SmartTrack: Make it work!

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Torontonians know all about traffic congestion.  Commuters from the suburbs have their own personal horror stories about being stuck in traffic. The previous City Council toyed with improving with public transit.  Not that there was an indifference to the need.  As much as anything the confrontational atmosphere in that Council made assessment of the merits … Read more…

More Bang for our Buck

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This summer I had a thoroughly pleasant morning with an old friend at the Fredericton Saturday farmers’ market. Steve stopped to chat with friends wherever he turned, we bought provisions, and I bought a few gifts for my family. I was intrigued by the number of people wearing yellow t-shirts with the logo you see at … Read more…

Toronto goes to the polls

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Two of the three mayoralty candidates in this Toronto civic election had green credentials:  Olivia Chow, who was endorsed by Elizabeth May, and John Tory, who has been active in local environmental projects.  Both these candidates included environmental planks in their election platform directed at climate change.. Just before voting day, both the Toronto Star … Read more…

Drew Monkman Dreams of a Better Future

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A very high profile issue in Peterborough for a number of years and continuing in the current municipal election has been the proposed extension of The Parkway. Even if you’re not from Peterborough you can imagine the debate. It must be something like the debate in Toronto that in 1971 successfully blocked the completion of the … Read more…

Civic Elections in Ontario and climate change

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After four years of relative neglect, the problems caused by a changing climate are a concern of the candidates running for municipal office in 2014. Toronto Mayoralty Race Elizabeth May recommends Olivia Chow.  With such a recommendation Chow will certainly have the support of voters who consider that climate change and its impact on Toronto … Read more…