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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ROB FORD, TORONTO’S FIRST GRAIN-FED 315-POUND MAYOR, CAUGHT BREAKING THE LAW AGAIN AND ACTING THE GENUINE COWARD’S PART AFTER   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Not only is Ford, in the words of a famous American comedian describing Rush Limbaugh, a big fat idiot when it comes to doing his job, it turns out that the people of Toronto literally have to fear him driving on the streets.

He’s been spotted talking on his cell phone while driving.

He’s flicked his middle finger at a couple of observers, including at a woman.

Now, he’s caught threatening the lives of streetcar passengers in passing an open door.

And what a coward Ford is to report the streetcar operator’s doing what most people would regard as the right thing, stopping a moment to remind him of his dangerous error.

Hey, Rob, how about that family of yours you always prattle and whine about after doing something utterly stupid like calling 911 on a well-known comedian trying to engage you or on a reporter near your house whom you knew perfectly well? Would you like them endangered by a driver like yourself?

I’d like to suggest that all citizens tired of this inept and dangerous clown serving as mayor chip in to a fund to buy him a beautiful spot in a trailer park somewhere in Arizona: he could be offered the keys free upon receipt of his resignation.

The streetcar driver deserves recognition for conscientiously doing his job, having admirable regard to the safety of his passengers.

It is Rob Ford who needs to be “counselled,” starting with how to act like a responsible human being.

He should be so ashamed of reporting this conscientious operator to TTC management over something that was completely his own fault.

But the very fact that Ford knows no shame for endangering the man’s job under the circumstances shows what a genuine sicko Ford is.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ROB FORD WRITES DEFENDING HIS OBTUSE ACTIONS – THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WANTS AND DEMANDS – POLITICIANS’ MEANINGLESS QUESTIONS TO THE PUBLIC   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY ROB FORD IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

A reader writes:

“Rob, I’ve read that you quote the “man on the street” and people “in Tim Hortons” telling you that they want subways. In fact, I believe you just recently said that “everyone” tells you that they want subways.”

In economics we distinguish between what people want and what they demand.

If “wants” ruled the world, beggars would be kings. Wants are only wishes, and generally uninformed wishes.

Demands are wants backed up by the willingness to pay for them, and demands are a large part of what all of economics deals with.

People may want subways – I’m not even sure of that – but are they willing to pay for them?

Do they even have any notion of what they cost? Of how totally insignificant a distance you can build for even a hundred million dollars?

No, they mostly do not.

Add to that the troubled economic times we are in, and people’s genuine demands – what they are willing to pay for through taxes at all levels – will be markedly different to simplistic responses to a politician’s simplistic questions in a subway car.

Rob Ford’s questions only sharply define one of the fundamental problems of our politics: politicians offer glamorous schemes without taking any trouble or responsibility to cost them and explain their costs. It is a practice which is irresponsible.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TRANSIT EXPERT DAVID GUNN OFFERS A LIST OF WRONG DECISIONS BY THE TORONTO TRANSIT COMMISSION (TTC)   Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

A brilliantly thought out set of points, quite comprehensive and clearly reflecting a wealth of experience.

It is greatly to be regretted if they are ignored.

I remember the days when the TTC was often regarded as the best transit system on the continent, but that has not been true for a long time.

Mayor Miller had his fantasies based on no hard-headed thinking, and Mayor Ford appears to have slogans based on no facts.

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The TTC has been doing foolish things for a good many years now.

My favorite example is the Spadina Subway.

When built and for many, many years, this was a subway line to nowhere, to an old abandoned military base.

The trains ran greatly under capacity for years and years. Efficiency in terms of cost per passenger was dreadful.

At the same time, the Yonge line had pretty much reached capacity, and it would have been by far the best choice to double capacity on the Yonge line.

Subways, by definition, are suitable only for high-capacity routes. They are the most expensive form of transit.

TTC’s abandonment of fare zones many years ago was a very foolish idea. The London Underground fares reflect distance as do bus fares.

TTC had it right nearly half a century ago. With amalgamation and urban sprawl, we’ve demanded the TTC run all kinds of bus routes to nowhere, the costs per passenger mile being ridiculous. Meanwhile, vital routes in the city suffer from inadequate service.

As with any other form of investment, you cannot have everything unless you have a limitless amount of revenue, something certainly not true of the TTC. Whenever you build a large new capital project, you must take account not just of the costs of creating it but of the long-run costs of maintaining it.

We have made the mistake of looking only at initial investment costs too many times in many of our facilities, but the TTC stands out.

That’s why things begin to look crummy and why there are regular breakdowns.