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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

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  • Jailed seven years by Canada, Kashif Ali now walks free April 28, 2017
    An Ontario Superior Court judge has ordered the release of Kashif Ali, an immigration detainee who spent more than seven years in a maximum-security jail because the Canadian government has been unable to deport him.In a forceful rebuke of Canada’s practice of indefinite immigration detention, an Ontario court ordered the release Wednesday of the West Africa […]
    Brendan Kennedy - Staff Reporter
  • Ontario budget left out Grassy Narrows, says Chief Simon Fobister April 28, 2017
    The Chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation is disappointed that this year’s provincial budget did not set aside funds to clean up mercury in the river near his home.“This budget leaves the future of my people in doubt,” said Chief Simon Fobister, who since February has sent three letters to Premier Kathleen Wynne asking her to secure the funding in the $150-bi […]
    Jayme Poisson - News reporter, David Bruser - News Reporter
  • Ontario Liberals bullish after balancing budget as election looms April 28, 2017
    It’s not about her; it’s about you.Premier Kathleen Wynne insists the Liberals did not balance the budget and launch an ambitious new youth pharmacare program to make Ontario voters fall in love with her before next year’s election.“Of course, politicians, human beings, love to be loved. But this budget and my political career is not about . . . me being lov […]
    Robert Benzie - Queen's Park Bureau Chief
  • John Tory says Wynne government ‘turned their backs’ on Toronto with 2017 budget April 28, 2017
    Mayor John Tory has accused Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government of turning its back on Toronto following a budget announcement that provided no new money for social housing repairs and failed to match federal commitments for transit.“The most crucial needs of the people of the city of Toronto were not met by this budget,” Tory told reporters a day after the […]
    Ben Spurr - Transportation Reporter, Jennifer Pagliaro - City Hall reporter
  • No wonder Fyre Festival — heated up by hype — went down in flames: Menon April 28, 2017
    They paid thousands of dollars to attend a luxury music festival.Instead, the wealthy millennials who descended on the Bahamas this weekend for the inaugural Fyre Festival became glamorous refugees in an unexpected danger zone. Imagine if revellers at Coachella were greeted with random muggings. Or if feral dogs roamed Glastonbury. Or if Woodstock was now re […]
    Vinay Menon - Columnist