Toronto City Councils' Leftist poster boys, Councillors Adam Vaughan and Gord Perks, pulled together all of the 100 people who support Transit City, and they had a cute little protest today at City Hall against Mayor Ford's subway plan.
Vaughan, who is fresh off his latest gravy run to the Netherlands for the Walk21 conference on pedestrians (with expenses sent to Toronto taxpayers of course. See: Toronto Councillors Vaughan & Carroll Continue To Reach For the Gravy...), and Perks, who I guess could care less about the situation his constituents in Roncesvalles are going through with their version of the St. Clair Streetcar Right-of-way disaster (see: Roncesvalles project drags on), apparently don't mind wasting time trying to gather people for a cause that no more than 100 people cared enough about to support on Sunday, not to mention defying the majority of Torontonians who voted for Rob Ford and therefore supported his plan kill Transit City in favour of subways.
Here's the story from the Toronto Sun:
Budget debate starts now
About 100 people held a rally Sunday at City Hall protesting Ford’s plan to axe the former mayor David Miller’s light-rail rapid transit plan to expand service to areas outside the downtown core.
“We have gotten involved and have been calling people, set up a Facebook page and we now have a rally which will turn into a mass organization to save Transit City,” said rally organizer Patrick Shorter. (This week) will be critical for Transit City so we will be out at bus stops and subway stations talking to people.”
To be a healthy city Toronto needs Transit City, said Councillor Gord Perks.
“We are here to fight Mayor Ford’s fairy dust plan to stop in place of a subway plan that will never work,” Perks said. “Mayor Ford did win the election, but Transit City is loved by millions of people in the Greater Toronto Area and we are going to get it back. LRTs have been shown in dozens and dozens of cities in North America and Europe to be the best way to build in the suburbs.”
You know, I love how Gord Perks talks about a "fairy dust plan", and then goes on to say in the same sentence that Rob Ford (the definition of anti-Transit City) won the election, but how "Transit City is loved by millions of people"... Seriously, who's living in a magical fantasy land and snorting the fairy dust?? I mean, is Perks even here with us on planet earth?
If you ask the people of Roncesvalles, I'm sure they're wondering the exact same thing...
Adam Vaughan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Adam_Vaughn.JPG by Sherurcij on Wikipedia
Gord Perks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gord_Perks_at_his_Campaign_Launch.jpg by Abebenjoe on Wikipedia