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A Smashingly Good Ferry Tale

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It’s the story that keeps on giving, folks – the Island Airport!
Yesterday, the Toronto Port Authority’s shiny new ferry took 30 minutes to traverse the 120-metre gap between Bathurst Street and the airport. It took longer than the expected 90 seconds because the pilot (who the TPA won’t name) seems to have driven smack into the dock.
The CBC talked to TPA head of operations Ken Lundy who said that the pilot had a panic attack in reaction to blue smoke floating about after a celebratory fireworks display. A second captain apparently grabbed the wheel, hence the collision.
CityTV ups the dramatic ante citing alleged shouts of, “I don’t think he sees it! He doesn’t even know it! Hold on! Hold on!”
There seems to be some minor, superficial damage to the $5 million boat, but fear not: people were jostled but there were no injuries.
They say there’s no thing as bad publicity but we wonder if that’s true with stories involving smoke, water, airports and panic attacks…

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  • http://www.publicspace.ca/sidewalksale.htm Jonathan

    Oh my God, it’s just too good.
    The TPA long ago crossed the line into farce, but it seems to have finally entered the realm of slapstick.

  • jerrold

    Oh man, that’s gold! Wish I were there. I would have been giggling the whole time.

  • Justin…

    The TPA lobbyist who troll the internet trying to convince people that the TPA is not a joke (see link below) are probably going to be pretty busy for the next couple weeks.
    http://www.torontoist.com/archives/2006/09/the_toronto_por.php#comments

  • http://www.publicspace.ca/sidewalksale.htm Jonathan

    I’m not sure “John Spragge” is necessarily a TPA lobbyist. The people who are officially registered to lobby the feds on behalf of the rogue agency are: Vic Gupta, Peter Naglik, Gary Leroux, and Bill Hearn. The lobbyists with the Porter file are: Tim Kennedy, Carl Baltare, Genevieve Young, and Lorna Counsell.
    When I first saw John Spragge’s posts, I did check his name against that list – it’s something I make a point of doing every time I read someone defending either company.

  • Jay

    Jonathan, just out of curiosity how do you check lobbyist lists?

  • http://www.publicspace.ca/sidewalksale.htm Jonathan

    I’ve got to give credit to CommunityAIR for finding the above names, but here’s where to go to search the federal government’s registry for yourself:
    https://strategis.ic.gc.ca/app/secure/ec/lrrs/displaySearchReg.do;jsessionid=00002-6r6grqXIXFme75rvT-uXE:vdd1k0er?lang=eng
    The provincial government may have a similar thing, but their site is currently French-only:
    http://lobbyist.oico.on.ca/
    The City of Toronto has a voluntary lobbyist registry system that can’t be accessed online, but you can find out which councillors have been bothering to keep track of who’s coming and going from their offices:
    http://www.toronto.ca/city_council/registry.htm

  • rek

    All that for the sake of 120 metres.

  • Jay

    Thanks!

  • rek

    Would a pedestrian bridge be out of the question? Think of the money and resources taken up by the ferry. NIMBYs?

  • Justin…

    Good one rek.
    What do you get for comments like that? Do TPA pay by the word?
    “10$ BONUS for mentioning ‘NIMBY’”

  • rek

    I never really followed the bridge issue when it was one. Was a pedestrian-too-narrow-for-motor-vehicles bridge ever proposed as an alternative? I can’t believe people think running a diesel-guzzler back and forth (a mere 120 metres!) all day is the best solution. I guess the word “bridge” is now more toxic than the fuel and exhaust the ferry could/does spill/spew/consume.
    (NIMBY)