TTC chair Karen Stintz is restarting the commission

- March 2nd, 2012

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The board of the Toronto Transit Commission will be blown up on Monday.

TTC chair Karen Stintz revealed Friday night she’ll move a motion at city council on Monday to dump all the commissioners off the TTC.

Council will then have a free vote on the 7 councillors who get to go on the commission. Four citizens would then be added to the commission in June.

Here’s is Stintz’s press release, sent out Friday night:

March 2, 2012

The Toronto Transit Commission needs stability and renewal. On Monday I will ask my fellow Councillors to dissolve the current nine-person Commission, which includes me, and replace it with a new Commission immediately.

I will ask that the Commission be reconstituted in accordance with the Mayor’s principles. It would be comprised of a mix of citizens and Councillors. In extensive conversations with fellow Councillors, the overriding belief is that the Chair of a new 11-member Commission must be a Toronto City Councillor, and the Commission should be comprised of seven Councillors and four citizens. There have been discussions with the Mayor’s Office about this approach. That is how I intend to proceed.

The membership of a new Commission will not be predetermined as this process will ensure that its composition will reflect the will of Council.

I believe in this because the recent weeks have clearly demonstrated an immediate need for stability. The Commission must be comprised of people who fully support Council’s will.

This scenario is not unlike what happened with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) earlier in this term.

The four citizen appointees would be vetted through a process administered by City process, similar to the TCHC Board process. These four citizens would join the Commission in a few months.

Council should decide. Council will decide.

Thank you.

Karen Stintz

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16 comments

  1. TTC Man says:

    Who cares? More people who don’t know what they are doing.

    Sell the TTC and get rid of these people who are playing politics. Let some competition in so that people have choice to ride the transit they want to ride. Get companies in who know how to move people efficiently. The city will be rid of this money-sucking burden and the people will get a better transit system. The Council simply has to oversee, regulate and enforce the private companies.

    Hey privatization of the TTC might even fix the sliding doors at Main Street Station! They still don’t work after being installed four years ago!

    A new Commission…who cares? What will change? Politics….politics….politics.

  2. samtam says:

    I hope new commission people will sell TTC. Less government, more choice is better. I am from China and government control everything. No choice. Hong Kong system is excellent. No government. We can choose for us. We don’t need government to tell us. Keep government for police and fire and health. That’s all. We pay for what we want.

  3. RDog says:

    This is Stintz playing politics again & not serving the people of the city. Council will vote her back on, but this time, all of her henchmen & women will join her. Make no mistake, she is taking this action because they’ve already rehearsed the vote. You’re telling me out of the blue she came up with this idea? She’d only do it if she knew how it would go. So, then it will be a full slate of an anti-Ford commission & she will hide behind the vote.
    The bottom line is that she is not listening to the citizens of Toronto, she is on a mission to undermine the Mayor at every turn for her own political gain.

  4. kristin says:

    Sell the TTC? Baaahahaha! That assumes someone would want to buy it! The province certainly wouldn’t and any private interest would get rid of all service except a few profitable lines. The TTC is public infrstructure that provides an economic benefit for the city at a completely different level from a private business.

    I hope this shake up goes alright. I’m going to be stressed out all weekend thinking about it. Council seems so unreliable right now.

    I will be devastated if Councillor Stintz isn’t returned to her position as TTC chair.

    I have been waiting decades to see proper rapid transit outside the core and want to see a TTC commission that is ready to deliver affordble LRTs across the city. All this talk about subways is ridiculous and the thought of taxes to pay for stupidly excessive capacity that we don’t need is really madening. Do we have money to burn in this city? Because that’s what a stump of a subway into Scarborough is.

    I’ll be hoping all weekend for a new sensible TTC commission but I’ve been disappointed so many times in the past…..

  5. unknown_man says:

    Privitizing the TTC will not get you a sheppard subway. A private company is not going to run a subway with little ridership.

  6. TTCMan says:

    Privatizing will allow developers to build the subway AND communities at the same time. There is no point building a subway and then hoping and waiting for developers to build.

  7. Busdriver says:

    Sell the TTC? That’s funny! Who would buy it? You need more cash to sustain than anyone could ever hope to have. Even the rich Ford brothers couldn’t afford to buy it. To those who think private transit is the way to go, think again. Did the York Region Fiasco not tell you it does not work? The fine folks in Forest Hill, Rosedale and the Bridle Path won’t have transit to get their staff to work. Non-performing routes will be gone, leaving thousands of seniors with nowhere to get around the City. Good luck with that!

  8. JANE DOE says:

    karen stintz is a MORON….AND A CONTROL FREAK…SPREADING MISINFORMATION…TTC HAS TO START FIRING MORE PEOPLE….ITS TIME THAT THE PROVINCE TAKE OVER THE TTC….AND THAT NO POLITICIANS GET INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS.

  9. TTC Man says:

    How is everyone liking their government funded TTC today….let’s recap today’s events:

    Osgoode to Bloor – no trains due to flooding
    Bathurst Street cars diverted due to downed trees
    504 King – no service, tree down.
    No train service Kipling to Islington – switch repair
    EB Broadview turning trains back at Chester

    All funded with your tax dollars.

    Sell it off, bring in some competition and some choice and our lives will be better for it!

  10. unknown says:

    it’s funny listening to all the idiots “privatize the ttc” Privatizing hasn’t worked anywhere else what makes you think it would work here.And yes ford tried to have the private sector build his sheppard subway they all said that they want it but aren’t going to pay for it.

  11. alex says:

    really what are you doing writing for the Sun, you should be over at the Star. Is Karen Stintz really just sending over her political views and you just post them verbatim. Really?

  12. alex says:

    as a reply to “unknown” – can you provide an example of where a public system has succeeded. you can’t, so why not try something else

  13. Karl Haab says:

    The 11,000 members Elementary Teachers of Toronto union is now promoting Karen Stintz’s LRTs in Scarborough under the guise “Respect Scarborough” with a panel of so-called experts – all pro LRT people, just like the one-sided Sheppard Tranist Panel stacked 5 to 1 for LRTs. Did the union promise to promote Karen Stintz for Mayor in 2004?
    Lets hope the mushy middle wakes up in time to save the city from becoming paralyzed with slow, traffic clogging LRTs promoted by Stintz as “Rapid Transit”.
    Let us promote Fred Flintstone for Mayor

  14. Busdriver says:

    @TTC Man..perhaps you need to state facts and back things up. So how is it the fault of the TTC that a PRIVATE CONTRACTOR broke a watermain that flooded out Union Stn? How is it the fault of the TTC that a tree was blocking streetcar tracks? How is it the fault of the TTC that a switch needed to be repaired? Oh right..it’s on TTC property, MUST be our fault, right? Things happen! Mother nature got in the way, so now it’s all the TTC’s fault? Union Stn had to be inspected fully to make sure that it was SAFE to send trains in there. Safe for the passengers and safe for the employees. The TTC is so poorly funded since Mike Harris began to starve the system that it has fallen behind. That is about as much as you can blame the government. Privitization DOES NOT work! Just ask those in York Region who pay for crappy service, and pay $3.50 to ride!

  15. pinky88 says:

    Very informative article comparing what Scarborough residents would get under the Mayor’s (still unfunded) subway extension, which would run to Victoria Park (!), and all the proposed stops on the Scarborough LRT which would run all the way to Morningside – which solution do you think shows the most respect for Scarborough?

    http://posterous.remarkk.com/sheppard-east-councillors-and-honest-choices

  16. unknown says:

    Public transit doesn’t make money it is there to relieve traffic congestion and for those that can’t afford a car,if you want it to make money then you would have to cut all the routes that don’t have a high enough passenger rate just like the sheppard line that all you idiots want but will be blaming it on ttc employees for years to come that it doesn’t make money

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