1. Soknacki was the best candidate in the wrong election. He had the best set of ideas, actually answered debate questions, arrived prepared, costed much more of his platform than others making vague promises. He respected evidence-based planning.

    Unfortunately, this election is a contest between Ford and NotFord and, once a front runner was established, it was adios for everybody else.

    I fervently hope Soknacki will run again in 2018, when Ranked Ballot Voting will allow all voters to support every candidate they believe in, rather than have to hold their nose and vote for someone they dislike in order to prevent the election of someone they hate.
  2. Disconnected groups of roads only reach their full utility when they connect into a complete network.

    Disconnected groups of rapid transit lines only reach their full utility when they connect into a complete network.

    Disconnected groups of bike lanes only reach their full utility when they connect into a complete network. The current bike-lane map looks like someone took a giant eraser to it, leaving a dozen unconnected small groups of lanes. We need to connect those islands.
  3. If the facts bear out that Dentonia usage is dwindling and that there is a dearth of cricket and soccer pitches in the area, it sounds like a no-brainer to give area residents — from 2014, not 1964 — the relational facilities they need. Toronto's citizens are changing; Toronto's infrastructure must follow suit.
  4. @Adriane Taylor Since you we're completely off-topic for this specific article, I will only post one reply. I don't want your disregard for context to be fueled via long exchanges.

    Your tin-foil rant is laughable, but I do want to challenge you on loss of privacy.

    The government doing its best to deprive all Canadians of their privacy is run by the federal Conservatives. Year after year, they keep introducing variations of Internet surveillance bills that would allow ordinary Canadians' privacy to be invaded _without a court warrant._ The latest version, Bill C-13, would even allow Rob Ford (!) to access your personal and Internet information without a court warrant.

    And in typical bully form, they defend such flagrant privacy violations with when-did-you-stop-beating-your-wife arguments like the classic "you are either with us, or with the child pornographers" which shows how they feel about their own footing. If their cause was just and true, they could advance compelling arguments that obey the rules of logic. By resorting to lies and illogic, they expose their cause to be unjust and untrue.
  5. Ugh. The only thing worse than a compulsive liar named Ford in the mayor's chair would be a malicious one.
  6. @Bob Yeah! Damn these UNPAID leaves of absences — how much are they costing us, anyway?

    Ah, Ford Nation — the jokes write themselves.
  7. @spicygarage Correction: he is on a "personal leave of absence", not "medical leave". My apology. Conveniently, this removes the burden of providing justifiying documents to his employer. To quote another discussion board:

    2.12.3 Voluntary leave of absence without pay
    After six months of continuous service, full-time Councillor staff
    are eligible to apply for up to 20 days' leave of absence without
    pay per calendar year, during which their benefits continue.

    Those 20 days would be the equivalent of four weeks. More if stat Holidays are factored in.

    He may also be eligible to use Lieu and Vacation time.
  8. As an astute observer posted on another board, Ford's personal business becomes _our_ business if he is not in rehab. He is on paid sick leave. If he is not in a clinic he is defrauding the taxpayers of Toronto.

    I'm all for leaving him alone until he returns — I do wish that he gets help fighting his addictions — but when he comes back, "Mr. Transparency" had better show Toronto taxpayers a letter from the facility he attended.
  9. @Ernei Prove it. Tell me what's illogical about my argument.
  10. @Ernei You couldn't be more wrong if you tried.

    Toronto transit users already pay the highest (GO) and 2nd highest (TTC) portion of transit expenses of all systems in North America. They're the total opposite of deadbeats.

    Motorists, even those who never set foot in a bus or train, benefit greatly from transit: the TTC carries 1.3 million people per day. That means _one million less cars_ on the road.

    How would your commute feel if there were a million more cars on your road?