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One City. Has Toronto finally gone past drawing lines on paper

In Customer Service, Government, Gravy, Me Myself & I, Rob Ford, The CBC, Toronto, Transportation, TTC on June 27, 2012 at 10:56

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This morning TTC Chair Karen Stintz outlined the new transit vision on Metro Morning (Listen Here) She explained that this wasn’t a cash grab.  This is intended as a dedicated funding plan for the future of transit in Toronto.  “Subways, Subways, Subways,” said Rob Ford during the last transit debate.  I say yes to him, but also LRTs and Bus Routes and Streetcars and Go Train.  Rob Ford may have made the debate loud but Stintz has somehow, quietly rolled out a plan, that just may work in Toronto’s favor.

The $30-billion, 30-year proposal would transform the city — taking transit to all corners of the municipality. And, with provincial and federal help, the dream scenario would cost Toronto property taxpayers $45 a year for four years.

Called OneCity, the massive plan is the brainchild of Councillors Karen Stintz and Glenn DeBaeremaeker, chair and vice-chair of the transit commission. The money, roughly a 2 per cent tax hike dedicated exclusively to transit, is bound to be the source of huge conflict at city council as early as October.

Stintz has not declared her intention to run for mayor, but this proposal will put a bull’s-eye on her back. It is also expected to embolden Mayor Rob Ford, who will vigorously oppose it because it raises taxes.

But if the plan finds traction among enough politicians at city hall — and there are enough transit goodies to satisfy councillors from all quadrants of the city — it could spark a humdinger of a battle that exceeds the rhetoric of last spring’s LRT-vs.-subway debate.

At stake are many political careers, and the commuting future of Canada’s largest city.”  Read Royson James full article in the Toronto Star (Here)

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Transit City 2009’ish

One City 2012

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A 24 to 19 loss isn’t losing by 2 votes

In Customer Service, Government, Gravy, Rob Ford, Toronto, Transportation, TTC on March 23, 2012 at 10:46

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Doug Ford: “Yes there was money. Both sides were fighting for the same chunk of money. This decision was won by 2 votes. Mammoliti was away today. Two votes.”

I actually got to watch all 30+ hours of the Toronto City Council debate on LRT’s vs Subways.  It started on Wednesday, March 21st, 2011

Beyond all of the cat call, and lack of any understanding by Doug and Co., I’m happy with the result, but still amazed by the lack of understand from the Mayor and his inner circle.   There was no plan to pay for subways.  “A pie graph would be nice. Just something that would show where the sources of funding would come from.” from Councillor Josh Colle.  That was the single largest reason why he lost the vote.  The last minute plan to create a parking tax to bring $100 million was a start but in the end, wasn’t even supported by the mayor.  Councillor Jaye Robinson, a member of the Mayor’s executive said it best during the debate yesterday,

“To me it’s a very disappointing day for Toronto if this indeed goes through, because most international cities that have revered best practice transit system have a grid that’s looped so that you can get around your city in a seamless manner.

The connectivity I think is very important to Torontonians, because people have to get across the city to work, live and play. And if you can’t do that without getting on and off different systems and have to go through complicated transfer points, that is not an effective system. I did vote for the LRT on Eglinton, and I stand by that vote, because it was seamless, you don’t have to transfer when the LRT becomes at grade or below grade.

I would like to see a subway on an incremental basis go across Sheppard. Councillor [Mike] Del Grande put forward a great motion because it proposes a revenue tool. I’m disappointed that the Mayor didn’t rally behind that motion. I think that’s very disappointing. I want to work with the Mayor, I want to work with all members of council, but I think it’s unfortunate that he didn’t back that very critical motion. We definitely have to [build Sheppard] on an incremental basis but that’s not a bad thing.

Residents have been saying to me for years, why haven’t we for decades been building one subway station at a time? And we haven’t done that and now we’re in this place where we have to have a knee jerk reaction and move forward, but is that truly what’s right for the city of Toronto?”

The second reason is the continued barking that the LRT is a Streetcar.  Councillor Raymond Cho tries to explain it Doug Ford.

His brother, mayor Ford has already stated that he’ll be rallying the troops for his re-election in 2014. “Obviously the campaign starts now and I’m willing to take anyone on to fight streetcars against subways in the next election and I can’t wait for that,” he said.  It’s over Rob…deal with it.

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You just have to laugh out loud

Honest to goodness, sensible TTC Transit Planning

In Government, Gravy, Rob Ford, Toronto, Transportation, TTC on March 14, 2012 at 10:46

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You look at this graph and you’re like, “hey this makes sense, right?”

https://i0.wp.com/fordfortoronto.mattelliott.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/lrtsubways2.png

It just makes sense.  You can read Matt Elliott’s full piece at FordForToronto.com here

All I can say to the new TTC CEO is have fun Mr. Byford!

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Rob Ford writes for the Globe & Mail

In Customer Service, Government, Gravy, Have to Laugh, Rob Ford, Toronto, Transportation, TTC on February 23, 2012 at 15:29

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Try to enjoy it.  Please visit the original page here in the Globe & Mail.  The comments alone are worth it.

ISAAC RANSOM/CITY OF TORONTOOCC

A better way to retool Toronto’s ailing TTC

Toronto is one of the most congested cities in North America, something that costs our economy $6-billion every year, according to the Toronto Board of Trade. The impact on families is just as bad. The average Toronto commute is 24 minutes longer than in Los Angeles: That’s 100 hours a year better spent playing with children, exercising or even working a little longer to save for vacation. This is a quality of life issue, not just an economic one.

 

Major transit systems in Toronto are built and managed by the Toronto Transit Commission, an organization that came into its own in the 1940s with the construction of its first subway. Today, the TTC is a designated essential service moving more than 1.5 million customers every day.

The TTC is a jewel in Toronto’s crown – but it has lost its shine. It has become a large, inefficient organization. Just over a year ago, I told the TTC it needed to make serious improvements. I wanted to see cleaner vehicles, subway stations and better customer service over all. While the TTC has made some changes, real improvement requires top-down leadership. It’s not just another project.

The TTC’s core business model was developed at a time when federal and provincial governments provided major operating subsidies. Rightly or wrongly, that time is over. It’s time for the organization to undertake a complete rethink of its mission, vision and fundamental business model. The TTC needs to reduce its cost base while maximizing the value of its real-estate assets, its retail opportunities and its licensing opportunities. In short, a new leader is required to reshape the TTC and move it forward with a vision that will serve Toronto to the end of this century.

The TTC must become a sustainable, world-class transit system that connects people with jobs, homes, families and recreation. It must be rapid and reliable. Operational excellence should produce superior customer satisfaction and outstanding efficiency. This will attract new riders out of their cars, reducing congestion and commuting times.

I passionately believe a world-class city builds world-class rapid transit. Toronto’s old “Transit City” plan, with projected vehicle speeds only slightly faster than buses, was never planned to be rapid. Subways will make Toronto a world-leading 21st-century city.

A hundred years from now, Toronto will have more subway lines providing reliable high-speed transportation for millions more people. The only real question is whether we will start building those subways now, or wait another 20 years and build them at 10 times the cost. Inevitably, though, we will have subways.

I believe we should start building subways now. And we shouldn’t stop.

We can afford subways. Gordon Chong’s recent report on the Sheppard subway identifies a number of revenue sources, including development charges and tax increment financing. His estimates are conservative and many industry sources say these can produce more revenue than he projects. Dr. Chong also identifies a number of additional revenue tools that can fill in any funding gap that may exist.

According to KPMG, a modest parking levy could generate more than $90-million annually. That would fund a public-private partnership model to build the Sheppard subway and generate ongoing revenue for future subway expansion. Some partnership models don’t require any taxpayer funding in the first few years. Parking revenue during those years could fund early implementation of a bus rapid transit solution in the Finch corridor. With such funding available, Toronto should move forward with a Sheppard subway plan.

With a revitalized, modernized TTC and a commitment to start building subways now and keep on building them, Toronto will continue as Canada’s economic engine. In fact, Toronto can become the world’s preferred city for raising a family, building a business and enjoying an urban vacation. The time to start is now.

Show Me The Gravy Rob Ford

In Customer Service, Gravy, Have to Laugh, Toronto, Transportation, TTC on September 14, 2011 at 12:29

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Paging Miller.  Paging David Miller.  Poor Rob Ford.

From Natalie Alcoba in the National Post, “The results are considered to be accurate plus or minus 3%, 19 times out of 20. Age or regional specific results are less accurate. Forum Research paid for the poll “as a public service.” The Mayor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.

Forum also asked residents what they thought about specific cuts. It found:

84% disapprove of cancelling late night buses (a measure that is not contemplated by the TTC)
79% disapprove of closing libraries, 70% against cutting hours
73% oppose selling the Toronto Zoo
61% oppose selling the city’s three theatres, the Sony Centre, the St. Lawrence Centre and the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts
76% disapprove cutting childcare spaces
68% disapprove of selling long term care homes
61% disapprove of eliminating clearing of driveway entrance snow

“Rob Ford campaigned on a promise to cut the gravy, none was found and the reality of cutting services residents rely on — often on a daily basis — is setting in,” Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff said in a statement. “This has obviously shaken public confidence in his ability to handle the job of mayor.”

Show Me The Gravy!

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Doug Ford’s Crazy Adventure into LaLa Land

In Design, Government, People that Matter, Politico, Toronto, Transportation on September 2, 2011 at 17:17

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He’s really not as dumb as he looks..he’s dumber.

This is what Doug is proposing

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Here is what Waterfront Toronto already has in place

You can read Paul Moloney’s full article in The Toronto Star here http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1048167–australian-firm-eyeing-waterfront-mall

An Australian company that’s one of the world’s largest shopping centre owners is a driving force behind Councillor Doug Ford’s mall-based dream for Toronto’s eastern waterfront, theStar has learned.

Ford confirmed Thursday he has spoken to representatives of the Westfield Group, which has interests in 124 malls in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Brazil.

“They’re more than interested,” Ford said in a brief interview. “They have a lot of money sitting there waiting to invest in Toronto.”

If a deal came together, it would mark Westfield’s first entry into Canada, confirmed company spokesperson Katy Dickey from Westfield’s Los Angeles office.

“Toronto’s a great city, Canada’s a great country and Westfield is always looking at opportunities,” Dickey said.

But she wouldn’t elaborate, saying company policy is not to comment on “rumour or speculation.”

Veteran development lawyer Bob Onyschuk, who has close ties to Australia, said studies are needed on whether a waterfront mall could be successful.

“It’s really a matter of market studies,” Onyschuk said. “I think it would be a good site for retail — not big box retail — but that’s really a question for market analysis.”

Ford said he expected Westfield would be just one of the bidders if the city formally requested development proposals for a site in the city’s Port Lands area.

“It’s going out for RFP (request for proposals),” he said. “They’re one of the international companies that have been contacting us. We’re going to have local companies (bidding) I hope, and we’re going to extend it to the world.

“It’s going to be fabulous.”

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CBC Metro Morning’s Matt Galloway interviews Toronto Councillor Doug Ford about proposed changes to Toronto’s waterfront.

Rob Ford Vs…well everyone.

In Government, Me Myself & I, Toronto, Transportation, TTC on December 3, 2010 at 12:46

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I didn’t vote for the man, but I respect the will of the people.  However that doesn’t mean I need to like “HIS” will against the rest of us.  On day one Mayor Ford cried out that “Transit City is dead and the war on cars is over”.  Over my dead metropass it is.  I’m a taxpayer and home owner (east end Riverdale).  I have a car and travel to my job at Sheppard and Yonge on the Subway.  If we had the money to build subways all over city I’d be fully behind his worships want to put everything underground, but we don’t.  That “We” is the taxpayers of Toronto and Ontario.  This plan that has been in the works for years has finally started and is ready to roll.  After false starts and money taken out of the pot, Transit City should be a beacon of success for Toronto and the rest of the GTA.  But this one man feels that all of this work should be pushed aside like it never happened.  Mr. Ford, I’m not going to wait another 20 years for transit to limp itself to life.  You are one man, our Mayor.  I get that.  But one person does not make a city.  You have a bunch of people to work with in City Hall and oh yeah, you’ve got the rest of the city that didn’t vote for you.  You think change is that easy?  Wait until you get a load of Toronto when it’s not happy.  You talk about saving Taxpayers money, put your plan is to break contracts that could put us in the whole.  I’m one blogger asking you to rethink your planned assault on Transit City.  You city plan of Like It or Lump It isn’t going to work.

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Hume: Transit City roadblock

Rob Ford became mayor on Wednesday and immediately declared and end to the war on the car. In the next breath, he killed Transit City. Councillor Shelley Carroll tells Christopher Hume it could prove a costly move. Video by Randy Risling

http://www.thestar.com/videozone/900630–hume-transit-city-roadblock

 

This text below is via Richard Underhill  ~ http://www.facebook.com/#!/richard.underhill1

 

“Support Transit City, send a quick email” Can be found on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=145893382129341

People we have work to do. Your city needs you. The war on our great city has begun. Fortunately, it will only take a minute to send the letter below to Rob Ford and all our city councillors. (Use this info to keep them informed of other issues too!)

The councillors are most important. You can send a note to your councillor and bcc all the rest, it will just take a sec!

Let them know that the people are in charge and that we wan…t a 21st century city. Let’s have fun with this and nag them until they see the light!

Please personalize this note and resend. It’s always great to say you are a ward resident when emailing the councillor for your ward. They take that seriously!! (Transit city info at the end of this page).

Thanks everyone. We can keep this great initiative alive if we work together. Please invite your friends! Rob Ford’s Phone Number is 416-397-2489

The email. (Thanks for the inspiration Caitlin Smith)
(Councillor Letter and addresses below).

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subject: I Support Transit City

Dear Mayor Ford

I’m extremely concerned about your plan to scrap Transit City.

As a taxpaying Torontonian, I would be very angry if the tax dollars that we have already spent towards this plan were thrown down the drain at this late date. Contracts have been signed, work has begun, LRTs have been ordered and the city of Toronto will be on the hook for costly fines and penalties if we change course now.

As the province and the federal government will carry most of the funding costs for Transit City, scrapping this plan also represents the loss of billions of dollars of infrastructure money for Toronto. Paying for a new subway line would be a shameful waste of our precious city resources and with no commitment for such a plan from other levels of government, it could end up costing us billions and setting us back more than a decade.

The new LRT lines that the Transit City plan calls for are not a “war on the car.” Instead, they make commuting by both car and public transit more efficient. Dedicated streetcar lanes clear up roads and make it easier for everyone to get to work faster, and do so in a very cost-effective manner.

Please, don’t begin your new term with this shameful waste of my tax dollars.

Regards,

Email it to the following.

mayor_ford@toronto.ca,

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Councillor Letter (why not write to your own and BCC all the rest..takes 2 secs!!)

Subject: I Support Transit City

December 2/2010

Dear Councillor,

I’m extremely concerned about Mayor Ford’s plan to scrap Transit City.I sincerely hope that you do everything in your power to save this important initiative.

As a taxpaying Torontonian, I would be very angry if the tax dollars that we have already spent towards this plan were thrown down the drain at this late date. Contracts have been signed, work has begun, LRTs have been ordered and the city of Toronto will be on the hook for costly fines and penalties if we change course now.

As the province and the federal government will carry most of the funding costs for Transit City, scrapping this plan also represents the loss of billions of dollars of infrastructure money for Toronto. Paying for a new subway line would be a shameful waste of our precious city resources and with no commitment for such a plan from other levels of government, it could end up costing us billions and setting us back more than a decade.

The new LRT lines that the Transit City plan calls for are not a “war on the car.” Instead, they make commuting by both car and public transit more efficient. Dedicated streetcar lanes clear up roads and make it easier for everyone to get to work faster, and do so in a very cost-effective manner.

Please, don’t begin your new term with this shameful waste of my tax dollars.

Regards,

Councillor emails:

councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca,
councillor_fletcher@toronto.ca,
councillor_minnan-wong@toronto.ca,
councillor_augimeri@toronto.ca,
councillor_dford@toronto.ca,
councillor_moeser@toronto.ca,
councillor_bailao@toronto.ca,
councillor_fragedakis@toronto.ca,
councillor_nunziata@toronto.ca,
councillor_berardinetti@toronto.ca,
councillor_grimes@toronto.ca,
councillor_palacio@toronto.ca,
councillor_carroll@toronto.ca,
councillor_holyday@toronto.ca,
councillor_parker@toronto.ca,
councillor_cho@toronto.ca,
councillor_kelly@toronto.ca,
councillor_pasternak@toronto.ca,
councillor_colle@toronto.ca,
councillor_layton@toronto.ca,
councillor_perks@toronto.ca,
councillor_crawford@toronto.ca,
councillor_lee@toronto.ca,
councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca,
councillor_crisanti@toronto.ca,
councillor_lindsay_luby@toronto.ca,
councillor_robinson@toronto.ca,
councillor_davis@toronto.ca,
councillor_mammoliti@toronto.ca,
councillor_shiner@toronto.ca,
councillor_debaeremaeker@toronto.ca,
councillor_matlow@toronto.ca,
councillor_stintz@toronto.ca,
councillor_delgrande@toronto.ca,
councillor_mcconnell@toronto.ca,
councillor_thompson@toronto.ca,
councillor_digiorgio@toronto.ca,
councillor_mcmahon@toronto.ca,
councillor_vaughan@toronto.ca,
councillor_doucette@toronto.ca,
councillor_mihevc@toronto.ca,
councillor_wongtam@toronto.ca,
councillor_filion@toronto.ca,
councillor_milczyn@toronto.ca,

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Don’t forget to also email Metrolinx, specifically Robert Prichard (Chair) Robert.Prichard@metrolinx.com
& Bruce McCuaig (President and CEO) Bruce.McCuaig@metrolinx.com

Here’s their letter with a bit of variation.

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December 2/2010

Robert Prichard
Chair,
Metrolinx

Dear Chairman Pritchard,

I’m extremely concerned about Mayor Ford’s plan to scrap Transit City. I sincerely hope that you do everything in your power to save this important initiative.

As a taxpaying Torontonian, I would be very angry if the tax dollars that we have already spent towards this plan were thrown down the drain at this late date. Contracts have been signed, work has begun, LRTs have been ordered and the city of Toronto will be on the hook for costly fines and penalties if we change course now.

As the province and the federal government will carry most of the funding costs for Transit City, scrapping this plan also represents the loss of billions of dollars of infrastructure money for Toronto. Paying for a new subway line would be a shameful waste of our precious city resources and with no commitment for such a plan from other levels of government, it could end up costing us billions and setting us back more than a decade.

The new LRT lines that the Transit City plan calls for are not a “war on the car.” Instead, they make commuting by both car and public transit more efficient. Dedicated streetcar lanes clear up roads and make it easier for everyone to get to work faster, and do so in a very cost-effective manner.

Thanks you for your hard work in helping to pave the way for a better transit future for Torontians. We support Transit City and will fight to keep it.

Regards,

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Toronto area MPPs have a stake in Transit City. Let’s get them in on the discussion as well.

Here’s a letter to them, I used the first MPP as an example.

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December 2/2010

Dear MPP Albanese,

I’m extremely concerned about Mayor Ford’s plan to scrap Transit City. I sincerely hope that you do everything in your power to save this important initiative.

As a taxpaying Torontonian, I would be very angry if the tax dollars that we have already spent towards this plan were thrown down the drain at this late date. Contracts have been signed, work has begun, LRTs have been ordered and the city of Toronto will be on the hook for costly fines and penalties if we change course now.

As the province and the federal government will carry most of the funding costs for Transit City, scrapping this plan also represents the loss of billions of dollars of infrastructure money for Toronto. Paying for a new subway line would be a shameful waste of our precious city resources and with no commitment for such a plan from other levels of government, it could end up costing us billions and setting us back more than a decade.

The new LRT lines that the Transit City plan calls for are not a “war on the car.” Instead, they make commuting by both car and public transit more efficient. Dedicated streetcar lanes clear up roads and make it easier for everyone to get to work faster, and do so in a very cost-effective manner.

Thanks you for your hard work in helping to pave the way for a better transit future for Torontians. We support Transit City and will fight to keep it. We will be very disappointed if the provincial government helps to dismantle our transit future.

Regards,

Toronto Area MPPS (1st initial + last name.mpp)

lalbanese.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
bbalkissoon.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
lberardinetti.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
mbest.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
lbroten.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
dcansfield.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
dcaplan.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
mcolle.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
dinovoc-qp@ndp.on.ca, – C. Dinovo,
bduguid.mpp@liberal.ola.org, Brad Duguid, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure,
mkwinter.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
rmarchese-co@ndp.on.ca,
gmurray.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
mprue-qp@ndp.on.ca,
sqaadri.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
truprecht.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
msergio.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
tabunsp-qp@ndp.on.ca, – P. Tabuns,
kwynne.mpp@liberal.ola.org,
(Premier) dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org,

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Toronto area MPs have a stake in Transit City. Let’s get them in on the discussion too!

Here’s a letter to them, I used the first MP as an example.

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December 2/2010

Dear MP Wrzesnewsky,

I’m extremely concerned about Mayor Ford’s plan to scrap Transit City. I sincerely hope that you do everything in your power to save this important initiative.

As a taxpaying Torontonian, I would be very angry if the tax dollars that we have already spent towards this plan were thrown down the drain at this late date. Contracts have been signed, work has begun, LRTs have been ordered and the city of Toronto will be on the hook for costly fines and penalties if we change course now.

As the province and the federal government will carry most of the funding costs for Transit City, scrapping this plan also represents the loss of billions of dollars of infrastructure money for Toronto. Paying for a new subway line would be a shameful waste of our precious city resources and with no commitment for such a plan from other levels of government, it could end up costing us billions and setting us back more than a decade.

The new LRT lines that the Transit City plan calls for are not a “war on the car.” Instead, they make commuting by both car and public transit more efficient. Dedicated streetcar lanes clear up roads and make it easier for everyone to get to work faster, and do so in a very cost-effective manner.

Thanks you for your hard work in helping to pave the way for a better transit future for Torontians. We support Transit City and will fight to keep it. We will be very disappointed if the federal government helps to dismantle our transit future.

Regards,

Toronto Area MPs (last name. initial@parl.gc.ca,)

Wrzesnewskyj.B@parl.gc.ca,
Volpe.J@parl.gc.ca,
Szabo.P@parl.gc.ca,
Tonks.A@parl.gc.ca,
Simson.M@parl.gc.ca,
Silva.M@parl.gc.ca,
Sgro.J@parl.gc.ca,
Ratansi.Y@parl.gc.ca,
Rae.B@parl.gc.ca,
Oliphant.R@parl.gc.ca,
Minna.M@parl.gc.ca,
McKay.J@parl.gc.ca,
Layton.J@parl.gc.ca,
Kennedy.G@parl.gc.ca,
Karygiannis.J@parl.gc.ca,
Ignatieff.M@parl.gc.ca,
Duncan.K@parl.gc.ca,
Chow.O@parl.gc.ca,
Cannis.J@parl.gc.ca,
(Prime minister) Harper.S@parl.gc.ca,

You’re done!! Thanks a lot!!

Rich

Transit City info and Links:

http://thumbshift.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/ford-goes-down/,
http://www.thestar.com/news/torontocouncil/article/900043–hume-ford-to-transit-city-drop-dead,
http://www.thestar.com/news/transportation/article/900774–not-so-fast-wynne-warns-ford-on-transit
http://www.jpuopolo.com/2010/12/moving-toronto-forward-not-backward/
http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,454517,00.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Tramway_Line_3
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tramlink

 

Welcome to Sydney, Nova Scotia

In Australia, Canada, Customer Service, Have to Laugh, Transportation on July 9, 2010 at 17:38

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At least the weren’t flying United Airlines!  Welcome to Canada folks!

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You can read Oliver Moore’s full article in The Globe and Mail here

Italian couple headed Down Under end up in Sydney N.S. instead

Instead of kangaroo burgers and didgeridoos, a pair of surprised Italian tourists found themselves in the world of lobster and fiddles.

The latest victims of a mistake that keeps cropping up, Valerio Torresi and Serena Tavoloni believed they were heading for Sydney, Australia, and wound up Wednesday in the Nova Scotia town of the same name. Unaware of where they were, they assumed it was a stopover to change planes.

“She asked when is the next plane for Sydney, Australia,” said Lina Mleczko, who helped translate for the couple during their unexpected stay. “They said this is Sydney, Nova Scotia. This is the end of the line.”…

…At 3 in the morning they were awake and on the phone with their agent in Italy, trying to fix the problem.

“They were absolutely a delightful young couple that were finding great humour in what had happened,” she said.

You can read Nick Squires’ full article in the London Telegraph here

Travel agent sends couple to Sydney Nova Scotia… not Sydney, Australia

Valerio Torresi, 26, and Serena Tavoloni, 25, had dreamed of experiencing the wide open spaces of Australia but ended up on the wrong side of the planet, in Canada.

Instead of seeing kangaroos, their wildlife viewing experiences on the windy island are likely to be confined to spotting large flocks of Canada geese.

When they first realised that they had arrived in Canada – 10,500 miles away from their intended destination – they thought they were merely on a stopover in order to change planes.

But the truth finally dawned on them….

….It is not the first time that the Australian and Canadian Sydneys have been confused.

In 2002 a British couple, Emma Nunn and Raoul Sebastian, then both 19, made the same mistake and instead of seeing the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, spent several days in Nova Scotia.

The Italians are hoping to book a new flight to Australia but do not yet know if their travel agent will foot the bill.

Drake Airlines…this has to be a joke…right?

In Canada, Flight, Media, South of the boarder, Toronto, Transportation, YouTube on July 5, 2010 at 10:01

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Music Monday’s here and I couldn’t pass up my slight Drake bashing without let you all know that you too can fly the friendly skies of Drake Air.  That’s right!  When you choose to fly directly to LA, forget Air Canada, laugh in the face of Westjet.  Virgin Airlines is here.

From Richard Branson’s blog:

“This week marked a very big day for the little airline that could… Virgin America, three years old this coming August, became an international carrier by starting service from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Toronto. Thanks to Virgin America, Canada’s hi-tech and entertainment capital will now be more stylishly and affordably linked to California’s hi tech and entertainment hubs. We celebrated the service with a new plane called Air Drake, in honour of Toronto hometown superstar Drake (#1 on Billboard charts in North America). The Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and I flew the first leg, from LAX-SFO, where we announced up at 35k ft that Virgin America’s second international destination would be Mexico (Cabo and Cancun). Muy caliente!

At SFO, we were greeted by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who congratulated the airline for its successful efforts to grow jobs and make the city and state very proud indeed. We picked up more passengers – including successful business leaders like Thompson Hotel founder Jason Pomeranc and Method cleaning product founder Eric Ryan who helped mentor aspiring young entrepreneurs on board – and our full party flight took off for YYZ.”

With such a long flight, I’m sure you’ll be able to watch the full first season of Degrassi: The Next Generation without a problem.  Thanks Drake!

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You can read Brandie Weikle and Jim Byers’ full article in The Toronto Star here

Virgin America ‘hooks up with Canada’

Coupling sex-appeal with tech-appeal, Virgin America had its inaugural flight to Canada Tuesday, using social media to position it as the hipper alternative.

Virgin Group CEO Sir Richard Branson was on board the flight from San Francisco to Toronto Tuesday, along with Canadian hip hop artist Drake.

Posters declared the airline was “Hooking up with Canada,” and a campaign to get people talking about the launch on Twitter, a micro-blogging network, meant those considered “influential” on the social media site were invited to book a no-obligation flight for free and attend parties at the Gladstone Hotel June 28 and the just-opened Thompson Hotel Toronto June 29.

The Lock Down Is Coming…head for Mississauga

In Canada, Celeb, Coppers, Customer Service, Government, Have to Laugh, Law & Order, The World Comes To Toronto, Toronto, Transportation, YouTube on June 19, 2010 at 20:19

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The National Post gives a detailed graphical snap shot of what us Torontonians are about to get into.  Harper!!!

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A fun and colourful break down of the who’s who at the G20.  A leader board listing.

Is there any chance any of these predictions will come true?  We’ll just have to wait and see.

and from the insightful lyrics of the Group G*20..don’t worry