Don't miss our live blog of Mayor John Tory's lecture at Ryerson starting today at 3:30 p.m.
My name is Monique Phillips and I am the live blogger for the "Law, Business, Politics- The Real World" featuring Toronto Mayor John Tory.
Ralph Lean gives the opening remarks citing that some of the student questions are tough, says he "thought he was reading the Toronto Sun."
"There is not a general culture of accountability in the building," said Tory.
"The general anxiety of making decisions is slowing down," said Tory
"It is interesting to me what people think of our own city, by and large people are admiring... of the way we embrace each other," said Tory.
Mayor John Tory says that it is a privilege being the Mayor of Toronto.
First question to Mayor John Tory is about transportation in Toronto.
Mayor John Tory says transportation is a regional problem which is why Toronto should be talking with the mayors of other cities.
Next question is about the increase in the cost of a Toronto metropass.
Mayor Tory says increasing the cost of a metropass every year by the rate of inflation helps ease a larger increase in the long run. This also helps TTC service to be maintained.
Mayor John Tory says that the cost of a child fare adds up for a family over a long period of time and he would hate for this to impede on their ability to get to things such as the local community centre.
"There is no evidence that anything is going to be torn down," said Mayor Tory in response to a question about heritage sites and other places possibly being torn down as a result of Smart Track.
"We are making investments for the benefit of the whole city, " said Mayor Tory in response to a question about some decisions benefiting some parts of the city more than other parts.
"We need to get back to being focused on why Toronto is such a great city, " said Tory in response to a question about the city being "refurbished" something he had expressed on The Exchange with Amanda Lang.
The next question is "Where do you see the responsibility of the government in providing jobs..."
Mayor Tory says that the government needs to make it easier for companies to work with them.
"People will know that they are accountable to someone," said Tory. Highlights that this will help change the culture of people being accountable and says he meets with the people in charge of different projects to hear about the status.
Mayor Tory says that he is for "voting going with citizenship."
Mayor John Tory says that he is offended by the Israel Apartheid group's use of the word 'apartheid.'
Mayor John Tory says that he perhaps would have reworded his statement about it being good for young women taking up golf.
The discussion ends with Lean saying some kind words about Tory.