St.Clair-ize

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St.Clair-ize? According to Rob Ford that is what other candidates want to do to Toronto.

The term “St.Clair-ize” came from Rob Ford today during the debate. It means making every line that are wanted to be turned into LRTs to be just like St.Clair’s streetcar line.

Let’s make things clear. LRTs aren’t the same as streetcars. They are two different vehicles. LRTs run faster (22km/h) and hold 30 people more than streetcars.

The Ford brothers are always insisting they are the same. When I interviewed Doug Ford back in May I showed him the differences between the two lines. Yet he said it does the same, and compared it to subways. Yes, subways can carry much more people and move faster than LRTs, but the problem here is the cost.

The cost for the LRTs in Scarborough has been fully paid for by the Province of Ontario, but since city council was indecisive and changed the vote back to subways, the city will need to pay for the cost and also the Federal government will too. Stephen Harper has committed $100 million towards the Scarborough subway line. The line would cost $1 billion.

But back to the “St.Clair-ize” theory Rob Ford suggests. Ford’s point was that with LRTs it will “rip up” streets and reduce the traffic lanes to two per side. Once again Ford hasn’t done his research. The LRT line in Scarborough won’t be going through any streets and won’t be ripping them up either. But if we were to St.Clair-ize other streets Ford would have a good point. It would reduce the amount of lanes on the street chosen. And one of those lanes will be open for side parking.

According to business owners on St.Clair, their business has gone down since they renovated St.Clair’s streetcar track. The tracks were changed to have it’s own separate lanes. Before the track lanes were open to other cars, which delayed the streetcars.

Ford stands up for business owners and the economy. If his business owners are not getting business, then he feels that he has let his taxpayers down.

I’m in favor of any transit that could move me faster. Yes subways will move me faster, but it would take longer to build. LRTs would be built faster, and it would be cheaper. At the end of the day it’s a choice that will be made by your councillor. It’s in your hands.

We will just have to wait and see.

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David Soknacki Waves The White Flag.

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Soknacki who? You won’t need to know on October 27th, because he won’t be on the ballot running for Mayor anymore. Tonight, David Soknacki has officially announced that he will be leaving the race to become Toronto’s next mayor. He ran a strong campaign, but continued to trail with 4% in the polls. Far behind the top 3, he continued to run for nine months, attending debates and events to make himself known. He was the first major politician to announce his candidacy for Mayor. 

As I recall from January it was Soknacki vs. Ford. Ford had 35%, while Soknacki had around 7%. Clearly he didn’t have much of a chance from day 1. Yet he continued to fight for what needed to be changed. Showing perseverance he stuck through it even when Tory and Chow announced their hope to run for Mayor of Canada’s largest city.

Soknacki’s hope for transit in the city was clear, but many didn’t approve. He wanted to change the vote that has been debated on for the past four years, the Scarborough Subway. Soknacki wanted to invest into LRTs, a cheaper and faster (to build) solution. He also wanted to tackle the Police Budget, but that wasn’t a issue the other candidates wanted to talk about. 

His platform was the most realistic platform out of all (According to some Journalists). Whenever he was talking about his plans, it seemed more real and possible. 

Since Karen Stinz dropped out last month, it was a clear call that Soknacki should drop out too. Stinz left due to financial problems and poor poll numbers. She also ranked at about 4-5%.

Tonight he decided to drop out. He announced after not attending the debate that the Italian Community was holding. It was also his 60th Birthday. A right choice.

Unfortunately, it is sad to see many hours, days, and months go to waste. I wanted Soknacki to stay until the end. But I guess it wasn’t for him. Hopefully he runs for a city council seat so that all the time he spent campaigning doesn’t go to waste. Soknacki, the former budget chief could be a perfect fit for a city councillor. He was one before and it could be a great time for him to rejoin city council. His opinions and intentions were clear. As a city councillor he would be able to bring forward his ideas. Remember, the Mayor’s vote on council floor is just one out of forty four. And a councillor’s vote is the same. 

Soknacki could possibly win a seat in Scarborough. If he decides to run for council, it should be for Ward 43 – Scarborough East. Yes, it is held by Paul Ainslie but after Ainslie “flip-flopped” over the Scarborough Subway/LRT many voters may not approve of his choice and could lose steam. David Soknacki is also pro-LRT, but the Ward wouldn’t mind seeing a change. But there is just one problem with this seat. Ainslie endorsed Soknacki back in the early stages out the campaign.

We will just have to wait and see.  

 

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Sarah Thomson Drops Out

The lady with dreads running for Mayor is no more. Sarah Thomson has decided to drop out of the Mayoral Race. But she won’t be off the ballot. Especially not in Ward 20 Trinity Spadina. Thomson has decided to leave the race for Toronto’s most prestigious title. She now has decided to run for Councillor in Ward 20. The seat that was left vacant by former CityTV reporter Adam Vaughan when he decided to run federally.

This may possibly be the best decision for Sarah Thomson. For her it was a long shot to win the Mayor’s seat. She ran in 2010 and also dropped out. Thomson also ran for Trinity Spadina federally, against Olivia Chow in 2011, but lost.

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Her efforts in trying to make it into politics may finally pay off this election. She is now running for the council seat, but she will have a few hurdles to jump over. There are over 20 candidates running in Trinity Spadina. One of those candidates is Joe Cressy. Olivia Chow’s former assistant, and a former candidate who ran against Adam Vaughan in a by-election on June 30th, 2014. Cressy was able to garner 11,802 votes. And if those who voted for him this past June vote for him again, Cressy has it in the bag.

Thomson would need to work hard as she has been doing the past couple of months. If she made the decision to drop out earlier, she could possibly win the ward. But now that we’ve got less than 60 days till election day, her chances are there, but she would need to work really hard to get her name out and her policies in place.

She stood on the platform of “Anyone But Ford” and was hoping to split the vote so that Ford does not get elected. Thomson also stood as “The Only Liberal Candidate”. And now that she is running in Trinity Spadina, where they elected a Liberal for the federal seat, the question stands. Will the Justin Trudeau wave continue through into the municipal election? And has Trinity Spadina moved on from the Olivia Chow and NDP era?

We will just have to wait and see.

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