According to John Tory, the city's Vision Zero strategy for eliminating road deaths is simply "not working."
He spoke at an extensive New Year interview with CBC Toronto in a conversation about his first term in office and his priorities for the future.
"I am surprisingly disappointed … I would like to say that it does not work in the sense that I can not speak in numbers," he explained.
With more than $ 100 million in funding over five years and dozens of goals in 2018 targeting safety zones, design changes and bike-only roads across the city, this year there were more than 60 fatal crashes on Toronto's roads. 40 pedestrians and cyclists Died.
Only pedestrian fatalities died in early December of last year.
Tory does not believe in applying "blanket solutions" throughout the city, but is open to the strategies proposed by road safety advocates. Can you turn the red light to the right or develop a stronger bike lane network?
He also told City officials that in Scarborough, in an attempt to analyze the police report related to the dead, he asked them to find out why the rate of road accidents was high and find solutions in the easternmost suburbs.
But he still claims to be responsible for changing his behavior to people and drivers.
"If people do not stop distracted driving … they will see a number that continues at an unacceptable level," Tori added.
Investing in youth needs to prevent violence, Tory said.
Tori reaffirmed his willingness to withdraw the holy war case for the shooting rampage in response to a record date for a December 2001 gunfire and murder case that killed over 100 people.
"But what I think is more important or important than that is investing in neighborhoods, children and families with other crimes in cooperation with other governments," he added.
His remarks came after local governments announced the recent $ 25 million funding for special programs at elementary and secondary schools, which is expected to result in job losses for students,
"This is a challenge," Tori added, adding that Doug Ford did not represent another change in the prime minister's government.
The relationship between them largely supported Tori's market year, thanks to Ford's remarkable move to cut Toronto City Councils by almost half and his plans to acquire the city's TTC subway infrastructure.
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Tory called his "ongoing work" about his relationship with the prime minister.
"People think that there's this relationship sitting on each desk with a pin on a Doug Ford doll and a pin on a John Dory doll, which is ridiculous." "We have a business-like relationship."
Asked about criticism of how his own mayoral election rival, Jennifer Keesmaat, has dealt with the so-called "dithering" approach, the so-called "sovereign" .
At the same time, he stressed the need to continue working with Premiers, which he calls a "balanced approach."
What does the local planned subway upload mean?
"I have made it clear that I will not agree with any transaction that is not good for TTC jockeys, TTC staff and Toronto citizens," Torrey said.
But he says Toronto is "definitely" hearing ideas for building a transit project faster while maintaining control over the subway, but he does not rule it out. It is not clear how Tori 's position will affect Ford, and the Prime Minister has pledged to take the subway and implement a campaign promise to appoint a special advisor for the project during the summer.
Tori, keep the promise of the parliament.
In a one-hour conversation, Tori advocated a record of inclusiveness in the council and said his choice of commission for this term reflects the desire to reflect the voice of the council as a key role.
Coun. Polo Fletcher headed for CreateTO and Coun. He pointed out that Joe Cressy, who leads the Toronto Waterfront, is the two main examples.
The market also raised concerns about budget estimates for land revenues, which are about $ 100 million lower than the city expected. "The entire budget of the city can be surplus," he added.
He said he will not submit the budget to the council with a higher tax rate than the inflation rate, regardless of the end result, he said.
Tory reflected on heritage of looking forward to leaving at the end of her four-year term, paying attention to other top priorities for building affordable housing, promoting public transport, and improving community safety.
"If I could say that when I left, people made meaningful progress on the imbalances that exist between comfortable people and people in different parts of the city – I'd be really happy about that," he said. .