You can’t be experts at everything

- March 16th, 2012

Mayor Rob Ford on the 85A Sheppard bus

Mayor Rob Ford riding the Sheppard Ave. E. TTC bus on Thursday (Veronica Henri, Toronto Sun)

Here’s a funny story I heard Thursday night:

The expert advisory panel regarding transit on Sheppard Ave. East had their final meeting Thursday afternoon at Toronto City Hall. The group released their report Friday recommending council approve an LRT on Sheppard Ave. East instead of Mayor Rob Ford’s push for extending the Sheppard subway to the Scarborough Town Centre.

Ford already dismissed the panel’s report as “hogwash” on Thursday (story here).

But back to the expert panel’s final meeting.

Two reporters (a reporter from a rival newspaper and I) found the panel meeting in the boardroom in the city manager’s office on the 11th floor of City Hall. We were waiting outside the office when the panel wrapped up to ask the panel members about the report.

Sources tell me in an effort to dodge the media, the group went out the back door and down a stairwell to the next floor.

Only problem is, the door at the next floor was locked and so were the doors to all the subsequent floors, all the way down City Hall’s east tower.

The experts had to walk all the way down the stairs to the ground floor.

Maybe next time they could just walk out the front door and say a simple “no comment.”

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7 comments

  1. daver says:

    Wow Don, this is absolutely critical, insightful reporting on your part.

    Did you happen to discover what they ate for lunch? Or if any of them own a bike? Or if they used mulit-syllabic words?

  2. Steve Smith says:

    Daver is correct. This is very important news and it completely undermines the content of their so called “expert” report.

  3. Chandra says:

    Once you put a Metrolinx person on the allegedly expert panel who has his marching orders based on the vote in the legislature against the subways, his expertise has no meaning except to affirm.

    They have suppressed Dr Chong’s report on comparison between subways and LRTs.

    It is dumb.

    It is conflict of interest.

    We call it a liberal democracy!

  4. Chandra says:

    They better release the report in full details so that we can make up our own minds as to the validity of the analysis done by the panel.

    Just like court decisions I expect the judges to state their evaluation, and analysis for all of us to see. Not something done in secret as is the case. How they formed their opinions should be based on facts.

    First the liberals vote against the subways then send their man from Metorlinx to mess up and gum up the political works in the city. Conflict of interest that is what it is.

    I rather see a 1% property tax increase for 30 years to see subways built in the city. It is a good idea to have high speed transportation and not David Miller’s stupid street car chugging along at snails pace. Who would want to ride them? Oh yes those who don’t value their time, and can stand long hours,and don’t mind freezing waiting for that Miller’s chu chu train. Only those people who don’t value their time are these downtown politicians who think that Scarberians are second class citizens.

  5. Bad Boy 56 says:

    This is not about the transit folks. This is a war on mayor Ford, at any cost,by the special interests groups; (associated with the NDP-Lieberals), led by their representatives in council, like the scums Joe Mihevc, Adam Vaughan, Gord Perks; with the help of an ego maniac, back staber, the turncoat Karen Stink, and Dolton .

  6. Chandra says:

    Karen Stinkz has failed to evaluate the articulated bus alternative running along peak hour exclusive shoulder lanes in sheppard ave and finch west for the next five to ten years which will get us out of financial hole the province finds itself in.

    That will save money from being spent now.

    She is incompetent for the job. She quickly has brushed aside the bus issue without any calculations. On the short run that will increase capacity and postpone the spending decision for the next step for up to ten years.

    She aught to be fired.

    She is a disaster.

  7. Ryan says:

    It must be something to be utterly and completely humourless like Daver and Steve Smith.
    Angry at everybody who doesn’t see things their way and out to prove just how much smarter they are at every turn.
    This is a blog and the perfect place for a small story like this.
    The only thing the Turmoil Twins are proving is that they don’t get it and should probably stay off comment boards until they grow up a little. Of course, if you’re going to criticize the post, the least you could do is spell properly.
    Bravo, Don. Don’t let the twerps and twits get you down.

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