TORONTO’s mayor JOHN TORY is standing up for the City against provincial politicians when it comes to extending Line 1 into York Region. In short, he wants planning to pause until funds are forthcoming for a much-needed Downtown Relief Line (DRL).
The TORONTO Transit Commission (TTC) is very much involved in this. “If we are uncertain that the Relief Line will be funded or not, then why would we be devoting our time working on the Yonge Street north extension because the two are very much interconnected? That project is a regional project and it won’t do anything for commuters in the City of TORONTO. Not one thing,” Tory said. “The Relief Line must be well advanced and funded before we can even consider an expansion.
“That extension will only add more passengers to the Yonge St. subway, and without relief, I can’t allow that to happen.” – MAYOR JOHN TORY
And here’s the rub – the extension project is backed by suburban politicians north of TORONTO, including influential Liberal cabinet ministers in Premier KATHLEEN WYNNE’s government. Ouch!
COUNCILLORS WHO SPENT THE MOST
Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39), Scarborough/Agincourt – $54,070.08
Ana Bailao (Ward 18), Davenport – $47.421.51
Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7), York West – $46,351.98
James Pasternak (Ward 10), York Centre- $44,944.14
Anthony Peruzza (Ward 8), York West – $41,439.19
COUNCILLORS WHO SPENT THE LEAST
Michael Ford (Ward 2), Etobicoke North – $1,403.42
Stephen Holyday (Ward 3), Etobicoke Centre – $2,601.18
Christin Carmichael Greb (Ward 16), Eglinton/Lawrence – $14,091.25
Frances Nunziata (Ward 11), York South/Weston – $14,829.77
Chin Lee (Ward 41), Scarborough/Rouge River – $15,059.16
Mayor JOHN TORY, whose larger office budget is approved by council, slashed his expenses nearly in half over last year from a total $103,319 to $56,581.
A more civil man you couldn’t find, but for the first time MAYOR JOHN TORY has blasted the Ontario government at Queens Park. In short, Premier KATHLEEN WYNNE and her colleagues won’t allow the city to begin tolling the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway – two freeways totally maintained by TORONTO taxpayers. <PHOTO ABOVE – CBC>
MAYOR JOHN TORY: “The City of Toronto is Canada’s champion. We are the only global metropolis in this country. It is time that we stop being treated, and I stop being treated, as a little boy going up to Queen’s Park in short pants to say ‘please, could you help me out with something that I thought was in the City of Toronto Act that I could do,’ and to be told ‘no, I’m terribly sorry, go away and come back some other day.”
“This is the latest in a series of paternalistic responses that undervalue municipal autonomy and the priorities of TORONTO’s over three million residents,” he said. “If the Ontario government has decided to deny a regulatory change requested by the overwhelming majority of City Council, (I) would expect the provincial government to take serious and immediate action to address the city’s transit, transportation, childcare and housing needs.” <PHOTO ABOVE – Rose Children’s Theatre, Eugene, Oregon>
Mayor JOHN TORY and Police Chief MARK SAUNDERS are highly rated in the latest Forum Research Poll. Mayor Tory 72% and Chief Mark Saunders 66%.
Forum Research president LORNE BOZINOFF on Mayor Tory’s rating – “I think the public reacts (well) to Tory’s middle-of-the-road approach of modest tax increases and modest budget cuts.”
On Chief Saunders – “As more people get to know … Saunders they will react to him like those who already know him, so his ‘don’t know’ ratings will go down and his approval ratings will go up.”
A new Forum Research poll conducted on June 14 by phone, suggests most Torontonians approve of the work Mayor John Tory is doing. 74% after 18 months in office. Not bad, Mr. Mayor. Approval was highest among residents 65 and over, those who earned between $100,000 to $250,000, and who had completed post-graduate studies.
56 homicides in 2015 (compared to 57 in 2014)
36 more people shot than in 2014
90% increase in people wounded by gunfire in 2015
48% increase in shootings (135 in 2015; 91 in 2014)
<‘The Three Stooges’ – enough said>
2015 HOMICIDE RATES IN TORONTO & OTHER CITIES PER 100,000
TORONTO – 2.01 per 100,000
VANCOUVER – 1.2
PORTLAND – 2.3
ATLANTA – 19.01
CHICAGO – 18.5
SAN FRANCISCO – 8.6
NEW YORK CITY – 5.1
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