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!
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.
Mayor JOHN TORY has drawn the proverbial line in the sand. He will not help former city councillor DOUG FORD raise any money to pay off his campaign debts. Mr. Tory made it clear that Ford’s attack ads during last fall’s election campaign offended him deeply, and he’d be nuts to “raise money which would finance, in effect, quite directly the running of ads that called into question my character.”
In the past the Mayor has helped several former rivals for the mayor’s chair – David Miller, David Soknacki, Jane Pitfield, and even Rob Ford (Doug’s notorious brother). But Doug Ford’s personal attacks crossed the line.
“I think people would call into question whether I was thinking straight if I went out and helped raise money to pay off a debt incurred to run ads to attack me over and over again, all day – most of the money was spent on that,” said the Mayor.