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Adam Giambrone April 6, 2009

Posted by huymix in Politics.
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Adam GiambronefminusAdam Giambrone (Chair of TTC)

To be clear, I have never met him personally, shook his hand or really stood in his overall presence. The closest I really got is at a discussion in an auditorium on gridlock. So this review is more about stuff he says and some things I notice. Also, I don’t want to imply that being the Chair of the TTC is an easy job or anything about TTC employees, this is strictly a commentary on Adam Giambrone the public persona.

  • Spin, spin, and more spin. Quote from his TwitterLRTs will be very similar to streetcars with the most notable difference being dedicated transit lanes”. I’m pretty sure streetcars still have dedicated lanes, not all, but there are definitely some. Besides, if that’s the biggest difference, it doesn’t seem like an improvement and feels more like spin.

I could definitely go a lot deeper into the individual points raised above, so e-mail me if you want a fuller explanation. A lot of my criticism is due to his time at the TTC and his very public voice over TTC matters. He very well may be competent or even good as a Chair, but unless he can fix the above points I will never be able to really say his legacy was one of competence or transparency. Thanks for your work Mr. Giambrone, but based on you I would rather the Chair of TTC be a non-politician any day.

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1. Ward18-resident - August 14, 2009

Councillor Giambrone is not a stupid man — but neither is he as intelligent as he seems to think he is. (Not even remotely so.) Why is he Chair of the TTC? Probably has something with being the most ardent supporter of the Mayor on Council. (You’ll recall he was dubbed the Mayor’s “lapdog” by the press.) I don’t think you need to be a transit expert to be chair of the TTC. But you do need someone who is a good listener and who is able to step back and consider the needs of ALL of Toronto (not just the part south of St. Clair). Unfortunately, I don’t think this person fills the bill.

huymix - August 17, 2009

Hopefully I didn’t come across as saying Adam Giambrone is stupid. I rarely ever think someone is stupid. But I very often openly question their logic/decisions. I agree with the fact that TTC needs to be considered in the overall framework of Toronto, hopefully he does that but I’m always skeptical.


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