METROLINX APPEARS TO BE A PROVINCIAL TRANSIT AGENCY THAT’S GETTING THINGS DONE

When it comes to public transit TORONTO is playing catch-up with other major cities and METROLINX is leading the charge.

After a second round of study the provincial agency has recommended the construction of 12 new stations for GO’s regional express rail program (the RER).

Metrolinx estimates the new stops will cost a total of $2.1-billion, but deliver benefits of $6.7-billion over a 60-year period. Six of the stations will be part of Mayor JOHN TORY’s SmartTrack plan.

Metrolinx is presently involved in turning historic Union Station into a major transit hub for the GO suburban network, VIA Rail Canada, the TTC and Amtrak. Expected completion date: 2025.

The Eglinton Crosstown LRT, with 25 stations, is well underway and will link up with 54 bus routes, 3 TTC subway stations, the UP Airport Express and the Kitchener, Barrie and Stouffville GO lines. Expected completion date: 2021.

The Finch Avenue West LRT line will connect northwest TORONTO to the subway and transit services from exurban Peel and York regions. Completion date: 2022.

For more info on Metrolinx & what it’s up tohttp://www.metrolinx.com/en/greaterregion/Default.aspx

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TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL’S MUSEUM SHOWS OFF A PRICELESS COLLECTION OF ART, OBJECTS & ARTIFACTS

Over many decades the TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD (TDSB) has been assembling a vast archive on the history of schools and schooling, and of the city itself.

Free of charge, the public can peruse parts of the collection at the TDSB Museum in Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute, 16 Phin Avenue, near Danforth and Donlands.

The 10,000 square-foot space has been given the honourary Ojibway name Debwemowin, meaning House Where The Truth Resides. On display is “a tiny snapshot of our collection”, says Superintendent of Education John Chasty. “This gives us a permanent space we can work on and be proud of.”

And there is much to be proud of – a unique tear drop boardroom table from the 1870’s, School Board meeting minutes from 1847, a massive calculating machine that dates back to the 1890’s, a dentist’s chair, large gramophone, science class specimens, sports equipment, textbooks, the “strap”, slides, inkwells, desks, a 1920‘s table top piano from the Metropolitan School for the Deaf, a restored chandelier, seats of honour from the original Board, taxidermy, record albums on venereal disease, sex education and marijuana smoking. Etc.

Visitors are most welcome. To book an appointment call 416-397-3680; group tours can be arranged; free, but donations are accepted.

AN UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT VENTS HIS OR HER SPLEEN ABOUT MATHEMATICS ON A CHURCH ST. LAMP POST

D for Dummy
D for Dunce
D for Dolt
The judgmental sneer
of my classmates. The
glare of isolation. The
incessant droning of the teacher. And why?
Because those
multiples of seven
and beyond were out of
my grasp. The bane of
my existence was
math, f***ing math.
But I wasn’t going to let
it get to me, not this
time. I’d wear that hat
with pride
D for Dexterity
D for Delightful
D for Daring.
That cap would be my
crown. The stool to be
my throne. The math
room my kingdom.
THE KING OF THE
LAND OF D.
Bow down and worship
oh ye lowly toilers of
numbers. Let your
gaze fall upon this
grand visage and
marvel at the total lack
of mathematical
mastery!
Disrespect this King
and He will smite thee
down. Fear not if ye
are true and kind for
the King is merciful
and just.
The King is Alive
The King is Alive
Long Live The King.

CANADA’S LARGEST ZOO ONCE OCCUPIED PRISON-LIKE QUARTERS NEAR DOWNTOWN TORONTO

First the bad news.  The Riverdale Park Zoo in Cabbagetown dated back to 1881. For the animals, it was much like a prison, with iron bars, cramped enclosures and dark cages everywhere. If you were an animal lover, going there wasn’t a pleasant experience.  <PHOTOS – Toronto Public Library>

Between 1963 and the 1970’s plans were developed for the largest and most modern of Canadian zoological parks. The old zoo was then turned into Riverdale Farm, providing much more space for fewer farm animals and birds.

These days the TORONTO ZOO spreads over 287 hectares (710 acres) in the eastern suburbs – home to over 5,000 animals & 500 species.

Imiq is a member of the Zoo’s Arctic wolf pack. He arrived from Parc Safari in Quebec in November/2017.

The Zoo’s state-of-the-art Wildlife Health Centre, is the first of its kind in Canada. It’s a centre of excellence in animal care through veterinary and reproductive sciences, nutritional physiology, and wildlife research.

<JUNO, the polar bear cub, born at the Zoo>

The TORONTO ZOO is open every day except December 25. It’s easy to get there – by car, from downtown, take the 401 Eastbound to Exit 389, Meadowvale Road.  Follow the Zoo signs to 361A Old Finch Avenue.  Large parking lot.

By TTC bus, take the subway (Sheppard Line) to DON MILLS STATION.  Bus #85 leaves from here, and will drop you in front of the Zoo entrance about 45 minutes later.  Along the way, you’ll pass through suburban Don Mills and Scarborough.

AS AMERICAN YOUTH BATTLES THE NRA, THE LYRICS TO “TEARS ARE NOT ENOUGH” ARE VALID YET AGAIN

With war & famine in Sudan, butchery in Myanmar, bombs galore in Syria & Yemen – and the death of 17 young innocents in Parkland, the song’s lyrics are as fitting today as they were 33 years ago.

On February 10, 1985 a supergroup of top Canadian artists – under the name Northern Lights – crowded into the Manta Sound studio in TORONTO. Over several hours, they laid down tracks for ‘Tears Are Not Enough’, in support of relief projects in Africa and Canada’s food banks.

NORTHERN LIGHTS performers – Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Burton Cummings, Joni Mitchell, Dan Hill, Neil Young, Bryan Adams, Corey Hart, Bruce Cockburn, Liberty Silver, Geddy Lee (Rush), Mike Reno (Loverboy), Oscar Peterson, Caroll Baker, Eugene Levy, Carole Pope, Salome Bey, Liona Boyd, John Candy, Tommy Hunter, Jane Siberry, Sylvia Tyson, Catherine O’Hare and several others.

It seems like overnight we see a world in a different light
Somehow our innocence is lost
How can we look away ’cause every single day
We’ve got to help at any cost

We can bridge the distance
Only we can make the difference
Don’t you know that
Tears are not enough

If we can hold together
We could change the world forever
Heaven knows that tears are not enough

It’s up to me and you
To make the dream come true
It’s time to take our message everywhere

If we take a stand,
Every woman, child and man
We could make it work
For God’s sake, lend a hand.

<Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group>

‘TEARS ARE NOT ENOUGH’ – give a listenhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pydghC5ZX14

These American firms have cut their affiliations with the National Rifle Association (NRA) – Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, Budget, National & Alamo car rental companies, MetLife, Chubb, First National Bank of Omaha, Symantec (makers of Norton & LifeLock computer security software), TrueCar (a car buying service), SimpliSafe (home security). Allied & North American Van Lines, Best Western and Wyndham Hotel Group.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart & Kroger (grocery). Canada’s Mountain Equipment Co-Op. Amazon, Apple and Roku are advocating stronger gun laws and raising the age limit.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR COLOUR AND MOVEMENT, TORONTO HAS A PLACE WITH PLENTY OF BOTH

YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE celebrates state-of-the-art digital technology in all its forms. Advertising screens have been here since the Square opened in 2003, and they’re getting bigger and better every day.

Now the Digital Signage Project has brought together the Square (YDS) with Outfront Media Canada & Chevrolet to install 10 new high-definition screens.

On those screens will be visitor information, public art, video projects, and collaborations with other city organizations – but no paid advertising. There’s enough of that to go around already.

The Yonge-Dundas Square Digital Signage Project has a website. You’ll find it at http://www.ydsquare.ca/all-about-the-square/yonge-dundas-square-digital-signage-project.html