Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, who at one point Thursday told her councillors to “grow a spine,” said some of her colleagues were reluctant to “stick their necks out” and endorse tolls or taxes. “We don’t want to tax our residents any more, but how the hell are we going to pay for transit?” she said.
–ELIZABETH CHURCH AND SUNNY DHILLON, Globe and Mail; May 9, 2013
At last week’s City Council meeting, Toronto was asked to recommend how to pay for transit expansion. City Council chose to be timid and tepid in their recommendations, but Councillor McMahon was vocal in her support for realistic, dedicated revenue tools. The Globe & Mail, Now Magazine, The Toronto Star, and 680 News all wrote about Councillor McMahon’s strong stance on transit funding.
As a result of the work planned on Kingston Road this summer, a new parkette at the corner of Kingston Road and Dundas will be constructed. The corner will be redesigned to be safer for pedestrians, driver and cyclists and new seating and green space will be installed. A public meeting was held last fall with local residents, the Councillor and planning staff.
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Councillor McMahon does not support extending the runway at Billy Bishop Airport.
The vision for Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has always been a local airport to handle short flights with small propeller planes. The tripartite agreement between the City of Toronto, Toronto Port Authority and the Federal Government solidified this conception into a public agreement which was signed by all parties.
Porter Airlies revealed, with no advance notice that it planned to purchase jets which require an 1102 feet (336 metre) runway extension at the Billy Bishop Airport. The runway extension required to accomodate Porter Airlines’ request represents a major change not just to the physical environment and auditory impact of the Island Airport, but a violation of the spirit of the tripartite agreement.
Councillor McMahon encourages Porter Airlines to use Pearson Airport as its base for medium/long haul flights as every other airline wishing to land in Toronto does. She cannot support a small local airport into a second major air traffic hub.
Come partake in Community Environment Day at Ted Reeve Arena Thursday May 16th between 4-8PM.
As she has made aware, Councillor McMahon opposes the construction of a casino in our city. She believes that casinos damage the social environment in cities and do not offer the economic benefits they advertise. They negatively affect local businesses and prey on the impulses of the addicted and vulnerable. She believes there are alternative, more innovative and less damaging ways to solve Toronto’s financial troubles. Councillor McMahon has heard from many Ward 32 residents and fellow Torontonians of their opposition to the casino at the five consultations held across the city.
Therefore, Councillor McMahon will not be supporting any proposal to place a casino in our city.