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Duly Quoted: Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly on Rob Ford’s Kimmel Appearance

And after he discussed the Kimmel interview, he got just enough time to make some comments about the fate of the Gardiner.

“Toronto’s image, up until now, has been not only a safe place, an enjoyable place, a place of opportunity, but almost a calm, rational context within which to do business. He’s introduced a—I don’t know how to describe it—a zaniness, an unpredictability that challenges what people have assumed were the basic values of Torontonians.”

— Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, responding to a question from CP24 about whether Mayor Rob Ford’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel had been a good idea. Kelly himself did not take in last night’s show. Just before the interviewer was obliged to wrap, Kelly managed to pull off the move most Toronto politicians have been forced to perfect in recent times: he shifted effortlessly from the topic of Ford doing something ludicrous and high-profile to the consideration of a pressing issue facing Toronto.

“You can’t do anything with the Gardiner right now, other than maintain it,” he said, when asked about today’s public works committee meeting just before the reporter was obliged to wrap. “Because to look at its dismantling in the immediate future would be to introduce traffic chaos in that part of Toronto, and that’s not something we can afford. The key is to keep it in place, probably for the next decade, and while you keep it in place and in good repair, you look at options that are not only presented by this report, but options that will be presented by others who were not part of this process.”

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  • OgtheDim

    “options that will be presented by others who were not part of this process.”

    Norm, who exactly was not or chose not to be involved in this process so far that might be worth hearing from?

  • https://paul.kishimoto.name/ Paul Kishimoto

    The second paragraph (“Introduce traffic chaos in that part of Toronto, and that’s not something we can afford”) makes no sense.

    The “maintain” option is inherently temporary. Eventually the thing has to undergo replacement: with another (similar or different) elevated road, a surface road, a tunnel, whatever.

    That will involve traffic disruption. Certainly, in “the next decade,” there will be more high-rise development in the area, and thus traffic volumes will increase, and with them the degree of disruption (“chaos”) when, inevitably, major construction starts.

    That replacement can be accomplished in clever ways to reduce its duration and disruption: some have mentioned segments pre-fabbed elsewhere and merely assembled on site; or temporary alternate routes can be constructed. Those approaches are expensive. Higher traffic delays in the future might justify their cost, but there’s a chance we wouldn’t need them if we started ASAP.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    I didn’t realize we were getting rid of traffic in 10 years, so let’s just wait until then. When traffic chaos is no longer possible. Because somehow there won’t be traffic.

  • Mark Dowling

    “The key is to keep it in place, probably for the next decade, and while you keep it in place and in good repair, you look at options that are not only presented by this report, but options that will be presented by others who were not part of this process.”
    So… jetpacks?

    • estta

      The only reasonable solution.

  • Konstantine

    I ride my bike to work all year round, I know I’m a huge part of the “elitist” problem for doing so. I wonder if Robbie can get me a tax credit for never using a car on the Gardiner? I mean all his rhetoric would suggest he can, right?