What I did say, your lovely little strawmen aside, is that we need to change the way they're appointed. The entire process is far too politicized.
Having unelected (albeit politically appointed, which is probably something we should change) people who are unafraid of losing an election giving oversight to new legislation is a very, very good thing. We just need to change how they're selected.
In the rest of the province and the country, Toronto is seen as a fat cat – wealthy and content.
The reality is quite different, according to a report to be released today by the United Way of Greater Toronto. Yes, there are a lot of wealthy people in the city and penthouse suites are selling for upwards of $25 million.
But Toronto is also home to a disproportionate number of poor people.
The median family income in Toronto (416) is just $41,500, substantially below the levels in the 905 belt around the city ($60,000), in Ontario as a whole ($54,300), and across Canada ($51,800).
Even more troubling than this snapshot is the trend line: the number of families living below the poverty line in Toronto (92,930) has increased by 9.7 per cent since the year 2000, whereas across Canada that number has shrunk by 5.1 per cent.
Here's another staggering statistic: families below the poverty line now represent 28.8 per cent of all Toronto families, up from 16.3 per cent in 1990.
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