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Archive for May, 2009

My Urban Garden

It’s passed the Victoria Long weekend and Toronto should be free and clear of frost. I planted most of my gardens over the long weekend, a combination of vegetables and flowers. Two weeks into the plantings and things are going well. I bought some of my plants more mature than others and have already picked […]

Why Concrete is Better

Asphalt Roads versus Concrete Roads … what is better long term? There is no easy way to answer this question; it depends on the climate the roads are subjected to, the traffic volumes, the maintenance contracts, etc. But yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a seminar that shifted my preference to concrete roads. What […]

Free Light Bulbs

Attention all Toronto residents, did you know that the Home Depot and Canadian Tire are eligible to receive a free lightbulb? Known as the Spring Turn On Event select stores will be distributing CFL’s (energy efficient light bulbs) again this Saturday and Sunday. These stores will also be offering a $4 discount on specialty CFL’s […]

The Crumbling Streets of Toronto

It is very obvious in the City of Toronto that the streets are falling apart. Streets that are in high demand – Bayview Avenue, Yonge Street, Mt. Pleasant Avenue, etc – are all looking worse-for-wear. Whether you’re in a car, on foot or on a bicycle you’ll notice the new cracks and potholes of the […]

My Interview on Transit Sleuth

Portland – progressive, transit friendly, active transportation friendly – it is becoming one of the best cities in America to live. Adron B. Hall, resident of Portland and author of Transit Sleuth, maintains a blog dedicated to transportation. Adron is conducting an interesting experiment and is interviewing other transportation bloggers and is posting their comments […]

Smart Ways to Spend Infrastructure Dollars

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a presentation hosted jointly by the Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy (OCEPP) and the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto. The presenter Chris Kennedy spoke about how Ontario, namely the Golden-Horseshoe, should develop infrastructure over the next 10- […]

Protesters on the Gardiner Expressway

Yesterday I happened to be on the Gardiner when the Tamil Protesters took over. I narrowly escaped and managed to make it to my mother’s day dinner on-time. I do feel for the protesters but holding a city hostage is no way to have your cause heard. I think the social injustice in countries like […]

How to Improve Toronto's Road Infrastructure

Do you ever have those moments in your car where you just want to scream? I’ve had a few of those lately. I usually bike or transit to work but by taking on an intensive course for my masters I’ve been forced to drive home to school to work to home to maximize my commute […]

Drinking and Driving

Unfortunate but true it happens more often than it should. Ontario estimates that over the past decade over 2000 people have died due to impaired driving and over 50,000 people have been injured! But it’s not just those affected, both emotionally and physically, it is estimated that impaired driving costs the province $3billion annually. The […]

Gardiner East Consultations

Yesterday I wrote about Toronto’s “ring road” or as I called it ‘Toronto’s Box Road.’ It got me thinking and I decide to a more thorough read of the website and provide some thoughts/ideas on what is presented on the Future of the Gardiner East. In moving to be more environmental WATERFRONToronto set up an […]