Transit is now on the radar. Everyone is talking about it. Yes, talking! Will we fund transit? How much will it cost? Will it really ever get done? I sense that there are a lot of skeptics; weary of trusting such a bold plan in the hands of politicians. Let’s be honest, we have been here before. We all remember the expansion plan that was pretty much killed by the Mike Harris and the Ontario PC Party. The common sense revolution took hold and since we didn’t have the money it was put on hold. So we got a third of a Sheppard line. However the PC party was not the only government to play with transit. We could have had an entire streetcar / LRT network in Scarborough. Instead we got the RT. What citizens are tired of is talking and fighting over transit. We need action, along with a long-term plan. Provincial and Municipal elections are coming soon. We finally have shovels in the ground. Question is will we fill up the sandbox again just so our grandchildren can continue to talk about it?
Posted in Public Transit, Toronto
Tagged Metrolinx, Mike Harris, Municipal, Ontario, Public Transit, Scarborough, Scarborough RT, Sheppard, Sheppard Line, Toronto, TTC
Ontario general election, 1999 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ontario Liberals and New Democrats are meeting again today, trying to negotiate a deal before Tuesday’s crucial budget vote to keep the minority government alive and avoid another election.
Sources with both parties confirm the talks continued all weekend, but aren’t saying when NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Premier Dalton McGuinty will hold a face-to-face meeting.
THE TORONTO POLICE SERVICE HAS REQUESTED AN “AMBER ALERT” FOR AN ABDUCTED CHILD IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA.
TORONTO, April 21, 2012 /CNW/ –
Victim’s name: Joshua LOW
Date of Birth: 28 April 2003 (8 years of age)
Physical Description: Oriental
Height- 4 ft
Weight- 40-45 lbs
Hair color– Black
Eye color– Brown
Clothing: Last seen wearing dark hooded sweat shirt, blue and yellow shoes.
Believed to be in the company of: “Jessica” Yi Qing LOW-ZHEN
Date of Birth: 28 August 1966 (45 years of age)
Physical Description: Oriental
Height- 5 ft 1″
Weight- Thin build
Hair color- Long black hair
Eye color- Brown
Click here for photos and more details from the Toronto Police Services
Posted in Canada, Emergencies, News, Ontario, Toronto
Tagged $2000, Amber Alert, BAME697, Black hair, Brown, corolla, four−door, Human hair color, Joshua LOW, Metro Areas, Ontario, Qing Dynasty, Toronto, Toronto Police Service, toyota
national Flag of Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Toronto Catholic District School Board had to pass new guidelines, forcing students to “sing” O’Canada. I just listened to the news and heard students state that they will not sing “O Canada“, or that they were “embarrassed” to sing it. Also heard one say “I will not be singing it because its my right not to”, with a very disturbing tone. How did we get to this point? What happened to our patriotism? Do we care about Canada? It’s only a “Pittance in Time”, to those who fought and died so we could enjoy it. Just saying!
Read more “Students must sing O Canada, school board rules”
Posted in Canada, Education, GTA Education, GTA Issues, Toronto, War
Tagged Angela Kennedy, canada, Catholic school, Kevin Morrison, National Anthem, O Canada, Oh'Canada, Ontario, patriot, Remembrance Day, sing, Student, TCDSB, Toronto, Toronto Catholic District School Board, wikipedia, World War, WW1, WW2
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
Tagged 100 km, 400, 401, 407, 407etr, accidents, Andy MJ, auto-bond, autobahnen, drinking and driving, driving, fast, Kylie Minogue, MADD, need for speed, Ontario, Oshawa, police, Recreation, Road Safety, Roads and Highways, speed, speed limit, Stop100.ca, Toronto, Toronto Sun, traffic act, transportation
Aerial view of The Cinesphere and surrounding marina at Ontario Place, Toronto. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
MGM is making the pitch to make Toronto a new home for a grand entertainment complex, but are we ready? It seems that both the province and city politicians are running out of ideas to generate funds for the city. It is a worry because often the idea of a casino seems to imply that we have hit rock bottom. Or is it? It’s said that this will be a “entertainment complex”, providing much needed jobs for Torontonians. What does this mean for Niagara Falls or Casinorama? I am not sure, but one thing is certain for Toronto; lack of vision for our future. This is something important and we should let Torontonians decide. Its sad to see the demise of Ontario Place. Question is, how long will it be before the entire Toronto Islands are redeveloped into a massive entertainment behemoth? I imagine developers are already seeing green, and I am not talking about grass.
In an update to my previous post on “The Best Sushi in the GTA” I forgot to mention Makimono’s other location in Pickering. In case you are in the Pickering Town Centre area just take a quick walk arcross the street to 1790 Liverpool Road, just north of the 401. It’s also a great location for Sushi in Durham Ontario. The location is sometimes busy during lunch, however it’s also has a great atmosphere and staff. Of course, being that it’s an all-you-can eat location, you may want to leave a lot of room to “expand”. Otherwise you may need to take a quick nap afterwards. We all love good eats and if you have other locations, please be sure to share them with us. Happy eating!
Posted in Ajax, Durham, Food, GTA Culture, GTA Food, Info, Pickering
Tagged Ajax, england, Food, Greater Toronto Area, Japanese cuisine, kingston road, Liverpool, makimono, Ontario, Pickering, Pickering Town Centre, rolls, Scarborough, sushi, Tokyo, TriBeCa, Whitby
An interesting game of poker is taking place in Ontario and it seems that the Liberals may have the best hand. Who has the most to lose? At the moment it’s the NDP. No one wants an election and I suspect that if one is called you can kiss all of those NDP seats goodbye. Both the NDP and the Tories cannot afford an election at the moment. In a funny sense if the NDP votes against the budget I am sure the Tories will end up having to support it. The Liberals be in the best position if an election is called. So who will blink first?
Posted in News, Ontario, politics, The Economy
Tagged budget, Conservatives, Dalton, Liberal, Liberal Party of Canada, Liberals, NDP, New Democratic Party, Ontario, Ontario New Democratic Party, PC, politics, Tories, Tory
A fiery St. Patrick’s Day riot took place in London, Ontario; placing them among the new list of world-class cities in the world. All jokes aside I am sure this is not how London wanted to get noticed. Police are now going through video and witness statements; hoping to find those involved. So far 11 people have been arrested and the clean up has begun. It is strange that this would have happened in London Ontario, out of all places. However, it was close to Fanshawe College and it is understood that this was an area waiting to explode. Drinking, students and warm weather seemed to be the toxic mix that turned into an all out riot. Many of the idiotic individuals recorded themselves and spread it through social media. I am assuming the alcoholic mix also makes you not think, but Police will for sure comb through the online videos and pictures that were taken and posted.
The area, around Fleming Drive, is often called a “student ghetto“. With over $100,000 dollars in damages and in light of the rioting, repercussions are on the way. During the police media conference, London Mayor Joe Fontana said the rioters would be held accountable. I am sure that Fanshawe College does not want the association with this riot, nor do London residence. What were they thinking?
Posted in College, News
Tagged Fanshawe College, fleming drive, london, Ontario, Patrick, police, Riot, riots, Saint Patrick's Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Student quarter
Posted in Airlines, Airports, Apple, Barrie, Canada, climate change, Entertainment, Environmental Issues, Europe, Food, Funny, Google, GTA Culture, GTA Development, GTA Education, GTA Environment, GTA Food, GTA Healthcare, GTA History, GTA Issues, GTA Music, GTA News, GTA Politics, GTA Religion, GTA Sports, Hardware, Immigration, Linux, LRT, Markham, Memorial, Microsoft, Movie, Multiculturalism, Music, News, Nintendo, Novell, Oil, Ontario, Open Source, Oshawa, Public Transit, Quebec, Red Hat, Sci-Fi, Science, Sports, Students, Technology, The Economy, The United States of America, Toronto, Ubuntu, Unions, University, UNIX, Vaughan, Viva, World, Yahoo, YRT
Tagged blog, canada, News, Ontario, patriot, the gta, Toronto
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Well a historic election has just taken place in Canada. The Bloc was decimated in Quebec, and almost wiped off the map. Newfoundland told Conservatives what to do with themselves. The Greater Toronto Area is painted blue and Toronto has gone NDP Orange. Also, it looks like we have our very first Green member of Parliament. So what went wrong for the Liberals? They took their support for granted. Canadians were looking for change and they did not see it in the Liberals, in Ontario. Yes, there was a lot of vote splitting, however lets be honest. Ontario has been red for a long time. This is a breakthrough for the Conservatives in Ontario. The question is, can they live up to that support?
The G.T.A is an important battleground and they better take note. As for the NDP, they better not take their Quebec support for granted. The Bloc imploded, Liberals were yesterdays news and they did not like the Conservatives. So we are left with the NDP. Jack the time to start working is now. As for the Liberals, there is a lot of soul searching.
However I will offer this advice to all parties. (1) Liberals, you need to go back to your roots. Your party is not dead. I’d rather say that it is in hibernation and healing. Canadian’s have not forgotten you, rather the opposite happened. You forgot them. Remember who you are and what you stand for. Otherwise, what is the point of the Liberal Party. It is time for you to reconnect. (2) NDP you have been given the chance to prove your worth, so do not disappoint. From the people I have spoken to many parked their vote with the NDP. Also, in Ontario, people simply love and trust Jack Layton. It will be important, despite a majority Conservative government, that the NDP choose their battles well and fight for those who voted for them. Less we forget, as often Canadians do! (3) Conservatives fought a simple and straight-forward campaign. You delivered your message and Canadians listened. We are concerned about the economy and trust in that has been given to you. However, do not take that trust for granted. A lot of Canadians still do not trust the Conservative Party and a lot of seats were gained from vote splitting. Be careful how you govern. Canadians are watching. Do not slip to the right with arrogance. As Harper said, keep a steady ship. If you can prove your worth maybe your quality will be remembered. (4) Finally, to Elizabeth May and the Green Party. You have made Canadian history! Despite the media ignoring you, thank you for running and not giving up. The Green Party should be a wake up call to ALL parties. People voted for Elizabeth May and the Greens across Canada. Their ideas and policies should not be ignored! Summed up in Elizabeth May’s own words “amateurs built the ark and professionals built the Titanic”. People are wary in Canada and if the status-quo parties cannot deliver, Canadians may decide someone else can.
Congrats to Prime Minister Harper, who has finally gotten a majority government for the Conservative Party. We will all watch, wait and see what policies are implemented and what happens in the next Parliament. See you in 2015!
By Mannee Jay
Posted in Canada, climate change, election, employment, Environmental Issues, GTA Culture, GTA Development, GTA Environment, GTA Healthcare, GTA History, GTA Issues, GTA News, GTA Politics, Immigration, Multiculturalism, News, Ontario, Oshawa, politics, Quebec, Technology, The Economy, The United States of America, World
Tagged Bloc Quebecois, canada, Canadians, Conservatives, election, Elizabeth May, Greater Toronto Area, green, gta, Harper, healthcare, jack layton, jets, Layton, Liberals, Obama, Ontario, Prime Minister, rob ford, Stephen Harper, subways, Toronto, Trudeau