Rex Murphy: “One man and his staircase is a threat no city bureaucrat could abide”

Mayor John Tory gave voice to their common dread. In words that should have their own statue: “We just can’t have people decide to go out to Home Depot and build a staircase in a park because that’s what they would like to have.”

Of course they can’t. Letting citizens do useful and obvious things in their own neighbourhoods, at extreme savings because that’s what they would like to do … what a horror. Why, that reeks of initiative, neighbourhood pride, resourcefulness, enterprise, community spirit, and trimming the city’s public works budget!

  • Liberal Progressive

    Why hasn’t CUPE local 416 picketed at this scabs house for undermining their jobs when the city would have spent $65,000 to $150,000 mostly for their salaries to build their originally estimated 10 stair staircase?

  • tom_billesley

    When you leave it to a town council, they can spend £65,000 of taxpayers’ money on a staircase that’s widely reviled.

    • ntt1

      some perspective;Kadr got 10 million and all he knows is how to blow staircases and other things, up.according to turdeau if kadre had built a stair case it might have gone north of 40 million.

  • BillyHW

    I miss Rob Ford.

    We didn’t appreciate him enough while we had him.

  • disqusW6sf

    It would be no surprise if they removed the steps and fined Mr. Asti.

  • kkruger71

    I’m really not 100% either way on this story. I get the initial city estimate is crazy and there’s no way a staircase should cost that much. I’m also fairly happy with the community (or just this guy) stepping in and doing it himself. Tory actually has a point here; maybe this staircase was a good thing but overall no you can’t just have random people screwing around with public property whenever they feel like it.
    Frankly where the problem lies in this case was bringing the media into it early on. Do it yourself and apologize later if need be. Not a big city, but when I was growing up, when we or anyone else saw something that would improve access to natural areas we would just do it; make a small bridge, a rock path over a marshy area, clear out some brush, whatever. If the city actually comes across it on its own and tears it down, then go to the media. By having the medias focus put on it when it was built the city’s hand was forced, there was no way for them to turn a blind eye.

    • Then perhaps the politicians should get off of their @$$es and do what they are paid to do.

      • JoKeR

        Fill their’s and their friend’s pockets full of tax payer money?

      • Blacksmith

        Maybe the politicians should get off their asses and do something useful.

        • Like jump into an active volcano.

          • Blacksmith

            That’ll work.

          • I’m all for sustainable and ecologically sound political reform. 🙂

          • Blacksmith

            I think your plan to save the planet is definitely on the right track.

          • I care about Gaia too much. 🙂

  • Blacksmith

    Public sector unions can’t have this it would affect their gravy train. There could have been at least a few dozen union employees on this job.