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Archive for 'Transportation'

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

I’m heading up to Ottawa this weekend for a track and field meet. Turns out I’m going to fly, which from a sustainable, triple bottom line perspective is the most viable. I was hoping that taking the train would have been best option, the idea of driving, alone, up to Ottawa before the meet just […]

BikeBeat

It’s finally that hot, sticky weather in the southern Ontario area. And to me it’s no better time than to be on my road bike exploring the back roads, raising my heart rate, testing my limits and enjoying the breathtaking views (I think I may even like it more running, and for those of you […]

The Future of Nuclear Power

With the recent earthquakes and tsunamis and subsequent nuclear disaster in Japan, nuclear reactors across the world have been called into question. Are they built to today’s codes? Could they with stand a hurricane? An earthquake? A tsunami? Can they with stand the effects of climate change and extreme weather events? Much has been written […]

You Only Get One Vote…Use it Wisely

On October 25th all of Ontario goes to vote their municipal leaders. Here in Toronto the race for mayor seems to be cooling down. While candidates continue to campaign, Rob Ford seems to be storming ahead with the lead. What? Rob Ford? The man who has insulted at least half of the city’s population; he […]

What Toronto Really Needs

I happened to be driving down the Allen Expressway when Toronto mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi announced that if he’s elected he will propose the extension of the Allen Expressway from it’s terminus at Eglinton down to the Gardiner Expressway. His vision is to tunnel from the existing terminus down to the Gardiner. (Uhhh… the Gardiner […]

The Busiest Highway in the World

Highway 401 – If it’s daylight it’s probably congested. The busiest section of the 401 runs east-west through Toronto and sees almost 500,000 cars on peak days (in comparison LA’s 405 sees about 380,000 cars per day), but the highway extends from the Detroit River in Windsor all the way through to the Ontario-Quebec border. […]

Toronto's Clean Air Commute Week 2009

That is the slogan for the 2009 Pollution Probe Clean Air Commute Week; contribute nothing to pollution. It is an attempt to get individuals to re-think how they travel to work everyday. Instead of driving, carpool, drive a hybrid, bike, walk, take transit or telecommute. I started my week off by riding my bike to […]

Solar is the Future?

Wind vs. Solar – what is the future for providing sustainable, efficient energy. People argue both sides of the fence that each is superior to the other. I’m still undecided, although I do believe on an individual, house-to-house level that solar is far superior to wind (I can’t exactly install a massive wind turbine in […]

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 […]

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 […]