Author: Brenda Thompson

Brenda Thompson is a transit activist working on affordable, accessible transit, especially for riders in our outer neighbourhoods.

  • Hands Off Our Healthcare, Hydro, Transit and Housing

    Toronto — 21 February 2016. Privatization is everywhere in the city, our province, and across the country, whether is is selling off public resources and services; financing and managing public projects through public/private partnerships (P3s); contracting out the public capacity to manage and oversee the operation of programmes we all need. Privatization seeks to transform … Watch video »

  • Rapid Transit Rip-Off

    How Kathleen Wynne became a transit privateer, and what we need to do to get back on track Campaigning for re-election in April 2014, Liberal leader and Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne announced that Ontario would invest $29-billion in roads and transit. She did not make this announcement from the Office of the Premier at … Keep reading »

  • Fare Increases to Pay for New Transit in Toronto

    Punishing those who can least afford to pay Metrolinx, the Greater Toronto Area’s regional transit authority, has released a short list of revenue tools that they will consider using to help pay for new public transit in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area. Projects like the Eglinton, Scarborough, Sheppard and Finch light rapid transit lines (LRTs) will … Keep reading »

  • Privatization and Public Transit in Toronto

    The 2012 Provincial Auditor’s Report on Metrolinx Metrolinx, a Government of Ontario agency, has a mandate to “co-ordinate and integrate all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area” (GTHA). Its blueprint for regional transportation expansion, The Big Move, was released in 2008. Initially, all debt to support transit projects in this plan was … Keep reading »

  • Toronto’s $8.4-Billion Light Rapid Transit Sell Out

    It seemed all our transit woes in Toronto were finally behind us. Mayor Rob Ford’s cancellation of Transit City had galvanized the mushy middle. In February, Toronto Council ignored his call for subways to vote in favour of four Light Rapid Transit lines (LRTs). At long last, the residents of Malvern and Jane and Finch … Keep reading »