The TTC is proposing an increase to fares for the sixth year in a row. The 10-cent increase comes as the transit agency faces a struggle to balance their books with lower ridership numbers and increasing operating costs.
The TTC has released a report that will go to the board next week stating their budget shortfall for 2017 has been reduced to $61 million from $231 million. This is dependent on a number of factors including the proposed 10-cent increase.
If the board approves, token prices will go from $2.90 to $3.00 while adult cash fares will stay at $3.25. Senior and student cash prices will increase from $2.00 to $2.10. Metropasses will see a slight increase as well with adult passes going from $141.50 to $146.25 and senior and student passes going from $112 to $116.75.
Other budget issues include a difficult Presto rollout, the opening of the Toronto-York Spadina subway extension and lower than expected ridership growth. The TTC projected to have 553 million riders this year but it is looking to end closer to 540 million by the end of 2016. This has left the agency with a roughly $32 million hole in their budget.
Earlier in the week the TTC announced service cuts affecting more than a dozen bus and streetcar routes. They are now running certain routes less frequently including the busiest streetcar route, the 504 King streetcar.
Toronto Mayor John Tory made a campaign pledge when running for mayor in 2014 to freeze transit fares yet increased fares every year since he became mayor. Transit fares haven’t been frozen since 2011 when tokens cost $2.50 and adult Metropasses were $121.
Following the rebranding of the Humber Students’ Federation to IGNITE in July, many students remain skeptical about the budget and transparency of the change.
The previous rebrand info session held by IGNITE on Oct. 5 sparked a lot of anger among students who saw the $400,000 budget as a waste of money.
The executive body of HSF hopes to resolve these concerns with a special meeting of members scheduled for Oct. 18 at the Humber North Campus. A live stream of the event will be available for Lakeshore students in the K building.
The meeting is intended to give Humber students a voice to vote on the legal name change from HSF to IGNITE. An update is also expected to be released on the categorized budget for the rebranding.
When asked about the $400,000 budget and past info sessions held by IGNITE, many students said they were unaware of how the money would be spent and also the operation of HSF under the new brand.
Humber Graphic design students Tristen Fitian said that she was unaware about the change .
“I didn’t know that happened,” she said. “I don’t think they should have spent that much on a rebranding.”
Accounting student Handeep Bains believes the money could be put to better use.
“I would prefer if they upgrade the cafeteria area with more space to sit because we barely have that and study areas,” she said.
However, some students are more aware of the changes and see the rebranding as a positive move.
“Ignite seems like a good idea, it seems like something that is bringing all the campuses together,” stated Ryan Bowman, a Digital Communications student at Humber.
“HSF was more reflective of a small amount of the Humber student body.”
However, like many Humber students, Bowman also expressed his concern about the budget.
“I like the rebranding but i don’t think it’s worth all that money. Something like that should be public on where they spent the money and how they spent the money,” he said.
Anna Bilan, the VP of Student affairs at Lakeshore campus, believes that the major reason behind the discontent among students with the new branding comes from a lack of understanding and involvement.
“When the students actually understand why the rebrand was made there are no concerns and they will say it was very very necessary. There are a lot of students who came to us and said they would love to get involved since the rebrand’’ she said.
“However, no matter how you send this message to some students, if they have already made up their minds to hear what they want to hear, you are powerless in changing that.”
She also commented on the $400,000 budget project saying that more will be disclosed in tomorrow’s meeting.
“The $400,000 is just the excess amount approved by the board. We do not spend that much money so tomorrow we are going to present the exact amount that we have spent so far,” she said.
Bilan stated that the rebrand has not affected the operations of any services that were provided by HSF.
Robert Bruce Ford, Toronto’s contentious former mayor, has died at the age of 46 in hospital after a battle with a rare form of abdominal cancer.
In his more than 16 years working in Canadian politics, Ford built an army of followers behind his name. Known for his heavy-breathed rants and lumbering gait, his humanistic approach to city matters garnered a hard-and-fast following of Ford Nation supporters. From his first election as city councilor to his most recent admittance to the hospital, Ford’s fans stood firmly planted behind the politician who broke the mold, in every sense.
Born in Etobicoke in 1969 and the youngest of four children, Ford was raised in a family with both a political legacy and history of substance use. The Fords have been referred to as the “gatekeepers of Etobicoke”, the “Canadian Kennedys”, rich and popular. His father, Douglas Bruce Ford, Sr., was the late Progressive Conservative MPP, from 1995-1999. Ford Sr., a multi-millionaire who was raised during the depression, was a strict and demanding father, even going so far as to submit his children to lie detector tests after money had disappeared from the family home. Rob Ford stepped into politics just as his father left, a position meant for Doug Jr., but had been saddled with taking care of the business. It was the death of his father in 2006, according to former Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle, which would send Ford into a downward spiral of drugs and alcohol. A year before that, his sister Kathy, was shot in the head by her boyfriend, but survived the incident. In 1998, her ex-husband killed her boyfriend with a sawed-off shotgun, right in front of her. Kathy was a drug addict, Doug was a pot dealer in high school and recovering alcoholic, and Rob, too, had a history of drinking and substance abuse.
Raised in a privileged home, Ford dreamt of becoming a professional football player and attended several high profile sports training camps as a teenager. After graduating high school, he went on to attend Carleton University only to drop out a year later. While at university he made the football team, but never managed to make it off the bench. In 2000, Ford married his high school sweetheart, Renata Brejniak, and had two children. Police were called several times over the course of 2008 to 2013 in response to domestic disputes between the two, though no charges were ever laid. Ford lived out his childhood passion from the sidelines as a high school football coach. His first coaching job was with Newtonbrook Secondary School, which he was later dismissed from over a dispute with a player. Then, with Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School until the Catholic School Board dismissed him over evidence that surfaced in 2013 showing Ford’s drug usage.
Ford stepped on to the political field in 2000 when elected councilor for his local ward, Etobicoke North (Ward 2), a position he would not return to until after a tumultuous, allegation-riddled reign as Toronto Mayor. Here began the corpulent football coach’s first encounter with the harsh awakening, and a hard spotlight, that elected leaders face in politics. With his lack of regard for the political process and perpetual annoyances with reporters and other councilors, it was the perfect recipe for the making of a YouTube sensation. One of the first videos to surface was Ford’s verbal confrontation with Globe and Mail reporter, John Barber, who had mouthed a rude name aimed at Ford during a combative back-and-forth. Ford chased Barber to the elevator of City Hall, using his bulk to block the embarrassed reporter’s exit and berating him for an explanation.
Not long after, in 2006, the public began to see evidence of his self-titled “drunken stupors” after being ejected from a Maple Leafs game for intoxication and belligerence. A pattern of deflection gradually began to develop after each incident when questioned: a flat out denial until presented with hard evidence, followed up by an admission of guilt, complete with pettifogging and blame. Ford served as a councilor for a decade. Nearing the end of his last term as Toronto City Councilor, his political career was again overshadowed by personal turmoil when his wife of eight years, at the time, Renata, called police to her home on March 26, 2008. Renata pressed charges, accusing her husband of assault and death threats, which would later be dropped before his run for Mayor. These calls to the police would become regular occurrences at the Ford house.
Despite consistently landing in the eye of controversy, ranging from his comments regarding “Oriental people” to his pitchy outbursts at City Hall meetings, Ford overcame criticism and ran for Mayor in 2010. His harsh criticism of city spending and his promise to “always answer the phone” made him relatable to the voters. Ford would spend hours a day walking through the worst neighborhoods of Toronto, knocking on doors and talking to residents about bad transit and cracked sidewalks. If you called his office, Ford would answer the phone. If you left a message, Ford would call you back. He was a politician that had time for his people. Ruddy-faced, ungainly and perpetually sweaty read as ‘human’ to many voters, while the ability to command his voice among a din of shouting was seen as endearing. Ford was anything but the classic cutout politician that ran alongside and before him. To the people, he was one of them, coining terms like “stop the gravy train” and “respect the taxpayer”. Running on a platform that axed streetcars, gridlock-causing marathons, and about half of the city council staff, all while claiming to save $2.8 billion over four years, Ford won.
His four years as city Mayor played out much like his time as city councilor – a domino effect of public intoxication, slurs, slanders, lies, admissions, city council violations, police calls and topped off with a drug scandal. Ford’s abuse of the inner workings of city council aggravated and embarrassed members on all levels of the political institution. City Hall became a harshly divided battlefield with Ford steamrolling through backlash to pass improper, even technically illegal, policies. Numerous attempts to try and curtail Toronto’s wild mayor failed and only gave him more power as a naysayer. A violation of the Council’s code of conduct when using his official letterhead to solicit donations for his charity, the Rob Ford Football Foundation, would be the sign of things to come as Ford used his power to pull personal strings. From diverting TTC busses to pick up his football team, leaving passengers stranded in rush hour, to expediting drainage and road repairs in front of Deco Labels, his family-owned business, Ford continually misused his position for personal gain.
The platform he ran and won on, as an average man of the people slowly began to crumble around him, too. How he treated the public quickly went from patient and perseverant to discriminatory. The public heard Ford speak out in revulsion against a number of marginalized groups present in his city, but nothing was quite as prevalent as what would be deemed his war on the LGBT community. It began in 2005, when he announced to council that he didn’t understand the need for grants for transgendered and transsexual people. This clear discomfort with Toronto’s diverse and growing community carried on when he became the first Mayor of the city to not attend Pride in 2011, at first blaming a commitment to an annual trip to a family cabin. He would not attend any of the parades for all four years in office, and very purposefully failed to attend a Pride flag raising ceremony.
None of this was nearly as polarizing as the crack scandal. The city became divided, between those who believed the allegations, and those who called it rumour. In May of 2013, Gawker published a story revealing the existence of a video in which the Mayor of Toronto was smoking crack cocaine amidst a homophobic rant. The Toronto Star backed the story saying two reporters, Robyn Doolittle and Kevin Donovan, had seen the video. It wasn’t until November, after the police had raided the home of the man who shot the video, that Ford stood in the middle of a news scrum and urged the reporters to ask him the question they had posed to him a few months prior again.
“Yes. I have smoked crack cocaine.”
It was a scandal that captivated the world. Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart were among many television personalities who helped transform Rob Ford into a household name across North America. After Ford refused to resign, he was fired as a football coach, a slew of Ford’s staff resigned and a protest at Nathan Phillips Square was organized calling for his resignation.
In 2014, Ford ran as incumbent mayor, only to withdraw his bid on September 12 after being hospitalized with an abdominal tumour.
Instead, Ford ran for the position that first started him on the 14-year long journey under Canada’s media microscope. In a last attempt to maintain the grasp of Ford Nation, Doug entered the mayoral race. The older Ford didn’t command the forgiving heart of the voters quite like his younger brother and lost by a long shot to John Tory. The self-titled straight shooter took a hard backseat after such a public run as Toronto’s most controversial mayor.
After running face-first into a CityTV camera and passing it off as an attack, it is easy to see Rob Ford didn’t receive a kind view from the reporters he referred to as “maggots”. He would race from his car to the front door when he saw cameras and microphones waiting to question him on the latest fiasco. Ford went so far as chasing down and mugging Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale while the curious journalist scouted out a park Ford had planned to purchase and fix up. Despite his perpetual annoyance with the press, however, there were brief moments where a glimpse of the bombastic mayor’s efforts shone through the unforgiving headlines.
On St. Patrick’s Day of 2012, a passerby encountered Ford, “stumbling down the street” and took the chance to tell the city’s visibly intoxicated leader that he was “the worst mayor ever.” Ford allegedly walked over, kissed her on the forehead and responded, “I know, but I try.”
Toronto’s former mayor, Rob Ford, passed away today after a battle with a rare form of cancer. There were reports Ford was put into palliative care yesterday after his tumors were no longer responding to chemotherapy. Known for his scandals and tax-payer friendly politics, Ford’s death comes as a shock to many. The former mayor was 46 years old.
Day two of Toronto Fashion Week kicked off on Tuesday March 15, 2016 with eight unique shows throughout the afternoon and evening. Skedline was able to gain access to shows for Ellie Mae, SELECT, Natalie Urbanovitch, WRKDEPT, and Bustle. Here is a sneak peak of some of the pieces in the designer lines, all of which were made in Canada. Take a look!
Ellie Mae premiered her line of designer winter jackets at 4:00pm on Tuesday. The line featured many tailored jackets at various lengths. The main choice of fabric used in this line was tweed which can be seen in many of her pieces.
After the final walk of her line, Ellie Mae came out to greet attendees with an adorable little French Bulldog.
House of Knots brought knitting to the runway in a very high fashion way. With jumpsuits, dresses and jackets made of yarn the line took a fabric somewhat foreign to the runway and made it high fashion.
Candace Daniela was the second designer to be featured in the SELECT showcase. Her line featured an array of winter outerwear with fur embellishments as well as many tailored jackets.
Candace Daniela came out to greet the crowd and someone from the front row popped up and congratulated her with a bouquet of flowers.
Vandal was third on the SELECT docket. Their line was a reflection of the lines name. With lots of layers and mostly black with one ensemble in a metallic lilac one can only assume that people who consider themselves as vandals would be seen wearing this line.
Neya was the final line to be featured in the lengthily SELECT show. The line had a distinct international feel with middle eastern and Asian influences.
The designer greeted the crowd in a floor length, black, loose fitted dress complete with a hood.
Malorie Urbanovitch began her show with dark, ominous blue lighting. The blue background was seen throughout the entire show and reflected onto the white runway. Her show was one of the most anticipated of the night and brought a large audience. Her pieces were flowing with natural movement and earthy neutral tones.
Directly after the Malorie Urbanovitch show, outside the runway WRKDEPT had set up their environment presentation. Throughout the half an hour showcase designs were switched and models had their jackets turned inside out and put back on again.
Bustle was the last show Skedline had the pleasure of covering on Tuesday. The line featured sporty looks designed by fashion power couple Shawn Hewson and Ruth Promislow and even featured their two children modelling for their kids line, Bustle Sprouts. The line had a sporty yet professional feel and featured pieces like tailored jackets all the way to sports bags.
The couple bounded out onto the runway after their show. Clearly happy, Hewson and Promislow were smiling from ear to ear.
That wraps up our day two coverage of Toronto Fashion Week. Look out for more fashion week coverage as the week goes on.
Toronto Fashion Week is becoming bigger and bigger with every passing year. With designers from all over Canada flying in to showcase their upcoming lines the Fashion Week tent at David Peacaut Square was busier than ever. Skedline Reporter Emily Bongelli was there on opening night, March 14, to cover the NARCES and Christopher Paunil runway shows.
Mikhael Kale poses for the media with two of the newly debuted looks from his line. Most of his looks included the plastic booty covers which models walked in during the show.
NARCES models receive final touches to their makeup before the show. Maybelline representatives were on hand to apply the models’ runway makeup. Redken was also there to ensure every model had perfect hair before they walked the runway.
Who says models can’t have fun too? These ladies walked in the Mikhael Kale show and were winding down after a long first day at Toronto Fashion Week.
Christopher Paunil rushes in with the last pieces of his collection.
After conducting an interview with CBC, Paunil manages to find enough time to get a little touch up himself before the show.
NARCES by Designer and Creative Director Nikki Wirthensohn Yassemi began their show at 7:00pm with a beautiful evening wear and bridal line. All the models had their hair in a low, neat and tidy bun.
The line featured a variety of evening gowns and dresses with floral, lace and light, flowing fabrics. The colour palate was bold in the beginning of the show with red and bright royal blue gowns but turned into softer tones transitioning into their bridal line.
The bridal portion of NARCES stuck with the style of their evening wear line using similar floral fabrics and a light airy feel.
Christopher Paunil’s show followed NARCES at 8:00pm with a stunning line featuring structured fabrics with a lot of gold and silver details that gave the line a classic, elegant feel.
The structured and elegant feel was also seen in Paunil’s bridal line. The designer began the line with this eye popping pink gown that wowed the crowd.
The line featured pieces in a satin fabric with a lot of structure but still managed to make the dresses flow naturally.
Christopher Paunil walking with Executive Director Chalo Hancock and model Aluad Deng Anei.
That’s a wrap for the opening day of the 2016 Toronto Fashion Week! Skedline will continue to cover Toronto Fashion Week as the week continues.
With the Toronto Raptors losing 109-107 last night to the Chicago Bulls at the Air Canada Centre, that makes nine straight Toronto losses to the Bulls. The last time the Raptors won was December 31, 2013 at the United Centre in Chicago by a score of 85-79. On paper, the Raptors are the clear cut favourites, but why can’t they beat the Bulls?
Going back quite a few years, the scripts were actually flipped. Between the 1998 season and the 2002 season, the Raptors beat the Bulls 16 times in a row. The secret? Playing a tough style of defence that ripped rebounds down like it was no one’s business. Having Vince Carter at his prime also definitely contributed to their success.
But that was then. These days, what’s actually going right for the Bulls? More importantly what’s going wrong for the Raptors? Over their last nine meetings, the Raptors have lost by less than ten points seven times — losing by just two points on three different occasions.
Clearly, staying competitive is not the issue, but as of late, losing the lead late in the game has been troubling. It’s not the only time that we’ve seen this trend with the Raptors. In the 2013-2014 season, they won their division but then lost in seven games to a very experienced Brooklyn Nets team in the first round of the playoffs. Last season, they finished first again but then lost four straight games to the Washington Wizards in the first round.
Those performances have left some wondering if the Raptors can make up for their lack of experience.
“The Raptors could still be in their learning phases on how to be professional, how to hold down a lead, how to distribute their energy, and essentially how to win,” says Hindi Crawford of The Defeated Pod Podcast.
This may not bode well for the Raptors — there’s a great chance they could match up with the Bulls in the first round of this years playoffs.
“With confidence at an all time low for the Raptors against the Bulls, they need to change their tune fast, make some adjustments and they need to make them fast,” adds Crawford.
With March Break quickly approaching there is no doubt that Canada’s biggest airport be the extremely busy. Pearson International airport predicted that 115,000 passengers were in the airport on Thursday. An estimated 5,000 more passengers are expected to come through the airport looking to get away from the city by the end of Friday. All together, that makes for 120,000 passengers flying out of the city before the weekend.
Last year, Toronto Pearson saw a record number of 41 million passengers in the airport. The airport says it is expecting passenger numbers to increase by three to four per cent over last year’s March Break numbers.
“Our passengers are our passion at Toronto Pearson and we’ve been working hard to get ready for these busier March Break days,” spokesman Scott Collier, Vice President of Customer and Terminal Services, said in a statement.
The airport has put together some useful travel tips that may be able to help travelers commute easily through the airport.
It is strongly recommended that travellers arrive two hours before a domestic flight and at least three hours before an international. Passengers are encouraged to check flight times & statuses either online or on Pearson’s mobile app before arriving to the airport.
Another time saving tip is to be aware of any baggage restrictions. Ensure liquids and gels in carry-on luggage are in containers no larger than 100 milliliters so you don’t have to worry about being stopped. Also be prepared for security screening that includes checking electronic devices.
Pearson says in their press release that they will have a ”full complement of staff on duty throughout the terminals” in an effort to make the experience as stress free as possible.”
Great news for people traveling with kids, Toronto Pearson representatives will be handing out free “Kids Kits” on the busiest days of the season to help with keeping the kids busy before boarding flights. Each kit will include sweet treats and fun activities including a “how to draw an airplane” booklet and scavenger hunt, along with travel essentials that can suit any vacation from the beach to the slopes. Also, between March 10-14, kids under 10 years old are able eat free at select food outlets at the airport.
Other new additions to the airport include new stores, a pharmacy, free Wi-Fi, and other amenities to ease long wait times.
While Airport authorities say they will be doing everything possible to make things run smooth for travellers, but urges travellers to be patient and strongly recommended allowing lots of extra time.