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[URBAN NOTE] Ten Toronto links

  • The vicious homophobia exhibited by TCDSB trustee Mike Del Grande is, IMHO, another reason to defund public Catholic education in Ontario. Global News reports.
  • The CCLV streetcars of the TTC are set to be pulled by the end of November. Global News reports.
  • The Scarborough Bluffs are set to see some worthwhile investment. blogTO reports.
  • CBC notes growth in food bank usage in Toronto and Mississauga.
  • Presto users are being mischarged based on GPS mistakes. CBC reports.
  • Renovictions have spiked 300% over the past four years. blogTO reports.
  • The cost of rent continues to grow in Toronto. blogTO reports.
  • A new project hopes to make Yonge and Eglinton less congested. The Toronto Star reports.
  • New regulations about Airbnb should make the real estate market easier for renters. NOW Toronto reports.
  • Owing to family request, a new street in Etobicoke will not be named after former Toronto mayor Rob Ford. Global News reports.

[PHOTO] Major malfunction, Presto card reader, 29 Dufferin bus

Major malfunction #toronto #ttc #buses #presto #computer #29dufferin

Written by Randy McDonald

November 10, 2019 at 4:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links

  • Steve Munro looks at a recent examination by the Toronto auditor-general about the problems of Presto, here.
  • blogTO notes that, on the weekend of the 22nd, the Toronto Reference Library will host another book sale.
  • Spacing lets someone evicted for putting his apartment up for Airbnb tell his story.
  • Global News tells the story of Charlie’s Friend Art CafĂ© in Bloordale, here.
  • This Toronto Life account of the life and crimes of Alek Minassian remains authentically disturbing to me.
  • The idea of a Toronto city charter, a constitution to protect the city’s prerogatives, does sound pretty good to me. CBC reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Ten Toronto links

  • blogTO reports that Presto machines on TTC vehicles are regularly falling out of service because they need to be emptied of coins, here.
  • CBC reports that Ontario Place might well accumulate a spa under Ford government auspices, here.
  • NOW Toronto argues that new Ford changes to social housing, including zero-tolerance on fighting, will worsen the plight of residents.
  • ACORN is leading a protest in Weston by tenants against allegedly neglectful landlords. CBC reports.
  • Residents of a Roncesvalles apartment block are contesting their landlord’s reclassification of their complex as a tourist-oriented property. The Toronto Star reports.
  • What will become of the Ontario Science Centre, 50 years old? The Toronto Star reports.
  • That average monthly rents for a one-bedroom apartment in Toronto are now hitting $C 2500 is terrifying. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Users of the Scarborough RT may find themselves riding buses instead of the RT (or a subway) for a good long while. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Toronto is doing its best to preserve its biodiversity, particularly in its ravines. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Transit Toronto notes that, in exchange for Toronto accepting the Ontario Line, Ontario will not try to upload the TTC.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: Port Lands, Ontario Place, churches, mass transit, Scarborough

  • Guardian Cities takes a look from afar at the controversy over Google in the Port Lands of Toronto.
  • CityLab looks at the debate over the future of Ontario Place in the Doug Ford era.
  • Richard Longley at NOW Toronto looks at how six churches in downtown Toronto have survived the condo boom.
  • The City of Toronto has blamed the Ontario government for the delayed transition to Presto. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Matt Gurney writes at TVO about how Toronto, having coasted by on surplus capacity, is now facing a transit crisis.
  • Osobe Waberi writes at The Discourse about the transit desert that dominates much of Scarborough.
  • A fourth subway stop has been proposed for the already expensive Scarborough subway extension. The Toronto Star reports.

[URBAN NOTE} Seven Toronto links: Lake Ontario, UP Express, Rail Deck Park, Google, TTC, Doors Open

  • Reddit’s r/toronto shares this photo of the level of Lake Ontario having risen above the level of the boardwalk at HTO Park. Are we in for another year of flooding, on the Toronto Islands particularly?
  • This CBC Toronto article from a week ago notes how Lake Ontario is getting close to 2017 levels.
  • Changes in the Presto system have left many people who use the Union-Pearson Express to commute in a financially costly situation. CBC Toronto reports.
  • This court case, besides setting boundaries on what planning boards can and cannot do, will also determine the fate of the Rail Deck Park. I hope it will survive. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Stefanie Marotta at the Toronto Star reports on a Jane’s Walk led by MP Adam Vaughan and Bianca Wylie of the waterfront, inspired by their criticism of the Sidewalk Labs plans.
  • Shazlin Rahman writes at Spacing about the prejudices that push Muslim women away from the TTC, and what can be done to protect these women.
  • Urban Toronto shares the news of Open Doors 2019 in Toronto on 25 and 26 May, with more than 150 buildings being opened to the public.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: TTC and mass transit

  • Urban Toronto notes the remarkable new plan proposed by Ontario for Toronto subways, including a line running from Ontario Place on the water up through to the Ontario Science Centre on Eglinton.
  • blogTO shares some of the criticism the new Ontario plans for the subway have gotten.
  • Steve Munro reacts to the new Ontario plan for Toronto subways, here.
  • blogTO notes the new proposed names for stations on the Finch LRT line.
  • The Discourse notes a community meeting in Scarborough where locals express concern for the fate of the Eglinton East LRT.
  • The conversion of the TTC entirely from tokens towards Presto has been delayed, blogTO notes.
  • The modernization of signals on existing subway lines has been delayed and is becoming much more expensive, the Toronto Star notes.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: skiing, skating, Scarborough, UP Express and Presto, homelessness

  • I am glad that the new snowfall has made the ode of Shawn Micallef in the Toronto Star last week to the joys of skiing in Toronto relevant again.
  • Urban Toronto reports on the new Rink Social initiative being promoted at community ice rinks across Toronto, to encourage skating and community city-wide.
  • blogTO notes a perhaps unattractive home in Scarborough, at Danforth and Warden, that literally has a TTC stop outside its door.
  • Ben Spurr at the Toronto Star notes how the efforts of a Mount Dennis man to commute downtown on the UP Express were complicated by the confusions of Presto.
  • At NOW Toronto, outreach worker Greg Cook calls for a better approach to homelessness, one that (for instance) acknowledges the prohibitive costs of housing for too many in Toronto.

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: Toronto Coach Terminal, Metrolinx, TTC and subways, tech

  • Christopher Hume at the Toronto Star writes movingly about the neglect of the beautiful Toronto Coach Terminal. This building deserves better.
  • Ben Spurr at the Toronto Star notes the willingness of Metrolinx to turn customers’ Presto data over to the police, even without warrants.
  • Transit Toronto notes that surveying for the extension of the Yonge subway line north from Finch has begun.
  • Metrolinx has gone on the record as saying that the Downtown Relief Line, relieving pressure on the Yonge line, must open before a northwards extension of Yonge into Richmond Hill. The Toronto Star has it.
  • The Globe and Mail reports that, after rising numbers of suicide attempts, the TTC is going to redouble anti-suicide measures.
  • Toronto is becoming a growing centre of the tech industry, the Toronto Star reports, tech sector growth driving the wider provincial economy.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Centauri Dreams extends further consideration the roles that artificial intelligences might play in interstellar exploration.
  • D-Brief notes that the genes associated with being a night owl also seem to be associated with poor mental health outcomes.
  • Far Outliers looks at the lifeboat system created on the upper Yangtze in the late 19th century.
  • Kashmir Hill, writing at Gizmodo, notes how blocking Google from her phone left her online experience crippled.
  • Imageo notes that, even if halted, global warming still means that many glaciers well melt as they respond to temperature changes.
  • JSTOR Daily looks at the racism that permeated ads in 19th century North America.
  • Language Hat looks at how some Turkish-speaking Christians transcribed the Turkish language in the Greek alphabet.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how utterly ineffective the Trump Administration’s new refugee waiver system actually is.
  • The LRB Blog looks at the film and theatre career of Lorenza Mazetti.
  • Marginal Revolution notes, in passing, the import of being a YouTube celebrity.
  • Molly Crabapple at the NYR Daily writes about the work of the New Sanctuary coalition, which among other things waits with refugees in court as they face their hearings.
  • The Speed River Journal’s Van Waffle looks for traces of the elusive muskrat.
  • Towleroad shares footage of New Order performing the early song “Ceremony” in 1981.
  • Transit Toronto notes that Metrolinx now has an app for Presto up!
  • At Vintage Space, Amy Shira Teitel looks at the Soviet Moon exploration program in 1969.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the new pressures being placed by rising Islamism and instability in Afghanistan upon Turkmenistan.
  • Arnold Zwicky considers, briefly, the little is known about the lives of 1980s gay porn stars Greg Patton and Bobby Pyron. How did they lead their lives?