In a truly spectacular exhibit of vitriol, readers of The Globe and Mail have weighed-in on an article concerning beleaguered TTC chairperson Adam Giambrone’s recent announcement about the impending cuts to city transit. (The emergency meeting of the commission is set for Friday, and possible means of accommodating the new budget restrictions include a 25-cent fare hike, and the closing of the Sheppard subway line.)
Two scant hours after the article appeared online, the comments thread below stood at a staggering 120 responses, many of which seemed intent on airing frustrations with the phenomenon of Toronto–centrism, grievances with municipal politicians and their perceived mismanagement of city resources, outright rage concerning the wages of City employees, taxation divides, services available (and unavailable) to city-folk, unions, socialist “agendas,” and real estate prices; along with some very unkind words about mayor Miller.
The greater portion of criticism seemed to be leveled towards their chosen targets from outside the city’s limits, and goes to show how cheerfully wicked the rest of the nation seems to get whenever Toronto hits a pot hole, or in this case, lacks the funds to fill the pot-hole in order that we may drive over it.
Whether or not City Council has been mismanaging its resources, suffers from short-sightedness, or is being short-changed by provincial and federal powers-that-be is beside the point. All the casual red-herrings and unbridled spite directed at our shores are unfair, frankly ludicrous, and we suspect that many of those folks at large in the rest of the nation aren’t getting enough happy in their diet. Except the fellow who suggested that Toronto simply mug Pickering to solve our budget woes. Buddy, you’re ace.
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