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Shirtless protesters disrupt Mayor Ford on Eglinton

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Jul 8th, 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was met by vocal, and shirtless, opponents at a press conference on Eglinton Avenue Tuesday morning.

Ford was addressing a proposal to turn a 19-kilometre stretch of Eglinton into a Grand Boulevard, once the Crosstown LRT is complete, ahead of Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

But he was drowned out by protestors hurling questions and shouting “Resign!” repeatedly.

Ford’s staff attempted to quiet the protest, but to little avail.

The mayor plowed on and delivered his message, a strong opposition to the proposal.

“They can protest all they want. All I’m doing is saving taxpayers money and keeping the traffic moving,” Ford said.

Councillors will consider amendments to the official plan, put forth by the Planning and Growth Management Committee, at the council meeting, which starts at 9:30 a.m.

Click here to view the full agenda. You can also watch it live beginning at 9:30 a.m. on CityNews.ca and 680News.com.

The idea is to take space — once used by transit and HOV lanes — and use it to widen sidewalks, create dedicated bike lanes and add more trees and street furniture.

On Monday, the Toronto Sun reported parking spaces would be lost and the transformation would reduce Eglinton to one lane in each direction. However, the city’s chief planner has defended the project, saying that is not the case.

Click here to read the agenda item.

A twitter page with the handle @shirtlesshorde, inspired by the ‘Shirtless Jogger,’ encouraged people to show up.

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