The inspiration came from Moore's childhood. She used to play with her father on a daily basis. "I moved from Windsor to Toronto, and when I moved here I was reading in the paper about how expensive sports are for kids," she says. "And I'm thinking, 'you know what, ping pong does not cost a lot.'"
Several hundred people turned out for the occasion, some of whom had been waiting more than three hours. "I was here at 7:00, I came out to be the first one," said Adam Weston, who was third in the line-up of about 100 people. "It's fun. I call myself Mr. First. I do a lot of things first."
Metallica's Enter Sandman thumped over the loudspeaker as the first streetcar, number 4403, broke through a banner strung across the track at Spadina station. The song "seemed right," said TTC spokesman Brad Ross.
There are, however, places on the subway and Scarborough RT where riders are more likely to find themselves alone, or at least part of a very small crowd. (In fact, there's one stop in particular where passengers are almost certain to be alone, save for the fare booth attendant, outside of rush hour.)
Here's a loner's guide to the quietest stations on the TTC.
The TTC keeps a record of offences against customers and staff--assaults, thefts, sexual assaults that involved police attention--and publishes the numbers in the monthly CEO's report. Over the last 12 months, there were 413 recorded offences against customers and 398 against TTC staff, a total of 811 incidents in roughly 528 million trips. The odds of experiencing a crime on the TTC were about 667,000 to 1.
Here are five of Toronto's strangest and most enduring unsolved mysteries.