TTC Rocket Subway

Sunday Supplement: Miller works on his legacy, as the race is down to three, but one wonders about Pantalone

Sunday Supplement rounds up the week's most important, amusing and link-worthy news stories.

This week saw the mayoral race reduced to three combatants, some shiny new subways unveiled along with a little criticism of the media leveled by the outgoing mayor.

Verbatim

Alex Hundert's words will not appear in this story. - The lede from Toronto Star reporter Dan Robson's story on alleged G20 ringleader, Alex Hundert's, bail conditions.

"My message is not what the majority of Torontonians want to focus on...and I don't want to distract from Torontonians taking a very long look at the front-runners." - Rocco Rossi pulls out of the mayoral race.

"As a direct result of the false and defamatory statements of Mr. Ford ... Mr. Foulidis has been cast as a criminal and has suffered embarrassment and humiliation." - From Boardwalk Pub owner George Foulidis's statement of claim in a $6-million defamation case against Rob Ford.

"The media interest about my hair was unbelievable. They actually went and interviewed my hairdresser. All of a suddent I got four days of media because we had chosen to make fun of me in a gentle way through my hair. I asked for what I got. It just came back to roost seven years later." - David Miller condemns triviality in the media as part of the Democracy and Journalism lecture series held by the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

"Wife-beating, racist drunk for Mayor!" - Signs that briefly appeared on University Avenue on Monday night before being taken down by a concerned citizen.

election signs

Numbers

884 - The number of subscribers BIXI Toronto has as of Friday.

$237.6-million - The price tag for the 13 new Rocket subways the TTC plans to have running on the YUS line in the new year.

10,000 - The number of names MP Oliva Chow claims to have on a petition to expand citizens' arrest rights.

10 metres - The expansion required to ensure that the underpass at Dufferin and Queen can accommodate additional railway tracks to service increased demand on the Georgetown South corridor.

44, 38, and 16 - The percentage of the vote Rob Ford, George Smitherman and Joe Pantalone have according to a recent Forum Research pool.

Photo

Given that the new Rocket subway was all the rage this week, let's have a look back at the interior of the old G-series train that first ran the line in 1954.

G-Series TTC

Poll

Sorry, Joe. I did it for Sarah, Rocco beat me to it, and now it's your turn.


Election sign photo by sniderscion in the blogTO Flickr pool. G-Series TTC interior from the Wikimedia Commons.


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