Tag Archives: John Tory

Spinning Straw Into Gold: What Happened to ‘Garbage In, Garbage Out’?

Elsewhere I’ve gonged the media for uncritically reporting misleading polling results, spinning headlines from them like Rumplestiltskin spinning gold from straw. It’s a problem because it actually sways uninformed viewers, listeners, and readers in ways that encourage acceptance of future falsehoods. In this case, it might seem more comical than offensive. On first blush, you…
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Politicking In Government

It’s not hard to distinguish between the role of a political party and the role of a government. One is a purely partisan group that works to gain power. The other serves at the will of the people to deliver on the promises made while its members were politicking. Between elections, politicians become governors. Whether…
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A false dilemma about Section 37 deals

I’ve been urging that we manage public-private partnerships differently, and that we use Section 37 agreements to better effect.  I should be more careful what I wish for. Affordable housing is already possible under Section 37 of the Provincial Planning Act.  Only a small portion of the developers contributions have been used for this purpose.The City…
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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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