I was saddened to read transcripts of your comments both in council and to the press. I have had friendly debates on this issue with a number of my out-of-town friends. I can understand when someone who is not “of the city” cannot grasp the idea of living “in the city”: It is dense and loud and busy.
However, you are the deputy mayor of the largest urban centre in the nation. To hear this misinformed rhetoric from you leads me to draw only two possible conclusions; first, you are completely out of touch with your city-wide constituency; and/or second, you are compromising your office at the behest of the developers regarding the 10% rule.
Either way, you are failing in your civic mandate. For the record, I am both pro-city and pro-development.