Gary Webster

More evidence of a new era at the TTC: cellphone service on subway platforms is ... More evidence of a new era at the TTC: cellphone service on subway platforms is in; maroon jackets are out

As soon as Andy Byford took the helm of the TTC in March, the changes began. He opted for a beefed up title—“CEO” rather than “general manager,” like those who held the position before him—to mark a symbolic change. He publicly chided staff for customer service embarrassments. He installed fancy hand dryers in station washrooms. Seven… Read more »

Read emails from Rob Ford’s office about several past civic dramas Read emails from Rob Ford’s office about several past civic dramas

The Globe and Mail recently published an inside look at Rob Ford’s communication approach based on memos obtained through freedom-of-information requests. Now, the paper has released several of the emails themselves, which provide talking points on hot-button topics such as the Jarvis Bike lanes, Gary Webster’s firing and Ford’s refusal to bow to Toronto Public… Read more »

The weirdest mayoralty ever—the inside story of Rob Ford’s city hall The weirdest mayoralty ever—the inside story of Rob Ford’s city hall

Loyal councillors have defied him. His approval ratings have plummeted. And his powerful Conservative backers are nervous. How did it all go so wrong? The strange story of Rob Ford’s city hall By Marci McDonald | Portrait by John Cullen On Newstalk 1010, the sly strains of the Hollies hit “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My… Read more »

Rob and Doug Ford gang up on Toronto’s chief medical officer Rob and Doug Ford gang up on Toronto’s chief medical officer

Rob and Doug Ford may have gone too far in their war of words against the war on cars. On their radio show this week, the brothers targeted Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s medical officer of health, who last week recommended a city-wide reduction of speed limits (the board of health has since suggested pilot projects to reduce speed limits,… Read more »

The Moment: when Karen Stintz went rogue and defeated Rob Ford on the transit vo... The Moment: when Karen Stintz went rogue and defeated Rob Ford on the transit vote

February 8, 12:33 p.m. When Karen Stintz called for a special meeting of council to resuscitate the transit plan that Rob Ford had spent considerable political capital trying to scrap, she was risking career suicide. After seven years of being sidelined by David Miller’s administration, Stintz, as chair of the TTC, was finally in a… Read more »

Some notables earning six-figures (or more!) from Ontario’s annual “... Some notables earning six-figures (or more!) from Ontario’s annual “sunshine list”

Once again, Ontario’s sunshine list has spotlighted the public servants who made $100,000 or more last year. A list of rich people is always a delight, and this year’s disclosure—released late last week—set the stage for today’s release of what will likely be an austere provincial budget, given Ontario’s troubling $16-billion deficit. The full group… Read more »

Meet Andy Byford, the TTC’s new French-speaking, trash-collecting, mediocrity-... Meet Andy Byford, the TTC’s new French-speaking, trash-collecting, mediocrity-busting CEO

The TTC has decided to skip the headhunt and just hire interim leader Andy Byford to remain on as CEO (at least until he starts praising LRTs). To mark the occasion, the Globe and Mail’s Marcus Gee explained why Byford will make a capable transit boss: he was quick to respond after a ticket collector… Read more »

Margaret Atwood gets in Twitter fight with Sue-Ann Levy over the TTC, of all thi... Margaret Atwood gets in Twitter fight with Sue-Ann Levy over the TTC, of all things

Yesterday, the city’s never-ending transit saga sparked a bit of a Twitter tiff between Margaret Atwood and Toronto Sun columnist Sue-Ann Levy. It started with Atwood tweeting her dismay over last week’s sacking of TTC chief Gary Webster. Levy snarkily replied, “When was the last time you took the subway Ms. Megs? Now you’re an… Read more »

Rob Ford bores everybody with his campaign ad disguised as a radio show Rob Ford bores everybody with his campaign ad disguised as a radio show

At the outset of Rob Ford and brother Doug’s maiden voyage as hosts of CFRB 1010’s The City, Councillor Doug issued a warning to listeners: “Fasten your seatbelt, because we’re going for a ride.” We figured that ride would be loud, brash and, at the very least, entertaining, given we were dealing with the Brothers… Read more »

With Gary Webster’s sacking, Ford’s allies somehow made a hero out of a civi... With Gary Webster’s sacking, Ford’s allies somehow made a hero out of a civil servant

As expected, five transit commissioners voted yesterday to oust TTC chief general manager Gary Webster, whose penchant for “reasonable arguments” had become an unwelcome distraction from Rob Ford’s delightful transit fantasies subway expansion schemes. Every daily paper and television station in the city has covered the story from all angles, but the condensed version is as… Read more »

Won’t the real Corey Mintz please stand up? Won’t the real Corey Mintz please stand up?

One of the more surreal moments in yesterday’s already-pretty-surreal termination proceedings of TTC chief general manager Gary Webster was the appearance of Andy Byford, Webster’s interim replacement. You see, Byford, who joined the TTC last November after running the transit in Sydney, happens to look pretty much exactly like Corey Mintz, the Toronto Star columnist and… Read more »

TTC honcho Gary Webster will probably be fired today, in yet another special mee... TTC honcho Gary Webster will probably be fired today, in yet another special meeting

Some time after 2 p.m. today, TTC chief general manager Gary Webster, who’s been in the transit business for about three decades, will probably be sacked in a special meeting of the city’s transit commissioners. The mayor’s office has been gunning for Webster since at least last summer, when news broke that the seasoned transit… Read more »

Royson James on the political intrigue and backroom deals in the fight over Toro... Royson James on the political intrigue and backroom deals in the fight over Toronto transit

Toronto Star columnist Royson James writes the acrimonious transit spat the city is currently embroiled in is a mere squabble compared to a broader backroom plan to “emasculate” and “tame” the TTC. According to James—and his unnamed sources—Metrolinx, Queen’s Park, and the mayor’s office all want to oust TTC manager Gary Webster and to fire… Read more »

Rob Ford didn’t have the authority to cancel Transit City (lawyers say so) Rob Ford didn’t have the authority to cancel Transit City (lawyers say so)

Apparently, it takes more than a mayoral “because I said so” for the city to kill an extensive public transit plan. Rob Ford may have unilaterally declared former Mayor David Miller’s Transit City dead on his first day in office, but Joe Mihevc recently obtained a legal opinion—which was released this morning (Torontoist has the… Read more »

Metrolinx teases commuters with a downtown transit relief; but the TTC isn’t i... Metrolinx teases commuters with a downtown transit relief; but the TTC isn’t into it

The province’s transit authority is considering expediting the creation of a new downtown subway or light-rail line (or at least, it’s considering expediting the conversation about it). Metrolinx CEO Bruce McQuaig says a relief line could be pushed into the public transit picture a quarter of a century before originally planned, which suggests that the… Read more »