Morning Brew: Toronto needs injection sites, Holyday doesn't want anymore "activists, unionists or cyclists," no extra ARL stops coming, setting subway records and the Jays win
Toronto needs three supervised safe injection sites to give the city's most extreme drug addicts who are at serious risk of HIV, hepatitis B and C, and other blood-borne infections a chance at recovery, according to a new report. The sites would likely be placed inside hospitals or community centres in areas with large communities of drug users. The Star has a useful primer on the concept of safe injection sites. So, what do you think? Is this the type of thing that Toronto should implement?
Hide your bikes city councillors! Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday doesn't want any more "activists, unionists or cyclists" elected to city hall because the ones we have are voting against him and stuff. Holyday made the remark just before councillors squashed plans to out-source cleaning services to companies that pay minimum wage. Passionate pleas by Councillors Joe Mihevc and Ana BailÃ£o on the perils of hiring low-paid workers seemed to sway councillors to go against Rob Ford's wishes.
Also in City Hall news, we'll have to wait until May to find out if there will be a referendum on the proposed Toronto casino — council decided yesterday to defer the vote and kick the topic to the executive committee. The Ontario government says it won't force a casino on the GTA if it doesn't want one.
It didn't take the province long to squash any ideas Toronto councillors had about additional stops on the planned air-rail link. Metrolinx told The Star in an email that more stations "will increase the total travel time, therefore taking away from the purpose of the service as being direct and express" just hours after council voted 40-2 in favour of asking the province for additional infrastructure. The new service will likely have just two stops: at Dundas West and Weston.
A British transit enthusiast is visiting Toronto in the hopes of visiting every subway station in record time, which is apparently something people do. Attempts at established records in New York and London turned out unsuccessful for Adham Fisher - though he did come within 19 minutes of the Big Apple record of 23 hours, 11 minutes and 24 seconds. That's nothing, I once got from Greenwood to Kipling in only 22 hours!
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