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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:

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,, 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: De Zen

– Vic De Zen

RSS Toronto Star – Top News Stories Feed

  • Horwath promises NDP will give Ontario full dental coverage, convert student loans to grants March 17, 2018
    An NDP government would provide Ontarians with dental benefits and convert post-secondary student loans to grants, said leader Andrea Horwath in a speech Saturday that gave a glimpse into her party’s election platform.“We know we can do better to make sure that everyone can build a good life, right here in Ontario,” she said, outlining five key parts of the […]
    Kristin Rushowy - Queen's Park Bureau
  • Sherman investigation initially focused only on Barry’s wife Honey as a murder victim March 17, 2018
    The Toronto police were investigating the murder of just Honey Sherman — not Barry and Honey — for almost a full month after the couple’s strangled bodies were found in their home, search warrant documents reveal. Information contained in these police documents sheds more light on the confusing start to the investigation into the deaths of the Shermans in wh […]
    Kevin Donovan - Chief Investigative Reporter
  • How alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur hid in plain sight for years March 16, 2018
    Warning: This article contains graphic details.To his friends and clients, Bruce McArthur was a gregarious white-haired landscaper who brought beauty to upscale Toronto neighbourhoods.But that pleasant demeanour masked a smouldering malevolence. He’s been charged with six counts of first-degree murder, accused of luring and murdering men, time and again.This […]
    Jacques Gallant - Legal Affairs Reporter,Paul Hunter - Feature Writer,Vjosa Isai - Staff Reporter
  • Police detonate suspicious package outside Air Canada Centre during Raptors game March 17, 2018
    Police detonated a suspicious package that was later found to be a plastic replica grenade near one of the entrances to the Air Canada Centre Friday night.The package was reported to police just before 6 p.m., prompting the immediate closure of Bremner Blvd. at York St. Police would close York St. and Lakeshore northbound an hour later. Just after 8 p.m., on […]
    Alexandra Jones - Staff Reporter,Tamar Harris - Staff Reporter
  • Chantal Hébert: Lessons of Jagmeet Singh’s week from self-inflicted hell March 16, 2018
    One of the first tasks of an opposition leader is to avoid providing a diversion from a government in trouble.Over the past week, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has failed rather spectacularly at that basic task.At a time when the prime minister is licking self-inflicted wounds from a poorly executed visit to India, Singh’s travails over his relationship with the […]
    Chantal Hébert - Star Columnist