The world of internet-enabled devices has revolutionized how we experience everyday tasks. You can pre-order your specialty Starbucks drink from a mobile app. You can load your Presto pass on any internet browser (although that has its hiccups). Heck, you can even hitch a ride with a stranger in an Uber ordered straight from your phone.
And now, a mobile-ready way to purchase your ferry tickets to the Toronto Islands is here, albeit slightly late in the grand scheme of things.
Starting tomorrow, Torontonians looking to hit the island beaches can purchase their ferry tickets directly from the Ritual app, pay with a credit or debit card, and display the tickets on their device without printing. While perhaps revolutionary for the City, this method has been used in most other sectors, include with boarding passes at Toronto’s Pearson Airport and at several Toronto concert venues.
At the third public consultation for the proposed Moss Park recreation centre, the word that went unspoken, while unmistakably present, was “gentrification.”
The neighbourhood is one of the poorest in the city and one of the most densely populated. No matter where people stand on the influx of wealthy residents almost certain to flood the surrounding area once the many condos currently under construction are completed, there was consensus that the eponymous park’s current facilities are unsuitable and strained; they already serve 100,000 people. But how do you create a space that will meet the needs of the area’s neediest and long-term residents as more people, likely far more affluent, move in? And what do you do when some in the area seem happy to forego the neediest among them and embrace the change?