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Mayor Tory not entirely truthful about Auditor General’s TTC Recommendations.

I saw Mayor Tory on TV today. He mentioned that the TTC has only implemented 14 of the 53 recommendations made by the Auditor General.

What he failed to mention was that the TTC has made significant progress towards implementing the other 39 recomendations1

Mr. Tory, you are not being entirely truthful when you use half truths and innuendo to mislead the public.

I say this based on my personal observation that he used a tone of voice which questioned the willingness of the TTC to implement the remaining 39 recommendations. I also base it on his choice of words.

This is what he said:

“Do the other…the rest of them…to get to 53” (Watch the video. He makes this remark at the 3:43 mark in the video).

He should have spoken the complete truth and said:

“The TTC has made significant progress towards the other recommendations and we are waiting for them to complete the process”.

Notes:

  1. Auditor General’s Report on the Toronto Transit Commission – Results of 2016 Follow-up of Previous Audit Recommendations. p. 2

 

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Scarborough Subway is a bad idea!

I just read article in Toronto Star about the Scarborough subway. According to the article, half of Toronto voters support the subway.

The seven stop LRT can be built using a provincial contribution of $1.48 billion. The six kilometer one stop subway extension will cost $3.2 billion.

That means the taxpayers of Toronto will have to pay for the extra $1.72 billion.

Instead of spending $1.72 billion on the subway, why not use it for improving service on the TTC.

What good is the one extra subway stop if you have to travel in a subway without air conditioning, higher fares, service delays, service breakdowns, overcrowded buses and streetcars and long wait times.

 

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Increase funding for TTC!

I was just reading article by Bonnie Burstow about the TTC. She talks about the lack of air conditioning in subway cars on line 2. The TTC estimates that “20-25 per cent of the air conditioning on the trains are affected“. According to Burstow who is a frequent TTC user and who has done some mini experiments, this number is actually much higher.

I just saw a news report on TV about a TTC passenger throwing coffee at a TTC bus driver. I can understand people are frustrated by the service delays and fare hikes experienced on the TTC but don’t take it out on TTC workers. You are venting your anger at the wrong people. The people you should be angry at are the politicians who are not providing adequate funding for the TTC. You should also be angry at tax cheats who hide their money in tax havens. When these individuals and corporations don’t pay their fair share of taxes, there is less money available to be spent on public transportation. There is an estimated $7 billion to be recovered from tax havens.

Money can be recovered from tax havens. According to figures from the Canada Revenue Agency acquired by Senator Percy E. Downe through access to information laws, a 2005 investment of $30 million in the CRA yielded a fiscal impact of $2.5 billion up to 2009. The U.K. has recovered more than $3.5 billion since 2010.

Politicians have to work within budget constraints. That is why it is important to focus on collecting all taxes that is owed to the government of Canada.

The TTC receives funding of $0.89 per ride which is the lowest in North America.1  Philadelphia receives $2.51 per ride. Washington D.C. receives $2.32 per ride, Boston receives $1.92 per ride.

The next time you are stuck in a bus with no air conditioning, don’t get angry at the bus driver. Contact John Tory, Premier Wynn and Justin Trudeau and let them know you want more funding for the TTC. Also contact Justin Trudeau and tell him to crack down on tax cheats who use tax havens to hide their money. Read my blog entry talking about Trudeau not being serious about cracking down on tax havens.

Notes:

  1. 2016 TTC and Wheel-Trans Operating Budget Report p.30
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