HOW TAXPAYER’S MONEY WAS SPENT – EXPENSES CLAIMED IN 2016 BY TORONTO CITY POLITICIANS

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.

ROAD TOLLS – FED UP TO THE BACK TEETH, MAYOR JOHN TORY LETS THE PREMIER HAVE IT

tory-roadtolls1A 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>

tory-roadtolls3MAYOR 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.”

tory-roadtolls2“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 TORY & POLICE CHIEF SAUNDERS GET HIGH MARKS IN THE LATEST FORUM RESEARCH POLL

tory-saunders1Mayor JOHN TORY and Police Chief MARK SAUNDERS are highly rated in the latest Forum Research Poll. Mayor Tory 72% and Chief Mark Saunders 66%.

torysaunders3Forum 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.”

torysaunders2On 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.”

MAYOR JOHN TORY’S APPROVAL RATING REMAINS STEADY AT 74% – 18 MONTHS AFTER BEING ELECTED

JOHNTORY1A 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.

John Tory At Pride Week Event

FEWER HOMICIDES BY ONE IN TORONTO THIS YEAR, BUT THAT’S NOT THE WHOLE STORY

FIFTY-SIX1 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)
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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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APPROVAL RATINGS HAVE COME IN FOR TORONTO MAYOR JOHN TORY & PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU

JUSTIN&JOHN3 JUSTIN&JOHN1TORONTO appears to be tickled pink with JOHN TORY. A new Forum Opinion Poll released on November 25 gives the Mayor an approval rating of 77% – the highest it’s been since he was elected in 2014. Forum considers the results accurate within 3%, 19 times out of 20.
JUSTIN&JOHN4Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU certainly had the approval of several hundred shrieking female (and some male) fans in Manila after his closing press conference at the APEC Summit. “He’s so handsome,” said one young fan. “He’s like Superman.” <PHOTO – Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press>

JUSTIN&JOHN5President Obama must be thinking “those were the days.”  The President has invited Mr. Trudeau to the White House in January. <PHOTO – Susan Walsh/Associated Press>

TORONTO’S ‘NIGHTMARE ON QUEEN ST. WEST’, ROB FORD, RETURNS IN BOOK FORM

FORDBOOK1Prediction: this juicy ‘tell-all’ tome will be flying off the shelves as Torontonians relive the Mayor Rob Ford days/daze – now behind us, but still in a dark corner of our minds.

Authors Johanna Schneller and Mark Twohey have written about the most ridiculed and scandal-ridden mayor this city has ever elected.

FORDBOOK4Ford’s former chief-of-staff MARK TWOHEY, a conservative military man, takes us behind-the-scenes to reveal details previously unknown about Ford’s crack and booze-laden “administration”.
The book is the first about Ford by a former insider, who was summarily fired and marched out the door during the mayor’s crack cocaine scandal.  He’s now a broadcaster.

FORDBOOK3Mayor Rob Ford: Uncontrollable; How I Tried to Help the World’s Most Notorious Mayor will be released on Oct. 27, publisher Skyhorse Publishing says.

The book description reads “Towhey gives an insider account of working with Ford, covering for him, managing a man who people see as a joke, who trips over himself in videos; who throws candy at children instead of handing it to them; who rants and raves, and gets belligerent in meetings and at private events.”

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