2013: A Train Wreck Year for Toronto

Christopher Hume reflects on Toronto’s year of natural, political and transit catastrophes.
December 31, 2013, 11am PST | Kasper_O_Koblauch
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“How fitting that 2013 should end in disaster; for Toronto, the year has been one long disaster,” writes Christopher Hume. “Though we can’t blame Rob Ford for the ice storm, he has already done more damage than anything nature could inflict upon the city.”

The ice storm that left 250,000 Torontonians without power wraps up a year plagued by scandals involving mayor Rob Ford and the derailment of established transit plans due to the mayor’s refusal to support surface light rail.

“The truth is that the city is in freefall,” Hume continues, “not just a joke to the rest of the world but, sadly, also to itself. Toronto is no longer taken seriously by its own inhabitants, let alone anyone else. If it can recover from the destruction wrought by its ridiculous chief magistrate, it will take years.”

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Published on Monday, December 30, 2013 in The Toronto Star
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