Sunday, July 11, 2010

It's taken a week, but the e-mail issues have finally been resolved and the contact page should once again work. Thank you for your patience.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Today I received a number of e-mails that contained no information. Upon some testing, I realized that the e-mail form is not working properly. If you tried to contact me this morning, please send an e-mail to phil [at] I apologize for the inconvenience, and am tyring to figure out what is causing the problem.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Today the Toronto Star ran an article regarding the comments made in the blog of Mark Towhey, Rob Ford's director of policy, which advocate eliminating any subsidy to the TTC and allowing it to be operated as a for-profit venture. While Ford is distancing himself from the comments, it does raise some concern when a candidate's director of policy believes such things. I'll give Ford the benefit of the doubt here, because following this advice would be political suicide, but thought I should at least address the blog post directly for anyone who may have been thinking Towhey has any sort of legitimate point.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Recently I stumbled across an article on Torontoist where TTC Chair Adam Giambrone discusses the possibility of building the Downtown Relief Line. While much of what he talks about is related to the history of the line, some points are worth noting in terms of determining progress on the DRL.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Today, I am proud to announce the release of DRL Now! - Dedicated to promoting the Downtown Relief Line among Torontonians. It is the result of several months of research and work, and now the website is up I leave it up to the public to spread the idea around, and to turn it into an election issue. With transit being frequently cited as the most important issue in this year's Mayoral election, one would think that one of the candidates would come forward with a well reasoned plan. It is my belief that this is that plan, and it is important that we make these and other politicians understand that planning should trump politics.

I encourage you to look around the site, and if you're not familiar at all with the idea, start with "What is the downtown relief line?" under the "General Information" section. As a city we need better, well-planned infrastructure, and it's the citizens that have the power to make that happen.

Monday, May 31, 2010

On Friday, George Smitherman released his vision for the future of transit in Toronto . The plan would see a mixture of subways and LRT, with the first phase of construction lasting until 2015, which promises nothing new. Beyond 2015, the plan lacks any planning logic, and appears to be designed merely to win over specific groups of voters where Smitherman may not currently see high levels of support.

Monday, May 24, 2010

While creating this website, I invited each Mayoral candidate to comment on the proposal for the Downtown Relief Line. So far, I have yet to receive word from any candidate with the exception of Rob Ford, who stated he would be happy to evaluate the plan once the website was up and running, which is still a few weeks off. Given how little I have heard from the rest of the candidates, it seemed like a good idea to try to summarize what they have said in terms of subway construction.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Today the Toronto Board of Trade released their plan entitled "The Move Ahead: Funding 'The Big Move.'". In it, they examine several methods to generate income that can pay for the construction of transit and other necessary infrastructure. This report shows how though subway construction costs may scare politicians away from construction, the funding to pay for them can easily be obtained. The report contains many examples of different possibilities of generating more than $500 million in revenue, and many of them are fantastic options and can be read about in the above linked document.

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