Last night the TTC held an information session for those interested in applying to join the Commission's board. It was not a success.
“From the outset, it was clear that the City and TTC treated the event as something they had to do, one of those obligatory bits of so-called citizen participation… [TTC Chief Financial and Administration Officer Vince] Rodo talked about the Commission’s hopes for the new ‘citizen’ commissioners and the desire for ‘barons of industry’ who could bring their business expertise to the TTC. That more or less ruled out everyone present.”
—Transit expert (and Torontoist contributor) Steve Munro, writing on his blog about yesterday’s information session, held at City Hall, for Torontonians interested in joining the board of the Toronto Transit Commission. Earlier this year, city council voted to change the composition of the board, shifting from the model they inherited (nine members, all councillors) to an expanded one (11 members, including seven councillors and four ‘citizen’ members).