Morning Brew: TTC Prints Temporary Tickets, PMO Asks Students to Stop Calling?, Duo go on Wild Crime Spree, Tragedy at Pearson Airport, Blansdowne Garden Park Debate
What's happening in the GTA (and sometimes beyond):
TTC tokens are no longer being sold, instead being replaced by temporary adult tickets. The move comes as response to token hoarding in advance of the fare hike in January, and solves the annoying problem of lineups at collector booths and lost 2010 revenues for the transit commission. It's a great idea, that probably should have been implemented much sooner.
Students at Woodland School in Mississauga arranged a protest that urged fellow schoolmates (who are concerned about our government's environmental and climate change policies) to call the Prime Minister's Office. Before long, staff at the school claim that they received a call from the PMO asking that the phone calls stop. The PMO claims that they need more info from the school to verify that this indeed did happen. If the call did come from the PMO, it would represent an unprecedented error on their part, since muzzling citizens is not acceptable.
Two women went on a Thelma and Louise-esque crime spree west of the city this weekend. They stole prescription drugs, assaulted a person, carjacked a vehicle, and led police on a high-speed chase before being apprehended.
A sad story is coming out of Pearson Airport. A toddler is dead after falling from the second level down to the first. Barriers are in place, but it may be that the child was being held by the mother and was jarred into the fall when a second child ran to and grasped the mother.
And a part of the Bloor and Lansdowne area known for attracting crack smokers, hookers, and large rats is creating quite the fuss. The City has hopes to turn the dead end park area into a community garden, but residents are upset over the apparent lack of community consultation. I'm still left scratching my head though... what exactly is the issue here? Should the park be left as is? Would a garden make the situation worse?
And here's what blogTO was up to this weekend:
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