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Is Toronto Traffic That Bad

transit is so expensive partly because the province doesn't fund it, and partly because it is run by crooked unions with their highly elevated labour cost. The TTC is extremely inefficient and over staffed.

car insurance is so expensive partly because there is little competition this is how Canada works so consumers and highly gouged, partly because of too many insurance scams bringing the costs higher for everyone

Everything is expensive in Canada mostly because competition is limited. Canada is oligopolistic capitalism, which means in every sectors, there are only a few major players dominating the market banking, insurance, telecom, airlines, you name it. The collude in order to avoid direct competition. Just take a look at the five banks, they provide essentially the same service, with very little difference.

Also a government LOVING charging fees on everything didn't help either. Did you notice that in airfare, usually taxes and surcharges are in the $150+, while in the US it is usually below $50 for a domestic flight? Think about it, government even charges 13% tax on stamps.

One thing I notice is that Canadians love government jobs because it is highly paid with great benefits. When the highly qualified talents all want to work for the public sector, which is by default of low efficiency and doesn't create any profit, you know there is something not quite right there.

Eventually, consumers just pay more for everything.

I've lived in Toronto before (actually Vaughan), and worked in the Financial District. Traffic from Toronto to Vaughan or vice versa is horrendous. Gardner Expressway is always congested, Don Valley Parkway is traffic central, but nothing as major as the Macdonald Cartier (401). Even with Collectors and Express lanes, there is still congestion. After DVP, the 404, still is bad. Once I get onto the ETR (407), it's a little better, but there is traffic here and there. Overall, traffic isn't that well in GTA. If you are relocating to Toronto because of the traffic, Toronto would definitely not be your choice. For that, move to Ottawa.

of course I think Canada governments are too big bloated and overstaffed for sure.

I know this and let me tell you the real story: you essentially "work" for 2 3 hours on average a day, with the rest of the time surfing the internet, chatting, or doing whatever you like to do. And it applies to almost anyone.

The government itself has no incentive to downsize. For example, a director at an agency, even fully aware his branch is 30% overstaffed, why would he want to downsize and therefore reduce the number of staff under him, making himself less powerful? The last thing government heads want to do is to reduce the workers under them. If someone retires or resigned, they would always fill that position although it is a good opportunity to reduce staff.

We need the government, but never a big one. We want the government to regulate key matters but not all the details about how people should live their lives. The entire public sector can be shrunk by 30% and most workers will still not be as "busy" as a typical private sector worker. All of us are just wasting money feeding government employees, who often make more money than private sector.

For example, do you see how slow and inefficient our public projects progress? The Presto card has been in "discussion" for a good 6 7 years and still not fully implemented. It is just a transit payment system for Christ's sake. 2 years is more than enough. The revitalization of Nathan Philip Square is taking forever for such a small project and it is only 2/3 done and will take another 2 years to finish what is left off. And judging from the new square, which is not impressive at all, you wonder what the hell is taking so long? The Eglinton subway line will take 10 years, something unheard of for a relatively short transit line, half of it above ground. There have been talks about building a new nuclear station in Darlington since 2007, and today, in 2013, they are still "talking", and not sure whether it will be built at all, however, thousands of meetings have been held, and millions have been paid to lawyers and consultants. Also, does anyone still care whether Scarborough gets a subway or LRT after so many plan changes? You know why, because the thing government officials love more than anything is to attend meetings and discussion things (without actually implementing anything), because meetings and discussion show and improve their power and are riskless, while actually doing something might upset some people and hurt their popularity.

Why don't we complain? I don't know. Ask real Canadians. They seem to think our government takes good of our people and taxes. Here in Ontario, we still keep voting for money squandering governments. If NDP for whom money simply grows from trees like apples, ever comes into power here, I swear I will pack and leave as that will be the last straw for me.

I've lived in Toronto before (actually Vaughan), and worked in the Financial District. Traffic from Toronto to Vaughan or vice versa is horrendous. Gardner Expressway is always congested, Don Valley Parkway is traffic central, but nothing as major as the Macdonald Cartier (401). Even with Collectors and Express lanes, there is still congestion. After DVP, the 404, still is bad. Once I get onto the ETR (407), it's a little better, but there is traffic here and there. Overall, traffic isn't that well in GTA. If you are relocating to Toronto because of the traffic, Toronto would definitely not be your choice. For that, move to Ottawa.

to be fair, bad traffic is an incurable disease of large cities. No matter how many expressways you have, or how many subway lines you build, the roads will always be congested and rush hour will always be a nightmare. Here in Canada, it is especially so when most people still live in the suburbs and will always drive.

I live close to work and always walk there. Most people don't I mean, some can't but most simply don't want to as they 1) don't want to live in the same neighbourhood as work for some odd reason 2) they want big house in the suburb despite long commute time. House size seems to always trump commute.

So whoever complains about traffic in Toronto, deal with it. If you live more than 8km away from office and have to commute by driving every morning, if you need to drive to grocery stores and malls to buy everything, your own lifestyle is responsible for that so stop whining. There is nothing the government can do without changing the car dependent lifestyle of most people.

The problem is, it's not much better anywhere else. At least in Canada. I came from NS, where the NDP was finally elected after decades of exasperation with Liberal and Conservative provincial rule.

Rather than being a "champion" of the common man, they have been handing out millions to cash rich corporations (like IBM and Irving) and doomed/failing industries (like pulp and paper mills and resorts).

All while allowing monopolistic utility companies like NS Power and Halifax Water to continuously jack rates for consumers and cutting education, health, services, etc.

transit is so expensive partly because the province doesn't fund it, and partly because it is run by crooked unions with their highly elevated labour cost. The TTC is extremely inefficient and over staffed.

car insurance is so expensive partly because there is little competition this is how Canada works so consumers and highly gouged, partly because of too many insurance scams bringing the costs higher for everyone

Everything is expensive in Canada mostly because competition is limited. Canada is oligopolistic capitalism, which means in every sectors, there are only a few major players dominating the market banking, insurance, telecom, airlines, you name it. The collude in order to avoid direct competition. Just take a look at the five banks, they provide essentially the same service, with very little difference.

Also a government LOVING charging fees on everything didn't help either. Did you notice that in airfare, usually taxes and surcharges are in the $150+, while in the US it is usually below $50 for a domestic flight? Think about it, government even charges 13% tax on stamps.

One thing I notice is that Canadians love government jobs because it is highly paid with great benefits. When the highly qualified talents all want to work for the public sector, which is by default of low efficiency and doesn't create any profit, you know there is something not quite right there.

Eventually, consumers just pay more for everything.

to be fair, bad traffic is an incurable disease of large cities. No matter how many expressways you have, or how many subway lines you build, the roads will always be congested and rush hour will always be a nightmare. Here in Canada, it is especially so when most people still live in the suburbs and will always drive.

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