Doubt John Tory will be in drunken stupors, refuse to answer questions, or not play well with others. Could be boring, but I may prefer John instead of Rob.
Wonder when, not if, John Tory becomes becomes "Mayor of all the people of Toronto", he'll get rid of the "record every vote" procedure at city council and replace it with "negative voting"? If absent, the councillor's vote counts to whatever direction the Mayor votes for.
While I don't particularly like Tory, if there is even the slightest chance Ford might squeeze up the middle between him and Chow I'd swallow my pride and cast a ballot for Tory. This needs to be a two candidate race to ensure Ford is unemployed next month.
Maybe I have too much faith in Tory's reasonableness, but I do not believe he will be anything like Ford or Mel. Ford could not take advice. Mel was a North York wardheeler, which got us Sheppard.
Tory's take on Finch/Sheppard LRT is reasonable. Let's see if EgConnects was a blip or trend. SmartTrack is mostly accelerating others' good ideas, without a lot of extra contribution. I find it hard to believe that those initiatives can cause too much alarm.
Metrolinx was created while Miller was Mayor of Toronto, in 2006. Under Ford, Metrolinx really "took over", because of Ford's "disregard" of public transit. Maybe under Tory, Toronto may try to start some projects, such as SmartTrack, but I feel Toronto has lost the leadership in guiding transit growth. Its in Metrolinx's control these days. The TTC may have some input, not what it was under Miller.
I agree. Re: Eg Connects, he may only adjust the part between Mt Pleasant and Avenue Rd, which is a very small part of the Eg Connects plan, to be 4 lanes like the rest of Eglinton in the plan, if it's even possible at this point.
The rest of the plan, midrise development, improved pedestrian realm, bike lanes, big trees, some re-zoning to commercial etc, should be safe.
He's clearly stated that the LRTs will proceed. SmartTrack is just an adjustment of GO RER to add more stops and have it costs TTC fare. GO RER is happening under Metrolinx regardless.