MEGACITY MEL IN HIS OWN WORDS

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ON CALLING IN THE ARMY TO CLEAN THE SNOW IN 1999:

“I have to tell you the truth ... it was (my wife) Mar­i­lyn’s idea.”

ON THE FAILED 2008 OLYMPIC BID:

“I wanted it and I wanted it bad ... but in hind­sight, I’m not sorry ... I didn’t know the world was go­ing to go nuts (with ter­ror­ist at­tacks) ... It was a bless­ing (we lost) be­cause we could never, ever af­ford the se­cu­rity that’s re­quired.”

ON MARCH­ING IN HIS FIRST PRIDE PA­RADE:

“I felt it was im­por­tant be­cause a big part of the pop­u­la­tion is gay ... I rep­re­sent these peo­ple.” ON BIKE LANES ON BLOOR ST.: “It’s in­sane ... I like the idea of bike lanes but in the right places ... These stores (on Bloor) are go­ing to suf­fer badly.”

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