What comment can I offer on the lack of care for rental homes in York Region? What’s sad is home owners who buy rental properties, in fairly nice neighbourhoods, are turning them into rental ghettos. It’s said to see how individuals can come into a area and treat it with no care. Now there are some basic considerations to home ownership, but one that seems to allude G.T.A residents is the basic decency to keep their neighbourhood clean. Why do you put out garbage and leave it on the curb for a week; knowing it won’t be picked up until next week? Now I know what you are thinking. Maybe they are on vacation right? Wrong! I have seen this time and time again. Homes that are rented out and garbage left on the street; including glass, paint cans, and other items. Unfortunately with an interest rate hovering at the lowest in many years this problem can only get worse; with investors trying to make a quick buck. What’s interesting is this type of issue rarely happens in an area like Leaside, Unionville, Whitby, Oakville, Woodbridge or other portions of the city. Why? Maybe it’s because residents care and want to ensure that their investment remains intact. There is little tolerance for individuals who buy a home and don’t maintain it. It’s sad because I am not sure if this problem will ever be fixed. We take the taxes, but forget the neighbourhood. In some areas people don’t care and I am not even sure why. Maybe they just like it that way?
Posted in Durham, Markham, Pickering, richmond hill, Vaughan
Tagged Ajax, amalgamated transit union, Brampton, by-laws, First Student Canada, homes, houses, interest rates, Leaside, Markham, Miller Transit, Mississauga, newmarket, Pickering, Regional Municipality of York, rental, Renting, richmond hill, thonhill, Veolia Environnement, Woodbridge, York, York Region
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
Tried out the burgers and poutine, the other day, at the Big Boys Burger joint in Pickering. I have to say that it was pretty good. Staff was extremely friendly and the locale is quite unique. If you are hungry, and I mean hungry, check them out in the plaza at the corner of Kingston Rd. and Whites. You will not go home hungry!
705 Kingston Road, Pickering
HOURS: Mon. – Sat. 11 – 9 • Sun. 12 – 8
Posted in Food, Pickering
Tagged Ajax, Burger Boy, Burger Joint, burgers, Elevation Burger, fries, hamburger, kingston road, Pickering, pop, poutine, Toronto, United States, whites, Wine tasting descriptors
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
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
In an effort to become a green city, little thought is given to the two major nuclear plants, just outside of the Toronto area. I think we like to imagine that they are not there. Do the benefits really outweigh the cost? In regards to the greening of the planet proponents like to say that nuclear power is green energy. However I beg to differ. Nuclear power is not “clean and green,” as the industry claims, because large amounts of fossil fuels are required to mine and refine the uranium for nuclear power reactors. In addition, much thought is not given to the concrete reactor buildings, along with the need to transport and store the radioactive waste. Nuclear power reminds me of the common “deal with the devil” syndrome. We will get quick and immediate satisfaction, however in the long term we are actually killing and destroying our planet. As with always, little is shown to the common Ontarian about the facts of nuclear waste. If people knew how toxic and how long it takes to even safely get rid of it, maybe we all would think a little different about the legacy we are leaving future generations. Although we talk about the need to become more environmentally friendly, we are moving away from this goal at an ever increasing pace. As Toronto expands and grows, attracting more and more people we will require more and more power. Although we want to be “green”, let’s face the fact. Unless we may major changes and investments in renewable resources, along with offering green choices for consumers, we are essentially going to see more nuclear reactors. We are attached to nuclear power, not out of wanting, but necessity.
By: Andy MJ
a.k.a “The GTA Patriot”
Posted in GTA Environment, GTA Issues
Tagged Darlington, energy, environmental, green, green energy, nuclear, ontarian, Ontario, Oshawa, Pickering, power, radioactive waste, renewable resources, Toronto, uranium