|Doug Ford rebuts Humber's pro-LRT stance||| Print ||
|Written by Liz Caven, Justin Irwin, Matthew Leroux & Dylan MacKenzie|
|Wednesday, 08 February 2012 00:00|
Councillor Doug Ford disagrees with Humber College’s position on the Finch West LRT line.
After the college released a statement supporting the proposed light rail transit line, Councillor Ford (Ward 2 – Etobicoke North) told Humber News that Humber's president John Davies would look at the issue differently if he communicated with the Ford administration.
“I just wish John would sit down with us. He never called us, he never communicated. So really, right now [Davies] is making his decision off of talking to one group of folks,“ he said.
The Finch West LRT plan was part of the Transit City initiative proposed by previous city mayor David Miller and rejected by Mayor Rob Ford, the councillor's brother. The Finch project was again approved by city council Wednesday night.
In a statement released Thursday, Davies called council’s decision to support LRT “exciting news for Humber and our community.“
“We hope that the Ontario government and the mayor will accept council’s decision and move forward together so that construction begins as soon as possible,” he said.
Doug Ford disagrees, and thinks that he can could change Davies' mind on the matter.
“John, please before you make decisions, sit down and get two sides of the story, you know [the mayor and I] well enough, you know our cell numbers, give me a call,” he said.
“Before making decisions maybe you should sit down with the mayor and sit down with myself, and maybe you’ll take a different approach."
Davies defended the school’s stance in comments to Humber New's Justin Irwin.
“We’ve been very consistent at Humber since the very beginning that it’s really important to improve rapid transit along Finch,” he said.
“The residents in north Etobicoke need the same sort of access to better public transit to connect them to jobs all across the city. It’s important to them and important to Humber.”
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