Let's Make A Deal

By Ben Bull
Published December 11, 2006

Christopher Hume hits the nail on the head again in Today's Toronto Star. In his analysis of the haphazard approach to City Planning that exists in Toronto, Hume observes:

Hume cites Vancouver's 'Councillor at Large' electoral system as a cause for hope and suggests that Toronto needs to fix things soon.

The situation in Toronto is a mirror of Hamilton, where ward representatives bow down to NIMBY concerns and developer interests, instead of looking at the planning process as a whole.

In many ways Hamilton may consider itself fortunate that it has had so little growth over the years. There is less of a mess to deal with than here in TO.

Either way, the municipalities of Hamilton and Toronto should take heed of Hume's words and work to improve the disjointed planning process that currently exist. After all, as Hume states, "it's never too late to introduce clarity and order."

Ben Bull lives in downtown Toronto. He's been working on a book of short stories for about 10 years now and hopes to be finished tomorrow. He also has a movie blog.

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By Hammer (anonymous) | Posted December 13, 2006 at 10:55:07

I think we need to start proposing a different type of electoral system in Hamilton. Something that includes some councillor that are elected at-large. I think the only Board of Control system had this element and perhaps it should be revisited.

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