- CBC notes that the Yonge and Dundas street artist scene is closing down under city regulations, including permits.
- Emily Mathieu talks about how she conducts her journalism with some of Toronto's most marginalized as subjects.
- The Globe and Mail notes the local controversy over having police officers permanently stationed in schools.
- The idea that police who actively undermine the Special Investigations Unit should be seriously punished seems obvious.
- Veteran NDP politican and LGBTQ rights advocate Cheri DiNovo is leaving politics to become a minister in church.
- Finally, the Dundas West TTC station will be connected to the GO Transit hub less than 300 metres away!
- blogTO argues East Chinatown, at Broadview and Gerrard, is an up-and-coming neighbourhood.
- East-end Toronto, from Leslieville to points east, definitely is up-and-coming. The Globe and Mail reports.
- It looks like the Kirby GO Station was approved for political reasons, not because of actual local need. The Toronto Star reports.
- Steve Munro notes that, on the 23rd, the TTC Overhead Shop will have an open house explaining the streetcars' pantograph.
- In July, Torontoist looked at Toronto architect Eden Smith, connected to the Arts and Crafts Movement in Canada.
- blogTO notes an exciting open house on the 28th of October for three of the new University Line subway stations.
- Alex Bozikovic praises the architectural innovation behind the new stations on the Eglinton Crosstown line.
- Christopher Hume's argument (from August) that Toronto will, despite itself, have to invest in its future works.
- blogTO lists some interesting things to do and see in Toronto's American neighbour, Buffalo.
- The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly strongly defends contemporary journalism as essential for understanding the world.
- Lawyers, Guns and Money rightly takes issue with the claim identity politics hinders the US left. Remember New Deal coalitions?
- Marginal Revolution notes just how expensive it is to run Harvard.
- Otto Pohl notes the upcoming 76th anniversary of the Soviet deportation of the Volga Germans.
- The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer reports on the remarkably fluent code-switching between English and French of some Washington D.C. subway riders.
- Strange Maps notes rival food and fabric maps of India and Pakistan.
- Tricia Wood at Torontoist argues that, for environmental and economic reasons, Ontario needs high-speed rail.
- Window on Eurasia suggests Tatarstan has done a poor job of defending its sovereignty from the Russian government.
- The National Post covers a disturbing report about claiming a police officer maimed a teenager. If the Toronto police have been actively trying to cover up criminal assault by one of their members ...
- Global News notes that Metrolinx has opted to remove Bombardier for consideration in operating GO Transit.
- A high-speed ferry link between Toronto and Niagara--St. Catherine's--is imaginable. Economically viable? The Globe and Mail reports.
- Simon Lewsen describes in The Globe and Mail how the 1977 murder of Emanuel Jaques led, eventually, to the transformation of Yonge Street.
- James Bow talks about how Ontario aiming for experimental hydrogen-powered trains, not electric ones, is a mistake.
- Marginal Revolution reports on the community that WalMart took to a West Virginia county it is now leaving.
- Diane Duane shows an old novel proposal from 1999 that she found again, and is now dusting off.
- Transit Toronto notes that the time-based transfer program on the St. Clair route is ending, after 12 years.
- Unicorn Booty reports on the lavender scare of the 1950s in the United States.
- The Volokh Conspiracy notes the strong use of repetition, as a literary device, in the Hebrew version particularly of Genesis.
- Window on Eurasia wonders how the Russian-American relationship, one Russia has depended on in the past, will evolve.
- Torontoist's Emily Macrae notes the importance that parks will have for a Toronto with an aging population.
- The Toronto Star's Ben Spurr reports that Siemens is challenging Metrolinx's award of the contract for new streetcars to Alstom.
- Global News shares arguments from business owners that the floodwaters around the Toronto Islands has fallen enough to reopen them.
- CBC News' Justin Li reports that Ward's Island, easternmost of the Toronto Islands, actually is open for business.
- blogTO notes the ridiculous costs associated with Presto installation on TTC vehicles. Why are we using it?
- The Toronto Star's Ben Spurr notes that the Ontario government is subsidizing the Union-Pearson Express to the tune of $C 11 per passenger. (This is an improvement.)
- Steve Munro reports on the causes of and dynamics of noise generation on the 514 Cherry streetcar route.
- CP24 notes that the City of Toronto has lost $C 5 million so far thanks to the flooding on the Toronto Islands, mostly from lost ferry revenue.
- Alex Bozikovic notes in The Globe and Mail that the Toronto waterfront is going to receive more than a billion dollars in funding for flood protection.
- Andrea Houston at Torontoist argues that anger is a perfectly appropriate response to the suffering and death of the homeless of Toronto.
- Torontoist notes that, between climate change and development, Toronto faces serious flood risks in the future.
- Ben Spurr notes in the Toronto Star that, come September, Metrolinx will oversee 3% fare increases on GO Transit and the UP Express.
- I am unsurprised to learn, again from the Toronto Star's Ben Spurr, that the TTC has won an award recognizing it as the best public transit agency in North America.
- Fatima Syed notes that Brampton, with its newly hired urban planner, is in search of a new identity.
- Language Hat blogs about appearances of Nahuatl in Los Angeles, in television and in education.
- Language Log talks about "Zhonghua minzu", meaning "Chinese nation" or "Chinese race" depending on the translation.
- Marginal Revolution notes that Canada, with inelastic production, might have a marijuana shortage come legalization/
- In the NYR Daily, Christopher de Bellaigue wonders if Britain--the West, even--might be on the verge of a descent into communal violence.
- Peter Rukavina looks at the accessibility of VIA Rail's data on trade arrivals and departures.
- Starts with a Bang's Ethan Siegel notes that, in the far distant starless future, the decay of binary brown dwarf orbits can still start stars.
- Torontoist shares photos of the Dyke March.
- Window on Eurasia argues that Tatarstan's tradition of bourgeois and intellectually critical nationalism could have wider consequences, in Russia and beyond.
- Steve Munro reports on the many problems associated with implementing new express buses, in Toronto and elsewhere.
- Global News was one of many sources reporting on the high rate of failure of the new Bombardier streetcars.
- Ben Spurr notes the astounding failure of the City of Toronto to do basic things at Union Station, like collect rent.
- Transit Toronto notes that GO Transit's seasonal routes to Niagara have started today and will go until 4 September.
- Daily Xtra notes that, in the 1930s, the shops of Yonge and Dundas supported a queer community. The tours described sound interesting.
- Torontoist's Tricia Wood arguesthat the proposed high speed rail route in southern Ontario is wasteful spending, reflecting a two-tier transit network.
- Steve Munro crunches data on the Queen Street route to find that buses have an advantage over streetcars.
- The Toronto Star's Ben Spurr notes that the TTC is planning to noticeably expand its express bus network.
- NOW Toronto's Lisa Ferguson writes about potential NIMBYism in the opposition to new high-rises in High Park.
The Toronto Star's Ben Spurr looks at how the new streetcars the TTC is contracting to buy with Alstom with compared with Bombardier's oft-promised ones, and the consequences.
After a protracted dispute with Bombardier about delays to its light rail vehicle order for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, Metrolinx has taken the drastic step of placing an order for cars with another company.
Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced Friday that Metrolinx, which is the provincial agency in charge of transit planning for the GTHA, has inked a deal to buy 61 vehicles from the French firm Alstom at a cost of $528 million.
The transit agency hasn’t cancelled its $770-million purchase from Bombardier, which as a result of a lawsuit brought by the manufacturer is now tied up in a dispute resolution process. But Del Duca said allowing both purchases to go ahead simultaneously would provide Metrolinx with a backup fleet that guarantees it will have enough vehicles to open the Crosstown line by 2021.
Del Duca called it “a creative and prudent approach to dealing with a less than ideal situation.”
Bombardier maintains that Metrolinx had no need to seek another supplier, and says it will be able to supply all 182 cars the agency ordered in 2010, 76 of which would run on the Crosstown line.
The Toronto Star's Ben Spurr reports on the latest in the back-and-forth between Metrolinx and Bombardier.
The TTC says it remains confident that Bombardier will stick to its latest streetcar delivery schedule, despite allegations this week of ongoing dysfunction at the Quebec-based rail manufacturer’s plants.
Court documents filed Thursday by Metrolinx, the provincially owned transit agency, accuse Bombardier of a “persistent inability to deliver on its contractual obligations” under a 2010 deal for 182 light rail vehicles (LRVs) and claim that as recently as last month there were “chronic and ongoing” problems with the company’s manufacturing processes.
The $770-million order from Metrolinx is separate from the TTC’s 2009 purchase from Bombardier of 204 low-floor streetcars, which has also been plagued by delays. But the vehicles from the two orders are similar and Bombardier is assembling the TTC cars at the same plants that have worked on the Metrolinx project.
Metrolinx filed the affidavits in response to Bombardier’s attempt to secure an injunction to prevent the agency from cancelling the contract. The documents have not been tested in court.
Bombardier denies it has bungled the Metrolinx order and in a statement released Thursday said: “we categorically disagree” with Metrolinx’s allegations. The company stated it was “fully able to deliver” the vehicles, which Metrolinx purchased to run on the Eglinton Crosstown and the Finch LRT.