It’s easy to forget, here in the early days of 2023, watching John Tory run roughshod over City Hall, untethered as he is by any sort of checks and balances at the local level, a veritable Big Fish in the small pond in the governance hierarchy, just what a bumbling politico he once was seen as.
Mayor Tory’s bold housing plan passed council last Wednesday asking for a staff report by next March. As a politician who often touts his boldness, frequently followed by a lackluster follow-through, remember SmartTrack (bold purely for its naked political optics) and the proposed Raildeck Park (a bold miscalculation, as far as I can tell), this time round, the mayor’s dead serious. His Housing ACTION Plan, 2023, no less, is bold to the bone. Continue reading
Before yesterday’s city council meeting which would feature, among either important items, a debate on the done deal that was the province’s Bill 39, Better Municipal Governance Act, Mayor Tory held a quick press conference. When asked about the bill, this was a clip of his partial response:
— Josh Matlow (@JoshMatlow) December 15, 2022
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