The collision happens in a matter of seconds. A courier cyclist riding north on Bay Street motions at a taxi driver, and bangs on his window. Then the driver veers right into the cyclist, and knocks him onto the sidewalk, bending his front wheel.
It’s a scene few outside of Toronto would know about had it not been filmed and shared with the world by a famous YouTuber.
In Toronto, no one wins elections for ensuring water comes out of your tap or the streetcar comes on time. You can lose votes if these things don’t happen, and that’s because this is basic infrastructure that we take for granted. Politically, there are few votes to be won by investing in it, and a misaligned incentive to spend a lot on the latest Shiny New Thing.
After all, the number of votes to be won by a particular project bears little relationship to the public good it serves. It is with this in mind that today’s federal announcement about hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure spending details in Toronto and Ontario is welcome, because it’s mostly not for new and shiny baubles but items we can really use.
The Olympics are over, and Toronto’s daily newspapers are cooling off during these final dog days of August by scouring the wires for strange local and international stories. As a result, this week’s Front Page Challenge competition is arguably more bizarre than the events recounted in the 1996 hit single “How Bizarre.” But which of the city’s papers will be in our face every time we look around for this week’s winner?