Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fact #41: Doug Ford skipped major votes on Eglinton Connects, Build Toronto, Portlands, TCHC and more


Has Doug Ford missed any important votes?

Doug Ford has brushed off questions about his third-worst voting record at City Council by saying that he only skips the unimportant votes. Is this true? Let's look at the data.
Doug skipped over 2,300 votes since becoming a councillor. Of those, 908 were to "adopt item" or "adopt item as amended". Some were clearly minor, such as parking variances and Ontario Municipal Board applications. However, Ford was absent for a number of votes concerning boards and agencies that he has criticized or considers to be poorly run.
Some of the topics where Doug Ford didn't show up for the vote:

  • Metrolinx
  • Eglinton Connects
  • Build Toronto
  • Sony Centre
  • Waterfront Revitalization
  • TCHC
  • Pan Am Games
  • Portlands
  • City of Toronto Executive Compensation Policies
  • Accountability of Major Capital Projects

Doug Ford had four years to prove that he knows how to "look out for the taxpayer". Too bad he didn't bother to show up.

Specific examples continue after the break.



Selected "adopt item" council votes skipped by Doug Ford in 2014:

Date
Item
Description
2014-02-20
2014.CC48.6
2013 Annual Report of the Ombudsman
2014-02-20
2014.EX38.7
Toronto Police Service 2014-2016 Business Plan
2014-02-20
2014.EX38.4
Rouge National Urban Park: Transfer of Lands to Parks Canada
2014-02-20
2014.MM48.31
Chief Executive Officer Search - Hummingbird (Sony) Centre for the Performing Arts - by Councillor Paula Fletcher, seconded by Councillor Pam McConnell
2014-04-02
2014.MM50.35
"Potholepalooza" - Additional 2014 Funding to Address Road Deficiencies - by Councillor Mary Fragedakis, seconded by Deputy Mayor Norman Kelly
2014-04-03
2014.GM28.6
Grace Periods for Parking Offences
2014-04-03
2014.EX39.2
Metrolinx Investment Strategy Update
2014-05-06
2014.PG32.4
Eglinton Connects Planning Study - Final Directions Report
2014-05-06
2014.PW30.7
Eglinton Connects - Environmental Assessment Study
2014-06-10
2014.EX42.7
Authority for Disposition of Rail Spurs by Toronto Port Lands Company in East Bayfront
2014-06-10
2014.PW31.1
Confirmation of Levels of Service for Winter Maintenance of Bikeways, Windrow Opening, Sidewalks and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Compliance
2014-06-10
2014.EX42.14
Dangerous Railway Cargo and Measures to Improve Community Safety
2014-06-10
2014.EX42.9
Build Toronto - Annual General Meeting and Audited Annual Financial Statements 2013
2014-06-10
2014.EX42.15
Investment in Affordable Housing Program Extension
2014-06-10
2014.PW31.7
Richmond - Adelaide Cycle Track Planning and Design Study - Pilot Project
2014-06-10
2014.EX42.4
Draw the Line - Toronto Ward Boundary Review Project Work Plan, Civic Engagement and Public Consultation Strategy
2014-06-11
2014.CC52.6
Appointment of a Toronto Integrity Commissioner
2014-06-11
2014.CC52.7
Appointment of a Toronto Auditor General
2014-06-11
2014.AU15.3
Review of the Redevelopment of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
2014-06-12
2014.EX42.33
Restoration of Funding for Youth Employment Toronto Program
2014-06-13
2014.PG33.15
Amendments to the City-wide Site Plan Control By-law
2014-07-08
2014.GM31.19
Metropolitan Toronto Police Benefit Plan - Actuarial Report as at December 31, 2013
2014-07-08
2014.EX43.7
Toronto Hydro Corporation - Annual General Meeting and 2013 Audited Financial Statements
2014-07-08
2014.TE33.19
Central Waterfront Secondary Plan - Request for Directions Report
2014-07-08
2014.EX43.13
Next Phase of Waterfront Revitalization
2014-07-09
2014.PG34.18
Official Plan Review: Draft Policies for Healthy Neighbourhoods, Neighbourhoods, and Apartment Neighbourhoods
2014-07-09
2014.MM54.13
Fair Media Access on City Property - by Councillor Paula Fletcher, seconded by Councillor Sarah Doucette
2014-07-09
2014.MM54.22
Authorization to Release Section 37 Funds to the Toronto District School Board for the Construction of Childcare Facilities at Western Technical-Commercial School - by Councillor Sarah Doucette, seconded by Councillor Janet Davis
2014-07-09
2014.MM54.32
Authorization to Release Section 42 Funds to Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation towards the purchase and Installation of new Park Benches at Wadsworth Park- by Councillor Cesar Palacio, seconded by Councillor Frances Nunziata
2014-07-09
2014.EX43.16
Proposed Re-Naming of Union Station
2014-07-09
2014.ST15.1
Council Member Appointments to committees and boards
2014-07-10
2014.EX43.9
Toronto Community Housing Corporation - Annual Shareholder Meeting and 2013 Audited Annual Financial Statements
2014-07-10
2014.ED32.6
Newcomer Employment Initiatives in Toronto
2014-07-10
2014.PG34.6
Construction Hoarding Sign Fees and Public Realm Enhancements
2014-07-10
2014.EX43.14
Pan/Parapan American Games Capital Projects Update
2014-07-10
2014.CD30.10
Update on the Review of the Centralized Waiting List for Social Housing
2014-07-11
2014.GM31.6
Build Toronto Progress
2014-07-11
2014.PG34.16
Approval of 2014 Toronto Heritage Grant Awards
2014-07-11
2014.PG34.11
Port Lands Acceleration Initiative Phase 2 - Progress Report
2014-07-11
2014.MM54.43
Authorization to Release Section 37 Funds to Toronto District School Board for the Deer Park Junior and Senior Public School Accessible Playground - by Councillor Josh Matlow, seconded by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
2014-08-25
2014.EX44.8
Executive Compensation Policy at City Agencies and Corporations
2014-08-27
2014.PG35.3
Eglinton Connects Planning Study - Phase 1 (Part 2) Implementation Report
2014-08-27
2014.PG35.19
Official Plan Review: Draft Environmental Policies
2014-08-28
2014.MM55.62
Congestion Management Plan - by Mayor Rob Ford, seconded by Councillor Vincent Crisanti
2014-08-28
2014.MM55.40
Authorization to Release Section 37 and Section 45 (Planning Act) Funds from Various Developments for Capital Improvements to Ward 20 Toronto Community Housing Corporation Properties - by Councillor Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, seconded by Councillor Ana Bailão
2014-08-28
2014.MM55.106
Authorization to Release Section 37 Funds to the Toronto District School Board towards playing field improvements at James S. Bell Junior Middle School - by Councillor Mark Grimes, seconded by Councillor James Maloney
2014-08-28
2014.MM55.108
St. Norbert Catholic School Site - Expropriations - by Councillor Maria Augimeri, seconded by Councillor Frances Nunziata
2014-08-28
2014.MM55.30
Making the Union-Pearson Express Fare More Affordable, Competitive and Fair for Toronto Residents - by Councillor Josh Matlow, seconded by Deputy Mayor Norman Kelly
2014-08-28
2014.MM55.64
Accountability of Major Capital Projects to provide Accurate Capital Budget Estimates - by Mayor Rob Ford, seconded by Councillor Vincent Crisanti
2014-08-28
2014.MM55.69
Increasing Affordable Housing in Alexandra Park - by Councillor Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, seconded by Councillor Ana Bailão

Thanks to @bruce_ca for the suggesting this topic

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