InsideToronto has an article on the steam coming from the Irving Tissue plant:
When steam comes rolling in from Weston’s Irving Tissue factory to the surrounding streets, it creates a wall of mist that threatens to cause traffic accidents, Edmund Avenue resident Dave Bennett says.
Instead of heartburn, I got heartache. A reader reports that my much-anticipated P&M’s expansion hasn’t happened. Instead of tasty filling lunches, we got a… medical supply store.
In other restaurant news, I tried the Kitchen King Jerk joint on Lawrence just west of Weston. Nice jerk chicken on rice with beans, and good coleslaw. The service was super friendly, and you can’t beat the price: $7.
A city subcommittee says that GO Transit should be electrified as soon as possible. The Planning and Growth committee now wants City Council to tell Metrolinx that we want electric trains because they are faster and will allow for more GO Stations.
The committee received advice from Transport Action Ontario, the Clean Train Coalition, and the Weston Community Coalition.
City Council will vote on the motion on April 2.
The Liberals are hiding a document that could make the UP Express look like another gas plant debacle, the Progressive Conservatives and NDP say. Rosario Marchese, an NDP MPP, says that they are filibustering his motion to produce documents that would embarrass them.
Marchese is asking Metrolinx and the Ministry of Transportation to produce their market studies for the Air Rail Link. These documents would show the projected ridership and revenue—and just how bad the expected losses will be. The Auditor General said last year that it is “not feasible” for the UP Express to break even.
Marchese first asked the government to produce the documents on December 3. On December 10, the Liberal members of the committee ran the clock down so that they couldn’t vote—leading PC Jeff Yurek to say the fillibuster is “disgusting and in bad taste”. On February 18, they did the same thing.
In last week’s Committee on Government Agencies meeting, Marchese said “it is clear that the government doesn’t want this to be dealt with, and so they are deliberately stalling.” And his Liberal counterpart, Mike Colle, did just that—speaking, at length, on an unrelated point, and trying to extend the deadline of Marchese’s motion from 30 days to 60. Mitzie Hunter, another Liberal, took over for Colle and ragged the puck until the meeting ended, delaying the vote until the next meeting of the committee—at the earliest.
The Liberals may be trying to postpone the report until after the imminent election. Laura Albanese, our MPP, is on this committee.
The lousiest bus in Toronto will soon be renamed (and maybe improved) according to Frances Nunziata’s email circular.
The “195 Jane ‘Rocket’” will replace the 35E, which runs to York University. It’s a bus I take frequently, and it sucks, even by the standards of the TTC. Schedules mean nothing to it—last week, the bus showed up 40 minutes late.
The 195 Rocket will start running on March 30, and will have fewer stops than the 35E it replaces. It will run between Jane Station and York University, and will run during only during the day time with 10 minute service.
We will see.
The Star has an article today on the Humber River Regional Hospital, which the nurses’ union says is “dangerous”.
The Ontario Nurses Association says the HRRH is a
dangerous [place] for those seeking care.
A full year after an expert panel made 40 recommendations to improve patient care and safety at Humber River Hospital’s emergency departments, the hospital continues to fail to take action. Patients and staff remain at risk because of understaffing, inadequate infection control and escalating violence.
“It’s outrageous that patients continue to be subjected to the conditions at the Church Street and Finch Avenue ERs of Humber River Hospital,” says ONA President Linda
The ONA says that the hospital has been replacing well paid RNs with registered practical nurses (RPNs) who make much less.
It’s the final week of skating in Pearen Park, the excellent, free, community-organized skating rink in Mount Dennis.
I’ve been taking an online class on documentary making, and I’ve been working on a show about the people behind the magic at the rink.
Keep in mind that it’s for an international audience‚ so I’ve conflated Etobicoke, Mount Dennis, and Weston. Though the distinctions matter, I hope you’ll overlook them to see how much I admire the local heroes Josie and Simon.