Mar 10, 2020

By Bob Komsic

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Acknowledging the ”real and severe impacts” the delayed opening of the Crosstown LRT is having on businesses along Eglinton Avenue, the Ford government is promising to provide them with $3-million.
”Josh (Matlow) and I are happy that our yelling and screaming did help these small businesses,” said Ward 8 Eglinton-Lawrence councillor Mike Colle on Zoomer Radio’s ”Fight Back” with Libby Znaimer
Colle and Ward 19 Toronto-St. Paul’s councillor Josh Matlow have been lobbying Queen’s Park for help.
But Colle says the $3-million is like a ”down payment,” adding business owners need even more to pay employees and the rent.
”The province is spending $12-billion on this line (Eglinton Crosstown LRT).  Make sure you put a little of that money towards keeping the small businesses open who just want to work.”
In addition to the funding, the province and Metrolinx are exploring the idea of possibly opening parts of the Crosstown LRT sooner, before the entire line’s completed.
Metrolinx announced in February that the 19-kilometre LRT is now expected to open well into 2022 rather than next year.
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