According to the Federal government, here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/PublicDisclosure/MemberExpenditures.aspx?Id=MER2013FY&Language=E
I’ll break out the stats. Have a look at others. This could be the Mayor to bankrupt Toronto:
Expenditures by Member
Member: Chow, Olivia
Member. Status. Constituency Name. Constituency Size. Number of Electors.
Chow, Olivia. Active. Trinity—Spadina. 26 km². 101,020
Member’s Budgets ($)
Resources Provided by the House ($)
1-Employees’ salaries and service contracts
241,328.49 – 241,328.49
2,191.93 46,090.29 39.50 10.00 – 48,282.22
3,109.33 2,494.24 4.00 – – 5,603.57
Member’s accommodation and per diem expenses
7,240.65 – 7,240.65
Member’s secondary residence expenses
12,000.00 – 12,000.00
3-Hospitality and events
3,870.58 – 3,870.58
3,296.96 – 3,296.96
– 28,835.50 28,835.50
– 19,898.77 19,898.77
Other printing-related expenses
7,536.58 – 7,536.58
Constituency office leases, insurance and utilities
41,962.70 – 41,962.70
Furniture, furnishing and equipment purchases
505.00 3,457.65 3,962.65
2,403.41 – 2,403.41
Informatics and telecommunication equipment purchases
2,092.37 1,726.10 3,818.47
7,330.26 6,998.71 14,328.97
Repairs and maintenance
498.14 – 498.14
Postage and courier services
4,704.87 – 4,704.87
Materials and supplies
4,622.22 3,708.66 8,330.88
348.04 – 348.04
Total Amount Spent: $458,251.45.
345,041.53 113,209.92 43.50 10.00 – $458,251.45
That is $458,251.45 in one year. One riding.
Take a deep breath and think again… Please.
Active – Member throughout fiscal year; DE – Deceased; NR – Not re-elected; NE – Newly elected; NSR – Not seeking re-election; RS – Resigned; NEB – Newly elected in by-election
This was a very troubling week for The Urban Daddy and our community. An apparent sudden decision by the municipal government here in Toronto had thrust our neighbourhood into chaos and as citizens moved into action our efforts to seek the truth were suddenly derailed by the actions of one man – whom I will not mention by name, nor show his picture – who feels his 15 minutes of fame are far more important than the residents and taxpayers in this area.
It all started with a news report on CP24 alerting residents in Toronto that Toronto City Council was going to vote on the narrowing of Eglinton Avenue from Allen Road to Bathurst Street from 5 lanes, to just 2 lanes, so that the sidewalks could be widened, trees and artwork placed on the strip and bike lanes added.
All of this seems very nice, and very practical, and as a resident in Toronto, specifically someone who lives in between those streets and who is already impacted by the Eglinton Crosstown LRT / subway, this information came as quite a shock to me, and apparently to many of my neighbours.
This strip as it currently stands is terrible – construction aside – as a result of many one-way streets, and the absolute lack of traffic on the strip. At night-time, the street is aglow with “MASSAGE” signs and very few people walk in this area at night because, frankly, there is nothing to walk to. If the goal was to make this strip feel more “European”, then maybe Toronto City Council might want to think about the 3 months a year in which weather would comply with this drastic transformation.
In addition with St. Clair Avenue already being down to one lane in parts as a result of the transit right-of-way, doing the same to Eglinton Avenue, the next major road north, makes even less sense. Eglinton is the end of Allen Road, an “expressway” of sorts which helps traffic flow north and south from Wilson Avenue without traffic lights, but with a lot of traffic. People use Allen Road to head north to the 401 highway, and the delays have always been long and frustrating with or without construction, one could imagine it would only get much worse.
Let me at this point identify that I am pro every method of transportation. Cars, bikes, walking, public transit are all great. If I could take public transit everyone in Toronto, I would, where it makes financial sense. If I could bike safely, I would, and my kids would too. But we are not there yet, and don’t appear to be for quite a long time, so in the meantime, doing anything to slow down traffic does not make sense at all. But that is my opinion…
So where is traffic going to go, if it cannot move along Eglinton Avenue, or St. Clair? Well the side streets, of course. We are already seeing a huge increase in traffic as a result of the construction, and in front of my house, for example, there is a stop street which very few cars actually stop at, some do not even try, and they fly through without even braking. The “30km” traffic limit is always ignored, and speed bumps only cause a momentary delay as cars race off after passing them. Even one-way streets are ignored, and it’s going to get worse.
But what about the kids?
This community, Cedarvale, which lies just north of Forest Hill, has a ton of children, and these children cannot safely walk in this community as it already stands. Is Toronto city Council’s shortsighted view of the war on cars overlooking or ignoring the impact this re-development will have on the children in the community who are already scared to cross streets because vehicles travel very fast and do not follow the street signs when using Cedarvale as a short-cut to avoid the delays on Eglinton?
It would appear so.
When Toronto Mayor Rob Ford came to speak to the community about this issue, a couple of says after his return from rehab, I met some community members who lived on the other side of Eglinton Avenue in the next phase of this narrowing of Eglinton were just as shocked as I was, and who had put together a traffic study, which can be found right here; (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjP4HWMeieo&feature=youtu.be)
Adding to this frustration is that we learned that the City Planner had approved high density building along this strip with the widening of the laneways behind these buildings (which would require residential houses to be removed) to accommodate the traffic from these buildings.
More traffic chaos.
Has the city planner, or city council ever been to these neighbourhoods? $700K bungalows, and $1.5 million houses are common place in Cedarvale, much higher south and east of here, and a lot of families reside here who are certainly not going to need the extra sidewalk to walk to a massage parlour, a Whole Foods maybe, but clearly no one asked the residents what they want or need. To look at the map of the area and declare it ripe for additional density of short-sighted. This is not the right community for that.
Mayor Ford came to speak to us, and his message was lost, because of the actions of man who ran across the street, through frustrated traffic, so he could take off his shirt, pull out signs from his garbage bag and stop the community from hearing the Mayor’s views on this proposal, or to allow us to ask questions of the Mayor about what he knows about this plan.
The media at the event helped even less, but asking questions of the Mayor with disdain, like “How is it that you don’t know about this vote? Is it not your job to do so?” when members of the community also knew nothing about this proposal, and then by diverting the attention to the few who took off their shirts for their own 15-minutes of fame.
If you watched any of the footage on TV, you probably heard me, and several others yelling for these 3 protestors to “shut up” and “let the Mayor talk” and while we did get a very short moment of quiet from them, it was when the guy yelling “resign” over and over again elbowed the Mayor’s campaign leader in the head while trying to get right behind the Mayor with his sign.
To his credit, the Mayor’s staffers did not respond or get as annoyed as the members of the community did, although, the police stepped in which this protestor yelled “don’t assault me” to the Mayor’s staff after apparently being kicked (I did not see this – I was recording the events) but the police decided to not charge either person, and the protestor was allowed to return and annoy the mayor and the residents.
The result of his actions were that the message of this proposal got lost. The community were livid, the Mayor frustrated and the only person who got any attention was the guy with the sign, who proceeded to tell his story to everyone and anyone about how the Mayor lied, and how he works in a flexible position where he can follow the Mayor around and yell at him.
I waited after almost everyone left, and listened to his story evolve and change. It was not about Eglinton Avenue and the residents or about traffic, but about someone who wanted to talk about how his was kicked, and assaulted, and how much support he has.
“Me Me Me”.
But it’s not about him.
It never was about him.
I looked at my video and saw a different unfolding of events which threw some key details of his story into dispute, and I shared that with the media and with the other Mayoral candidates teams so that they can be aware of the true intent of this individual. He’s taking a very serious situation of an unwell person struggling with an addiction problem, who took the time to enter rehab and is now back trying to do his job, and he made it about him.
At the end of the day, we all lose.
As for the proposal along Eglinton…. I have no idea.
My message to Toronto City Council, Councillor Joe Mihevc, and the guy with the signs who likes to take off his shirt and disrupt important discussions impacting people their families and their community, is this: It’s not about you. It’s not about your legacy or your vision. Leave Eglinton alone. Don’t force another St. Clair on us because you want to be on TV.
Toronto City Council, don’t waste your time looking to spend money you do not have. Clean up the area instead. Fix the sidewalks, make sure the lighting is working, that dogs are on leash near schools, that the intersections are clearly marked and are safe (Ava and Strathern, for example), step up safety in the area and PLEASE, get rid of the raccoons!
Make the area safe and people will use it.
But Leave Eglinton Avenue alone.
And if you have a problem with the Mayor, address it the way everyone else does… At the ballot box.
I don’t think there is any coincidence whatsoever that the day MP Olivia Chow announces that she wishes to resign her seat with the Federal Government of Canada, to run for Mayor of Toronto that the beautiful weather here in Toronto went from 11 degrees above 0 to 25 degrees below zero.
Understanding that current Mayor Rob Ford is a bit of a… Where to start… Sideshow, to immediately think that his political views are no longer needed in Toronto would be a huge misrepresentation of the truth.
Considering candidate John Tory (a Liberal by affiliation, and fiscal conservative) said that Ford is correct that there is a lot of wasted spending which needs to be reeled in, it would therefore make reasonable sense that a typical left-wing mandate of spend, tax and spend more, would bankrupt this city.
As much as I like Karen Stintz, she can help the right-wing causes (she’s right of centre fiscally and left of centre socially) by taking aim at Chow right away. We already know how she feels about Ford and she worked on Tory’s campaign in the past.
There is also an 18-year-old running whom I saw on TV, and it’s great that the youth want to be included in the process, but Mayor is not a realistic goal when she appears to think the solution to transit woes, and high taxes and over-priced real estate is to ask – no demand – that the Provincial government and Federal government give Toronto more money.
Umm, that money is tax money and while I’m happy you earned some babysitting, if the other governments are going to give more to Toronto that means either raising taxes, or cutting spending.
My hand is up for cutting spending. Wasteful spending only please. Please no one mention libraries or books, or Margaret Atwood, or she’ll register to run too…
Someone should also tell her that in fact everyone does pay property taxes, whether owning or renting, as it’s included in rent too.
But with all that being said, the most important thing to take out of this post, is that with this election coming and all the fuss about the Fords, there are elected representatives sitting in Toronto City council who run by their own agenda and are not accountable to you, the voter.
I found, then lost, a pie chart showing the voting patterns of City Councillors since Ford was elected and there are about 5 of them who voted against the Mayor on each and every issue without fail.
If in 3-years these councillors could not find one issue to side with the Mayor on, then who are clearly not serving you, who elected them. Other councillors found common ground, but without fail some councillors just see something brought forward by the Mayor and vote against it without giving it any further thought.
Imagine if they were Mayor, and council was on the right of centre politically and every time they brought forward a motion it was voted against without fail…
They would be crying to every paper possible about council not wanting to work with them, and about a hidden agenda.
Talk to your councillor now. Ask them for their citing record and see if they truly represent your views for the city of Toronto, or if it’s time for them to find another job.
Oh, and day 2 with Chow in the race… Still looking bleak. On all fronts.
I don’t like to read Metro News, nor the Toronto Star and these are my long-time choices because I do not agree with their views on many things. Granted, I appreciate many of the journalists at these organizations and hold nothing personal against any of them, I just don’t like the way they handle comments which are contrary to the views they publish, as was the case this morning when I commented on an article that I felt was inaccurate and biased.
Take for example this article in the “Urban Compass Toronto” section, written by someone named Matt Elliott regarding childcare in Toronto; “Next election Let’s Make Childcare the Issue and the Legacy“. The article makes mention of 150 people protesting at Toronto’s City Hall asking on the municipal government (actually the article makes this Mayor Rob Ford’s issue – more on that later). On the surface I agree that more can be done to help low and middle-income families and single parent families deal with child care so they can work and support themselves, but the last time I checked my list of responsibilities of the levels of governments here in Canada, the responsibility for child care falls in Provincial jurisdiction – under current un-elected Premier Kathleen Wynne and her tax and de-list Liberal party.
So in order to be sure that this wan not an oversight, I reread the article, then went to see what else Mr. Elliott has written and if his slant on this article were genuine or anti-Ford as seems to be the mandate of these publications, and it would be clear to me that the latter was correct.
With articles titled;
- Three things Rob Ford lied about in his Conrad Black interview
- Let’s end Rob Ford’s war on math
- Memo to tough-minded media: Five things Rob Ford says that aren’t true, and
- How do we make sure Rob Ford never happens again? Bring in the parties
I firmly believe that either Mr. Elliott is being told to slam the Mayor with every article – sells papers – or maybe he is just not a believer in being fiscally Conservative – both totally fine – but he really should be clear upfront about this, shouldn’t he? There is nothing wrong about being left-wing if you are willing to back it up, be clear to your readership and not write articles which represent “Urban Toronto”. Urban Toronto does not agree with your views, Mr. Elliott. Some may, but not everyone does.
So I took the time to craft a response.
I chose my words clearly and I used supporting documentation from the Government of Ontario website which stated that in 2010 the responsibility for childcare in Ontario was moved to the Ministry of Education. I also pointed out that maybe if the Liberals were more fiscally responsible, they would have the funds to subsidize middle-class childcare and provide free child-care for the poorest and most in need in Ontario. I think that is fair and a good use of our taxpayer dollars, do you? Surely if the Liberals could have balanced a budget in the past 7-years without needing to raise taxes or de-list services they would be able to do exactly what Mr. Elliott, the defender of Urban Toronto, suggests.
I posted my comment for moderation.
It was deleted.
I am disappointed, yet not surprised.
I am not going to hold my breath waiting for a story about the 5 (or 15) ways Kathleen Wynne lied, or for a detailed look into George Smitherman who was reported to be a user of drugs, whose husband was found laying by the side of train-tracks and who blew a billion dollars of taxpayer money, yet was endorsed by the Toronto Star as being the best choice for Mayor, and I am not going to wait for someone to do some digging into Olivia Chow’s campaigning for Toronto Mayor while employed as a member of the Federal government who may or may not be using her office to support her future desire to be Queen.
Those investigations will never come from the Star, or from Metro. Not when it’s way too easy to post an unflattering picture of the Mayor, a man with serious addiction problems, and make fun of him…
I have received some Breaking News from Toronto Municipal council. It’s huge.
It’s exactly what the lefties were hoping for in their long campaign to discredit and embarrass the Mayor, Rob Ford (PS, lefties… You have done that already!).
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may have taken drugs more than once. Oh my.
In a “drunken stupor”. Not in a “drunken stupor”. Crack. Heroin. Pot.
He’s a party in a package and now the media is going to camp outside City Hall waiting to get a comment from one of the Ford Brothers, and then talk to all the councillors who will tell you that Ford is not fit to be Mayor and, oh yeah, they are running for Mayor too.
They “hate” the distraction but they LOVE the attention!
Geez, I’ve been following Toronto City Council since I was a kid… Such a long time ago, and I never knew all the councillors like I do now. They’re everywhere. Even the one (or 2) who have been charged with offenses like driving under the influence all seem to wind up in front of the camera pointing fingers at the Fords.
So does ford need to resign now?
Does he deserve to be chastised for having his picture taken with an alleged member of the Hell’s Angels?
Only in Toronto can this be such important news… Still.
It’s like going to the zoo to see the animals. More on that at the end of this post.
Other somewhat important news only because it doesn’t involve the shaming of the Ford family:
London Ontario Mayor Joe Fontana is in court trying to explain how he stole $8 millions dollars of taxpayer mone through a charity in which he was on the board of directors.
and Ontario’s unelected premier Kathleen Wynne met with Toronto’s unelected deputy Mayor to discuss ways to waste taxpayers money. Wynne, whose party has blown billions of dollars of taxpayers money somehow escapes the fury of Toronto’s media.
and Nelson Mandela passed away.
But Ford did Heroin!!!
(Shaking my head).
Oh, and the animals I see… Hippos. Hippo-crites. Hypocrites. Lots of them.