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Sep 16, 2018 40 tweets 382 min read
1. In a few hours @fordnation will convene Legislature at 12:01 AM.

To rush a bill using the notwithstanding clause.

In the dead of night…
@fordnation @RodPhillips01 @MichaelParsa @Andrea_Khanjin @douglasdowney @ToddSmithPC @PrabSarkaria @sandhuamarjot1 @billwalkermpp @janemckennapc @KarahaliosPC 2. He claims this as an important policy matter.

It was not campaigned on.
It narrowly effects Toronto.
It has no real case for support.

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More from @g_meslin

Sep 11, 2018
1. Can we talk a bit about the referendum that @JohnTory keeps circling back to? #TOpoli #Bill5
@JohnTory 2. In Tory's letter to Ford: "I urge you to consider putting the process on hold to allow for a referendum so we can let the people speak.”
@JohnTory 3. Let the people speak...

Conveniently walking past the consultation that has taken place, devaluing the input of those who participated.
Read 22 tweets
Jul 27, 2018
1. The 25 ward option was examined as part of the City's Ward Boundary Review process (drawthelines.ca).
2. After the original recommendations (47 wards), Exec Ctee asked the consultants to provide additional info, leading to this final report.
3. 'additional info' included "whether and how Toronto's ward boundaries could be consistent with the 25 federal and provincial ridings".
Read 19 tweets
Jul 5, 2018
1. Apparently it's never too soon to scapegoat.
@Fordnation attributes our housing crisis to asylum seekers.
Let's thread on actual causes.
@fordnation 2. Decades of disinvestment in building & maintaining social housing have contributed to our housing crisis. Not asylum seekers.
@fordnation 3. Political ideologies valuing a dollar less in taxes over the benefits of social programs & public goods contribute. Not asylum seekers.
Read 20 tweets
Mar 27, 2018
1) A mapping thread to provide some context and perspective for #TransformYonge.

This is Toronto’s street network.
2) Excluding laneways, Toronto has 5,289 centreline km of expressways, arterials, collectors, and local roads.
3) If we drop local roads, which don’t handle through traffic, we have 2,105 centreline km of expressways, arterials, and collectors.
Read 50 tweets
Mar 21, 2018
1. A few thoughts about the tragic incident in Arizona, where a woman was killed by an #Uber self-driving car…
2. Much of what I read in the first day after the incident clearly tried to shift blame to the victim, and to devalue that individual…
3. She was crossing outside a marked crosswalk…

She came out of the shadows…

She may have been homeless…

She had a criminal record…
Read 48 tweets
Mar 16, 2018
1) Earlier this week, the outgoing city manager detailed Toronto’s looming fiscal crisis, and the extent of its unfunded capital projects.
2) I’d like to focus on priorities, opportunity cost, and those $30B (billion – with a ‘B’) of unfunded strategies, plans and projects.
3) On this platform, I have often challenged the Scarborough Subway Extension, and the #GardinerEast ‘Hybrid’ alternative.
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