Comment 109722

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted February 25, 2015 at 13:54:55 in reply to Comment 109719

I'd forgotten that the city was still using this money for roads, instead of "to support projects in environmental areas like wastewater treatment, public transit, and clean drinking water", which is what it is intended for.

The city should really be using this money for transit, but because the city's population was officially under 500,000 in 2001 when this program was introduced they use a loophole that allows them to spend it on roads (they have spent it on other capital expenditures like renovating City Hall in the past).

This is highly unusual, and really should stop:

"The federal website on the program reports that "in Canada's six largest cities, almost 90 per cent of the funding goes toward public transit.""

"But even the roads and bridges category has a requirement that the work "enhance sustainability outcomes", and the agreement requires municipalities to actually show and report publicly on how they do that."

Why will they not spend it on transit like the Federal government intended them to do? Especially when Dixon (HSR director) has pointedly stated that the HSR is drastically underfunded, even for current service levels, and is failing to make progress on any goals.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2015-02-25 13:57:11

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