On Sunday, I celebrated my sixtieth birthday by spending a great deal of time at the Film Festival. You will all have to put up with a series of reviews later in September as is my wont at this time of year. Yes, there was a party, but on Saturday and the hard core who stayed up late enough got to hear the City Hall clock chime in the day itself.
To my many friends and allies in the transit wars, thanks for helping to make this site a vital part of Toronto’s transit discussions. It’s not just my opinions that make the site work, but the interplay among the comments left by many readers.
To those who regard my views as hopelessly misguided, you’re welcome to your opinion, but I don’t have to publish it. Certain newspapers in this town don’t exectly line up with my political views. I may read them now and then, but I don’t waste my time on letters to the editor, and if I did, they certainly wouldn’t get printed.
Yes, I can be feisty at times and give ground rarely in debate. Over the decades, I have learned that feisty works with consistent, well thought-out positions. Being ever so concilliatory in the “please, Sir, will you read my humble submission” manner is a fast way to be ignored.
Underlying all of my activism on transit and other fronts is a strong desire to see a better Toronto. We have been waiting far too long for far too much. Toronto basks in a reputation earned when I was young, and we are still nowhere near building a 21st-century Toronto that comes up to the city’s mythology.
Retirement from my “real” job will come next April, but there’s much to do on the transit scene and retirement there is a long way off.