and attacking those who ...

RedBedHead: Bye Bye Rob Ford, Hello Karen Stintz

There is the sound of champagne corks being popped and cheers in the streets. Everyone smiles at each other and winks, knowing that soon it will all be over. The hated burgermeister is falling and no one, except perhaps his family, will be sad to see him go. And he has been felled by none ...

RedBedHead: Bye Bye Rob Ford, Hello Karen Stintz

There is the sound of champagne corks being popped and cheers in the streets. Everyone smiles at each other and winks, knowing that soon it will all be over. The hated burgermeister is falling and no one, except perhaps his family, will be sad to see him go. And he has been felled by none ...

The Equivocator: The 2012 “You Go Girl!” Awards. Presented by: The Equivocator

Context: I don’t like to think of this blog as existing in a vacuum. You may not be aware of it but I am also an avid user of the twitter and the facebook (my twitter feed is there on the right side of my blog btw.) On twitter (you can follow me at @Uranowski) whenever I ...

RedBedHead: Rob Ford Shouldn’t Be Removed On A Technicality

I’ve been thinking about this a lot since the decision came down to oust Rob Ford over a “conflict of interest” technicality a couple of weeks ago. I have a feeling that this might be controversial or get me into trouble so let me just start by saying that I’d love to see Rob Ford ...

The Progressive Right: Karen Stintz on Tim Hudak’s Transit Credentials

Karen Stintz, Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, on Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak`s credentials on the transit file. Mr. Hudak has some experience with the TTC, its infrastructure delays and its funding, from his time in [Ontario Progressive Conservative] caucus in 1995. Tough decisions were made then. Those decisions reverberate today. They should ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Toronto City Council Takes Over Governance From Lame Duck Mayor Ford

“The questions several councillors are now asking is, “Is this the new normal? Must we rescue every issue from the administration’s incompetence?”¹- The answer, of course, is, unfortunately YES. Before the election, when it looked like Ford would win, I was hoping that council would stop Ford’s nonsense from the beginning. It has taken council ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: Getting to Work on Transit City

This is the deputation I gave in City Hall on February 2nd regarding bus service cuts. Meeting Room #2 was overflowing — 160 constituents, 30 above fire code — waited their turn for over 5 hours for 5 minutes of time to speak to Toronto Transit Commissioners, and City Councillors. Run by Councillor Stintz, the ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: Getting to Work on Transit City

This is the deputation I gave in City Hall on February 2nd regarding bus service cuts. Meeting Room #2 was overflowing — 160 constituents, 30 above fire code — waited their turn for over 5 hours for 5 minutes of time to speak to Toronto Transit Commissioners, and City Councillors. Run by Councillor Stintz, the ...