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BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Union Pearson Express (UPX)

Have no fear, #Toronto. There are plenty of open seats available on my #UPX train to Pearson Airport. #onpoli #topoli pic.twitter.com/Fruam7LjaQ

— Mark McQueen (@markrmcqueen) August 18, 2015

$27 per trip.  Who knows how many mills to build.  

This means, officially, that every transit line they’ve built in this town since 1986 when I . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Union Pearson Express (UPX)

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

reeves report: Contentious Rouge Park Bill Passes Third Reading

Despite united opposition against the proposed National Urban Park, Conservative Bill C-40 passed third reading Monday. The legislation is now on its way to the Tory-dominated Senate for further review.

Orchard Trail in Rouge Park.

The passage of Bill C-40 in Ottawa earlier this week, creating the country’s first National Urban Park in Toronto’s . . . → Read More: reeves report: Contentious Rouge Park Bill Passes Third Reading

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 … . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: John Tory’s ascension and the Metro’s ridiculous 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 . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: John Tory’s ascension and the Metro’s ridiculous narrative

Aaron Manton: My #TOpoli Influence

I found my modest dot on this data visualization of 2014 #TOpoli tweeters by Vox Pop Labs. It’s just about exactly where/how big you’d expect it to be: Pretty neat! You can see the whole graphic, as well as a list of the 101 most influential tweeters, here.Filed under: Toronto Politics Tagged: Toronto, Toronto Media, . . . → Read More: Aaron Manton: My #TOpoli Influence

Aaron Manton: 2014 Municipal Election Endorsements

Toronto Mayor – Olivia Chow Brant Mayor – Roy Haggart Toronto City Council Ward 1 – Idil Burale Ward 2 – Andray Domise Ward 9 – Maria Augimeri Ward 13 – Sarah Doucette Ward 14 – Gord Perks Ward 16 – JP Boutros Ward 17 – Alejandra Bravo Ward 18 – Alex Mazer Ward 19 . . . → Read More: Aaron Manton: 2014 Municipal Election Endorsements

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 . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: John Tory, the leading Conservative Party candidate for Toronto…

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

reeves report: Ontario and Ottawa face off over fate of Rouge Park lands

A STANDOFF IS BREWING east of Toronto in the Rouge Valley between Queen’s Park and the federal government over the proposed Rouge National Urban Park.

Ontario Infrastructure Minister Brad Duguid made it clear to federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq that the province would not hand 5,400 acres of land it owns, stretching from Lake Ontario . . . → Read More: reeves report: Ontario and Ottawa face off over fate of Rouge Park lands

The Ranting Canadian: Gallery: Doug Ford campaign posters.

Gallery: Doug Ford campaign posters.

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, . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Olivia Chow loses when the race is about Rob Ford

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… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Olivia Chow loses when the race is about Rob Ford

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Chief Blair…Unchained

Seen at the bottom of Sue-Ann Levy’s latest:

I posed a question while on a media panel at the last mayoral debate which stated Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has of late spent considerable money on lawsuits trying to muzzle members of the Police Services Board. This was incorrect and I apologize to the chief.

. . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Chief Blair…Unchained

The Ranting Canadian: I’m surprised I have never seen anyone post this song…

I’m surprised I have never seen anyone post this song (click on the video link above) in relation to the fucked-up Ford brothers, Doug and Rob. Maybe I have just missed it. The original lyrics don’t all apply to the Fords, so here is an amended version.

Asshole (Rob Ford version)

. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: I’m surprised I have never seen anyone post this song…

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 . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: John Tory’s empty "plan" for Toronto

The Ranting Canadian: No wonder Rob Ford is so screwed up. His mother is Dame Edna…

No wonder Rob Ford is so screwed up. His mother is Dame Edna and his father was Nosh from the movie Eat the Rich (see photos above).

But seriously folks, you good people of the great city of Toronto, there’s something disturbing about Ford’s mother . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: No wonder Rob Ford is so screwed up. His mother is Dame Edna…

The Ranting Canadian: Photo Gallery: May Day 2014 in Toronto The theme of the 2014…

Photo Gallery: May Day 2014 in Toronto

The theme of the 2014 Toronto May Day (International Workers Day) event was Honour Communities: Fight Capitalism. The chilly evening rally started at Alan Gardens, transformed into a march west on Carlton/College, and concluded at Queen’s Park with . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Photo Gallery: May Day 2014 in Toronto
The theme of the 2014…

The Ranting Canadian: Due to the poor attendance at Rob Ford’s campaign kickoff…

Due to the poor attendance at Rob Ford’s campaign kickoff party, his new theme song could be “Half Empty Halls” by The Evaporators.

By most accounts, the April 17, 2014 event was a flop, with low turnout, no “history in the making” moments (another Ford promise broken), none of the celebrity appearances . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Due to the poor attendance at Rob Ford’s campaign kickoff…

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 . . . → Read More: The Wandering Joe: The Man Who Said Too Little

reeves report: Toronto offering on-bill financing for home energy retrofits

A homeowner installing fiberglass insulation as part of Penticton, B.C.’s energy retrofit loan program.

It might be time to replace that aging water heater in the basement. Or that thinning insulation in the attic.

The City of Toronto is here to help, announcing last week that it’s taking steps to make it easier . . . → Read More: reeves report: Toronto offering on-bill financing for home energy retrofits

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 . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Rob Ford Crushes the First Toronto Mayoral Debate

Trashy's World: As O-Town doesn’t really have a Mayoral race to speak of…

… this political junkie has to find another one to follow and enjoy. And Toronto, the land of the crack-smoking, loud, obnoxious, and the tacky champion of all Torontonians with a sub 75 IQ, is the place to watch. Especially now that Olivia Chow is resigning her seat in the House to run against that . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: As O-Town doesn’t really have a Mayoral race to speak of…

Politics and its Discontents: A Little Something For The Cinephile

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