Toronto City Hall delivers its gifts early

Opinion Dec 21, 2017 by David Nickle York Guardian

It's only a few days now before Christmas as you read this – and more than likely, things will become exceedingly quiet at City Hall for those days. 

Why shouldn't it be? Toronto has delivered most of its gifts early. And some of them are pretty nice.

There's that subway... Not the one in Scarborough that everyone's so angry about, the other one, that opened on the weekend. The Spadina-York extension is 2017's last and biggest gift, a legitimate humdinger of a train set that will finally connect York University to the rest of the city. We'll have to share it – the subway goes past York U. into York Region, the first Toronto subway to leave the city – but Christmas is about nothing if not sharing our toys.

Another bounty this year: three more councillors. This is more of a promise for 2018, but it came through about the same time as that subway finally opened, as the Ontario Municipal Board gave the nod to Toronto's new ward map. Council had decided on increasing its size much earlier, but two councillors, Giorgio Mammoliti and Justin Di Ciano, took the matter to the board. Di Ciano argued that there should be fewer councillors than the current 44 – just 25. But that didn't happen, and so next year, three more politicians will be on hand.

And we got the gift that keeps giving: Doug Ford, who came within spitting distance of beating John Tory for mayor in 2014, is running again in 2018. The former councillor and brother of the late ex-mayor Rob Ford reminded of this last week, taking to YouTube to heap scorn on both subways, and the mayor. 

So Merry Christmas, Toronto. Time to get started on those thank you notes. 

David Nickle is a reporter and columnist covering Toronto City Hall for Metroland. Email dnickle@insidetoronto. com, follow him on Twitter @davidnickle , and on Facebook @InsideToronto

Toronto City Hall delivered a bounty for Christmas this year

David Nickle reminds us that presents are for sharing, even if they're a subway

Opinion Dec 21, 2017 by David Nickle York Guardian

It's only a few days now before Christmas as you read this – and more than likely, things will become exceedingly quiet at City Hall for those days. 

Why shouldn't it be? Toronto has delivered most of its gifts early. And some of them are pretty nice.

There's that subway... Not the one in Scarborough that everyone's so angry about, the other one, that opened on the weekend. The Spadina-York extension is 2017's last and biggest gift, a legitimate humdinger of a train set that will finally connect York University to the rest of the city. We'll have to share it – the subway goes past York U. into York Region, the first Toronto subway to leave the city – but Christmas is about nothing if not sharing our toys.

Another bounty this year: three more councillors. This is more of a promise for 2018, but it came through about the same time as that subway finally opened, as the Ontario Municipal Board gave the nod to Toronto's new ward map. Council had decided on increasing its size much earlier, but two councillors, Giorgio Mammoliti and Justin Di Ciano, took the matter to the board. Di Ciano argued that there should be fewer councillors than the current 44 – just 25. But that didn't happen, and so next year, three more politicians will be on hand.

And we got the gift that keeps giving: Doug Ford, who came within spitting distance of beating John Tory for mayor in 2014, is running again in 2018. The former councillor and brother of the late ex-mayor Rob Ford reminded of this last week, taking to YouTube to heap scorn on both subways, and the mayor. 

So Merry Christmas, Toronto. Time to get started on those thank you notes. 

David Nickle is a reporter and columnist covering Toronto City Hall for Metroland. Email dnickle@insidetoronto. com, follow him on Twitter @davidnickle , and on Facebook @InsideToronto

Toronto City Hall delivered a bounty for Christmas this year

David Nickle reminds us that presents are for sharing, even if they're a subway

Opinion Dec 21, 2017 by David Nickle York Guardian

It's only a few days now before Christmas as you read this – and more than likely, things will become exceedingly quiet at City Hall for those days. 

Why shouldn't it be? Toronto has delivered most of its gifts early. And some of them are pretty nice.

There's that subway... Not the one in Scarborough that everyone's so angry about, the other one, that opened on the weekend. The Spadina-York extension is 2017's last and biggest gift, a legitimate humdinger of a train set that will finally connect York University to the rest of the city. We'll have to share it – the subway goes past York U. into York Region, the first Toronto subway to leave the city – but Christmas is about nothing if not sharing our toys.

Another bounty this year: three more councillors. This is more of a promise for 2018, but it came through about the same time as that subway finally opened, as the Ontario Municipal Board gave the nod to Toronto's new ward map. Council had decided on increasing its size much earlier, but two councillors, Giorgio Mammoliti and Justin Di Ciano, took the matter to the board. Di Ciano argued that there should be fewer councillors than the current 44 – just 25. But that didn't happen, and so next year, three more politicians will be on hand.

And we got the gift that keeps giving: Doug Ford, who came within spitting distance of beating John Tory for mayor in 2014, is running again in 2018. The former councillor and brother of the late ex-mayor Rob Ford reminded of this last week, taking to YouTube to heap scorn on both subways, and the mayor. 

So Merry Christmas, Toronto. Time to get started on those thank you notes. 

David Nickle is a reporter and columnist covering Toronto City Hall for Metroland. Email dnickle@insidetoronto. com, follow him on Twitter @davidnickle , and on Facebook @InsideToronto