25 new double-decker ‘green and whites’ added to GO Transit’s fleet

A new series of 25 double-deckers has just been added to the 22 already in service on GO Transit’s suburban service.  They’re 10 centimetres lower than the old models, which means they can travel on almost any route.  The buses seat 81 passengers; purchase price: $800,000 each for a total of $19.5 million.  GO (Government of Ontario) operates a vast network of trains and buses in TORONTO’s outer suburbs.

Regional Board of Trade to Greater TORONTO: we must get behind ‘The Big Move’

GREENLIGHT1Greater TORONTO – especially suburbia – is awash in traffic.  Something has to change.  The Toronto Region Board of Trade has launched a new advertising campaign to boost public support for funding a massive regional transportation plan.  The region is losing about $6 billion annually in lost productivity due to traffic congestion.

A carport with a past . . . on Flos Williams Lane in Cabbagetown

To really know TORONTO, take a stroll or bike ride through its laneways.  There’s a vast network of them downtown and, by choosing the right one, you can learn a great deal about the city’s history.A simple carport on Flos Williams Lane, which runs behind Parliament Street.  It has a past.  The sign above reads “this carport is built of recycled materials.  The wood rafters were floor joists in the old Toronto Aethenium Club, 169 Church Street at Shuter, which was built in 1891 as a gentlemen’s club.  It became the Labour Temple from 1904 to 1967, and has recently been redeveloped as the 28 storey ‘Jazz’ condominium building”  The sign – created by the carport’s owner – goes on to say that the siding, fence and roof decking are Douglas Fir and Hemlock, and were salvaged from the Joseph Seagram Distillery <BELOW> in Waterloo, Ontario.As for FLOS WILLIAMS, she was born and raised in Cabbagetown, wrote three novels and numerous short stories, moved out west and became one of Western Canada’s strongest women writers.  Her novels dramatized the experiences of immigrants building new lives in the harsh Canadian rural environment.

Eric Fischer maps TORONTO’s hot spots . . . where the action is

TORONTO is one in a series of cities mapped to show the places locals and tourists frequent.  Using images posted to the Geotaggers Word Atlas and placing them on a map, the images provide a handy travel reference to quiet spots and action spots in various metropoli.  In TORONTO’s case, the lights are much brighter downtown.

MAPPING <Downtown Toronto . . . blue dots – where locals have taken photographs over a month or so; red dots – where tourists have taken photographs>

ROSEDALE is a neighbourhood ready-made for urban explorers

. . . and a subway runs through it.  Get off at ROSEDALE station, walk east, and explore downtown’s version of Beverly Hills.  Spring is a good time to reconnoiter this neighbourhood.  It’s foliage-free at the moment, allowing unobstructed views of mansions, bridges and ravines.  A city bus circles the area, and subway trains pass by every 2-3 minutes.  Perfect hiking terrain.