Need For Speed
I am not sure why anyone would want to change the speed limit, but we should just leave things as they are and get police to enforce the current law; ensuring that drivers respect the speed. Making the speed limits faster will simply allow those who break the law go faster. Also, if they are too slow, get off the highway. We should also get our politicians to build more roads like the 407 to ease traffic. If there are people who want to pay let them pay.
Note: I do not even think drivers know that trucks are limited to 100 KM. If you cut off a truck and they hit you, guess who walks away.
By Andy MJ.
Read more from the Toronto Sun article below.
Need for Speed in Toronto
Speed limits on Ontario’s highways are too low, according to an Oshawa-based group. Stop100.ca is calling on the provincial government to boost existing maximum limits from the current 100 km/h by as much as 30 km/h.
April 18, 2012 in Automotive, News, politics, Toronto
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Commuters in the Greater Toronto Area suffer through longer round trips than their counterparts in 18 other major centres, including notoriously congested Los Angeles, according to a new report commissioned by the Toronto Board of Trade.
The board’s second annual “scorecard on prosperity” concluded the average GTA commute lasts a punishing 80 minutes for drivers and public-transit riders alike, putting the region an “embarrassing” last place behind not only L.A., but also the gridlocked metropolises of New York, London and Montreal.
“The report shows [commute times in the GTA] are getting worse,” said Carol Wilding, the president of the board of trade. “So there’s another clearly strong proof point and evidence that says they’re getting worse; we’ve underinvested. We’ve got to get on with it.”
Transit City Cancelled?
Toronto’s commute times are the longest
Posted in Environmental Issues, GTA Environment, GTA Issues, GTA News, Markham, Ontario, Public Transit, richmond hill, Toronto, Vaughan, Viva, World, YRT
Tagged 400, 401, 404, 407, 409, Cars, CFRB, Dalton McGuinty, Don Valley, gta, Liberals, McGuinty, smog, Toronto, toronto board of trade, traffic, Transit City, worst
YRT - VIVA BRT Strike
I am listening to the news and it seems that the VIVA strike is back on for tomorrow morning @ 4AM. There has definately been a break down somewhere down the line. The news is on CFRB and 680News at the moment. The information below is from 680news. Make alternative plans now!
Note: This does not affect YRT buses, however there is no way that they can handle the load, so the contracted TTC buses and GO Transit may become good alternatives. I will try to post information about alternatives a bit later.
Update: You can arrange a lift through Carpool Zone or to call the YRT/Viva Customer Service Centre, at 1-866-668-3978. Extra customer service agents would-be available on the phone and at the main service centres.
Opinion: I am starting to wonder, is it is time for Metrolinx to take over ALL transit services in the G.T.A (the Greater Toronto Area) and make it an “essential service”? Or is this a rejection of ATU Local 113 and Bob Kinnear?
Posted in Emergencies, Public Transit, Toronto
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A series of explosions at a propane facility early Sunday forced police to evacuate a residential area in the city’s northwest.
Toronto Explosion in North-West Toronto
“It was just a tremendous explosion and blew all the windows out of the house, just blew the house up, and I just managed to get out of there in time,” said Robert Helman, who lives across the street from the facility, which he identified as Sunrise Propane. Helman, who was covered in cuts and bruises, said when he went outside, he saw a “huge fireball” followed by “multiple explosions.”
He said when he ran a “wave of a heat” followed him. The first explosion sounded like a loud thunderclap and could be heard at least seven kilometres away. It was followed by a series of more muffled explosions.
Clouds of black smoke could be seen billowing hundreds of metres into the air. An emergency worker with Bombardier, which has a facility in the area, said he saw houses on fire. The worker, who did not want to be identified, also said he saw propane tanks dropping from the sky.
Toronto Firefighter's attempting to contain the propane explosion
The worker said the propane supply was shut down, but warned there could be more explosions until the remaining in the tanks is all burned up.
Police brought in buses to take residents out of the area to the Yorkdale shopping centre southeast of the scene of the explosions. It was not immediately known how widespread the evacuation was or how many residents were involved.
Some people moved away from the danger zone were wearing masks because the air was foul. Police with megaphones were warning residents that the air was toxic and they should leave the area. Toronto police could not indicate how widespread the evacuation was or whether there were any casualties.
Police said there were workers at the propane facility, but it wasn’t known how many or what happened to them. Scores of police and emergency vehicles were on the scene trying to keep people out of the danger zone.
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Update: Condolences to the family of a fallen Firefighter who died today.
Posted in Canada, Emergencies, GTA Environment, GTA Issues, GTA News, News, Ontario, Public Transit, Toronto, World
Tagged 401, bomb, burn, closed, danger zone, Downsview, emergency, evacuation, Explosions, Fire, fireball, flames, foul air, heat wave, intense heat, Keele, North York, police, Propane, Propane Tank, Toronto, toxic, TTC, widespread evacuation, wilson, wilson subway, York, Yorkdale, Yorkdale Mall