If you are looking for a hidden gem, you need to visit the Bravo Italian Bakery in Ajax Ontario. It is the best little charm in North Ajax and will hopefully be for years to come. Go taste and see! In my opinion you will not be disappointed!
81 Middlecote Drive
Ajax, ON L1T 0K3
Open Tue-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Sun
Posted in Ajax, Food, GTA Culture, Oshawa
Tagged Ajax, bakery, Bravo, bread, cakes, chesse, Deli, Durham, Food, italian, middlecote, north ajax, Ontario, salem, tauton, Toronto, treats
The possibility of converting the Scarborough RT to true LRT when its current fleet reaches the end of its life, instead of conversion to ICTS Mark-II, is still being considered by the TTC.
In the supplementary agendafor the October 23 TTC meeting, the status update on Transit City includes a section on the planned upgrading and extensions of the Scarborough RT. The following paragraph appears in the document:
The project team is currently re-visiting the option of converting the Scarborough RT from its current vehicle technology to light rail technology, when the current fleet of vehicles reaches the end of its service life.
Read more at the Toronto LRT Information Site
Posted in Canada, GTA Issues, GTA News, LRT, News, Ontario, Public Transit, Technology, Toronto, World
Tagged Adam Giambrone, Alstom, Bombardier, BRT, Buses, David Miller, Don Mills, Durham, Go Transit, GTAA, LRT, LRT in Toronto, Mark II, Metrolinx, Public Transit, Scarboro, Scarborough, Scarborough Malvern LRT, Scarborough RT, Scarborough Town Centre, Scarborough-Agincourt, Sheppard, Streetcars, subways, Toronto, Toronto Transit Commission, tracks, Trains in Toronto, trams, TTC, Why LRT
Update (7:56pm):Just came back from voting and turnout is heavy. I had to wait in line for a long time as it went outside of the High School and into the parking lot. Durham residents are voting, are you?
Update (10:14pm): It will be a Conservative win for Harper. The question is how large of a win? In Durham region there are some tight races in Oshawa. There is no way to declare a winner at the moment. Tonight is definitely a strange night. The Conservatives are doing well across the board. However, the Liberals are actually looking strong in Quebec, which is a definite blow to Jack Layton and the NDP. It will be interesting to see the numbers from B.C as they come in. However, no matter how you put it, at the moment this is the Conservatives night. Albeit, still a minority at the moment they are picking up seats in Ontario. Dion has helped in Quebec, however strangely they are hurting in Ontario, which is there base. An interesting note is Ontario’s north has gone NDP. I am not sure if this is a pattern for Jack Layton to go on, however it’s an interesting note for the future. The NDP vote is definitely up in percentage, however he must be disappointing with the seat total. Also, the Conservatives are doing well in Thornhill with Peter Kent. Better thank Peter Shurman for that pick up! Dion will definitely have to explain the Carbon Tax to his caucus. Canadians were either in fear (a general lack of understanding) of the Carbon Tax. Or is this a message from Ontario on his leadership?
BIG NEWS: Oh my! Garth Turner has been defeated! Harper must be happy….
Update: Voter turnout may have been heavy in Durham, however across the Country it seems NO ONE CARES. Voter turnout was the lowest in Canadian history at only 59%.
Posted in Canada, election, GTA Issues, GTA Politics, Markham, News, Ontario, Oshawa, Toronto
Tagged 59%, BC, Bloc, blog, canada, carbon tax, Conservative, Durham, Garth Turner, Greens, jack layton, Liberals, low turnout, lowest in canadian history, NDP, Northern Ontario, oliva chow, Oshawa, Peter Kent, Peter Shurman, Quebec, Thornhill, Vote, voter turnout
I do not normally comment on food, however today I will make an exception. I just had some of the best sushi I have EVER tasted. If you are a fan of sushi / Japanese food you will not be disappointed. It is located at 50 Kingston Road East in Ajax (beside Casey’s) with Dine in / Take Out & Party Trays. In case you are not sure they are in the RioCan Durham Centre in Ajax.
The service is awesome and the prices are good!
Andy MJ / a.k.a the G.T.A Patriot.
Posted in Ajax, Food, GTA Food, Multiculturalism, Ontario, Pickering, Toronto
Tagged AFC Ajax, Ajax, ajax ontario, alaska roll, Best Food, california roll, crab, Durham, Durham Ontario, fish, Food, Food and Beverage, Food in Durham, Greater Toronto Area, gta, harwood, Japan, japanese, Japanese cuisine, japanese restaurant, kingston road, Maki, makimono, makimono.ca, Ontario, R&D, Sashimi, Shrimp, Spicy, sushi, Tokyo, Toronto, Tuna
It looks like the GTTA has received funding for the following projects. Maybe I am still in disbelief until I see shovels in the ground? I am not in favour of all of the plans listed, but this definitely will be some good news for once for public transit in the Greater Toronto Area. What seems to be lacking is funding for Transit City, other than the head start funding. What is interesting is the Durham BRT funding, which will be a definite boost to transit in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa.
By: Andy MJ (a.k.a “The G.T.A Patriot” / Toronto, Ontario)
MoveOntario 2020 Foundation Investments Total: $791.3 million
- Hamilton A-Line, James-Upper James corridor and Airport connector – $6.9 million
- Hamilton B-Line, King-Main corridor – $17.4 million
- Hamilton James Street North GO/VIA Station – Gateway to Niagara – $3.0 million
- Halton Region Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – $57.6 million
- Bolton GO Transit service improvements – $600,000
- Dundas and Hurontario higher-order transit corridor development – $26.5million
- Mississauga Transitway Hub: Airport-Renforth Gateway – $39.0 million
- York-VIVA Highway 7, Pine Valley Drive to Kennedy Road – $62.0 million
- York-VIVA Yonge Street, Richmond Hill Centre to 19th Avenue – $19.0 million
- York-VIVA Yonge Street, 19th Avenue to Newmarket – $29.0 million
- Toronto-York Yonge subway extension to Richmond Hill (Phase 1) – $423.7 million
- Toronto-TTC Transit City Light Rail Transit (LRT) head start – $7.1 million
- Toronto Yonge Finch-Steeles BRT – $17.3 million
- Durham-Highway 2 BRT Spine – $82.3 million
See more information from the link below:
Posted in GTA Development, GTA Issues, Public Transit
Tagged , 2020, Ajax, Bolton, BRT, DRT, Durham, Durham BRT, Durham-Highway 2, GO, Go Transit, GTTA, Halton, Hamilton, Highway 7, Light Rail Transit, LRT, Mississauga, Mississauga Transitway, MoveOntario, MoveOntario 2020, Niagara, Ontario, Oshawa, Peel, Pickering, richmond hill, right-of-way, ROW, streetcar, Tram, Transit City, TTC, VIA, Viva, Whitby, Yonge subway
Transit shows up now and then among every campaign’s promises, but common to all is a poor understanding of the real needs and costs. Even media veterans who should know their way around the issue fall into the trap of believing the way each party describes the problems.
I will use the TTC as the single largest example of how much money we need to find, but TTC’s problems exist GTA-wide and in other major Ontario cities. The big difference with the TTC is its size and the relatively large amount of off-peak riding it caries. If transit is to be a real alternative in other centres, that’s what they must aim for.
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Posted in GTA Development, GTA Issues, Public Transit
Tagged Durham, funding, GTTA, Ontario, Peel, Steve Munro, Toronto, TTC, York
In reading the history of Toronto and the TTC, high investments were made in public transit, which helped the TTC become one of the top transit systems in North America. However during an episode of the Agenda with Steve Paikin, which airs on TVO, one of the panelists mentioned that we need to make investments in transit now, not later. He pointed to the fact that Toronto’s population was at the size of the Mississauga’s, Brampton’s and York Region’s of today and they were digging subway infrastructure. Fast forward to today and places like Mississauga, Brampton, Durham and York Region are bursting at the seams and there is no talk of subways or light-rail. With the Move 2020 plan, the Liberals essentially promised to build pretty much everything that was, and is, on the books. I am not sure I believe that the 17+ billion dollars will be spent (this is Dalton McGuinty); however I do hope that this plan has been carefully thought out. How do these plans help to move large amounts of people quickly and defiantly? Should we not be talking about subways and LRT’s for places like Mississauga and Brampton? We have band-aid solutions now, like the Viva bus service and ideas for BRT right-of-ways, but what about heavy investment in transit. What purpose does bringing the TTC service to Vaughan serve? YRT/VIVA should concentrate on building service for York region, not only relying on Toronto. People do not necessarily head only to downtown now. Hurontario, in Mississauga, would be perfect for an underground subway. Where are the brave politicians, like the days of the old TTC guard, who will make the investment in public transit? If we continue to move down this ‘slow’ path, the Greater Toronto Area will eventually come to a stand-still. We do not need personal political projects that ensure politicians get elected. We need some brave individuals that we put their reputation on the line and do the right thing. Let the people in the know, use their knowhow and get the transit job done for GTA residents now, not later.
By: Andy MJ
a.k.a “The GTA Patriot”
Posted in GTA Environment, GTA Issues, Public Transit, Toronto
Tagged Brampton, BRT, Dalton McGuinty, Durham, Greg Sorbara, gta, Hurontario, Liberals, Light-rail, LRT, Mississauga, Move 2020, Ontario, Public Transit, Steve Paikin, Streetcars, subways, Toronto, TTC, TVO, Vaughan, Viva, York Region, YRT
Polling is an interesting subject. Over the weekend the Toronto Star published the various polls, which seem to indicate that the Liberals will be victorious on October 10, 2007. However, what is more interesting is the 905 region. There are a lot of, dare I say, extremely close ridings. Who knows how the vote will swing now that the faith-based issue is off the table. The Conservatives have a lot to gain in these ridings and we really do not know the “mood” of the public. It will definitely be an interesting night indeed. The spread in predicted Liberal seats, based on the polls below, will definitely be something to watch on election night. Another item that has been overlooked is Toronto and the NDP. Are people angry enough with Dalton McGuinty to cause them to lose seats? My gut tells me that the NDP will steal some ridings from the ‘Grits’ on Wednesday, but that is to be seen. If the Liberals come out as the winner, they will definitely get a “bloody nose” from the electorate.
For poll and predication information, on the October 2007 vote, go to http://www.democraticspace.com
Posted in GTA Politics
Tagged 2007, 289, 416, 647, 905, Ajax, Angus Reid, Brampton, Dalton McGuinty, Decima Poll, Don Valley, Durham, election, election night, Evrionics, Halton, Howard Hapton, Ipsos-Reid, John Tory, Liberals, Markham, Mississauga, NDP, Ontario election, Oshawa, PC, Peel, Pickering, polling, polls, richmond hill, seats, SES Research, The Green Party, Thornhill, Toronto, Whitby, Willowdale, www.democraticspace.com, York Region