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  1. lead82

    2022/24 Russian-Ukrainian War

    While what you say is true in it doesn’t make it unstable. While Putin is alive, nothing will change but I doubt Russia will fall apart. That’s just wishful thinking. Dagestan / Chechnya have been bought to be sure. But look no further to Iran or N Korea. Those are despot nations but very stable...
  2. lead82

    2022/24 Russian-Ukrainian War

    We shouldn’t. The same will happen here. Sadly the war has been lost already. Ukraine lost its a chunk of its land and it’s never going to get it back any time soon. It’s out of weapons and out of men. The West and Ukraine miscalculated in thinking they can win a war of attrition with Russia...
  3. lead82

    John Street Revitalization

    I’ll believe it when I see it under construction. John Street should have been funded and done 10yrs ago. Crazy as it’s such a small street.
  4. lead82

    King Street (Streetcar Transit Priority)

    I think it’s time to just ban parking on King from Bathurst to Jarvis if not beyond and then rip out the concrete from the tracks and make it clear that it’s a tramway. Local use only can use the right curb lane.
  5. lead82

    Toronto 399 Yonge | 252.3m | 75s | Capital Developments | Teeple Architects

    I’ve been to both cities and the reliability is a lot better. Yes our buses are more frequent. That is for sure but our rapid transit network is poor given our density and population.
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    Toronto 399 Yonge | 252.3m | 75s | Capital Developments | Teeple Architects

    Yes I get that it’s bigger. My point wasn’t about it needing statues or buildings. My point was that we added a few trails and called it a national park. Don’t get me wrong it’s a nice natural green space but I would not consider it on par with a national park. To me it’s slightly Toronto ravine...
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    Toronto 399 Yonge | 252.3m | 75s | Capital Developments | Teeple Architects

    Toronto is 2x the size and denser and yet our public transit is a lot worse. Compare Toronto transit to Stockholm or Sydney or DC? Ours is a joke - 2.5 lines that are very unreliable. Proving my point, that our cities are neglected. It’s not the 1-2 flashy projects it’s the overall neglect from...
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    Toronto 399 Yonge | 252.3m | 75s | Capital Developments | Teeple Architects

    Yes Bloor and Queens Quay were done well. Eglinton is a HUGE missed opportunity with Eglinton Connects not funded for the entire street to have been transformed. I’ve been to Rouge Park and I’m sorry but calling it a national park is a disservice to our national parks. It’s a glorified city...
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    Toronto 399 Yonge | 252.3m | 75s | Capital Developments | Teeple Architects

    I never said we are a dumpster fire. We both agree that things here take time. A lot of the projects you mentioned were accomplished yes, most during Millers term or started / funded by him. Since Rob Ford and Tory not much was built. Yes the port lands are proceeding but that was started years...
  10. lead82

    Toronto 399 Yonge | 252.3m | 75s | Capital Developments | Teeple Architects

    City improvement projects are always delayed here and take decades to get going. We have been talking about remaking King with the new tramway, John st makeover still not done, ReInvent Yonge in North York not funded, downtown Yonge not funded. We like to make plans in Toronto but never execute...
  11. lead82

    Hamilton International Airport

    I suspect it’s less worker shortages which should be resolved mostly now with wage increases and massive immigration. I think in the large cities yes the hotel supply is limited due to its use for refugee housing by the city. I’m not sure if AirBnB has gone down much. AirBnB has become...
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    Hamilton International Airport

    The hotel costs in Canada have sky rocketed since Covid. I don’t get why! A normal standard hotel room in a city used to be $200-300 tops. Now it’s almost double that. Unless one is on a corporate rate the nightly stay is upwards of $300-500/ night. Crazy. If it’s in peak day/season easily can...
  13. lead82

    Canadian airline industry (general discussion)

    Flair is next to go is my bet. Then there is still Canada Jet Lines. They are very small so may hold on a bit more. We just have to come to reality that flying in Canada will never be affordable. It’s the high price you pay to live here.
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    VIA Rail

    I. wholly agree with you. My point in comparison was that the politics and interest in intercity rail in Canada and NA in general is non-existent. The politics reflect this. No one cares. The Liberals had almost 10 years to make substantial changes. Yes its was typical virtue signaling. All we...
  15. lead82

    VIA Rail

    Agreed. Let’s compare us to the UK or France. Our VIA system is a disgrace. Even compare us to Australia which has a similar development level and had much better rail system.
  16. lead82

    Mayor Olivia Chow's Toronto

    A parking levy is long overdue. Torontos parking fees are super cheap in comparison. It’s what fuels people’s decisions to drive downtown. Parking rates should be set to be hospital levels - $8/30mins, $50 per day. Apply to private lots and GreenP. Then add penalties to enforcement for those...
  17. lead82

    VIA Rail

    Too late. VIA is already hurt by negligence and incompetence. It’s really an irrelevant service for most Canadians sadly. If long distance trains disappear no one will care except for the few hundred folks directly impacted. I agree the baggage rules for VIA are just plain dumb. So is their...
  18. lead82

    2022/24 Russian-Ukrainian War

    I’m not sure they can win back any more territory. Right now they are focusing on keeping Russia from further advances. From a human manpower perspective it’s time to stop the bleeding and start negotiating some deal. Build a demilitarized zone at the lines now much like South Korea. Ukraine...
  19. lead82

    2022/24 Russian-Ukrainian War

    That’s why this war needs to end and negotiations to begin now. The war is at a stalemate which means Russia won. I don’t see any Ukrainian offensives this year. They are running out of ammo and with US bill being dragged through the house it may never actually pass. That gives Russia the...
  20. lead82

    Premier Doug Ford's Ontario

    I was focused on transit. Yes he broke green contracts as he ran against it and had the mandate to do it. It was one of the first things he did and paid zero politically for it.

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