Hope you had a great day. Here are some funny cards featuring Toronto politicians, plus my fave featuring Jennifer Keesmaat, our City Planner, above.
Feel the Love: #TOpoli Valentines 2015 – Album on Imgur.
Sketchy the Clown would make a terrible mayor, especially for those of us you who have an unnatural fear of clowns. But the candidate does support Toronto’s cyclists. Doug Ford would also make a terrible mayor, and that is partly because he doesn’t really like bikes. Ford, the elder brother of our current ailing mayor, recently stunned the audience at his first mayoral debate when he said he would support separated bike lanes. But he also famously made homophobic comments last spring about how showers at the new cycling station at City Hall (which he opposes) would become a “bathhouse“ with “towel boys.”
I guess it means something that politicians are now blatantly lying to try and garner votes from cyclists.
Before reading article linked below, I’ll quote this article from 2012, after Bailao voted to remove the Jarvis bikelanes.
And then there’s Councillor Ana Bailão, presiding over a chunk of downtown in Ward 18 – Davenport. She voted against removing the lanes last summer and later told a member of Cycle Toronto that the “decision to remove the Jarvis Street bike lanes was premature and a significant step backwards for safe cycling in the City of Toronto.” She also noted that she had “significant concerns that the removal of the Jarvis Street bike lanes have hindered the local Councillor’s on-going beautification efforts to improve the Jarvis streetscape.”
She threw all that out the window when she voted to revert Jarvis Street to a five-lane roadway.
Clear? Okay. As good as Bailao may be as a Councillor, she doesn’t seem trustworthy on bikes.
In Little Portugal, aka Davenport, the west-end ward represented by Councillor Ana Bailao, city studies show that more people get around by bicycle than most other places in Toronto. Ms. Bailao knows this. And yet the councillor herself did not feel safe on a bicycle.“I would always ride on small streets, but sooner or later you have to go on a main street. I would get panic attacks when I was on Bloor or Dundas.”Her solution? A tricycle.
John Tory continues his plan to be THE Anti-Bike mayoral candidate. Everyone knows Rob Ford is, but Rob Ford is old news, and John Tory will flip and flop in whatever direction will get him votes… and he’s after “Ford Nation” votes. Plus Nick Kouvalis is Tory’s lead strategist this time around. You may remember him as the ass who tapped into the less-intelligent voters of Toronto last time round, getting Ford elected.
It doesn’t matter to Tory that he’s wrong. That Eglinton Connects INCREASES traffic capacity. He says what will give him votes.
Props to Olivia Chow and Karen Stintz for doing their homework on this project and supporting it.
The plan, known as Eglinton Connects, is related to the light-rail line being built under the midtown road. Buried transit will reduce the need for bus lanes, freeing up space and prompting a reassessment of how best to use the roadway. Among the ideas are separated bicycle lanes and expanded sidewalks. In some parts of Eglinton, where there is lower demand, there would be fewer lanes for vehicles.
John Tory, who was on hand in Nathan Phillips Square for the launch of Caribana, said he wouldn’t support any project that takes traffic lanes out of service.
“The [traffic] study says that it’s going to lead to an increase in traffic on residential streets off Eglinton of 10 per cent and I don’t buy into that,” he said. “I don’t think that the residential people who live in there are counting on that.”
Okay, Rob Ford will always be THE anti-bike candidate, but let’s just hope his support stays at 20% (in related news, 20% of Torontonians are on crack) and we don’t have to deal with him again.
John Tory’s campaign has come out against Olivia Chow’s plan to drastically increase bikelanes in Toronto, creating a Minimum Grid of infrastructure to help Torontonians get around the city by bike, safely.
Tory doesn’t understand that less people driving cars actually eases congestion…. but it’s really not a difficult concept.
A spokeswoman for John Tory, one of Ms. Chow’s main rivals, suggested that drivers cannot be inconvenienced by new bicycle infrastructure.
“John does not support anything that increases commute times for drivers,” Amanda Galbraith said in an e-mail. “John is in favour of building a network of separated bike lanes where it is practical, to ensure cyclists can safely travel throughout our city.”