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Re:Inventing GM

GM – Forward Thinking? Future of Car Makers For North America? I just saw the new GM commercial last night that essentially apologizes to the Canadian citizens and asks for forgiveness; the new campaign is appropriately called ‘Re:Inventing GM.’ GM wants to be looked at as the future of ‘green’ cars and a North American […]

Yield to the Bus

I am all for public transit, it usually moves people more efficiently than in individual automobiles, it helps to reduce pollution and it helps move people who may not be able to afford to have their own personal vehicle. But what I am not in favour of is aggressive bus drivers that do forget that […]

407EAST

No I’m not talking about the existing 407ETR, I’m talking about the proposed extension from its easterly termination of Brock Road over to Highway 115/35. This new extension will be known as 407EAST.   Why have  GTA residents not really heard about it? Minister Jim Bradley released his announcement the same day as the Federal […]

Are Changes Coming to the Rules of the Road in Ontario?

Over the last 24 hours there has been some exciting announcements on 680 news with respect to accidents and trucks. Drivers Should be Held Accountable in Bad Weather This was the statement from Police Chief Julian Fantino (here). He stated that he believes and the statistics support that 40% of accidents in poor weather conditions […]

The Need For Good Infrastructure: Part 2

Earlier this week I wrote about the need for good infrastructure with respect to the trucking industry. The other part of the equation, about 70% of the road users, is commuters. For all the people that commute to work everyday on the highways, having a functioning highway system is paramount. The Ministry of Transportation of […]

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

I wrote a book review for a class I’m taking and decided to post it on my blog as well (you can find it here). The book was amazing. Jane Jacobs helped to shape Toronto to who it is today – full of character, full of life, and full of interesting people and places. Her […]

Streetscaping

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the joint OTC/ITEconference on urban streetscaping. Most of the speakers were from the City of Toronto but the first presentation, one of the better ones, was from the City of Markham. The best presentation of the day was by Phil Weber of Ourston Roundabouts. What is Streetscaping? Streetscaping […]

New Management Needed

In what seems to be a never-ending series, Toronto had another devastating truck accident last night. A transport truck carrying copper piping tumbled from an overpass on to the highway below crushing 4 cars, injuring  4 people and killing 1. (Versions and pictures of the story can be found here, here and here). Knowing the […]

Tom Vanderbilt's Traffic

A Must Read for Anyone who has Been Stuck in Traffic Before Late August the Globe and Mail published an article Zoom, Zoom, Crash, Bang a comment by Margaret Wente discussing why men and women are inherently different drivers. What she also mentioned was Tom Vanderbilt’s new book Traffic. After reading the article I couldn’t […]

How do you know the streets are getting more dangerous?

The advent of the blackberry was wonderful (perhaps not to everyone); you could be more efficient with your time and get more done while on the move. Whether you needed to quickly respond to an email, find a restaurant, or get directions, you can now do all this with a hand-held device where ever you […]