Scarborough Transit Action thanks Councillor Josh Matlow for being a voice for a LRT network

Opinion Aug 12, 2016 Scarborough Mirror

To the editor:

This is an open letter to Councillor Josh Matlow with a copy forwarded to The Mirror.

I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to you for tirelessly working to bring an LRT network to Scarborough.

It is a sad reflection on the state of politics in Toronto when a downtown councillor is labelled anti-immigrant for trying to address the needs of transit riders in Scarborough’s outer neighbourhoods. Even sadder is the fact that all but one Scarborough councillor (Councillor Paul Ainslie) voted for a one stop subway extension knowing full well it would jeopardize a 24-stop LRT plan that could have brought rapid transit to seven of Scarborough’s neighbourhood improvement areas.

Despite the toxic and twisted rhetoric swirling around this debate, you were not dissuaded from putting forward a motion for a more equitable transit plan. And you had the courage to challenge the Mayor John Tory’s flimsy rationale for choosing a one-stop extension over a seven stop LRT.

It was obvious to anyone watching the council meeting July 13 that the mayor lost his temper with you because he couldn’t justify any of his claims. His attempt to belittle you for not towing the line was a spectacular failure. He appeared the schoolyard bully while you retained the composure of an honourable statesman.

After witnessing Tory’s manipulative and childish outburst, it is easy to feel cynical about politics in Toronto. You, on the other hand, restored my faith in fairness, integrity and courage.

Although, your motion was lost, it will not be forgotten. As a regular TTC user living in Scarborough, I understand what is at stake and I know what needs to change. Transit riders are beginning to mobilize in Malvern and Scarborough Village and this is just the beginning. I have no doubt that your motion will resonate across Scarborough, until their voices are finally heard.

Brenda Thompson on behalf of Scarborough Transit Action

Scarborough Transit Action thanks Councillor Josh Matlow for being a voice for a LRT network

Opinion Aug 12, 2016 Scarborough Mirror

To the editor:

This is an open letter to Councillor Josh Matlow with a copy forwarded to The Mirror.

I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to you for tirelessly working to bring an LRT network to Scarborough.

It is a sad reflection on the state of politics in Toronto when a downtown councillor is labelled anti-immigrant for trying to address the needs of transit riders in Scarborough’s outer neighbourhoods. Even sadder is the fact that all but one Scarborough councillor (Councillor Paul Ainslie) voted for a one stop subway extension knowing full well it would jeopardize a 24-stop LRT plan that could have brought rapid transit to seven of Scarborough’s neighbourhood improvement areas.

Despite the toxic and twisted rhetoric swirling around this debate, you were not dissuaded from putting forward a motion for a more equitable transit plan. And you had the courage to challenge the Mayor John Tory’s flimsy rationale for choosing a one-stop extension over a seven stop LRT.

It was obvious to anyone watching the council meeting July 13 that the mayor lost his temper with you because he couldn’t justify any of his claims. His attempt to belittle you for not towing the line was a spectacular failure. He appeared the schoolyard bully while you retained the composure of an honourable statesman.

After witnessing Tory’s manipulative and childish outburst, it is easy to feel cynical about politics in Toronto. You, on the other hand, restored my faith in fairness, integrity and courage.

Although, your motion was lost, it will not be forgotten. As a regular TTC user living in Scarborough, I understand what is at stake and I know what needs to change. Transit riders are beginning to mobilize in Malvern and Scarborough Village and this is just the beginning. I have no doubt that your motion will resonate across Scarborough, until their voices are finally heard.

Brenda Thompson on behalf of Scarborough Transit Action

Scarborough Transit Action thanks Councillor Josh Matlow for being a voice for a LRT network

Opinion Aug 12, 2016 Scarborough Mirror

To the editor:

This is an open letter to Councillor Josh Matlow with a copy forwarded to The Mirror.

I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to you for tirelessly working to bring an LRT network to Scarborough.

It is a sad reflection on the state of politics in Toronto when a downtown councillor is labelled anti-immigrant for trying to address the needs of transit riders in Scarborough’s outer neighbourhoods. Even sadder is the fact that all but one Scarborough councillor (Councillor Paul Ainslie) voted for a one stop subway extension knowing full well it would jeopardize a 24-stop LRT plan that could have brought rapid transit to seven of Scarborough’s neighbourhood improvement areas.

Despite the toxic and twisted rhetoric swirling around this debate, you were not dissuaded from putting forward a motion for a more equitable transit plan. And you had the courage to challenge the Mayor John Tory’s flimsy rationale for choosing a one-stop extension over a seven stop LRT.

It was obvious to anyone watching the council meeting July 13 that the mayor lost his temper with you because he couldn’t justify any of his claims. His attempt to belittle you for not towing the line was a spectacular failure. He appeared the schoolyard bully while you retained the composure of an honourable statesman.

After witnessing Tory’s manipulative and childish outburst, it is easy to feel cynical about politics in Toronto. You, on the other hand, restored my faith in fairness, integrity and courage.

Although, your motion was lost, it will not be forgotten. As a regular TTC user living in Scarborough, I understand what is at stake and I know what needs to change. Transit riders are beginning to mobilize in Malvern and Scarborough Village and this is just the beginning. I have no doubt that your motion will resonate across Scarborough, until their voices are finally heard.

Brenda Thompson on behalf of Scarborough Transit Action