The commemorative monument at the centre of the photo, erected on Queen just east of Dufferin dedicated to the “Queen Street Subway” with a date of 1897, is, as Derek Flack noted in 2010 at blogTO misleading: “Subway” was the word that the late 19th century used where we would use “underpass”. People who are informed about the history of mass transit in Toronto could be easily confused, since discussion of a Queen Street subway line goes as far back as 1911, with one proposed route extended from Trinity-Bellwoods Park in the west to Logan Avenue in the east.
Flack’s blogTO essay goes into the history of this proposed route at some length, while James Bow at Transit Toronto describes how Queen Street contended with Bloor-Danforth throughout the mid-20th century to be the location of the main west-to-east subway route in Toronto. Get Toronto Moving also has an extended overview of proposals to build the Queen line, noting how this has morphed over time into the Downtown Relief Line. The only physical vestige of this line is the Lower Queen station at Yonge, described by Bow at Transit Toronto here and by Tess Kalinowski at the Toronto Star in 2007 here.
James Bow’s Transit Toronto essay “What if the Queen Subway was built instead of the Bloor-Danforth?” is a fascinating exercise in alternate history, considering how Toronto’s transit system would have evolved in this case. The effect on Toronto’s urban geography would have been equally noteworthy. Perhaps the waterfront would have been developed earlier, with Queen Street being the main street of the city, with places like Bloor–never mind St. Clair, or Dupont–lagging?
CBC News’ Jonathan Rumley reports on the impending filming of the new Star Trek television series here in Toronto.
Heads up, Trekkies — filming for the new Star Trek television series is slated for Toronto, where local fans hope it will live long and prosper.
The news about the new television series was confirmed by CBS Television Studios on Twitter. The show will begin filming in the city sometime this fall.
“We don’t have [any] other details to share at this point,” Kristen Hall, CBS Television Studios’ vice-president of communications, told CBC News via email.
Last November, CBS said the series would make its debut in January 2017.
“The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966,” CBS said last fall in a release.
CBC reports on the happy last-minute deal that averted the possibility of a library strike here in Toronto.
The Toronto Public Library Workers Union says it has reached a tentative agreement with the Toronto Public Library Board on a new four-year contract.
Maureen O’Reilly, president of local 4948 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Toronto Public Library Workers Union, announced the tentative deal hours after the city’s 2,200 library workers passed their strike deadline at 12:01 a.m. Monday.
“This has been a difficult round of bargaining, but our bargaining committee has secured a deal which we believe addresses some of our concerns and allows Toronto’s library workers to continue to provide great services in the city’s 100 branches,” she said.
Toronto’s public libraries will be open today and operating with normal hours of service.
The union said ratification is expected to start sometime this week.