Current and former Police Services Board members are split on whether Mayor John Tory acted appropriately when he expressed the Sherman family’s concerns to the Toronto police chief about the investigation into Barry and Honey Sherman’s deaths.Sherman family members told Tory they were finding out information about the investigation in the media before hearing it from police, the mayor’s director of communications said in an email.Tory, a member of the police board, informed Chief Mark Saunders of the family’s concerns “dispassionately” and did not make any requests to police, Don Peat said in the statement.“It is not unusual for the mayor to talk to grieving families to offer condolences . . . he listens to their concerns and relays those concerns to the relevant city department or agency.”. Read more: … [Read more...] about Did John Tory cross a line by talking to police about the Sherman investigation?
A World Cup in Toronto is an “irresistible” opportunity if you ask Mayor John Tory, who said that Torontonians are just as enthusiastic about the possibility.“I think if you ask the taxpayers . . . they’d rather have the money go to that than anything else we do,” Tory said in a telephone interview Sunday.Canada is in the midst of a three-country bid for the 2026 World Cup, along with the United States and Mexico. The winner will be picked in June and if the North American countries get the tournament, Canada will host 10 games.Toronto will compete with Edmonton, Montreal and Vancouver for three to five of those games. The host cities will be selected in 2021. Read more: … [Read more...] about Mayor John Tory backs 2026 World Cup bid
Mayor John Tory is pushing the province to build a new GO Transit station in south Etobicoke, despite an analysis from the provincial transit agency that rejected the project as costly and redundant. At a press conference in Mimico Wednesday to discuss an update to the city’s waterfront transit plans, the mayor said he planned to “lean on” local candidates and party leaders in the run-up to the June provincial election to win their support for a new GO station on the Lakeshore West line at Park Lawn. “This would be an important transit investment in Toronto. A waterfront that isn’t connected to reliable higher-level transit and with the appropriate kind of transit hub including a Park Lawn GO station is not going to fill the need that we have because of the development that’s taken place,” he said.The $177.9-million Park Lawn project is not one of 12 new stations that the board of Metrolinx, the arm’s-length regional transit agency of the … [Read more...] about Mayor John Tory backs costly Park Lawn GO station
The city is stepping up efforts to help businesses who say they’re suffering as a result of the King St. streetcar pilot project, but some entrepreneurs say the measures don’t go far enough. At a news conference in David Pecaut Square Tuesday morning, Mayor John Tory announced the launch of a design competition to solicit ideas to animate public spaces along King. The successful submissions will be implemented by mid-April, with the goal of creating new public spaces and “destination parklets” in what is now the curb lane of the street. In the meantime, during the colder months the city is setting up warming stations, ice sculptures, and art installations, as well as inviting fire performers to ply their trade on King.A five-week program called “Eats on King,” which is aimed at promoting local restaurants, will start next month. The city had already announced a $5 discount on parking in the area for drivers using the Green P app. … [Read more...] about Mayor John Tory’s plan aims to boost visitors to King St.
The city is stepping up efforts to boost downtown businesses who say they’ve been adversely affected by the King St. streetcar pilot project.At a news conference in David Pecaut Square Tuesday morning, Mayor John Tory announced the launch of a design competition to solicit ideas to animate public spaces along King. The successful submissions will be implemented in the spring, with the goal of creating new public spaces and “parklets” on the street.In the meantime, the city is setting up warming stations, ice sculptures, and art installations, as well as hiring fire performers to ply their trade on King during the winter.A program called “Eats on King,” which is aimed at promoting local restaurants, will start next month. … [Read more...] about Mayor John Tory unveils plan to boost traffic to King St.