Dec 05, 2014
By Jane Brown
Both the new mayor of Toronto and the new mayor of Mississauga are pushing for an end to the transportation of dangerous goods by rail through their cities in the most densely populated part of Ontario.
John Tory says he would like to see negotiations “with the railways and the federal government to stop movement of toxic and dangerous substances through the city at all.” Bonnie Crombie says this is “a big concern” for her and she doesn’t want a disaster like Mississauga had in 1979, referring to the CPR train derailment when a tank car leaked highly toxic chlorine and more than 200,000 people were forced to leave their homes.
Mayor Tory takes part in his first executive committee meeting at Toronto City Hall today. Tory’s executive is made up of four men and four women. His deputy mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong told the New AM 740’s Goldhawk Fights Back, it’s also a mix of experienced and new members.
“Councillor Shiner is on the executive for example,” Minnan-Wong explained, “Councillor Palacio remains on the executive, but then you’ve got some new faces that are going to be there; Councillor McMahon, Councillor Bailao. So there’s good regional representation and a good mix of experience versus some newer council, and then you’ve also got a really significant gender balance.”
Minnan-Wong calls it an excellent group of people to represent the city of Toronto.