Well here we are on the first day of December, on the first day of Rob Ford’s mayoral mandate, and already we’re provided with the first examples of the kinds of media events and posturing that will either draw the first jeers of ridicule for the new regime, or the first signs of suburban solidarity from the 50% of Torontonians who brought Ford to power…Depending on which side of the tracks you’re sitting when the Rob Ford’s gravy-less train to municipal prosperity either rolls past, away from, or right over your neighborhood in it’s headlong rush to dismantle everything that doesn’t sit well with the new administration at City Hall.
If first impressions are anything to base our outlook on, then today’s events should be a telling reminder of what we can look forward to during at least one term of reactionary, pandering, and short-sighted politics here in Toronto, and the backlash driven political desires of it’s dispossessed suburbs.
First things First
This day of ‘firsts’ started with the discovery of packets of gravy that were left behind by David Millers staff as they departed a Mayor’s office that once prided itself for always being open to the Public, but which is now locked, and staffed by a security guard at the door. Ironically, Mayor Ford would get caught by a reporter walking around behind these same glass doors unable to to leave of his own Mayors office – until someone came along to show him how to press the Green button that opens the locked door. Which he was reported to have promptly exited in order to go straight down to the cafeteria for his first snack as the biggest man in City Hall…
Mayor Ford will certainly have needed to sustain himself for his first day in office, because the first item on his chopping block was the killing of the Transit City Plan…A fully ratified and functional plan, with signed agreements already filed between all parties, suppliers, contractors and designers, and which has been backed by a very rare alignment between all 3 levels of government. You can read more about this slow motion train wreck at :
The Transit City Travesty
The War is Over !
Perhaps there are hidden savings to be found in the much publicised end to the supposed “War on Cars” that has been getting waged in the minds of anybody opposed to the recent David Miller regime. A bizarre battle cry, not from Leftist or Environmentalists, but rather from the paradoxical self-defeating label for anybody who’s opposed efforts to find sustainable transit and transportation plans for a city that is already ranked one of the worst in NorthAmerica for car commuting conditions and times.
Another first that we were greeted with today was a stated mission to establish the Toronto Transit Commission as an essential service, and thus prohibit future threats of labor strikes. this gambit has been tried before in other parts of Canada, notably within Quebec where lawmakers tried to go so far as to take a back door approach in establishing Mass Public Transit within the Charter of Rights…This bold action would certainly be a first, even if it did inevitably lead to much wider and reactionary labour unrest outside of Toronto. Just what this city needs to improve it’s self-absorbed image throughout the rest of the country.
So presuming that Mayor Ford can somehow take the first steps to crushing the Transit Union into submission on his first day on the job, while opening up Toronto’s war-ravaged roadways to a new era in freedom for automobiles to move freely and without malice from City Hall…How is he going to pay the additional billions to deliver on his promises to Commuters, and Drivers without increasing any taxes?
Well as the old Roman curse says…These are indeed going to be some interesting times to live in for the next little while…Meanwhile outside the forces were already stirring with an OCAP noon-rally in Nathan Phillips Square…and the rest of the city was slowly realizing that Rob Ford was actually serious about cutting off his own nose to spite the face or Transit City, and would be going ahead with his plans to not only destroy the most progressive Transit Plan that Toronto has seen in decades, but to also pull the plug on the only transit plan that has actually gotten off the ground, and was actually already being built.
To see how the Future can be built through destruction and increased debt
in Rob Ford’s gravyless Toronto…