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 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.
Councillor McMahon was proud to support the Parks Plan 2013-2017 which lays out the vision for Toronto’s Parks. Take a look and send us your thoughts on the Plan.