Tag Archives: Metrolinx

the politics of the Scarborough Subway – a view from above

Welcome to our planet and our City.  Before I take you to our leaders, let me prepare you for what you are about to see. For anyone arriving in Toronto by spaceship this week, or for anyone looking into the city’s affairs for the first time ever, this will astonish you.  A cash strapped 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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Scarborough Subway: A Ride to Nowhere

The triumph of Scarborough subway advocates is demoralizing.  I felt the same way at the height of the Toronto casino debate, but this is worse.  Much worse. The casino debate was like a gold rush.  Everyone was afraid of missing out.  Otherwise decent public servants and politicians turned into lobbyists for a plan that would…
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Casinos and the public service: a collision of motives

The Province’s hard driving campaign to promote gambling in Ontario has become an ethical train wreck.  The surest sign is the sudden defection of people from high levels of public trust into the employ of casino promoters.  Their recruitment by the industry is a sign of desperation.  Their unconcealed service of private interests, while engaged…
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