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To Fix Transit, Ontario Should Look to the Private Sector

The results of the recent municipal election have produced a strong mandate for renewed investment in transit and transportation. In an era of fiscal constraint, how does the Ontario government get the biggest bang for its buck out of this fund? The answer is right under its nose: trust in the made-in-Ontario Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model. The government uses the AFP model as a means to leverage capital and expertise from the private sector to design, build, finance, and maintain major infrastructure projects. In doing so, the model transfers the risk of project cost increases and scheduling delays on to the private sector.
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Voting for Tory to Keep Out Ford Is Socially Bankrupt

Voting for Tory in order to guarantee that we don't have to deal with four more years of Ford has become a kind of twisted civic sacrifice, which members of the liberal media tell us concerned citizens should be willing to make. The problem is that as we chase the Fords towards a well-deserved exile, we fail to see that we've lowered the gates to equally, if not more, regressive social policies and market-based politics.
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Why I'll Be Voting for John Tory

Isn't John Tory exactly the kind of mayor we all want after the disaster Ford years? He is a real consensus builder that will actually make an exceptional 65th mayor of Toronto. He is a candidate that is rare and worth supporting. I hope many will.
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Ford Nation Has Good Reason To Celebrate After Wednesday's Debate

I was not prepared for what actually happened last night. Olivia Chow started off with vigour but then seemed to fade, John Tory was aggressive, and both attacked Doug Ford as if he were the frontrunner. There were no kid gloves for the debate newcomer. I think many observers may see this as the beginning of the end for John Tory, the much anticipated point where he begins to lose as he has done so often before.
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First Rule of Running For Mayor of Toronto

You can still vote for me on October 27, but striking your ballot will have the same result. Instead of putting up my dukes, I'm admitting the humbling failure that was this brief foray, and settling into a future more suited to someone of my limited skills and boundless grumbling.
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The Reaction to Rob Ford's Cancer Proves We Don't Take Addiction Seriously

It's almost as if that nasty business of the media running roughshod -- downright bullying -- a man suffering from a mental illness never happened. Journalists never hounded him at the rehabilitation facility. Or coerced other patients into revealing intimate details of his treatment. Or wrote features about the clinic founder's own history with the law. Now that he's dealing with a physical disease, on the other hand, it's real. Let's give the man some privacy, our noble journalism vanguards suddenly declare.
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Doug Ford Launches His Campaign

TORONTO - Rob Ford's brother plans to launch his election campaign this weekend for Toronto's top job, which he put off Friday so he could spend some time with his ailing sibling as he undergoes treat...
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'Unbearable' Pain

TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was devastated to learn he has a rare and aggressive type of cancer, but is determined to fight it, his brother said Wednesday as doctors remained optimistic about the...
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'Rough Shape'

A newspaper columnist who spoke by phone with Rob Ford on Monday said the Toronto mayor is in "rough shape" and has undergone a second biopsy — this time on his lungs. In a story published...
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The Future Of Toronto's Mayoral Race

UPDATE: Humber River Hospital confirmed Thursday that Rob Ford has been transferred to Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital "for follow-up investigation and subsequent treatment." Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wa...
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Toronto, Don't Choose a Rob Ford Redux

The trouble is that recent years have invigorated the mayor's brand of hyperbole politics. It pays out in spades for those willing to join the bandwagon and echo the "us versus them" chorus. Its cronies transcend party lines; its victims and resisters fade quickly from memory ("not a leader", anyone?). It is the Ford Nation creed. A new, normalized nastiness has imbued the body politic, harshly demarking who is "one of us" and who is to be cast aside. Its candidates bob in the fickle surf of prejudice or fashionable platitudes, instead of wading into their own vision or fair-minded convictions.
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Ford Fest Draws Protesters

TORONTO - A beaming Rob Ford shook hands, posed for pictures and signed autographs as his annual "Ford Fest" drew hundreds of supporters and a handful of protesters Friday night.The Toronto mayor's an...
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John Tory Will Say Anything To Finally Win

Mr. Ford and Mr. Tory share something else. Neither wants to work to the plan we have, preferring instead to draw new lines on maps. It's never easy to decipher what, precisely, Mr. Tory believes today, but it seems he no longer supports the Sheppard or Finch LRT's. And he certainly no longer supports the subway relief line that is the TTC's top priority, which is odd because getting it built allegedly propelled him to run.
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Chow: Help Me Fire Ford

TORONTO - Rob Ford was both cheered and jeered as he took part Tuesday night in his first mayoral debate since returning to office after a two-month stint in rehab.The controversial mayor of Toronto,...
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Stop Rob Ford, Don't Share This Article

The mayor is only relevant if people make him relevant. For every time we make a sensation about Rob Ford and his latest scandal, we give him attention that he does not deserve. His election chances were ill-served when social media went quiet, and we are now ill-served by perpetuating stories about how he is a tactless, corrupt, and bigoted embarrassment to the city.