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Subway trains rolling again after system-wide shutdown. Stage set for vote on future of the East Gardiner. Mayor John Tory calls for permanent end to carding. Queen’s Park prepares to arm some security officers. Apple finally presses play on music-streaming service.
SUBWAY SERVICE BACK UP AND RUNNING
Some major problems for commuters on Monday morning as all 4 subway lines were suspended. TTC officials say it was due to “major communication issue” and the lines had to be shut down for safety reasons. Line 3 was the first to begin operating again between Lawrence and McCowan, folllowed by Line 4 Sheppard). By 7:35 a.m. word came that service would be restored on Line 1 and 2 Bloor Danforth and Yonge University. At one point, police were brought in to all the subway stations to control the crowds. There is still no confirmation on what led to the communication breakdown.
COUNCILLORS PREPARING FOR GARDINER DEBATE AT CITY HALL
They’re into the final rounds of the fight over the east-end of the Gardiner and Mayor John Tory is going on the offensive in favor of the hybrid option. He’ll speak today to the empire club of Canada ahead of Wednesday’s council debate on the issue. At this point it’s pretty much a 50-50 split among decided councillors between the hybrid option and the complete teardown option.
As of Friday, 14 councillors declared they would be voting for the hybrid option. This option would maintain the elevated stretch of the Gardiner west of the DVP, demolish ramps east of the Don River to Logan, and would construct new ramps between the Don River and Cherry Street. The elevated deck would also need to be replaced. Construction would take up to six years, with the majority of commutes unchanged, and would cost around $919 million. 16 councillors say they’re in support of the removal option, which would tear down the elevated expressway east of Jarvis, and replace it with an eight-lane ground level boulevard, reduced to six lanes east of the DVP. This option would cost around $461 million, and would free up a large amount of public space. Its construction would take about six years, with around 25 percent of drivers seeing a 3-5 minute increase on their commute. On Friday, the Toronto Financial Services Alliance sent a letter to councillors in support of the boulevard. Former Toronto mayor David Crombie, and current and former chief planners Jennifer Keesmaat and Paul Bedford are also calling on its removal. On Wednesday, councillors will be debating the two options. 14 councillors are undecided. The winning option will need 23 votes.
MAYOR TORY PROMISES TO END CARDING IN TORONTO
In a major about face from earlier this week, Mayor John Tory in a press conference Sunday promised to end the dubious practice of carding. Tory will announce his intentions at the next police board meeting on June 18 and call for the complete elimination of the practice. Nationwide the process inaccurately targets young black men creating distrust between that segment of the population and the police force. During his speech Tory began visibly choked up when recounting the conversations he’s had with members of the black community who have been woefully targeted. Current police Chief Mark Saunders defends the practice but was seeking to revamp it.
QUEEN’S PARK PREPARES TO ARM SOME SECURITY OFFICERS
When Politicians return to Queen’s Park this fall they’re going to be protected by armed officers. I n reaction to the parliament Hill shooting last fall, 14 security personnel from the Ontario Legislature will go through firearms training this summer in preparation for their new duties. The last time there were armed guards at Queen’s Park was in the late 90s when the OPP had a detachment there.
APPLE FINALLY PRESSES PLAY ON MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE
We’re expecting Apple to make a jump into the online music streaming business to compete against the likes of Spotify, RDIO and Pandora. Last year Apple bought beat electronics and its online music streaming service Beats Music for $3billion. It’s believed that today it’ll launch the new service for roughly $15 per month. An app would also be forced onto IOS devices with the next software update.