October 23rd, 2013 | Comments (0)
It’s time for you to weigh in on how to solve the transit crisis in Toronto and surrounding areas. The Transit Investment Strategy Advisory panel will be releasing three discussion papers that you can read before attending one of four public consultation meetings in November, including one in Pickering. Vice chair Paul Bedford says it’s time to end the gridlock on the roads. He adds they will be building on the transit strategy recently released by Metrolinx and after the consultations; the panel’s suggestions will be given to the government. If you can’t attend one of the meetings, there are other ways you can submit your thoughts. Click here for more information.
October 22nd, 2013 | Comments (0)
Developers say Highway 407 East construction is on track and on time. Communications Coordinator Jayde Naklicki says right now they’re in the process of restoring wetlands and replacing all of the vegetation cleared for the new highways and they’re also in the process of an archeological dig. Naklicki says 29 archeological sites in phase one have been identified and test pits have been dug to determine if any additional work is required. Road closures are also in effect. They’re diverting traffic on Anderson Street to Thickson Road in Whitby until next July. The east-west track from Brock Road to Harmony is scheduled to be complete by 2015.
October 21st, 2013 | Comments (0)
An Uxbridge man, 22, was thrown from his pick-up truck when it left the road and flew into the ditch. It happened Sunday morning around 2:00 and he was taken to a nearby hospital where he was then airlifted to a Toronto trauma centre. When the truck left the road it went airborne before landing in a ditch near Reach St., and Lake Ridge Road in Scugog. Police are investigating the crash, if you have any information you can call the Durham Police traffic services branch or Crime Stoppers.
October 20th, 2013 | Comments (0)
The chilly weather isn’t stopping around 25,000 runners. They’re pounding the pavement in the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon beginning at 8 a.m., Sunday. The event is expected to bring in $30-million for the city’s economy and raise millions for charity. It’s also a good day to consider public transit. The 5K race and half marathon will leave a number of roads closed in an area bounded by Queen Street to Lake Ontario, and Windermere to Victoria Park. Other roads in this area will be shut down periodically, as well. Click here to see the full list of road closures.
October 17th, 2013 | Comments (0)
Ontario drivers are forking over 70-90 per cent of the cash for the province’s road infrastructure costs, adding up to $7.5-billion a year. The Conference Board of Canada says the money comes from Ontarians paying fuel taxes, vehicle registration fees and tolls. Drivers in the Toronto and Hamilton area are paying about $1-billion dollars more than it costs to operate the road network, but Premier Kathleen Wynne has said the province will have to charge new fees in that area to bring the $2-billion a year need to upgrade public transit in Toronto and Hamilton.
October 15th, 2013 | Comments (0)
An Oshawa man has been charged after a woman was struck by a vehicle over the weekend. Durham Police say the 31-year-old pedestrian was crossing at Stevenson Road South and Gibb Street when she was hit by a Jeep. She suffered serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. 23-year-old Patrick Derry is facing Careless Driving charges.
October 13th, 2013 | Comments (0)
If you’re planning on finishing up your Thanksgiving long weekend in the city, plan your route carefully. A portion of Toronto subway is closed. The Yonge-University line is shut down from Bloor to St. George stations, and that’s because of signal installation. It’s expected to reopen on Tuesday. Shuttle buses are running, but keep in mind, they won’t run as far south as union station and will stop at king due to construction in the area.
October 10th, 2013 | Comments (0)
Commuters won’t be able to taken the ramp from Highway 410 southbound to Highway 401 westbound starting Thursday at midnight. The ramp will be fully closed until 5 a.m. Friday for construction. Drivers are being urged to plan an alternate route in advance.
Provincial liberals introducing legislation to make large chain restaurants list calories on the menu
October 9th, 2013 | Comments (0)
There could soon be calorie counts on menus at your favourite restaurant. The governing liberals say they’ll be introducing legislation that would require large chain restaurants to list calories and other nutritional information on their menus. Health minister Deb Matthews says she’ll also look into reducing the marketing of unhealthy food and drinks aimed at children.
October 4th, 2013 | Comments (0)
Oshawa fire fighters had to rescue a man using a raft after his vehicle went over a guardrail into a marsh. Police say it happened early Friday morning in the Victoria Street area of Whitby. They say his car jumped the rail and landed in the Lynde Marsh. Fire crews floated a raft out to the man as he waited on the hood of his car. Officers believe weather conditions were a factor in the crash.
October 3rd, 2013 | Comments (0)
U.S. President Barack Obama had his first meeting with congressional leaders since much of the government shut down early Tuesday. But Wednesday’s 90-minute session didn’t move the two sides any closer to a resolution to end the stalemate, now into its third day. House Speaker John Boehner says President Obama refuses to negotiate. Senate Democrats are demanding that the government be re-opened without any measure attached to change his health care law.
October 1st, 2013 | Comments (0)
A collision between a scooter and tractor trailer has left one woman dead. Toronto police say it happened just after 10 a.m. on Tuesday, at Gerrard and Carlaw. The woman was crossing the street, when the tractor trailer struck her while she was on a mobility scooter. Officers have not released her name or age, but reports suggest she was in her 50’s.