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Archive for April, 2009

Toronto's Ring Road

Toronto doesn’t have a true ring road instead Toronto is surrounded by a ‘box’ road made up of Highway 427, Highway 401, The Gardiner Expressway (Gardiner) and The Don Valley Parkway (DVP). I was inspired yesterday by a tweet by ReNew Canada to think about this issue again. As quoted from the Future of the […]

Share the Road

Yesterday was beautiful – blue bird skies, warm temperatures – it made for the perfect day to go outside and enjoy the weather. Like many Torontonians my bf decided to take advantage of the nice weather and headed out for a road ride.In Toronto the bi-law states that sidewalks are for pedestrian use only. With limited […]

Transportation Planning Workshop

Friday I had the opportunity to attend a seminar put together by the OTC (Ontario Traffic Conference) on Transportation Planning. The day covered various southern Ontario initiatives from bicycle routes, to public transit, to planning for long-term projects. Here is a summary on the presentations I enjoyed: Transit City: Planning for Light Rail in Toronto […]

New Legislation

Last fall I wrote about new potential laws on graduated licensing and hand-held devices. It looks like those proposed laws are about to become a reality New Legislation to better protect young drivers. Under the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario’s announcement yesterday drivers under the age of 21 would require a zero-blood alcohol level. Under […]

My free Starbucks

Thanks to Starbucks I’m enjoying my free coffee today. Last week I wrote that Starbucks would be offering free coffee to customers who brought in their own mug. Using a reusable mug is part of my daily routine and I think part of the point of this initiative was to make bringing your own reusable […]

Happy Earth Day

A day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. Shouldn’t everyday be Earth day? It is a day to remind us that we abuse its environment and we should have more respect for it. We’re on a slow learning curve but we’re getting there. The History of Earth Day Earth day began […]

Engineering and Public Policy

The last few weeks have been fairly busy for me and it seems like the trend will continue. Last week was the final week of classes at U.of.T for my Master’s courses. The week was quite stressful with an exam, a presentation and a final paper. The last evening were the presentation for my Engineering […]

Getting Ready for Urban Farming Season '09

This passed Friday was officially the first patio Friday of the season. Although I didn’t sit out an enjoy a beverage under the sun, the warm weather did get me thinking about the plans for my gardens this summer Tomatoes. Cucumber. Zucchini. Peppers. Corn. I spent part of Saturday tilling the gardens and laying new […]

How many potholes did you drive/bike over today?

Toronto’s roads look like Swiss cheese these days. It seems like the city is in a losing battle with the war on potholes. Between freeze-thaw cycles, increased road traffic, and the salt applications it is no wonder the streets of Toronto are falling apart. Facts on Potholes in Toronto It costs about $25 to repair […]

Coffee: A never ending pile of garbage

Earth day is approaching. On April 22nd the world comes together to remind each other that we are all committed to helping to clean up the earth. Disposable coffee cups represent a significant amount of trash that people produce. Recently in a Tim Horton’s store I saw quite an ironic sign. Remember that currently the […]