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Hit over the head and blamed for falling? The curious case of Scarborough and the Toronto media

Published on June 26, 2016 By johnastapleton

When Canada first built its railways, forever remembered in the sepia photograph of the last spike, the idea was that railways spawn communities, commerce, and population growth. It was the undisputed economic model. It is precisely why, along with connecting communities, that both Canada and the United States built their railways in the first place. […]

City of Toronto Budget Deputation: John Stapleton; Scarborough, January 13, 2016: 6:00 p.m.

Published on January 14, 2016 By johnastapleton

I am a newly minted senior citizen. I have lived in Scarborough for the past 37 years. I am a proud resident of Scarborough but I see a problem. I see the problem of poverty in Toronto. I think that we can and should do more to eradicate poverty in our city Toronto is the […]

Scarborough Wants In!

Published on October 8, 2015 By johnastapleton

Toronto Tourism growing in importance In the afterglow of the Pan/Parapan Am Games, Toronto residents have fixated on tourism revenue and city building as important dividends arising from our successful hosting job. And now that the Games’ success has bolstered support for other hosting opportunities, new infrastructure projects and unprecedented levels of tourism are now […]

Scarborough and the politics of resentment

Published on September 7, 2014 By johnastapleton

“Scarborough has long been seen as Toronto’s wasteland and a subway is something too expensive for an outpost like Scarborough” [1] Mary Wiens, CBC Reporter, Metro Morning, Toronto Wednesday September 3, 2014 On September 3, 2014, CBC Toronto’s Metro Morning website introduced a radio interview with one Scarborough resident in the following manner: “Scarborough Transit […]

A Train They Call the ‘District Of Scarborough’

Published on February 17, 2014 By johnastapleton

(To be sung to the tune: City of New Orleans) Riding on the ‘District of Scarborough’ Union Station, Monday morning rail Thirteen cars, two thousand restless riders Two Conductors; we don’t carry mail All along the southbound odyssey – the train pulls out of Kennedy Rolls past malls and condos made of steel Tanker cars […]

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