Morning Brew: Transit City rises from the grave, walkers need crossing headstart, Sick Kids art thief douchebag, new bike trails, DVP and Gardiner tolls, and Jays lose
So there you have it, Transit City, or whatever we're calling it now, is really back from the dead. Shovels should be in the ground, bar any unforeseen intervention (like that's ever been a problem), on Sheppard in 2014. All four LRTs included in the new version of the plan should be finished by 2020. P.S. Doug Ford wants subways.
First it was a lower speed limit so fewer bikers and walkers would get squished, now Dr. David McKeown, the city's medical officer of health, wants pedestrians to get a few second's headstart at crossings before cars are allowed to turn. What next, a dedicated lane at the side of the road for people to walk on? Psssscht - gimmie a break.
Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, chair of Toronto's public works and infrastructure committee, is hoping announcing 77 kilometres of new off-road bike trails and the promise of physically separated lanes on Sherbourne and Adelaide or Wellington will soften the blow of losing the Jarvis Street markings (assuming the dispute ends up in the city's favour). "No matter what you build you will have enthusiastic supporters and critics," said Minnan-Wong in an interview with The Star. C'est la vie, bud.
Several councillors will discuss implementing tolls for out-of-town visitors using the DVP and Gardiner Expressway at an informal meeting tomorrow, according to CP24. The "mighty middle," as the media has taken to calling them, are looking at new ways of raising revenue. Shaking down those pesky tourists aught to raise a buck or two. Would you be in favour of charging your guests for a visit?
It can be pretty expensive setting up a food truck in this city. Once you factor in the cost of avoiding fines, fitting out the vehicle and paying taxes, selling cheap eats isn't quite so cheap. The Toronto Standard looks into some of the costs involved in setting up and running a food truck.
There are so many truly amazing and utterly wonderful things in the world it sometimes makes my heart ache. And then there's this douchebag stealing artwork from Sick Kids.
A new Facebook and poster campaign wants Rob Ford to either skip his Canada Day plans and participate in Pride festivities or publicly come out against the LGBTQ community. In the accompanying video, "Rob Ford: Prove It" vows to continue until the mayor choses a course of action.
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