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Karygiannis questions bus garage price tag

Councillor Jim Karygiannis is questioning the $181-million price tag for the TTC’s McNicoll bus garage.

Toronto Sun June 26, 2015 Don Peat

Karygiannis — an opponent of the project in his ward — visited a garage in Oakville for 175 buses that was built in 2011 at a cost of $45 million and questions why it is $136 million cheaper than the TTC’s 250-bus garage that is supposed to be built by 2019.

“One plus one comes out to 11 here,” Karygiannis said.

Cost of burying Gardiner Expressway

Torstar News Service June 15, 2015

“It is something that can be done from an engineering perspective,” says Sandro Perruzza, chief executive of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. “But, that close to the lake, you need to go deep into the bedrock, and of course that’s very costly and the city has no money.”

Council’s new lone wolf: Jim Karygiannis

Making friends among colleagues isn’t the former MP-turned-Scarborough councillor’s top priority. Sound familiar

 Toronto Star  Jun 13 2015  Betsy Powell & Jennifer Pagliaro
Scarborough-Agincourt councillor Jim Karygiannis chats with Dilorece South and Quaison Parris as he attends the flag-raising in honour of Guyana's Independence day at Toronto City Hall in late May.

Scarborough-Agincourt councillor Jim Karygiannis chats with Dilorece South and Quaison Parris as he attends the flag-raising in honour of Guyana’s Independence day at Toronto City Hall in late May.

Six months after his leap from federal to city politics, Jim Karygiannis  is emerging as council’s newest lone wolf, one who admits he won’t win the title of “Mr. Congeniality” any time soon.

City to examine paramedics’ low morale

TORONTO – Toronto city council answered its paramedics’ 911 call

Toronto Sun June 11, 2015 Shawn Jeffords

TORONTO – Toronto city council answered its paramedics’ 911 call.

In a unanimous vote Thursday, councillors asked city staff to prepare a report on the complaints of low morale in the Toronto Paramedic Service. About a hundred paramedics, clad in matching T-shirts, watched as city council quickly adopted the motion by Councillor Jim Karygiannis.