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Morning Brew: A closer look at the Humber islands, Ford cleans up Amesbury Park, Toronto skyline GIFs, a texting TTC driver video, Jays win and Raptors lose

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 23, 2012

MB Streetcar DriverThe Di Gironimo Archipelago, my name for the small group of islands proposed for the Humber Bay, were explored in more detail this weekend by the Globe and Mail. Lou Di Gironimo, the GM of Toronto Water and inventor of the idea, told the paper he "envisions a series of treed oases linked by bridges and laced with walkways." In addition to providing recreational land, the islands would protect Marie Curtis and Sunnyside beaches from Humber river pollution. Could we possibly organise such a nice, universally beneficial thing?

Rob Ford got down an dirty this weekend helping to clean up graffiti at Amesbury Park near Lawrence Avenue and Keele Street for Earth Day and the mayor's own clean-up program this weekend. Armed with a pressure washer, Ford blasted tags I suspect no-one had reported to 311 with an iPhone into oblivion. The Star reports more than 3,000 tons of litter have been removed from around the city as a result of people's efforts this weekend.

A new hydro transformer slated for Roundhouse Park - the converted train yard beside the CN Tower - could put the kibosh on a museum planned for the same site, reports the Globe and Mail. Currently, a small group of old steam trains and a miniature railway happily co-exist with the Steam Whistle Brewery on the site but the installation of the transformer in the museum space, which is already underway, could force the Toronto Railway Historical Association to cancel their plans.

This month might have been all cherry blossoms and beers on the patio, but batten down the hatches - it's supposed to get sloppy out there today. Forecasters are calling for a mix of rain and snow for later this morning, the afternoon and evening with strong winds.

Animated GIFs are pretty cool - especially when they show the Raptors mascot falling over - but animated GIFs of Toronto's skyline are even better, and strangely hypnotic, too. A pair of images uploaded to Reddit this weekend show Hogtown's lights and traffic in all their crazy glory. Check one, then the other.

The TTC is investigating after a YouTube video appearing to show a subway driver texting and driving began circulating online. The recording date isn't given in the description but the video was uploaded to the site Friday and apparently recorded on the open-air section between Eglinton and Bloor on the Yonge line. Surprisingly, some of the video's comments defend the driver's actions. How comfortable would you be with a driver using his or her phone during your ride?

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Photo: "Passing By" by Greg David in the BlogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

21 Comments

Mamosthumb / April 23, 2012 at 08:33 am
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those new islands would be a great spot for a red light district, and will be close to the casino at Ontario place. Win/Win big thumbs up.
Bullied by The Mayor / April 23, 2012 at 08:37 am
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Rob Ford skipped his radio show yesterday. His borther said if you ever need to lure him or to bribe him, that a box of KFC will do. Let's hope the tubba brovas show up for their weigh in this morning.
G / April 23, 2012 at 08:53 am
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Alright, so what is more environmentally concious - cleaning up graffiti, or blasting how many hundreds of gallons of water at a wall doing so? Good one Robbie.

Also, that raptor gif is hilarious.
Daryl / April 23, 2012 at 09:17 am
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Steamwhistle wanted to buy the rest of the roundhouse for museum space, but clearly a furniture store was a better fit.
Argyle Sucks replying to a comment from G / April 23, 2012 at 09:23 am
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What the news did not report is that the water from RoFo's penile metaphor was reused to fill his swimming pool.
Drive Safe / April 23, 2012 at 09:39 am
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I saw a street car driver on the 506 texting while driving as well; it is a sad state of affairs when this is a regular occurrence.
James / April 23, 2012 at 10:08 am
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Yesterday I was on the roncesvalles streetcar and it stopped at the bottom before Queen. The driver got off and lit a smoke. We waited for about 10 minutes and he got back on, then waited some more. I guess the guy who was supposed to relieve him was late but he could have said something rather than just smoking and sitting there.
Passive Aggressive Mommy Blogger / April 23, 2012 at 10:19 am
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Yesterday, something didn't go the way I wanted it to go and instead of asking about the situation, I went to BlogTO to whine about it instead.
lol replying to a comment from James / April 23, 2012 at 10:20 am
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wow, that's quite the complaint. I got a coffee today at the tim horton's and it was certainly hotter than I would have liked it to be.
BitMedler / April 23, 2012 at 10:28 am
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Re: Humber Bay Islands
I grew up in Niagara and would regularly hang out at Dufferin Islands just upstream from the falls. Super great little hidden gem. If you're wondering how great this could be, do make the trip down on a beautiful spring/summer day.

Re: Distracted Subway Driving
Amazing how when cyclists are involved it's all, "the rules apply to everyone" but when it's a subway driver there's lots of excuses way the same rules don't apply. Either way, it's been made perfectly clear that even outside of the highway traffic act, TTC made this illegal for it's drivers. Case closed.
TTC BINGO / April 23, 2012 at 10:30 am
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Take your pick. WHich lame excuse will the union give this time?
1 "Citizens should not be recording TTC employees - they should be putting concerns into writing and sending them to the TTC"
2 "The driver was texting his wife to meet him at the next station with his heart medication"
3 "The driver was texting for security as he felt threatened by an individual who was filming him, possibly for future terrorist plans"
4 "The driver was texting TTC control as normal TTC communication channels were inoperative at that time"
GOSH DARN / April 23, 2012 at 10:32 am
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Rob Ford skipped his weigh-in again. Can he be held accountable for NOT KEEPING HIS WORD for once and for all?
JLankford replying to a comment from James / April 23, 2012 at 11:10 am
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Happens all the time, whether it's a 501 waiting for a driver at Roncesvalles, or cars just sitting at Humber as people wait in the freezing rain. Some drivers will announce over the speakers that it will be a few minutes, but they're the exception.
TTCHELPS replying to a comment from James / April 23, 2012 at 11:16 am
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you could tweet @ttchelps with streetcar number and location and dispatch will call him right away to find out what is going on. Finally we have some customer service.
boris moris / April 23, 2012 at 11:49 am
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I'm now a politically correct mofo. Rob Ford isn't a morbidly obese closeted moron....he's a stout Conservative with indeterminate sexual leanings.

So what's all the hubbub about Blob and water sports? Somebody said he was giving Mammo an enema in the park in front of the kiddies. That's good news for tax payers. The 7 figure weekly bills for the mayor's proctology team might be reduced some if the mayor continues to "clean his own plate" before "eating".
TTC Weeee replying to a comment from TTCHELPS / April 23, 2012 at 11:57 am
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Thanks for this @ttchelps. I will be using it (unfortunately) frequently.
TTCHELPS replying to a comment from TTC Weeee / April 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm
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they are signed on from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each tweet will have the initials of the employee helping you at the end of each tweet.
boris moris / April 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm
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Is it too soon to write the mayor's obituary?

How is this guy not a walking heart attack waiting to happen? We're talking a 5 alarm coronary event here. Just one thermonuclear clot of lard in the old aorta and presto chango...no more fart clouds in the mayor's orifice....just Mammo crying and Rug puffing his gut out like a bridesmaid at a trailer park wedding.

So one more missed weighin for the coward that beats his wife but is deathly afraid of plastic swords and middle aged faux warrior princesses. RIP moforofo.
boris moris replying to a comment from Boris Moris / April 23, 2012 at 02:51 pm
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Speaking of trolls, did you ever wonder about the losers who have no imagination and can't wait to prove it to everyone?
CanoeDave / April 23, 2012 at 07:06 pm
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Di Gironimo was not the inventor of the Humber River pier/islands idea as it has been floating out there for years. I sent the idea to my Councillor Bill Saundercook years ago when I heard that the City was going to waste $50 million to rebuild the Sunnyside break wall that should simply be torn down and not replaced west of the Pavillion. A kilometre out into the lake is a stupid idea as it will eliminate wave action flushing from the prevailing west winds and turn Sunnyside into a turbid polluted back water. After some thorough water flow analysis I think the better solution will be a simple 100 metre walking pier to divert the Humber further out but preserve natural water flow along Sunnyside not a ten or twenty year landfill project to get rid of dirt.
Alex / April 24, 2012 at 01:40 pm
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Aren't the subways automated? I don't think they actually need anyone to drive them. Sometimes I see the drivers push a button to open or close the doors, but I thought that was the exception. I thought the drivers were just there in case of an emergency with a passenger, or if the train needed to be stopped or slowed manually?

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