Contract out taxis
While I agree with Adam Giambrone that two-tiered taxi licensing is unfair (NOW, March 1-7), I found [his article] heavy on sensationalism. I would be interested in a follow-up.
If an Ambassador licensee were allowed to rent out his licence or vehicle to another driver when he's sick or on vacation, [what would] prevent [him or her] from underpaying his recruit?
You mention that plates should be given a value so drivers have a financial cushion when they retire.
Plates are currently worth $250K, which would make a suitable retirement income. But who will be able to afford it? A new Canadian looking to become a driver would still be unable to afford a licence. To make taxi cabs truly public, make licences publicly held, and strictly control everything from drivers' wages to vehicles by municipal contract.
Go local = strong economy
Excellent article by Wayne Roberts on Ontario's untapped and diverse economic strengths (NOW, March 1-7). It's unfortunate that the McGuinty government only instructed bank economist Don Drummond to look at expenditures.
We need a commission on tax reform, starting with a price on carbon, as Drummond himself has argued in the past.
Supporting stronger local economies, starting with local sustainable food, is a great first step toward renewing our economy. And government can lead the way with local purchasing policies for many goods and service.
Dumbing down Drummond
Regarding Cutting To The Chase, by Alice Klein (NOW, February 23-29). Quite apart from Klein's and others' critiques of the Don Drummond report, what I find most bizarre is the utter disconnect in discourse within the media with regard to the deficit crisis facing Ontario.
For almost the entire past year, the media was dominated by coverage of the international Occupy movement along with extensive discussion of the gross inequity in the distribution of wealth within our society and the flatlining of the so-called middle class and the poor which that movement pointed to.
Yet with Moody's threat to downgrade Ontario's credit rating, where do our politicians and media pundits look for fiscal solutions? To further squeezing the vast majority of middle-income and poor.
What's the frequency, Rob?
I listened to the mayor's radio show last Sunday (NOW, March 1-7). Another two hours of my life wasted. Then I hear this hypocrite wants to bring back the vehicle registration tax to fund his subway plans. What an embarrassment to the city.
The over-under on subways
Well said, Benjamin Boles (NOW, March 1-7). LRT makes sense for much of Toronto. Nobody is against subways, including so-called "downtown elites," we just want them where they truly make sense.
What's good for Buffalo
Buffalo, New York, has surface transit, and it's just fantastic. What's the problem? Spending money to bury the LRT on Eglinton east of Kennedy, as the mayor is proposing, is a waste of money.
Follow Ford's money train
There needs to be an investigation of the hiding of vital subway information from the citizens of Toronto and Ontario, who were misled as to the financial viability of Rob Ford's subway agenda. Who was going to benefit financially?
PM's partisanship showing
As more information comes to light about the orchestrated suppression of votes by the Conservatives during the last federal election (NOW, March 1-7), an overly partisan Stephen Harper is emerging.
It was hoped Harper would act against this threat to the integrity of our electoral system as prime minister of Canada, not leader of a political party whose actions are being questioned.
It is imperative that whatever resources are needed be made available to determine what occurred that led thousands of voters to be misdirected on election day so this one-time scandal does not spread to future elections.
Cops breaking the rules
To respond to the question whether "there's one set of rules for cops, another for everyone else" (NOW, March 1-7), no Einstein is needed: of course.
Providing charged PC David Cavanagh with court security and a phalanx of burly fellow officers to usher him privately in and out of a bail hearing clearly shows it.
PC Cavanagh is entitled to his day in court and the presumption of innocence. He is not, however, entitled to his own flying police squad.
Finally, Karen Stintz
On Karen Stintz's re-election to the TTC board (NOW Daily, March 5). Finally, city council is standing up for what is best for all citizens of Toronto, and not just a few.
Paulette Andria Hamilton