Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Morning Brew: Waterfront marathon is both triumphant and tragic, Occupy Toronto struggles to find unity, TTC driver accused of refusing a woman's request to get off between stops, a history of Dundas Street

Yesterday's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon brought a mixed bag of emotions. A 27 year old man died 300 metres from the finish line, becoming the fourth Torontonian to die during a marathon in almost a decade. On a positive note, 100 year old, Fauja Singh, became the first centenarian to finish a race of that distance, securing his place in the Guinness Book of Records.

And of course yesterday marked the second day of Occupy Toronto, which, for all its merit, is still being criticized for its lack of cohesion. One participant was quoted as saying: "I'm not even sure what we are discussing right now." Seems that most participants were concerned with the structure of the protest rather than the actual protesting. Not surprisingly, no concrete plans were made for their big statement for today on Bay Street.

If true, this sounds pretty ridiculous. Allegedly, a TTC driver told York University student, Diana Hurtado, that it's "first-come, first-serve" when it comes to the TTC's request stop program. Another woman had apparently asked to be let off between stops and when Hurtado had tried to exit the bus as well, she was not allowed due to "rules". Eventually Hurtado was let off the bus. The TTC is investigating the incident.

More criticism of e-bikes comes today from a Peter Kuitenbrouwer, who adds his two cents about a form of transportation that everybody seems to love to hate. Say what you will about e-bike riders, but informal polls of your friends and colleagues are rarely a solid way to make an argument about the merits or ills of anything. Still, I doubt many will disagree with the general sentiment of the article.


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