Photo from the 2014 campaign, when Nick Kouvalis, centre, played “Twister Chow” to mock the candidate’s allegedly evolving stance on the Downtown Relief Line. Current mayoral spokesperson Amanda Galbraith at left, and Erika Mozes at right.
Two of John Tory’s top-ranking 2014 campaign officials are providing advisory services to Toronto Hydro as the public agency looks at a partial selloff.
The Star reports that Bob Richardson and Nick Kouvalis were contracted by Toronto Hydro. But councillors Gord Perks (Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park) and Janet Davis (Ward 31, Beaches-East York) have questions as to how this happened, and have submitted an administrative inquiry to the City Manager to get answers.
As always, due to the anonymity of street artists, one can only speculate on the meaning behind pieces. This artist seems to be drawing a connection between corporate business folks and the Empire in Star Wars—an evil force of totalitarian jerks trying to dominate the universe. The critique of consumer culture is a prevalent theme among graffiti art but is that truly the case with this paste-up? It could just as well be someone eagerly anticipating Halloween—the one holiday where everyone is encouraged to let loose and dress up in costumes! We’re as down with counter-culture as it gets but, at the end of the day, our love of Halloween wins! Happy Halloween from Vandalist!
Then-city manager Joe Pennachetti (centre) and CFO Rob Rossini (left) refer to documents as they answer questions from councillors. Photo by David Hains.
It is time for a Scarborough Subway Extension treasure hunt.
The Toronto Star has made public 3,700 pages of emails and documents that show the decision-making behind the Scarborough Subway Extension since 2013. The documents, obtained through extensive freedom of information requests, show the steps that City staff took to put together their reports, prepare for council meetings, and the questions they had about numbers and strategy.