Illustration by Clayton Hanmer (CTON)
In the summer of 2011, then city councillor Doug Ford, a proponent of closing several Toronto library branches, responded to iconic Canadian writer Margaret Atwood's criticism of the proposed cuts:
"Good luck to Margaret Atwood," Ford said on July 26, 2011. "I don't even know her. She could walk by me, I wouldn't have a clue who she is. But she's not down here. She's not dealing with the problem."
In 2008, Atwood published Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, in which she examines why people--and governments--are spending more than they're earning.
On January 17, 2012, after massive public outrage, Toronto city council voted against many proposed service cuts, including those that would have closed or drastically reduced library hours. Torontoist has more great info posted today recapping events and votes.
UPDATE: In the spring of 2018, as Doug Ford is running to try and defeat premier Kathleen Wynne, as the leader of the provincial Conservative party he said this week that he would let developers have at the Greenbelt, but has now retracted that idea.