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It has taken a Ford to call for the “end” of the ActiveTO program that frees up some Toronto roadways for runners and cyclists, but snarls traffic elsewhere. It was like late mayor Rob Ford dropped in from heaven to drop a bomb on the woke Toronto political scene. Or to inject some long overdue, much-needed common sense into the debate. However, this was not the late controversial mayor making waves. Or Ontario Premier Doug Ford, either. It was their nephew who now represents Rob and Doug’s Etobicoke North ward at city council. “Yes, he is smiling today for sure,” Councillor Michael Ford said of his Uncle Rob, who died of cancer in 2016. “Uncle Rob wouldn’t be happy with me every day, but I know he would be on this one.” That may not be true of the current mayor who is a driving force behind the concept of getting people out their cars and out on the streets on bikes, blades, or running shoes. “Something has to give,” explained Ford. “Closing down the streets every weekend is having an enormous effect on the rest of the city. Congestion is increasing, including on the Gardiner Expressway, which normally leans on the Lake Shore Blvd. off-ramp to thin out the gridlock.

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