Archive for the ‘Canada’ Category
CBC News reports on the latest issue with Presto card readers in Toronto. This is ridiculous.
The TTC wants to recover money lost to faulty Presto machines — it just doesn’t know how much it’s missing.
The transit agency voted Tuesday to launch a new study to find out how much the lost fares have cost them; when the results come back, the bill may just end up with Metrolinx.
“Presto’s a lemon that we were forced to buy from the province,” Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong said after Tuesday’s meeting. “It’s been a horrible experience. It doesn’t work, it’s broken down.”
Coun. Joe Mihevc called for the study into Presto’s failure rate and how much Metrolinx, which runs the Presto system, should pay to make up for that lost revenue.
At any given time, the TTC figures that eight to 10 per cent of its Presto readers aren’t working.
[URBAN NOTE] “Nobody’s cheering, except real estate agents: The ‘trapped wealth’ of Toronto’s unrelenting housing boom”
The National Post hosts Theophilos Argitis’ Bloomberg News article looking at the causes of the housing price boom and speculating about ways to end it without wrecking the wider economy.
Prices in Canada’s largest city surged more than 20 per cent over the past year, the fastest pace in three decades, data released last week show. Some of the city’s neighbouring towns are posting even bigger gains.
It’s become a matter of considerable alarm. Stability is one concern: if the market tumbles, so will Canada’s economy. Pricier real estate also drives away less-affluent, younger people and boosts the cost of doing business, eroding competitiveness.
“I don’t think anybody is cheering,” said Doug Porter, the Toronto-based chief economist of Bank of Montreal, who used the dreaded “bubble” word last week to describe the market. “I don’t see who benefits other than real estate agents. It’s trapped wealth.”
So, what’s driving the boom? The housing industry — builders and brokers — claim lack of supply is the main culprit. Others, Porter included, see demand as the problem. Lately, evidence is mounting that speculation is behind the jump.
The Toronto Star carries May Warren’s article for Metro noting an upcoming gallery showing in Mississauga celebrating the life of that city’s long-time mayor Hazel McCallion. I may well go to Mississauga for this!
She has inspired paintings, crayon drawings, even a Mississauga version of the Mona Lisa.
Now former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion is getting her very own art exhibit to show off these tributes.
Stuart Keeler, curator and manager of museums for Mississauga, said the city is looking for submissions from the public and doesn’t think they will be hard to find.
“Sometimes monthly, we get phone calls of, ‘I have a painting of Hazel,’ ” he said. “This is a common occurrence.”
They’ve already received 25 works of art for the spring show and there’s no cap on how many they’ll take.
blogTO’s Phil Villeneuve shares the story of Toronto’s Glad Day Bookshop, the oldest GLBT library in the world still operating.
Very few book stores in the world have been fought off widespread hate, battled censorship at the Supreme Court, and acted as home base for an entire community of people. Toronto’s Glad Day bookshop has, which is why it’s even more special that it’s not only Toronto’s oldest bookstore, but the world’s oldest LGBT bookstore.
Glad Day took the title after New York’s Oscar Wilde bookstore closed in 2009 because of low sales and high rent. That shop opened in 1967.
Glad Day was opened in 1970 by Jearld Moldenhauer out of his home in the Annex. The residential space also doubled as the office for The Body Politic, a gay and lesbian political paper, which eventually morphed into Xtra and then to the now online-only DailyXtra.com.
After folks moved in and out of the home, Moldenhauer and a group men bought a place in Cabbagetown at 138 Seaton Street and operated the shop out of there.
It was a time when a gay and lesbian bookstore could exist out of someone’s living room and word spread wide enough for the city’s queer population to know exactly where to go — all very much on the down low and in fear of violence.