What you need to know
$1.2 billion in new money for Toronto.
New subway -integrated transit projects
Increased police patrolling on subways
Expanding cellular services on subway lines.
New trains to operate on the TTC
$600m for shelters and refugee claimants.
Housing unites on provincially owned lands
The province takes over Gardiner Expressway and the DVP
City gives up Ont Place objections
Doug Ford on the deal
Mayor Chow on the Science centre
Ford on building more housing
Mayor Chow on Ontario place
Toronto city is getting a boost from the provincial government in a new deal.
Mayor Oliva Chow to give up on campaign promise
by Rostine Vahid
After making it clear in her campaign Mayor Chow was against the proposed spa and waterpark at Ontario Place she has taken a step back in her fight against it in a bid to help the city. The City of Toronto and the Ontario government have come together to solve the city's biggest issue... struggling finances. The deal that was announced today would see Toronto upload control of the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway to the province. The deal would provide the city with up to 1.2 billion in operating costs over the next three years.
What was the reason?
Mayor Chow's reasons were clear for this decision in a press conference today she said “The city will be able to spend billions more on affordable housing, fixing transit and building communities with all the things we love in the neighbourhoods, whether it’s community centres, libraries, parks and all those things where people gather and where they feel they belong,” Chow said after being questioned on her change in tune about the Ontario place development. It is yet to been seen what people who supported Mayor Chow in her fight to stop the construction of Ontario place feel about this new deal but Chow seems to believe the benefits out way the cost of giving up on Ontario place.
Another place of conflict for the Ontario place was the proposed underground parking lot for the spa. Mayor Chow was clear that she is still going to try and work with Ford about moving the parking lot across the street to Exhibition Place. This would open the existing parking lot for public use. Ford seemed open to this idea saying “I’m pretty open to making changes and making sure everyone’s half happy "A step in furthering the partnership between the city and the province.
Another Toronto landmark the Science Centre was also discussed in this deal with both parties saying that they will try and find a way to keep the existing Science Centre in the neighbourhood that it has been in since 1969.