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Quote of the Day – Let’s not be juvenile: Councillor John Parker

- May 7th, 2013

Councillor John Parker

“It would be juvenile of the City of Toronto to sit here with the biggest need for transit funding, the most well-developed plans for how we would like to expand our transit system and then shy away from the serious question of just how we pay for it.”

- Councillor John Parker on why city council should have the transit tax debate this week (full story here). Although he wouldn’t confirm it Monday, Parker is the odds on favourite to move the motion that will spark the council debate on transit taxes at the council meeting.

Quote of the Day – City’s retiring CFO gives his two cents

- October 3rd, 2012

CFO Cam Weldon

Cam Weldon, the City of Toronto’s chief financial officer (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)

“One more thing, you need to be nicer to each other when I’m gone – you’ll accomplish more, you’ll live longer and you’ll retire happy like me.”

- City of Toronto Chief Financial Officer Cam Weldon’s advice to city councillors during his retirement speech on Wednesday

Goodbye Chicago

- September 20th, 2012

--From Remote-- Mayor Rob Ford waves as the Team Toronto delegation goes for a boat tour of

Mayor Rob Ford on a boat cruise with members of the Team Toronto delegation in Chicago on Wednesday (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)

Mayor Rob Ford has blown out of the Windy City.

Ford left Chicago Thursday morning and is heading back to Hogtown.

The visit, including a meeting with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, didn’t make the newspapers in Chicago Thursday morning but it did capture the attention of at least one U.S. news outlet (story here).

City of Toronto officials are expected to issue a press release Thursday afternoon applauding Ford’s trip.

Mayor Rob Ford wants Edmonton City Hall’s wading pool/rink

- August 21st, 2012

Mayor Rob Ford outside Edmonton City Hall

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford checks out the fountain at Edmonton’s city hall last Thursday (DAVID BLOOM/EDMONTON SUN)

Fair warning Edmonton, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wants the fountain outside your City Hall.

Just back from a vacation in Alberta, Ford applauded the “really unique” wading pool/rink he saw outside Edmonton City Hall while slamming the ongoing renovation of Nathan Phillips Square outside Toronto City Hall.

“They have a pool or a rink like ours but they utilize it in the summer and they have a swimming pool,” Ford said. “The sprinklers are going non-stop and the kids are running around the sprinklers which I thought was an absolutely phenomenal idea which I want to look into.

“I talked to (Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel) and he said it’s not very much (money). There is a couple of pumps in the water that shoot the water out so I’m going to look into that.”

While he was looking at the Edmonton fountain last week, Ford mentioned he liked it to the Edmonton Sun’s David Bloom.

The reflecting pool in Nathan Phillips Square acts as an ice rink in the winter but wading is prohibited.

City of Toronto spokesman Kazia Fraser said a wading pool isn’t in the plans for the square’s $51.5 million facelift.

“It is not in the current scope, however, we do have a nine-jet water fountain feature and the reflecting pool will be ready for the next summer season,” she said.

Exclusive: Toronto’s CFO retiring

- May 31st, 2012

Cam Weldon

Cam Weldon, City of Toronto Chief Financial Officer (Toronto Sun files)

The city’s top finance bureaucrat is retiring.

Cam Weldon, the City of Toronto’s chief financial officer and deputy city manager, is calling it quits.

Sources tell the Sun a formal announcement about Weldon’s coming retirement will go out Friday.

Weldon was appointed to his current position back in February 2009 after serving as acting deputy city manager and chief financial officer from October 2008.

He’s been working for the city since 2003. Weldon started as the director of accounting services and became city treasurer in 2005.

When he was appointed to CFO in 2009, then-mayor David Miller described Weldon as an “experienced City of Toronto financial manager.”

Mayor Rob Ford has also been complimentary of Weldon’s performance through the last two city budgets.

Before he arrived at the City of Toronto, Weldon spent 20 years at the Regional Municipality of Halton.

A Thank-You Note from Mayor Rob Ford

- April 28th, 2012

Mayor Rob Ford and the Pothole

Mayor Rob Ford fills a pothole on Hwy. 27 Friday (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)

News of the city’s $292 million 2011 budget surplus leaked out Friday. The number is big, way bigger than city staff estimated (story here).

Ahead of the number officially coming out Monday, Mayor Rob Ford sent a rare Thank-You e-mail out to all city staff.

Here’s how Ford says thanks:

 

This message is being sent on behalf of Mayor Rob Ford.

 

Managers/supervisors please print and share this message with staff who do not have access to a computer.

 

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I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your extremely hard work and dedication to getting our City’s finances back on track.

 

When I first took office almost 18 months ago, we set out to fix our government’s fiscal foundation.  Through the last two budget cycles, the Core Service Review and the service efficiency reviews, you have worked diligently to find savings.  You looked for and found new ways of delivering benefits to Toronto residents efficiently and effectively.  You demonstrated a commitment to improving customer service and are following through on that commitment.  The directions given by the City Manager and the Chief Financial Officer have been demanding.  I know that each of you have put in countless hours of hard work to meet those demands.

 

The 2011 year-end financials that will become public on Monday make it crystal clear that your hard work has paid off to benefit all who live and do business in this great city.  The hundreds of millions of dollars in permanent and sustainable savings that were realized in the 2012 Budget is a direct result of your tireless efforts throughout 2011 to contain costs while providing quality benefits to the residents of Toronto.

 

The people of Toronto elected me to fix Toronto’s fiscal foundation and I want to thank you for helping to achieve that goal with me.  While the work is not quite done yet, we are closer today than ever before.  We can begin to build on that fiscal foundation to improve the lives of every resident and make Toronto the best city in the world to live, play, work and invest.

 

On behalf of City Council, please accept my sincere appreciation for a job well done.

 

Yours truly,

 

Mayor Rob Ford

City of Toronto