In Tess Kalinowski’s free Star e-book Can this man save the TTC? the transportation reporter takes a long and thoughtful look at TTC CEO Andy Byford and the challenges he faces. It is a long and thoughtful piece because the situation is complicated, the challenges he faces are indeed considerable, and, of course, it would probably not be good journalistic practice to answer the title’s question with a simple “yes” or “no” and then leave it at that.
Image of the SR.N2 Hovercraft from Flight International (March 9, 1962).
Today, John Tory released his five-point gridlock-fighting initiative. Some of those points are related to issues not infrequently discussed: bus lanes (he thinks the City should add queue-jumping bus lanes), the future of the Gardiner Expressway (he thinks it should stay put), and parking enforcement during rush hour (he’s in favour of that), for example.
And then there’s number three, which involves “exploring how we can use Lake Ontario’s waterways for commuting.” Forget the crowded bus or the congested roadway: John Tory’s Torontonian commuter of the future would be boating to work on the wide-open water. “Opening up our waterways for commuters will help tackle congestion, mitigate the impact of major road works, encourage more development at, and help reconnect us all to, our magnificent lakeside setting along the waterfront,” his statement reads. “Water taxis and commuter services are also another way for commuters to help shrink our growing carbon footprint, since boat travel consumes less fuel than buses and taxis.”
Derek Boyes and Miriam Fernandes in Soliciting Temptation by Erin Shields. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.
Tarragon Theatre, Extra Space (30 Bridgman Avenue)
Tuesday, April 15–Sunday, May 4
Erin Shields’ Soliciting Temptation, premiering now at Tarragon Theatre, was highly anticipated—it’s the first new play since 2010 from the eminent female playwright, known for the Governor General Award-winning If We Were Birds. In some respects, it lives up to the hype. It deals with the difficult, often-overlooked subject of child sex tourism, and it does so thoughtfully and with nuance. The overall experience, though, is somewhat underwhelming, because the compelling ideas explored are undercut by an implausible premise.