We had Pantalone who would spend us dry and Smitherman of ehealth fame.
Ford might have an ass backwards view of cycling.... However, he wants to destabilize the crippling TTC, tear out the street car tracks (the real threat to cyclists) privatize garbage disposal, and trim the plump salaries of city hall.
Not much better over in the Mississauga end. Hazel got in again (no surprise) so on goes the urban sprawl and the paving of anything green. At least this will probably be her last term, she's getting too old.
I thought for sure that "special favour" she did for her son (holy conflict of interest, Batman! ) was gonna do her more damage but she still won by eleventy bizillion votes!
yah just build as much as possible to keep the taxes down, give people a couch, a TV and they will be happy. I would say that very few Mississaugaians actually cared about the issue, most people I talked to had the view of "o well she hasn't had to raise taxes in blah amount of years". Apparently in Mississauga you really only have to keep taxes down to win, who cares about any other issues.
I was surprised Smitherman didn't get knocked right out at the beginning by that ehealth tag. It's not the billion dollars flushed down the drain, it's the collateral damage to public opinion which will deter future investment in electronic medical records that's the crying shame. Amidst all the bafflegab about saving the public system though efficiency, electronic records is the one element that can actually make a difference. In my openly biased opinion that's an unforgiveable crime that affects all Torontonians, cyclists or not, and if the worst skeleton in Ford's closet is a DUI from 10 years ago I could care less about that.
On the bright side of things, I'm looking forward to acres and acres of fresh new pavement that are long overdue in this city. If we lose a few bike lanes along the way I can live with it.
Toronto is about to learn what Ottawa learned 4 years ago with Larry O'Brien.
Ford can make all the promises he wants, but the mayor doesn't wield much real power. He's only one vote, and getting councilors to follow his agenda will be like herding cats. Given his personality & style, he's going to have a difficult time of it.
i can't understand how people (hamilton) ***** and ***** and ***** about nothing getting done and then go and elect the same damn people as before. toronto can use some change.. hopefully they'll be alright. either way, it's just a matter of the lesser evil.