Alan Redway, former Mayor of East York, and federal Minister of Housing will be signing his book Governing Toronto: Bringing Back the City That Worked on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 2 to 4 PM at the S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Avenue, which is at the north west corner of Memorial Park and Durant Avenues, twoTwo blocks west of Coxwell Avenue and one block north of Mortimer Avenue.
FORMER MAYOR'S NEW BOOK PUSHES FOR DE-AMALGAMATION OF TORONTO
Alan Redway's Governing Toronto Chronicles City's Past Growth and How to Revive It Now
[Toronto, Ontario – 15 December 2014] In stark contrast to the dysfunctional megacity of today, the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto was a city that worked. Some refer to this period from 1954 to 1998 as Toronto’s “Golden Age.” Former mayor of Toronto's East York borough and Minister of State for Housing Alan Redway has published a new book that chronicles the city's growth and demonstrates, through the success of other metropolitan cities, that Toronto must de-amalgamate to survive.
Redway's Governing Toronto: Bringing Back the City That Worked, traces the growth and governance of the city from its creation in 1834 through its successful Metro years. The book examines why, and how, the decision was made to establish the present megacity while at the same time - either accidentally or deliberately - turning the Ontario government into both a provincial government and a regional government, as well, for a significantly enlarged Greater Toronto Area.
Detailing this failed model and the successful de-amalgamation of other metros, Governing Toronto urges the provincial government to initiate a long overdue review of the governance of the city aimed at returning it to a city that works by way of the similar de-amalgamation achieved in Montreal.
“While calling on the Ontario government to review the governance of Toronto, Alan Redway points out not only that Montreal was successfully de–amalgamated but alternatively that the city of Montreal’s present borough system could well be a model for a more decentralized Toronto form of government.”
— Hon. Jean Charest, former Premier of Quebec
“Alan Redway has done a superb job of pulling together so many back-room stories about how decisions were made over a fifty year period leading up to the creation of the megacity–and why it should be rethought. Bravo!”
— John Sewell, former Mayor of Toronto
Governing Toronto is available for purchase online at the FriesenPress bookstore, Chapters/Indigo, Amazon and most major book retailers. The ebook can be purchased on Google Play.
About the Author
Alan Redway served for six years as Mayor of the Borough of East York and as a member of Metropolitan Toronto Council and Executive Committee. Later he was elected to the parliament of Canada where he served for almost ten years as a Progressive Conservative member of the House of Commons and as Minister of State (Housing.) In 1997, as Honorary Chair of Team East York, he actively opposed the Toronto amalgamation. For more information, please visit Alan's website at: www.alanredway.com.