RedBedHead: Like You Needed To Be Told The Ford Bros Were Full Of S**T

Here was Mayor Rob Ford’s equally odious brother, Doug Ford at the transit debate on Wednesday: “The St. Clair streetcar is a total disaster.” Ahem..oh, really? Much maligned St. Clair line not so bad after all – The Globe and Mail: “Since the June, 2010, completion of the right-of-way from Yonge Street to Gunns Loop, ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Councillors Voted To Deny Rapid Transit For Their Constituents

On Feb. 8, 2012, the majority of Toronto City Council voted to reaffirm most of the Transit City LRT plans. The vote was 25-18. Nine councillors voted no to the plan that would bring rapid transit to their wards. The Ford transit plan would only have brought rapid transit to 4 of these 9 wards. ...

RedBedHead: Thank Occupy For Mayor Ford’s Big Defeat

Of course I know that it was a revolt by city councillors against the hare-brained, disastrous transit “policy” of Toronto Mayor Rob “I love gridlock” Ford. And it was the sweetest of sweet defeats against the Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum who like to think that they run the show like little Mubaraks. Here was ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Has Toronto’s Mayor Become Irrelevant?

Photo of Rob Ford by Tannis Toohey for The Toronto Star Yesterday, Toronto City Council took over the lead on transit planning in the city and voted to reaffirm most of the LRT lines outlined in the Transit City plan. Council voted 25-18 to reaffirm what was already a binding agreement between Toronto City Council ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Toronto Councillors To Vote For the Return of Most of Transit City

TTC Chair Karen Stintz Moves To Bury Rob Ford’s Subway This Wednesday, Toronto city council will vote to bring back most of the Transit City plan. 24 members of council have called the meeting to force this vote – a vote that should have happened a year ago, and a vote that has to be ...

Law is Cool: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Lacked Legal Authority to Cancel Transit City

Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish released a legal opinion today concluding that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford did not have legal authority to cancel Transit City.  The opinion concludes that the mayor does not have independent power to bind the city, and only exercises power delegated by council or specific legislative responsibility. Also see Pulat ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Toronto mayor Ford still confused after provincial election. Better chance now for Transit City comeback

NOW Magazine // Daily // News // Transit City’s minority reportExcerpts: The results of the provincial election have encouraged progressives still holding out hope for the resurrection of Transit City.  Councillor Adam Vaughan is among the devotees waiting for the transit plan’s second coming, and lately he’s seeing good omens. One of them is that ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Only Gravy Rob Ford Could Find

 …was on those poor kid’s Xmas turkey. Although I disagree that the late upsurge in Anti-Ford administration anger is entirely a product of Metro’s downtowners.  I know a couple of Ford voters living in the ridiculously congested Finch West/Yonge Street area who were supposed to get some form of enhanced public transit under Miller’s Transit City…eventually…and ...

Politics and its Discontents: Another Ardent Free Enterpriser Seeks A ‘Left-Wing’ solution

In what can be seen as either an act of hubris (Do as I say or I will unleash Ford Nation during the fall election) or an act of desperation (Oops, why did the private sector fail me?), Mayor Rob Ford made a visit to Dalton McGuinty yesterday, seeking a bailout of $650 million to ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: NY university names David Miller a city-building fellow

CTV Toronto – NY university names Miller a city-building fellow – CTV NewsFrom One Toronto:Rob Ford, a Mayor without VisionToronto residents should be proud to have our former mayor, David Miller, recognized as a city builder. From Transit City, to cleaning up the city, to working on poverty reduction to sustainability, Miller had vision. Contrast ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Noncommittal Rob Ford brushes off $130 million + $49 million wasted in cancelling Transit City

Metro – Ford deals death blow to Transit City Toronto must pay at least $49M to cancel LRT plan I was waiting for more numbers to come in before posting this. So far, we have a waste, by Ford, of $179 million. From the Metro article:Ford was noncommittal when asked who will be responsible for ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: The Rob Ford supporters never paid attention

Mapping Toronto’s Wellbeing – TorontoistOkay, first, no one is surprised that they didn’t and don’t pay attention. Here is a smoking gun of inattentiveness:Scroll down to “Overcrowded TTC Routes”. Notice that the most overcrowded public transit routes are in the heartland of Ford Nation – Mainly Northern Etobicoke, but also in South Etobicoke, NW North ...

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 ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: Stuck in Traffic in Transportation City

“Send in the clownsDon’t bother they are here.”– Stephen Sondheim from the 1973 musical ‘A Little Night Music’ As a transit rider and taxpayer, I write of our right to moral outrage. The events since the October 25th municipal election have left me reeling- from the Ringling Brothers pomp and circumstance of Don Cherry’s inauguration ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: Stuck in Traffic in Transportation City

“Send in the clownsDon’t bother they are here.”– Stephen Sondheim from the 1973 musical ‘A Little Night Music’ As a transit rider and taxpayer, I write of our right to moral outrage. The events since the October 25th municipal election have left me reeling- from the Ringling Brothers pomp and circumstance of Don Cherry’s inauguration ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: An Infinite Corridor, Reinventing the Automobile, and the Resilient City

Two weeks ago, as I galloped down MIT’s Infinite Corridor, I spotted a poster advertising the speech of Ray LaHood, US Secretary of Transportation, as part of the Transportation@ MIT lecture series. At MIT, 230 faculty are working on progressive transport initiatives, drawn from the School of Engineering, the School of Architecture and Planning, and ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: An Infinite Corridor, Reinventing the Automobile, and the Resilient City

Two weeks ago, as I galloped down MIT’s Infinite Corridor, I spotted a poster advertising the speech of Ray LaHood, US Secretary of Transportation, as part of the Transportation@ MIT lecture series. At MIT, 230 faculty are working on progressive transport initiatives, drawn from the School of Engineering, the School of Architecture and Planning, and ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: "Stakeholders not Shareholders"

Gordon Mack Scott, Managing Partner of the Strategic Improvement Company, speaks about the need to protect municipal assets, and public services, so that we can all be players in the greater economy. I shot this interview in Ward 18, which is part of the Davenport Riding, a high priority region in the City of Toronto, ...

Railroaded by Metrolinx: "Stakeholders not Shareholders"

Gordon Mack Scott, Managing Partner of the Strategic Improvement Company, speaks about the need to protect municipal assets, and public services, so that we can all be players in the greater economy. I shot this interview in Ward 18, which is part of the Davenport Riding, a high priority region in the City of Toronto, ...