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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: crowding on the TTC, Downtown Relief Line, Eglinton, Ontario Place

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  • At Spacing, John Lorinc wonders what will happen when someone gets killed in an accident related to crowding on the TTC.
  • Edward Keenan considers crowding on the TTC to be a crisis, one justifying the Downtown Relief Line, over at the Toronto Star.
  • blogTO notes how temporary closures of Eglinton station will make Yonge and Eglinton commuting even more nightmarish.
  • Torontoist calls for the King Street transit experiment to be applied elsewhere, to midtown, even.
  • blogTO shares some impressive photos of the abandoned Wilderness Adventure Ride at Ontario Place.
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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Skandaraj Navaratnam, Yonge Street, K-Pop, King Street, Kazenelson

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  • This Fatima Syed interview with Navaseelan Navaratnam, brother of suspected McArthur victim Skandaraj Navaratnam missing since 2010, is terribly sad. The Toronto Star has it.
  • While it may be too late for Eliot’s Bookshop, I do hope that Toronto City Council can arrange some kind of functional tax arrangement for the businesses which survive on Yonge. The Toronto Star reports.
  • blogTO notes how a stray tweet from Toronto Hits 93 started an Internet flamewar between fans of two different K-Pop boy bands.
  • Ben Spurr notes how some transit advocates have decided to help out King Street by eating at area restaurants, over</u at the Toronto Star.
  • Global News reports on how the Ontario Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Vadim Kazenelson on charges of criminal negligence stemming from an incident where four workers he was supervising died in a scaffolding collapse.

[PHOTO] Three photos of my walk to Wellesley station last night in the snow

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The last photo of this set that of three that I took last night on my walk to the Wellesley subway station is my favourite.

Snow falling on Maitland #toronto #churchandwellesley #maitlandstreet #snow #night #winter

Snow falling on Yonge, facing south #toronto #churchandwellesley #yongestreet #snow #night #winter

Snow falling on Yonge, facing north #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #snow #night #winter

Written by Randy McDonald

January 30, 2018 at 8:30 am

[PHOTO] Eight photos of the Kurdish march on Yonge, Toronto, against Turkey in Afrin (#defendafrin)

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The ongoing Turkish invasion of Afrin, westernmost of the three cantons of the autonomous Kurdish area in Syria commonly known as Rojava, just produced visible results in Toronto. As I got out at Wellesley station a bit before 6 o’clock, I heard a crowd marching down Yonge. I crossed the street, and prepared to photograph.

I was given a handout with the letterhead of the Democratic Kurdish Federation of Canada denouncing the inaction of outside powers–the West and Russia, specifically–in doing nothing to undermine the Turkish invasion of a self-governing Kurdish area. I accepted the handout, and kept it. I agree almost entirely with the sentiment, sharing the anger of people frustrated with yet another Turkish invasion of a self-governing Kurdish area outside its frontiers, feeling frustrated that a Turkish-Kurdish alliance once might think the most natural one possible in the MIddle East is being thwarted by Turkey run by people who betrayed their government’s liberal promise at the century’s beginning. I stood, and watched, because there was nothing else I could do but witness justified anger and share it.

(Certainly this group has links with radical Kurdish groups internationally. The last photo in this series shows a yellow flag flapped into a blur by the wind. When unfurled, the flag had on it a clear portrait of Abdullah Ă–calan above a slogan demanding his release.)

Protest against Turkey in Syria (1) #toronto #protest #march #kurdish #kurd #turkey #syria #rojava #afrin #night

Protest against Turkey in Syria (2) #toronto #protest #march #kurdish #kurd #turkey #syria #rojava #afrin #night

Protest against Turkey in Syria (4) #toronto #protest #march #kurdish #flyer #pamphlet #kurd #turkey #syria #rojava #afrin #night #yongeandwellesley

Protest against Turkey in Syria (5) #toronto #protest #march #kurdish #flyer #pamphlet #kurd #turkey #syria #rojava #afrin #night #yongeandwellesley

Protest against Turkey in Syria (6) #toronto #protest #march #kurdish #pamphlet #kurd #turkey #syria #rojava #afrin #night #yongeandwellesley

Protest against Turkey in Syria (7) #toronto #protest #march #kurdish #flags #kurd #turkey #syria #rojava #afrin #night #yongeandwellesley

Protest against Turkey in Syria (8) #toronto #protest #march #kurdish #flags #kurd #turkey #syria #rojava #afrin #night #yongeandwellesley

Protest against Turkey in Syria (9) #toronto #protest #march #kurdish #flags #kurd #turkey #syria #rojava #afrin #night #yongeandwellesley

Written by Randy McDonald

January 27, 2018 at 8:00 pm

[PHOTO] Moon south on Yonge

Moon south on Yonge

Written by Randy McDonald

January 25, 2018 at 10:00 am

[PHOTO] Blue framed by Roehampton, Yonge and Eglinton

The afternoon sky looking up Yonge Street at Eglinton Saturday afternoon was a glorious clear blue, perfectly framed by the towers rising on either side.

Blue framed by Roehampton

Written by Randy McDonald

January 21, 2018 at 7:00 am

[PHOTO] Crossing Yonge and Eglinton

I am a strong supporter of the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line. This route, part of the TTC network when it opens in 2021, will play an essential role in providing high-speed mass transit across midtown, from Mount Dennis station in York in the west to a new connection with Kennedy station in Scarborough in the east. This is the sort of transit route, in high-density areas with potential for further growth, that Toronto needs if it is to continue to thrive.

Crossing at Yonge and Eglinton #toronto #yongeandeglinton #crosswalk #intersection #evening #eglintoncrosstown #construction #yongestreet #eglintonavenue

If only the intersection of Yonge and Eglinton was not blocked off substantially to pedestrian traffic! The southwest corner, where the main exit of Eglinton Station is located, is entirely impassable. Anyone wanting to leave the station has to proceed east through the tunnel beneath Yonge Street to the complex on the southeast corner of Yonge and Eglinton and then exit. If you want to get to the northwest corner of Yonge and Eglinton, first you have to disembark from the southeast corner, go north across Eglinton, and then go west across Yonge.

This should take only a few months. Eventually, things will be passable. Eventually, we will have a fully functional Eglinton Crosstown LRT. Until then, this is just what we will have to put up with.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm