A university study and press coverage has uncovered, what I think, is Toronto’s Gordian Knot: that aging pipes and modern surface construction has created an overcrowded concrete planter and concrete rivers, i.e. streets, whose flooding is also backing up new investment and progress in the city. You can imagine how flooding expenses and damage can slow down commercial activity, community investment and private household gains.
The universities in Canada I will postulate are the last bastion of reason after a systems failure. They are funded by the government and is the real source of Canada’s research and innovation, the way the military is seen readily as that in the USA-so I am most likely to defer to their findings since it is their sole occupation in the specific matter.
The implications are rather vast; politically Canadians, i.e. Torontonians, are fixated on pinning their current malais on former elected administration as if these people have left the country; Paul Martin (early 2000) for their current household debt load and Mel Lastman (late 1990) for Toronto’s poverty. Whoever is going to tackle this knotty scenario will be responsible for it until Kingdom Come-Toronto can be sued by neighbouring towns for property and casualty damage, it has to ask other levels of government to find money for its repair, meanwhile it is also asking disgruntled residents to bare an unexpected share of the cost. Lastly, the latest gossip of Toronto are residential basement apartments in commercial buildings in non-residential zones because everywhere else is flood prone.
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