After a few days of delaying action by bicycle lobbyists, Jarvis Street will return to a five lane thoroughfare Monday morning. The reversible fifth lane (i.e. north or south) was a fixture of downtown commuting until it was removed to accommodate bicycle lanes. The depth of cyclist determination — and righteous indignation — is exemplified by Dr. Tomislav Svoboda, a family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is interviewed by Jeff McArthur on 640 AM in the video on the left above about his sit-down protest in front of work crews.. He was apparently directed by police to stay away from protests on the street and is making this into a free speech matter. He also appears to connect up the bikes lanes with the environment and thus sees it all as as a “Global Issue”. On the right, is a video taken from a type of helmet cam of the Sherbourne Street bicycle lanes.. But apparently work is not finished there.. Happy motoring and cycling to all.
Homicide detectives have been assigned to investigate the death of a woman who was found in an apartment on Wynford Drive near Eglinton Ave. E. The body was discovered by someone who apparently knew the woman in an unit on Wynford at around 9:30 a.m Friday.. The body has signs of trauma and the death is being treated as suspicious, police say. In a second case, a decomposed body has been found in Sunnybrook Park near Eglinton Ave E. and Leslie Street.
A survey has shown that Sunnybrook Hospital parking lots are the top happy hunting ground for parking enforcement officers. Over a nearly five year period there were 48,379 tickets issued in the lots, or about 29 a day. (Is this the guy who runs down South Bayview slapping tickets on windshields?) The survey found that other heavily ticketed places were Seneca College and Centennial College. The survey was done by Toronto Star data guru Matthew Cole.
There’s a big skating opportunity tomorrow morning at Air Canada Centre as Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and Movember Canada invites the public onto tjhe big ice between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. for a MOpen Skate in benefit of Movember. Those attending will be able to skate during one of two one-hour blocks of open ice time and organizer s are requesting a $10 to Movember Men’s Health Only 250 permitted on the ice at a time.
The TTC has re-instated motorman Dino Oroc for leaving his streetcar to chase a sexual assault suspect. Good. Dino knew the rules about not leaving the car unattended but he felt he had to try to apprehend the man who had assaulted a woman rider. Isn’t this just the perfect description of society’s war with itself over how to behave? Oroc probably didn’t have time to think about what might have been said about him (or done to him) if he hadn’t chased the guy. But it’s easy to reflect on the crossfire he might have endured for not caring enough about the victimized woman. And what if the culprit had done something like stab another passenger. And then stood on the sidewalk laughing. It would require any TTC operator to leave his vehicle to try to apprehend a killer. We get it when the TTC says don’t leave the streetcar unattended. But even at transit headquarters, there are no simple solutions to our high-expectations, zero-tolerance, don’t-make-any-mistakes society.