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Karen Stintz wishes she hadn’t been so secretive about OneCity

(Image: Mike Beltzner)

OneCity may have launched a thousand op-eds and fired up Torontonians, but the ambitious transit plan is losing momentum after only a week. Fresh on the heels of the province’s dismissal, Karen Stintz admits she may no longer have enough council votes for the next step: getting approval at the July council meeting to move forward with a staff study of the plan. (Shelley Carroll, who previously said she would support further study of OneCity, has changed her mind, while fence sitters include Josh Matlow and James Pasternak.) Stintz now feels that she and her allies’ oath of secrecy worked against them when it came time to find wider council support. “Some of my colleagues were surprised and I regret I hadn’t taken more time to walk through the details with them,” she told the Toronto Star. That’s the thing about big secrets: the fewer people you tell, the less risk someone will spill the beans—and the greater risk of alienating those who aren’t in on the mystery. [Toronto Star]