Oct. 25, 2013 – Global News
What’s the difference between Oakville and Mississauga gas plants, scrapped mid-campaign 2011, and Scarborough light-rail transit, scrapped mid-campaign 2013?
This time, the province isn’t on the hook for the costs of the last-minute switch: Toronto is. And we still don’t know how much that’ll be.
Photo by Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 – Globe and Mail
ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY
Coming off successive victories at his first substantive council meeting, Mayor Rob Ford has reason to be pleased with himself: He has slain a personal vehicle tax and trimmed councillors’ budgets, has declared light-rail transit dead in its tracks and lacks only the province’s approval to remove transit workers’ right to strike.
And he made it clear in an interview with The Globe and Mail Tuesday that he has no intention of toning it down as he heads into a new year. In 2011, he’ll have to conjure budget efficiencies his opponents say are impossible, construct brand-new transit plans to replace projects years in the making and confront the city’s strongest unions.
Mr. Ford said an auditor’s report due in January will vindicate what he’s been saying for years about waste at city hall – waste he still can’t specify but which he has told city staff to find, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, over the next several weeks.
“There’s something coming from the auditor’s office that’s going to be pretty earthshaking. I can’t tell you what that is right now, but there’s a lot of waste,” he said. “I’m not happy with what he found but he did his job and I’ll have to deal with it.”