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New staff report on future of eastern portion of Gardiner Expressway expected today. Poll suggests Torontonians want shorter campaigns and online voting. City Hall relaxes restrictions on food trucks. City council defers Uber taxi licensing debate/ banning Uber app on city-owned phones on agenda as council resumes meeting. NDP form majority government in Alberta. +**Peter Wallace officially named city manager. ** The Who to headline Glastonbury festival.**
STAFF REPORT ON EASTER PORTION OF GARDINER EXPECTED TODAY
A study is due out tomorrow that is supposed to indicate the best method of dealing with the Gardiner Expressway is to tear it down. The 31 page report outlines the best option between removing the Gardiner, repairing it or a hybrid of the two. According to the Toronto Star the report says a full removal of the east end of the highway would yield the greatest economic benefit. Tomorrow councillors will also receive a report with the city staff’s recommendation following several public consolations.
POLL SUGGESTS TORONTONIANS WANT SHORTER CAMPAIGNS AND ONLINE VOTING
Mayor John Tory’s approval rating is down slightly to 61% according to a new poll from Mainstreet Technologies. That number has dropped only 1% from Mainstreet’s March poll. The poll of almost 2,500 respondents also found that there is little interest in increasing the size of city council. Just 10% think there are too few members of City Council while 48% believe there are too many and 41% believe there are just enough. When it comes to Internet voting the majority think it’s about time we have it with 55% supporting the move to implement it even though only 50% belive it would be secure. One thing most agreed on was shorter election campaigns. 67% approve of shorter municipal campaigns even though it may help incumbent.
CITY HALL RELAXES RESTRICTIONS ON FOOD TRUCKS
Grabbing a bite to eat without sitting down will be a whole lot easier after city council approve a motion today cutting away red tape from the mobile eating industry. Food trucks are now permitted to operate 30 metres from an existing restaurant and remain in that position for 5 hours instead of the original 3. The vote for reforms was passed 43-1 with the lone vote against from Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti who believes the changes will make it harder for established restaurants.
NDP WINS MAJORITY IN ALBERTA
The 44 year rule of the Progressive Conservatives in Alberta has come to a crashing halt. An orange crush from the NDP has swept leader Rachel Notley into the premier’s seat with a majority. it’s the first time Alberta’s N-D-P has formed the government in the party’s 75-year-history. The NDP took 53 seats and the Wildrose party will form the official opposition with 20 seats. The conservatives were demoted to 3rd party status with just 11 seats and leader Jim Prentice resinged in his concession speech and he also says he’s leaving politics. The election was supposed to be a victory lap for the premier, whose party held 70 of 87 seats at dissolution.
CITY COUNCIL DEFERS UBER TAXI LICENCE DEBATE
Causing quite an uproar in council chambers today Mayor John Tory was successful in holding off the debate on the taxi licensing system. Tory proposed a motion that would defer the debate until after the company Uber deals with a legal battle against the city. Several members of council, including Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti say Tory’s move as offensive. At one point during the debate several members of the press gallery had to be asked to leave following outbursts. Taxi cab proponents say the current system works and they don’t want to revisit the reforms of last year. Uber Canada will be holding a rally tomorrow at 12:30 at City Hall to, “support ridesharing in Toronto.”
Also, a motion to ban city employees from downloading the Uber app to their work phone is on the agenda today as city council wraps up a two-day meeting.
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Peter Wallace Named New City Manager
After a 5 hour debate behind closed doors council decided to name Peter Wallace as the new city manager. Wallace is a former cabinet secretary at Queens park and has been a public servant for over 30 years. He’ll take over for outgoing city manager Joe Penachetti.
The Who To Headline Glastonbury Festival
The Who will wrap up their 50th anniversary tour with a headlining slot at the legendary Glastonbury Festival, closing the event on Sunday June 28. The band will be the final night headliners, while the Foo Fighters and Kanye West will headline the other two nights.