VIDEO: Mayor Ford vows to cut 'red tape'
The mayor was short on details on how he planned to do it, but Rob Ford promised to continue his fight to do away with the bureaucracy that he claims slows the wheels of commerce in Toronto.
Wearing his Maple Leafs jersey (ahead of Monday night's home opener against Buffalo), Ford opened his remarks at a news conference with a cheer of "Go Leafs Go!"
Ford vowed to make it easier for the city's business community to access services and building project approvals.
He went on to say that City Hall is making headway in the fight against red tape.
Ford pointed to city websites that help connect business owners with information about permits and licenses, as well as the forms needed to obtain them.
The mayor says he wants to continue streamlining building approval processes, especially for smaller projects like add-ons to existing structures.
Ford says he has delivered on his promise to provide "customer service excellence" to Toronto taxpayers, but adds there is still more work to do.
The mayor cut a ceremonial band of red tape with city councillors Michael Thompson, Peter Milczyn, Paul Ainslie, and Dan Kelly of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business
He also proclaimed this week (January 21st - 25th) Red Tape Awareness Week in Toronto.