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    The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (2021)

    So its 2040 you say..............(generation typically being defined at 20 years)
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    There's some distance between VIA's business class fare and associated standard of served and GO. Its also a straight-forward choice to increase subsidy per rider by a reasonable sum to keep fares accessible. Reasonable, is, of course, in eye of the beholder. GO is currently $17.79 for Union...
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    The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (2021)

    The cost simply needs to come down, its too much money. Too many athletes, too many media, too many tourists all at once. If the Olympics would trim the size of the event, and permit multi-purpose and refurbished facilities so you don't need a litany of new buildings that are single-use...
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    Climate Change & Toronto

    A series of climate-change related initiatives passed at the most recent council meeting. David Rider of the Star has a report: https://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2021/08/02/toronto-just-approved-a-host-of-climate-related-policies-we-asked-experts-how-they-stack-up.html There are some...
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    Mayor John Tory's Toronto

    Applying a toll would reduce traffic volume, making space to cut one lane each way in favour of an emergency vehicles only lane/shoulder (or could allow GO buses too)
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    Toronto | Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    And still that @#$# ceiling is not properly painted!
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    Toronto | 2150 Lake Shore | 215.75m | 70s | First Capital | Allies and Morrison

    The only permit pulled for this site is what follows below, and it would not require a shoring rig.........
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    Toronto | U of T: Centre for Civilizations, Cultures, and Cities | 42.75m | 9s | U of T | DS + R

    Bad argument. This proposal is not to next to the Park Hyatt. Its next to the ROM - 4 storeys Falconer Hall - 3 storeys and the Faculty of Music. - 3 storeys (* somewhat taller than typical for the number of storeys) ******* Most recent nearby new build is Jackman Law - 3 storeys...
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    Mayor John Tory's Toronto

    Ex-cop Steve Ryan did the reporting on this, in essence siding w/the Councillor......... of course he's showing how little cycle traffic there is, and it just finished raining 15 minutes prior to his going on the air. He's then saying the real problem is that emergency vehicles can't get...
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    Toronto | 191 Sherbourne | 49.4m | 15s | Gladman | Zeidler Partnership Architects

    Hmmm......... I see there are fees for permits for balcony repairs and railing replacements. Yet no permit for same has been pulled............ https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/building-construction/apply-for-a-building-permit/building-permit-fees/
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    Toronto | Ontario Place | ?m | ?s | Province of Ontario | Zeidler

    Jobs in general are needed; however low-wage jobs are low-value. To be clear, I'm neither denigrating the professions, nor the people in those jobs. What I'm suggesting is that in my experience those people who are paid subsistence wages (or even less, really) are often in poverty. If we...
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    Toronto | 191 Sherbourne | 49.4m | 15s | Gladman | Zeidler Partnership Architects

    The following permit has been issued: (2 accompanying permits for mechanical and plumbing) Painting does not require a permit; I though I recalled that balcony railing replacement did require a permit.........perhaps I'm misremembering.
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    Toronto | St Lawrence Market North | 25.3m | 5s | City of Toronto | Rogers Stirk Harbour

    Excellent post. Thanks for taking the time to do that.
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    Toronto | Ontario Place | ?m | ?s | Province of Ontario | Zeidler

    Sure, but at what wage rate? Full-time cleaner, security guard, ticket seller etc are likely to be minimum wage or very close to that. Lifeguards should do a bit better, but its not typically high-wage employment either. I would be very concerned about the quality of employment along side...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Great post! Can't say enough about your excellent contributions!
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    One of the most befuddling floor plans I've seen

    I don't even understand how this floorplan can be offered. The notion that you can't access a bedroom w/o going through a room where someone may require privacy and might even place a lock on the door is rather unpalatable and perhaps dangerous in the event of a fire. I hate the thought of...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    GO loses money on this operation (its subsidized); VIA was not given the $ or the mandate to offer more attractive pricing. VIA also removed service at a time when gas and parking were cheaper and traffic was considerably lower on area highways. I don't think the comparison is particularly...
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    Baker District Redevelopment (Guelph, Windmill Developments, ?s, DTAH)

    As it pertains to on-street parking, a key remains raising prices, significantly, to fair market value, such that demand is reduced substantially. As that occurs, the object it then to remove the surplus capacity through cycle tracks, through adding tree-lined boulevards, and through dedicating...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Agreed. Though, I would still wonder why GO/Ontario wouldn't just contract with VIA to provide the long-haul service rather than buy its own specialized fleet for that purpose. That seems a bit duplicative to me. Where Amtrak operates commuter services on behalf of States it can and does...
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    Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 (nCoV-2019)

    ICU down to 110 R-rate is 1

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