‘Grow a spine,’ ‘shut up and go home,’ Toronto council told as transit debate turns chaotic

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A debate on taxes that has morphed into a massive transit-revision exercise veered back to the question of how to pay for expansion on Thursday, with Toronto councillors urging their colleagues to “grow a spine” or “shut up and go home.”

At the same time, Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray threw cold water on a bid by Scarborough councillors to make the dilapidated Scarborough RT a subway, instead of the planned light-rail line.

“I’m going to be very clear so no one misunderstands me. We have 15 projects, we’re not revisiting those projects, we’re continuing to build those projects,” Mr. Murray said at Queen’s Park. He went on to add: “I am always open to discussions with municipalities about how we move forward.”

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TTC chair Karen Stintz, who backs the attempt to reopen the master agreement signed with the provincial government on four light-rail lines, said “if that’s…

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