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When will it end?  When will we see this annual period of complaints and money grubbing finally stop.  On the radio this morning, much to my dismay I was greeted with the splendid news that TTC is entertaining the idea of raising fares, yet again since they did not foresee their discounted metro passes sucking $17.4 million of their profits for this year.  Really as big of an organization  as that is, how can you not see this coming? And you can bet that when they’re done “entertaining” the idea of a price hike, what are they going to do?  Go on another strike to get what they want. Cross their arms and pout their lips until the city succumbs and says “okay how can we not give you what you want? By all means take a little extra!”

Is there anybody else sick of what they’re doing? Really I can’t be the only one.  And are these complaints falling on deaf ears?  For the most developed city in Canada and one of the most high-profile cities in the world in comparison, our transit system is lacking heavily and with all the fare hikes I have seen little improvements in the system.  With literally more than half the GTA commuting in and out of the city everyday, there has to be more money coming into the TTC then they let on.

I think instead of the fare increases, the TTC should be scrutinized and held accountable for the money that they are already earning.

Today’s Linkage Wednesday post will be partially self-promotion and mostly links to interesting things that may (or may not) be added to your reading list.

The Muppet Show – Time in a Bottle

This song is possibly my favorite Muppet skit, particularly because its both bittersweet, funny and can be watched by all ages. Ultimately children may just think the silly man wanted to reverse his age and got too greedy while adults will think of how fleeting love and life can be. There’s a number of morals you could probably interpret from this.

  1. You can’t save time, it’s fleeting. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good.
  2. You won’t find the solution to your problems in a bottle (cough).
  3. If you’ve found a way to reverse your age, don’t push your luck. Sometimes you’ll end up back where you started or worse (*thinks of plastic surgeries that went wrong*)

Ultimately everyone has their own interpretation and I don’t want to impose my opinion on you. Rather I would like to share this wonderful piece of puppetry and music. Hope you enjoy it!

Facebook Adds 50 Million Users in 3 Months

It looks as though Facebook’s growth rate is accelerating. 3 months ago they were celebrating the 200 millionth Facebook member and now they have reached their 250 millionth. Although the social networking website’s membership numbers are impressive, what do they really mean? Are these active members? Are they profiles devoted to Homer J. Simpson and other fictional characters from popular shows and movies? I guess the big question is when/if Facebook will jump the shark soon. What’s next in social networking websites? My guess is everyone will just get sick of them and tell the Internet to leave them alone :).

P.S. You can find my Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/people/Vic-De-Zen/1816877691

Cruller Intentions

New Tim Hortons NYC Logo

New Tim Horton's NYC Logo

I’ve been mildly interested in how Americans will receive Tim Horton’s, partly because I feel it is one of the major companies associated with Canada (although it was incorporated in America before, it is now incorporated in Canada…whatever that means). This article details the launch and the differences between a Canadian Tim Horton’s and an American version. Personally I don’t like the changes. I feel Tim Horton’s is a homey place, and the modified logo makes it lose that appeal. We’ll see if the NYC denizens warm up to it. Actually the website I got this article from, Torontoist.com, is one of my regular destinations. For news on my adopted city, I check this Gothamist network blog pretty much everyday. You’ll find articles, news and dates of events and a daily roundup of links to the top news stories in Toronto. More to the point, I really enjoy reading the Gothamist network, particularly the “Heard in …ist” where overheard conversations are posted on the website. Some of them are strange, others are funny and some just display the quirkiness of everyday people.

P.S. You can find out what I’m doing on the site through my profile: http://torontoist.com/profile/Vic De Zen

– Vic De Zen

RSS Toronto Star – Top News Stories Feed

  • Flood watch issued after heavy rain hits the GTA June 23, 2017
    The Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) has issued a flood watch for the GTA as heavy rain is causing closures and delays around the city.Some parts of the GTA have already received 20 to 40 mm of rain starting early Friday morning, TRCA said in a news statement.“Environment Canada advises that another system is approaching the GTA from the northwest that […]
    Fakiha Baig - Staff Reporter
  • Metrolinx beefs up penalties in vehicle contract with Alstom in wake of Bombardier dispute June 23, 2017
    The French company tapped to provide vehicles for new Toronto-area light rail lines will face major financial penalties if the cars are late, the Star has learned, which the province hopes will prevent the kind of messy legal dispute it’s found itself in with its original supplier, Bombardier.Last month, Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announ […]
    Ben Spurr - Transportation Reporter
  • TTC driver tests positive for on-duty drug use June 23, 2017
    A TTC driver has tested positive for being impaired while on duty, marking the first time a vehicle operator has run afoul of the transit agency’s new random testing policy.TTC spokesperson Brad Ross confirmed that the operator was tested for drug use during a shift Saturday and the test, which takes several days to process, came back positive Wednesday.As i […]
    Ben Spurr - Transportation Reporter
  • More first-time home buyers putting purchases on hold after Ontario introduces new measures June 23, 2017
    First-time home buyers appear to be delaying their purchases in the wake of the province’s new policies intended to cool the housing market. Ipsos research for the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) showed that in May, first time purchasers comprised only 40 per cent of those who plan to buy a home this year. That is down from 53 per cent in a November survey. […]
    Tess Kalinowski - Real Estate Reporter
  • York Regional Police now investigating Thunder Bay Indigenous teen deaths June 23, 2017
    York Regional Police is investigating the deaths of two Indigenous teens whose bodies were found in Thunder Bay waterways in May.Ontario Chief Coroner Dr. Dirk Huyer said he contacted the York police service to provide a “new perspective” into the investigation of the death of North Caribou Lake First Nation’s Tammy Keeash, 17, and Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuw […]
    Tanya Talaga - Staff Reporter