November 24, 2017

“Nightmare” of transit, taxes, traffic: Doug Ford issues “Tory Ticket” to Toronto Mayor

David MenziesMission Specialist

Toronto has a whiz-bang way to get traffic moving on King Street — namely, it has banned vehicles that aren’t streetcars.

Welcome to the latest salvo in Toronto’s War on the Car!

Doug Ford, the man who hopes to be the city’s next mayor, explains why he’s not happy.

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commented 2017-11-24 23:03:02 -0500
Andrew socialists stick their nose in everyone business so please do not lecture others on having an opinion on another city. It is pathetic. And the streetcar is not the only thing that matters. Let me know when the mayor uses it all the time.
commented 2017-11-24 23:00:35 -0500
Frank who the Fuck are you to disagree with Americans who give Trump a high rating? And Tory is a goof. You are such a hypocrite.
commented 2017-11-24 22:58:32 -0500
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt,

You keep saying that, but when proof is provided and you can’t negate that proof with backing up your own claims – you leave the thread because you know you have got nothing.

That happened just last week with you and I, so obviously one way or another – Andrew can’t win. Instead of saying that you were wrong, you will just leave a thread and pretend that it never happened.
commented 2017-11-24 22:53:19 -0500
liza Rosie,

You don’t even live in Toronto – how the fuck would you know AND who are you to disagree with the Torontonians that have given John Tory a high approval rating?
commented 2017-11-24 22:50:57 -0500
So Andrew, if your claims are true; and you are a junior professor, would you not speak to a student who deliberately doesn’t cite sources for anything and expects you to take their word for it? That is your habit when you post on Rebel, and, you are called on this repeatedly. Too bad you continue to do this, and, only mention where you got your stats after being called out. No link again, just a little comment to say “the numbers seem reliable” Tsk Tsk
Good luck with your move, you’re going to need it.
commented 2017-11-24 22:42:53 -0500
‘John Tory is a great Mayor’ Hi Frankie, keep repeating that, maybe it will help. Wannabe.
commented 2017-11-24 22:25:32 -0500
Yeah, the Ford’s are treated badly because they make council squirm and actually work for their pay. You don’t like them because you are one or are just like the downtown elites I mentioned. So stuck up you would give up efficient garbage pick up and no city worker strikes in the stinking Toronto summer, just to virtue signal with the ‘cool ’kids. You would turn your nose up to more of your hard earned dollars staying in your pocket instead of the pocket of the Mayor, council and FRIENDS in raises, favors and stupid green initiatives that do nothing but hose taxpayers.
You would live downtown would you? That’s a laugh. When was the last time you were in downtown Toronto Andrew?

Not to disrespect Rob, but half cut he did a better job for Toronto than Tory ever could sober as a judge. However unless the swamp is drained the swamp rats will continue to gnaw at your ankles and that is what Rob had to deal with everyday. It is the same problem Trump is facing, down to the stuck up elites who are the occupants of the Washington swamp. Parasites and vultures.
commented 2017-11-24 22:23:02 -0500
Paul Taylor,

Don’t you think the right to do is move closer to your kids – assuming you got divorced and are visiting children/teens and we are not talking about adults here.
commented 2017-11-24 22:19:40 -0500
Doug Ford is such a goof and a complete moron.

Thank God that people think he is a joke and that he has no chance of becoming mayor. The polls have been hilarious – Doug couldn’t be doing worse.

Unfortunately for him, most Torontonians are pretty happy with John Tory for the most part.
commented 2017-11-24 21:55:13 -0500
“Marilyn Neilson commented 8 hours ago
Your own operative words, Andrew Stephenson, are that “when I lived in Toronto”, which means in today’s world, you have absolutely no skin in the game and, as like as not, are spouting false figures with regard to loss of business revenue on Bloor due to the useless bike lanes.”
Thinking about moving back, most of the jobs in my sector are in the GTA and of course I’d live downtown again if I did go back.

As is the case to for many statistics, calling them “fake” does not make it so. The numbers seem reliable, and are from Moneris.

“liza Rosie commented 2 hours ago
From number 1 and 2 down to number 17! That is significant Toronto. The cheese has fallen off the cracker John Tory. Another Ford is just what Toronto needs. That family knows how to run a city. "

What survey was that? I see a bunch that indicate little change from year to year. Economist has Toronto #4, in both 2014 and 2017, World livability dropped from 15 to 16,

Oh, and as I recall, Council was ignoring Rob pretty quickly (turned about the time of Douggie’s Ferris Wheel incident, didn’t it?) , and Doug’s meddling was pretty instrumental in Rob’s irrelevance. Your claim of “knowing how to run a city”, then, is based on the eight months or so Rob actually had any influence?
commented 2017-11-24 20:29:59 -0500
My only experience with Toronto is having to land there for connector flights. When I can even avoid doing that, I do. TO is my personal fly-over country, because I really see nothing uniquely interesting it offers compared to other NAm, European, Asian, or Australasian cities of like size or bigger.
commented 2017-11-24 19:29:32 -0500
From number 1 and 2 down to number 17! That is significant Toronto. The cheese has fallen off the cracker John Tory. Another Ford is just what Toronto needs. That family knows how to run a city. I have been following what goes on in my hometown closely for …well lets just say several decades. I’m rooting for you Doug, you would be awesome! You know the downtown elites won’t like it, but everyone else will love it! Go Doug!
commented 2017-11-24 18:30:00 -0500
- I never go to downtown Toronto anymore. Haven’t in years. It’s been mismanaged for years. Elect idiots & you pay for it.
commented 2017-11-24 18:11:35 -0500
Hmmm, Toronto Mayor John Tory sounds like Vancouver Mayor Gregor Moonbeam Robertson – turning those Municipalities into 🤮

commented 2017-11-24 18:11:27 -0500
I just got back from shopping. To get there I had to drive many blocks out of my way to get to Costco because my city decided to close down most of the roadway to any traffic. The city has been working on this three kilometre strip for at least nine years.

When you get on the section where work had been “finished”, one side of the road has two bike lanes, the other side has one. Manhole covers are, well, kind of high. Cars? one lane each way. To make a right turn you have to go into the bike lane. Just a month ago it was two lanes each way.

When “Progressives” try to be progressive, its like they are walking into a brick wall and wondering why you can’t get there from here. They keep trying but can’t figure out that they are the ones who put up the wall in the first place.

Lets hope that TO will elect another Ford. Then at least one part of Ontario will be run efficiently.

BTW, Go Stamps Go!
commented 2017-11-24 15:24:38 -0500
I used to work in Toronto , I know , I know I used the words , ( used to) , all I can say is DOUG FORD FOR MAYOR!!!!
commented 2017-11-24 14:58:05 -0500
I guess people who used to live there really know what it’s like to live there now???? How weird!
commented 2017-11-24 14:16:41 -0500
John Tory is a Moron! Doug Ford for Mayor makes sense!
commented 2017-11-24 13:31:44 -0500
Your own operative words, Andrew Stephenson, are that “when I lived in Toronto”, which means in today’s world, you have absolutely no skin in the game and, as like as not, are spouting false figures with regard to loss of business revenue on Bloor due to the useless bike lanes.
All I can say is: DOUG FORD FOR TORONTO MAYOR!!! The only person in contention with any common sense!
commented 2017-11-24 13:09:00 -0500
I used to take that streetcar all the time when I lived in Toronto. I can only watch with incredulity how quickly it zips across downtown now that they’e gotten rid of most of the cars blocking it up. Ten or fifteen minutes fro Bathurst to Jarvis? I used to allow 40.

The likes of Doug Ford are easily shut down by actual data. The whining about lost business on Bloor when the bike lanes went in was quickly shut down by third party data showing it didn’t happen, reducing the opponents to quiet pouting purely on principle.

There needs to be a war on the car. On King, as in the core as a whole, transit users outnumber motorists about 3:1. Yet, until recently the car won every battle. The only pity is that they waited this long to be so aggressive about prioritizing total movement over the car lobby. Doug Ford’s posturing aside, this is a rare example of actual vision coming out of city hall.
commented 2017-11-24 12:30:29 -0500
Toronto is a cesspool.

Unfortunately I have to drive to downtown Toronto (King and Young area) to see my kids. Getting around Toronto is a P.I.T.A. on a good day, let alone in a quad cab truck or a lifted 4 dr Jeep. Parking is a real challenge too and in some cases impossible. Getting home from a visit takes normally 3+ hours due to traffic volume where it normally would take a lot less. And don’t get me started on Toronto drivers. Now the city in their infinite stupidity are closing roads or making the roads narrower to discourage motor vehicles.

I’m seriously considering telling the kids to visit me rather than subjecting myself to further grief and high blood pressure. Plus I can spend my money at home rather than give it a merchant in Toronto.