Tag Archives: City Hall

Toronto as a city state?…

A place to live, a place to grow, Ontari-ari-ari-Oh! The people who govern Toronto periodically bemoan the constraints on their authority.  In Canada, cities are the constitutional children of provinces. There are two approaches to fixing problems in the governance of cities.  The one favoured by provinces is the shrinking of problems through amalgamation and…
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a different kind of mayor

To choose Jennifer Keesmaat as the next mayor of Toronto, you would ordinarily compare her virtues to her rival, John Tory.  But these are extraordinary times.  Despite a roaring economy, Toronto’s government was already in a delicate condition and is now under full siege. The newly elected Premier has some scores to settle against a…
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autopsy on accountability in transit planning

This blog always relates in some way to our consulting practice.  At its best, it shares privileged insights with a small group of curious decision makers across the country.  At its worst, it’s a drifty zeppelin of bloviation; informing nothing, concluding nothing, urging nothing.  This post will be no better than the worst, and no…
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Scarborough subway is the Maginot Line of Toronto transit

Mayor Tory has prevented another debate about the Scarborough subway.  Council has agreed to stop talking about it. Yet the papers are full of questions and discussion about alternatives.  A few Councillors, led by Josh Matlow, are demanding to know more about the net cost of switching to Tory’s new transit scheme.  Imagine that!  Maybe the discussion won’t…
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