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 ...

OpenMedia.ca: The Globe and Mail: Wind Mobile brings cell service to Toronto subways

Great news for subway commuters users in Toronto, and yet another reason to escape the high prices and rampant abuse of the Big Three as new options become viable for CanadiansWe hope that other providers will follow Wind’s lead, and that the CRTC and Industry Canada will take bold steps to improve mobile choice and ...

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 ...

Autonomy For All: The Forest On Chow’s Bus Pledge Problems

How did we let our bus fleet get into this bad a shape and why is Chow the only “major” candidate proposing anything to fix it? The Toronto Star has today published a piece finding problems in the feasibility of Olivia Chow’s promise to improve bus service if elected Mayor.  To be specific, Chow promises ...

Autonomy For All: The Forest On Chow’s Bus Pledge Problems

How did we let our bus fleet get into this bad a shape and why is Chow the only “major” candidate proposing anything to fix it? The Toronto Star has today published a piece finding problems in the feasibility of Olivia Chow’s promise to improve bus service if elected Mayor.  To be specific, Chow promises ...

Politics and its Discontents: Oops!

But at least young Tim manages to retain his boyish grin during yet another campaign gaffe. Recommend this Post

BigCityLib Strikes Back: T.O. Bus Drivers Talk Ford Scandal

Got a friendly bus driver last evening.  He apologized profusely, on behalf of the City of Toronto and the TTC itself, for the fact that no less than three (3) buses on route #___ had suffered breakdowns. And could we all please move back.  He kept it up with the friendly banter, greeting passengers individually ...

Autonomy For All: What a Free Market Municipal Transit "System" Looks Like

Former Rob Ford chief of Staff Mark Towhey gained some notoriety in the 2010 mayor’s race for a blog post he wrote prior to joining Ford’s team where he advocated the city simply shut down the TTC and sell off whatever assets that anyone wants to buy.  For anyone familiar with internet libertarians, it is ...

Autonomy For All: What a Free Market Municipal Transit "System" Looks Like

Former Rob Ford chief of Staff Mark Towhey gained some notoriety in the 2010 mayor’s race for a blog post he wrote prior to joining Ford’s team where he advocated the city simply shut down the TTC and sell off whatever assets that anyone wants to buy.  For anyone familiar with internet libertarians, it is ...

Autonomy For All: What Might A Finch Subway Look Like?

Rob Ford says he wants to replace the in-flight project to build the Finch Ave West LRT with a subway.  No details of any plan have been released.  What could such a subway look like? First, here is the planned Finch LRT, running between a yet-to-be-built subway station at Finch & Keele, and Humber college’s ...

Politics and its Discontents: TTC to Customer: We Take Your Complaint Seriously …

But we won’t tell you if we did anything about it. Recommend this Post

RedBedHead: Rob Ford Isnt The Mayor, He’s A Reality TV Show

Cue circus music: “It’s the Rob Ford Show” OK, OK, I get the joke now. For most of the last two years I’ve watched in horror as our metropolis was being run like a bingo game for compulsive cheaters. It was bad enough that his raison d’etre seemed to be to shut down as many ...

Nunc Scio: Count me in for “OneCity”

By now you’ve probably heard about TTC Chair Karen Stintz (pictured) and Councilor Glenn DeBaeremaeker mega-plan for transity in Toronto- OneCity. Royson James has all the details over at the Star, so I won’t rehash them here. But in short – subways, LRT, and a plan that actually works for Toronto. Not just Toronto today, ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Ontario Budget Attempts to Privatize Public Transit and other Public Services

From TTC Riders site: Just as we savour our victory in winning back four Light Rail Transit lines for Toronto, an even greater threat is presenting itself—two provincial government initiatives that may foster privatization of our public transit systems. They are: 1) Schedule 28 (The Government Services and Service Providers Act, 2012), which is a section of the provincial government’s ...

Paulitical Satire: Toronto’s Queen Streetcar – Movie Monday

So, this week our illustrious movie maker William Matthews, over at www.digitialfootprint.ca, and I wanted to do something a little different for Movie Monday. Thus, we set out on our 1 and a half hour journey (really, more like 5 hours) from the west end of our fair city all the way to the east. ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Coward Rob Ford Leaves Chaos In His Wake

Today, Toronto mayor Rob Ford bolted and ran when he saw that he could not win the day. He left a fractured and confused City Hall in his wake. This mayor is finding by not working to gain a consensus, by not being willing to listen to reason, by not being interested in leading, that ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Rob Ford’s Lackey, Gordon Chong, Rips Off Consultants for $80,000

Gordon Chong mismanaged his funds and ripped off consultants to the tune of  $80,000 (hired them knowing there was no money to pay them).Now the city will be on the hook to bail out his mismanagement. Guess who picked Chong to do this? Yep, Rob Ford, mathematician extraordinaire. THANKS ROB FORD! The Toronto Star paints ...

Rob Ford’s mayoral trajectory | #TOpoli

Yeah, yeah, I know. Originally I thought this was a good representation of George Smitherman’s campaign, but I’m an environmentalist, and I believe in recycling, and given Mayor Stupid and Brother Dumbfuck’s handling of the transit file (subways, subways everywhere … ) Related posts: Oh, look: everything Team Ford touches turns to crap. Don’t look ...

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 ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Crippled General Laid Bare

That is the phrase Star columnist Royson James uses to describe Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Even if you live nowhere near the city, his analysis of power misused and abused makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the mentality and tactics of the right-wing. Recommend this Post

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Respect for the Taxpayer from Rob Ford – NOT!

Rob Ford got his lackeys on the TTC council to fire Gary Webster, the Chief General Manager the other day for doing his job well. They fired him without just cause. As a result, the City (that’s you, taxpayers), will be on the hook for $560,000.00 for Gary’s severance package. They could have let him ...

Chris Tindal: Rob Ford word cloud

This morning The Globe and Mail published an opinion piece by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in which he lays out his case for subways, parking taxes, families and exciting new retail opportunities. After reading it once through I thought some of his word choices were interesting, so I created this word cloud using Wordle.

Politics and its Discontents: The Arrogant and The Obsequious

For those both fascinated and repelled by the abuse of power happening in Toronto, and the obsequious who make possible that abuse, I highly recommend today’s column by Royson James, who speculates on the qualities of pusillanimous appeasement that will be required in Gary Webster’s replacement. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Torontonians Rising to the Challenge Presented by Mayor Ford’s Fascism

Although I don’t live in Toronto, I am riveted to and outraged by stories of those who abuse their power. As discussed in my previous post, that is precisely what is transpiring in ‘the big smoke’ under the direction of Rob Ford and his acolytes. Fortunately, however, people are fighting back. Despite the fact that ...

Politics and its Discontents: Fascism Spreads To Toronto

Although Canada will likely never see executions for wrong-thinking, the career equivalent of such is very much evident in Toronto, under the benighted ‘leadership’ of Rob Ford and his cabal of retrogressive ‘thinkers’ and Ford loyalists (aka TTC Commissioners Norm Kelly, Vince Crisanti, Frank Di Giorgio, Denzil Minnan-Wong and Cesar Palacio}. A special meeting of ...