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Old 04-07-2010, 08:46 AM   #1
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Vote for This guy for Toronto Mayor?



Read this today on a msn.ca blog... this guy sounds pretty good in my books so far.

Ford wants to terminate Toronto’s War on the Car
By David Menzies

Armed with common sense and a dogged determination to do the right thing when it comes to spending taxpayers’ money, Toronto mayoralty candidate Rob Ford says if elected he will finally end Toronto’s ongoing “war on the car.”

For several years, the majority on the current city council has looked upon the automobile as a pariah. As such, the city has gone out of its way to make motoring in Hogtown miserable.

Need proof? Earlier this week, the Board of Trade released a report indicating that Toronto commute times are even worse than Los Angeles. Indeed, Toronto ranked dead last among 19 urban centres, with an average total commute time of 80 minutes.

Ford, who is currently a long-serving Toronto city councilor, has long maintained that an anti-car ideology by the current council is just making things worse for Toronto drivers. Even though 70% of Torontonians drive to work, Mayor David Miller prefers that citizens walk, cycle or hop aboard an already-overburdened public transit system.

But Ford promises that if elected mayor, many things will change for Toronto motorists under his watch. Examples:

Speed bump moratorium.
Toronto is rapidly becoming the speed bump capital of the world. So-called “traffic calming” areas, which have a speed limit of 30 km/h and are peppered with asphalt bumps that cost $3,500 per unit, continue to proliferate (more than 30,000 so far.) Ford says not only is it frustrating to drive in an area festooned with speed bumps, but city vehicles – ranging from snowplows to garbage trucks – are damaged by these lumps.

Cancel suburban bike lanes.
Ford says he can understand the need for bicycle lanes on some downtown streets, but the bike lanes in suburbia are hardly used and are essentially “roads to nowhere.”

Drop the annual $60 car registration fee.
Ford calls this highly unpopular tax nothing more than a blatant “cash grab.”

Spruce up the Gardiner Expressway.
Mayor Miller wants to see this vital artery razed because it’s essentially an eyesore. Ford says without the Gardiner, traffic would be chaotic as this expressway moves hundreds of cars into and out of Toronto on an hourly basis.

Park the streetcars.
Ford says these lumbering vehicles from yester-century only serve to congest traffic. As well, it is sometimes unsafe for passengers to enter and exit streetcars given the tracks are situated in the left lane.

End the quota system embraced by Parking Enforcement Officers.
Ford says Toronto’s overzealous meter maids go out of their way to impede businesses (i.e., tagging courier vehicles) yet don’t do nearly enough to crackdown on able-bodied people who appropriate handicapped spots.

Bottom line: after a prolonged assault on the automobile, Ford’s pro-car platform will surely resonates with shell-shocked Toronto drivers. Will there be a Ford in Toronto’s future? We’ll all find out come election day this fall.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:18 AM   #2
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Exactly! LOL

I ve been to LA many many many times, and traffic LA is waaaaaaay easier to get through then Toronto. Sorry.


Also , streetcars need to be replaced with MODERN TRAINSETS FROM EUROPE THAT ARE AS FAST AS CARS.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:21 AM   #3
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:26 AM   #4
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There is nothing wrong with streetcars in general. There is something seriously wrong with Toronto's. Its not 1970, time to get modern fast trainsets.







"capable of reaching speeds up to 70 km/h." VS toronto's current 30-40km/h

"Each tram is capable of carrying 159 passengers" VS toronto's what? 35-40?


NEW STREET CARS. Am I right?
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:02 PM   #5
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There is nothing wrong with streetcars in general. There is something seriously wrong with Toronto's. Its not 1970, time to get modern fast trainsets.
Agreed. The City would rather spend our money on 'speed bumps'.

Some of you can see the mess he created on St. Clair Ave. with the raised tracks, even though almost every local retailer and residence were stoutly against it.

I swear that dimwit of a Mayor wouldn't be able to hold a job down in a fast food joint in the private sector.
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:25 PM   #6
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i like living in the gta but there is a lot of stuff wrong with the way toronto organizes its transit and roads. the longer we wait though, the more expensive it will be to reverse. there are larger, and/or more densely populated cities in other countries that manage everything a lot better.
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:30 PM   #7
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i like living in the gta but there is a lot of stuff wrong with the way toronto organizes its transit and roads. the longer we wait though, the more expensive it will be to reverse. there are larger, and/or more densely populated cities in other countries that manage everything a lot better.
How can you possibly like spending so much time commuting just to get mundane tasks done? I don't see what is enjoyable about it at all. Its not fun driving in bumper to bumper brake gas brake gas traffic on the 401 for example that makes a 10 min commute turn into a whopping 65min one.


Its already too late to reverse the effects. The smart people will move out of here asap before they start taxing even more to "reverse" the complete insanity they caused for everyone with the complete lack of urban planning. This goes for the whole gta.

My life is too short to waste over 2 hrs in traffic daily
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Old 04-07-2010, 12:49 PM   #8
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Rob Ford or Rocco Rossi is getting my vote.
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Old 04-07-2010, 01:12 PM   #9
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As nice as Toronto is/could be.... The people who run this place are complete brain dead morons.

Nice to see the promises... will they be kept though?
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Old 04-07-2010, 01:17 PM   #10
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I don't want to discourage anyone from voting for Rob Ford, or any other candidate for that matter, likewise, neither will I promote that you vote for any candidate either. Your vote is your choice, and as such, it should be made as you desire.

I would just like to point out that for those that hold the right to vote for the next city mayor, please please please consider the candidate for everything they support and oppose before voting. You should assess the "complete package" of a candidate and what they are offering and weighing the pros and cons of them all to determine which servers your interest the best. Therefore, please do not just vote based on one claim relating to one issue. Without a doubt in my mind, transportation is a major issue affecting Toronto, but there are other issues that should weigh in to your decision with just as much importance.

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Old 04-07-2010, 01:39 PM   #11
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As nice as Toronto is/could be.... The people who run this place are complete brain dead morons.

Nice to see the promises... will they be kept though?
as shown before, no. Its all bs
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Old 04-07-2010, 01:42 PM   #12
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I swear that dimwit of a Mayor wouldn't be able to hold a job down in a fast food joint in the private sector.
" can i get a burger and fries please?"

"Sure. Here are noodles and a salad. I think you want this instead"
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Old 04-07-2010, 02:09 PM   #13
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After last years 'garbage strike' and overall mismanagement of city funds by Miller and his cronies, Ive finally had enough, and purchased a house in halton region. But i'll still be connected with GTA somewhat, as i'll still have my condo in north york.

If i could, i'll definitely vote for Rob Ford in the fall.
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Old 04-07-2010, 02:22 PM   #14
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I heard that Adam Giamboner is going to add an "orgy car" on each subway train, and a special section on buses and streetcars where you can meet others for a quickie. Now "ride the TTC" will have a whole new meaning.
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i like living in the gta but there is a lot of stuff wrong with the way toronto organizes its transit and roads. the longer we wait though, the more expensive it will be to reverse. there are larger, and/or more densely populated cities in other countries that manage everything a lot better.
I think it's already at least 30 years too late. Toronto is not a so-called "world class" city and never will be. There is absolutely no chance that Toronto will ever have a proper transit system, not in my lifetime and probably not in your grandchildren's either.

Just have a look at the system that even a place like Moscow has:


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