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Does Toronto need a TTC university?

Posted by Chris Bateman / October 23, 2014

toronto ttcWhen mayoral candidate Ari Goldkind released his surprisingly complex (and expensive) "More than a Map" transit plan earlier this week, one of the proposals that stood out among the tangle of light rail and bus rapid transit was the idea of a TTC "UniverCity," "the world's first post-secondary institution dedicated to transit." But what exactly would that look like?

Goldkind says the $50 million educational institution would develop innovations in transit that could be marketed outside Canada, as well as advocating for better planning and helping to shape public opinion.

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10 quirky things to know about Etobicoke

Posted by Chris Bateman / October 22, 2014

EtobicokeModern day Etobicoke, like the City of Toronto, is a relatively recent construction. Once a disparate collection of small towns and villages, the current city is a suburban spread of high-rise apartments, leafy residential streets, and tough-looking industrial zones.

Toronto's western neighbourhoods are also home to numerous tantalizing curiosities, including remnants of a lost village absorbed and almost erased by the encroachment of modern industry, a massive and ornate Hindu temple, a pioneer cemetery landlocked by highway ramps, and a tiny fragment of a cancelled light rail line at Kipling station.

Here are 10 quirky things to know about Etobicoke.

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Why doesn't the TTC run trains marked with graffiti?

Posted by Chris Bateman / October 21, 2014

ttc graffitiWhen a photo of a heavily graffiti tagged Toronto subway train was posted to Reddit on Sunday, it came as something of a surprise to the TTC. Since David Gunn's tenure as general manager in the late 1990s, the transit provider has had a strict policy of keeping heavily vandalized trains out of sight.

"It's a bit of the broken window theory," says TTC spokesman Brad Ross. "We will take trains out of service, or buses, or streetcars if it has been significantly vandalized, and the reason for that is we don't want it to become viral."

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5 things Toronto could learn from Stockholm

Posted by Chris Bateman / October 21, 2014

toronto stockholmSpread across fourteen islands close to the western shore of the Baltic Sea, Sweden's capital city is an economic powerhouse. The metropolitan area of some 2.2 million people (slightly fewer than Toronto) is responsible for roughly a third of the entire country's gross domestic product.

True to Swedish form, the Stockholm Metro, which opened a few years before Toronto's subway, is an architectural dream. Caverns of painted exposed rock, sculptures, and permanent art installations make the system a pleasure to explore, as well as ride. On the surface, a successful and increasingly popular congestion pricing scheme has quelled traffic and locals are allowed to enjoy a beer in many of the city's parks and gardens, despite the country maintaining liquor laws similar to those in Ontario.

Here are 5 things Toronto could learn from Stockholm.

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Rob Ford might not be a slam dunk for city council

Posted by Chris Bateman / October 20, 2014

Andray DomiseRob Ford might have thought it would be easy to slip back into his old Ward 2 council seat, but it appears his closest rival, Andray Domise, is making up ground, possibly even leading, in the race to succeed incumbent Doug Ford.

An internal poll conducted by the Domise campaign earlier this month put their candidate on 53 percent, eight points ahead of Ford. However, Andrew Young, Domise's campaign manager, says the figures should be taken with more than a pinch of salt.

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Voting in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / October 18, 2014

voting in torontoVoting in Toronto is simple if you follow the rules. Read on to make sure your vote counts on election day.

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