IS TORONTO READY FOR ANOTHER RIDE ON THE DOUG FORD MERRY-GO-ROUND? PLEASE, NO-O-O-O-O!

The decision hasn’t been announced yet, but rumours are flying that DOUG FORD is going to take on JOHN TORY in the 2018 run for the mayor’s chair. We thought we’d seen the last of him politically. Apparently not.

Ford’s usual rants are about “the gravy train, taxes, taxes, taxes, suburbs vs downtown, the common folk, the elites, subways, subways, subways, and those horrible streetcars”. We’ve heard it all before and we’ll no doubt hear it all again – once the decision has been made official on Saturday, September 9.

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ADVICE TO THE WHITE HOUSE FROM TORONTO’S MARK TOWHEY ON CONTROLLING THE UNCONTROLLABLE

Who is MARK TOWHEY? He was Chief of Staff to notorious TORONTO Mayor Rob Ford and author of ‘Mayor Rob Ford: Uncontrollable’ published by Skyhorse Publishing in 2015. He was summarily fired in 2013.

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In a Buzzfeed article Mr. Towhey offers 13 pieces of advice to General JOHN KELLY, the U.S. president’s new Chief of Staff.

1 – Don’t try to change Donald Trump. He doesn’t fit the mold.
2 – Never doubt his mandate.
3 – Focus on the objective.
4 – Create a two-year game plan.
5 – Break the siege.
6 – Protect your staff.
7 – Etiquette matters.
8 – Trust your instincts.
9 – Give Trump answers, not options.
10 – Trust somebody.
11 – Plan your exit.
12 – Keep your resume up to date.
13 – Don’t break the law.

MARK TOWHEY on ROB FORD: “He routinely got into trouble for speaking his mind — was eccentric and unpredictable. The establishment and the mainstream media warred openly against him. He became a regular punchline on late night talk shows. He was the world’s most notorious mayor.”

The Buzzfeed article – https://www.buzzfeed.com/marktowhey/managing-the-unmanageable?utm_term=.tjxAD5qw7#.iqDYEX5Oq

QUEBEC FINDS LOTS OF “ANGLOS” (ENGLISH SPEAKERS) HAVE GONE DOWN THE ROAD (HWY. 401)

It’s taken decades of ‘goin’ down the road’ for the government of QUEBEC to welcome English speakers back home to La Belle Province.  Looking for a secure future, thousands of Quebecers (13,100 in 2014 alone) have moved to TORONTO and Western Canada, and the brain drain is ongoing.

Premier PHILIPPE COUILLARD has reached out to exiled “anglos” by saying “we need you” to help the province build a better future. “The English language is part of who we are, it’s part of our history,” said the premier at a news conference this past weekend.

Columnist BRENDAN KELLY in the English-language Montreal Gazette sums things up in a few words: “We’re different because we live in a French-language place. By definition, we’re submerged in a different culture. There’s the rub, though. We’re not really submerged in that culture.” On that point authors Jean-Marc Léger, Jacques Nantel and Pierre Duhamel agree that, “Anglo Quebecers form a distinct society unto themselves.”

For the complete story published in The Gazette go to
http://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/pq-youth-blast-liberals-for-contemplating-loosening-up-french-charter

TORONTO & CHICAGO VOW TO FIGHT TRUMP’S CASH SLASH TO GREAT LAKES RESTORATION

Mayor JOHN TORY (L) met with Mayor RAHM EMANUEL (R) while visiting CHICAGO this week. Both of them are united in their efforts to oppose Donald Trump’s proposal to cut federal cash to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Funds from the initiative are used to fight algae blooms, pollution and invasive species. “We don’t want to go backwards on that and (cutting $300 million) would take us backwards (on cross-border efforts)”, said Mayor Tory.

Mayor Emanuel has announced that CHICAGO will adopt the Paris climate-change guidelines no matter what Donald Trump has in mind.

Toronto, Montreal and Chicagothree amigos – plan to do more work on a joint position and sign a resolution in Montreal later this month.

Crain’s Chicago Business – http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170608/BLOGS02/170609878/toronto-mayor-john-tory-has-some-advice-for-rahm-emanuel

MAYOR JOHN TORY THREATENS TO STOP PLANNING ON A YORK REGION SUBWAY EXTENSION

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!

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.

CANADIAN CITIES ARE BOOMING – ISN’T IT TIME SENIOR GOVERNMENTS DOLED OUT MORE CA$H?

census2The 2016 Census numbers are in and the metropolitan area of TORONTO has outpaced the national and provincial growth rates. Statistics Canada reports a 6.2% population increase over the last 5 years. The national rate is 5.0% and the provincial rate is 4.6%.

TORONTO1The population of the actual city of TORONTO is 2,731,571 and of the census metropolitan area 5,583,064.

Y&DSQUARE5About a third of the country’s population now lives in TORONTO, Montreal and Vancouver metropolitan areas.

The 2016 Census is telling us that Canadian cities are growing rapidly, both in their downtown cores and suburban communities.  Big city mayors have requested $12.6-billion for affordable housing, and a big slice of the federal government’s $186-billion promised for infrastructure improvements.

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