Left or right, you’re likely not happy with what’s going on (or not going on) at City Hall right now.
The ideas get crazier and crazier. Reducing speeds on the roads to 20 km per hour? Well, if the moon was made of cheese, would you take a bite?
Oh, sorry, maybe that last joke went over some people’s heads.
Will Ferrell used to do a great impersonation of legendary baseball commentator, Harry Caray, and he’d ask ridiculous, non-sensical questions like, “If the moon was made of cheese, would you take a bite?”
When I saw the suggestion that speeds on some of Toronto’s streets should be reduced to 20 km per hour, I immediately thought of Harry Caray.
Then I thought of the Seinfeld episode where Lloyd Braun suggests “Everybody in New York City should wear a name tag!”
It conjured up images of “Every child in the world holding hands, and singing.”
It was the stupidest idea I’ve heard as far as I’ve been following municipal politics, and there have been some pretty stupid ideas!
Never before in our city has the LEFT been fighting the RIGHT so hard, and vice versa.
But we’re at the point now where the two sides are spiting eachother simply for the sake of spite itself, and standing in the way of progress.
Rob Ford, like him or not, is in charge of running this city. But the left aren’t giving him an inch of leeway, and they’re jumping on every single thing he does or says, without even having time to think about whether they agree.
I’m of the opinion that if David Miller were to have made certain proposals that Rob Ford brought forth, the left would have remained quiet.
People are looking beyond Rob Ford, the politician, and are looking at Rob Ford, the man. People are taking issue with his weight, his appearance, his voice, and his demeanor. Anti-Ford lobbyists are looking at anything they can, but it’s not getting us anywhere!
I’m a huge follower of politics; municipal, provincial, federal, and my favorite – international.
I often muse that the discrepancy between the rich and poor (or right and left) in the United States is unparalleled, and that country is about to make a decision on their future that will affect the world as we know it for generations to come. But when I look in my own backyard here in Toronto, I see some of the same things.
When was the last time we saw such a fight between the left and right?
Every issue in our city comes down to this – poltical-left versus political-right.
Certain things have become symbols of left and right!
Car = right, Bicycle = left
Subway = right, LRT = left
Is there any middle-ground left at all?
And is there any hope of ever reconciling?
This left-verus-right fight stalemate reminds me, yet again, of American politics, where the house spites the senate, the senate blocks the house, the house begets the senate, and the senate disses the house. One political group controls the house, the other the senate, and all they do is block each other’s moves. Nothing ever gets done, and all they do is talk about the next election, as if that’s been the end game all along.
This recent nonsense about reducing speed limits by 20 km per hour (in some areas, that would mean limits would be 20 km per hour), is the latest example of the left-versus-right and the ridiculousness that comes out of the fight.
It’s nothing short of radical, and radicalism is not present when a healthy, functioning government is in place.
I have to ask – is this really a good, honest, suggestion? Did the person who ordered this study really think this was something realistic? Or is this just more fuel on the fire at City Hall? Is this just more anti-Ford propaganda?
I know people don’t like Rob Ford, I understand. His response, when asked about the possibility of speed limits being reduced to 20 km per hour, was that the idea was “Nuts, Nuts, Nuts. NO!”
A more likeable politician might have responded, “We’re always interested in exploring ways to protect our residents – all residents, and this is something my staff and I will take under advisement. But at first glance, it does seem pretty drastic, doesn’t it? Nevertheless, we’ll have a look.”
Isn’t that better?
Would people be happier if Rob Ford was nicer….or less rude/annoying/fat? Isn’t that what this is about – his personality?
If David Miller said, “Nuts, Nuts, Nuts,” would people attack him too?
If Rob Ford was 180 pounds, spoke quietly, and went out of his way to be polite, would his policies be met with such opposition?
Rob Ford wanted to “eliminate waste” at City Hall, but the issue isn’t the lack of waste – it’s the fact that people can’t agree what waste is! Take today’s report about the lack of funding to fight bed bugs. (Read the comments!)
It revealed that $5,000,000 “helps” 200 people. Really? Isn’t that a little wasteful? $25,000 per person? I’d LOVE to see how that money was spent! But how long until the political-left are complaining that the city isn’t doing enough to help fight the good fight?
I feel as though many people thought Rob Ford would find a line item in the budget that was $200 Million for candy-apples, he’d wave his magic wand, and the “waste” would be gone. But the true “waste,” for the political-right, is spending $5 Million to help 200 people with bed bugs, while for the political-left, it’s a tax rebate to a small business.
Neither the left, nor the right, is blameless in this laborious trench warfare at City Hall.
And before you accuse me of being biased and taking sides, have a look at this ridiculous right-wing email I received today:
Time we fight back against LRTs – with a traffic slowdown on Eglinton Avenue May 3
If Karen Stintz, Josh Matlow, and Metrolinx don’t understand the kind of traffic jam they are going to create for us the next ten years, we have to show them.
Let us organize a traffic slowdown on Eglinton Avenue East during rush hour. Starting at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday May 3, we have columns of cars and large trucks going west on Eglinton Avenue from Don Mills Road at about 20 kilometers an hour side by side. And when the light turns green at the next intersection, we count to 15 before moving to allow pedestrians to cross safely to the other side. This fits right in with Toronto’s medical officer of health’s new safety plan to reduce the speed limit. We should help all we can to reduce traffic accidents. 20 kilometers and hour is almost as good as staying home in bed. The column of cars and trucks will proceed this way all the way to Keele Street where they will turn around (slowly and carefully) and proceed east back to Don Mills Road and will repeat this process until 11:00 a.m. Let us hope and pray that not too many of these vehicles will break down along their route.
At the other end of Eglinton Avenue West, at Keele Street, the other half of the group of concerned businessmen (the ones living west of Yonge St), will approach Yonge Street with their cars and large trucks in the same fashion and proceed all the way to Don Mills Road where they will turn around (slowly and carefully) and repeat the process by proceeding west back to Keele Street until 11:00 a.m.
The beauty of this plan is that it will give backstabber Karen Stintz and Josh the newshound Matlow a chance to experience a real St. Clair type of a disaster. And we will continue to repeat this traffic slowdown every couple of weeks until someone wakes up and notices us.
Metrolinx calls the LRT a transit solution! They’ve got to be kidding! It’s a traffic nightmare of St. Clair proportions and we must stop them. How could a Provincial agency ignore all the traffic experts and their own extensive previous studies to unanimously endorse a plan that would have been appropriate in the 19th Century? And let us organize the next Provincial election starting right now!
And now: More reasons why we must fight: Here is an e-mail I received from a former school trustee who has to work with Josh Matlow, who is now proposing a motion on May 8 to the city Council for more subways for downtown, but the same guy who orchestrated to screw us with a streetcar LRT on Sheppard and Finch Avenues, (and soon everywhere else): “I worked with Josh Matlow before @ the TDSB; he is an interesting guy…more interested to be “seen and heard” in the media than doing the right thing! His newly rebuild school, North Toronto CI, is poorly managed and the TDSB lost a lot of $$$ + land to the developer. When Josh was at the TDSB, there were very few trustees who would work with Josh; he was also sanctioned by the trustees for breaching confidential files; hence, few of us talk or send him files to discuss or review.
I am not surprised by anything Josh Matlow does as he is interested in getting his “name” out there!” So let us all go out there to slow traffic in Matlow and Stintz’s wards on May 3 real early in rush hour when it hurts the most. Get all your friends involved.
This contradicts the very first rule that all of us leaned in Kindergarten: two wrongs don’t make a right.
This is just more radicalism, except it’s coming from the right and not the left (for a change – sorry, there is my bias showing…).
How is an organized traffic protest going to help things?
Look, I don’t agree with the political-left, and I never will.
The traffic study from Dr. David McKeown was absolutely pathetic, and the highlight had to be when he suggested “special lanes that would allow cyclists to turn in front of traffic.”
Oh yeah – that’s a great idea!
Having cyclists turn in front of traffic? THAT will surely produce fewer accidents!
That’s like allowing cute bunny-rabits to cover themselves in honey and walk in front of hungry wolves…
But do I think a planned traffic-slowing tactic is the answer? No, I don’t.
Nor do I agree with the political mud-slinging above that calls Mr. Matlow’s integrity into question, via anonymous hearsay that could likely never be verified. If the political-left take issue with these comments about Mr. Matlow, then they should consider that maybe, just maybe, Rob Ford being fat doesn’t affect his ability to oversee the City of Toronto.
Last week, we saw the provincial government make progress when Dalton McGuinty adopted the NDP’s “tax the rich” policy so that the rest of his own policies would be passed.
Can’t we see the same thing at the municipal level?
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