john tory


Toronto Life - - The Fifty Most Influential 2018 -

call him bland or a ditherer, but he must have done some­thing right to nab 63 per cent of the vote. Tory is a no­sur­prises main­te­nance man who wor­ries, so we don’t have to, about all the un­sexy stuff that keeps our me­trop­o­lis run­ning. To his credit, he has proved a smooth op­er­a­tor, push­ing through over­due TTC im­prove­ments (ex­press buses and re­duced fares for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, for two), form­ing com­mit­tees (on im­por­tant but dull stuff like con­struc­tion road clo­sures) that get things done, and avoid­ing ma­jor strikes and ser­vice dis­rup­tions. We also take for granted his steadi­ness when con­fronted with the pre­vi­ously unimag­in­able hor­rors of mass shoot­ings and van at­tacks on our streets. Right now, with the sheer crazi­ness to the south and the rule-by-spite at Queen’s Park, it’s nice to have Mis­ter Re­li­able mind­ing city hall. up next: Fund­ing for his SmartTrack tran­sit plan fi­nally won ap­proval at coun­cil, but the en­tire thing could be a wash if he doesn’t get on the pre­mier’s good side.

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