Today the Chief of Police confirmed the existence of a video which we have been told involves the Mayor doing and saying things that no elected official should. Additionally, a series of very disturbing documents have been released. This is sad and worrying. I wanted to write to you to share a few thoughts.
First, Toronto is a wonderful City today, and it will still be a wonderful City tomorrow. Toronto, the home we share, is also a place we can make better if we work together. I have spent much of the day talking with colleagues and that idea of working together for a better City is broadly shared.
Second, I want to reassure you that the governance of the City goes on. I have tremendous confidence in our public service and know that the good work they do every day will continue. Also, we have very robust procedures and laws for continuing to govern whatever course Mayor Ford takes. The business of the City will continue.
Finally, elected office is an enormous privilege and a profound responsibility. Acting dishonestly and divisively is damaging to everyone in the City. I hope the Mayor keeps that in mind as he decides what to do next.
If you have thoughts or concerns I and my staff are, as always, available.
Please share with your neighbours.
Residents of Parkdale,
I would like provide an update on the temporary Dufferin Bridge construction.
The City has awarded the construction contract, and construction will begin as early as tomorrow, November 1st. Initially the projected time frame for this work was 18 months from the initial closure, but I am pleased to say that the projected opening of the bridge is now expected to be late February 2014. When the temporary bridge opens, the “no left” turn off Liberty Street onto Dufferin Street will be lifted.
I would also like to inform you that, in order to complete this project in the above time frame, the Lakeshore West rail corridor under the bridge will be closed November 30th and December 1st to demolish the existing structure.
The permanent bridge is still on the books for reconstruction in 2016.
I appreciate your patience and cooperation during this construction period. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact my office.