Toronto Spoke: “Why don’t you admit that there is no gravy train?” asks Julie Beddoes

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. and extending through to the next morning, the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee — led by Mayor Rob Ford — heard more than one hundred and fifty deputations from a diverse group of citizens. In a sincere bid to ensure that the passion, insight and creativity displayed over the course of that epic meeting is not forgotten, Ford For Toronto will be posting a deputation video every weekday for the month of August.

Deputant: Julie Beddoes

Occupation: She’s a writer and is an active member of the Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association in the Distillery District.

Political History: None noted, aside from some involvement in planning discussions relating to waterfront development.

Scheduled Speaker No.: 104; Actual Speaker No.: 84

Note: Julie’s defence of the Waterfront secretariat and the work performed but the City’s planning department is very much worth considering. These are things that are critically important to the future of our city but that importance is often lost amidst fears of losing more tangible things like library branches or bus routes.

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