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Extra, Extra: Counting on John, and Giving Life Online

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A screengrab from Dave Meslin’s blog, showing inconsistencies he and a team of volunteers found in numbers the City is using to guide its John Street redesign.

  • Last June, when the City released the data it was using to guide its John Street Corridor Improvement Study, Dave Meslin wasn’t buying it. He used a tape measure to show that there’s as much room for bike lanes on John Street as there is on St. George. Now, with a group of volunteers, he’s tackled another set of data used in the City’s study: what portion of trips along John Street are completed by walking, cycling, and driving on a typical weekday morning. Their results indicate that the City’s numbers were more than a little off.
  • Project Neutral hopes to make the Junction and Riverdale Canada’s first urban carbon-neutral communities, by analyzing the neighbourhoods’ current carbon footprints and then working with the community to come up with and implement strategies to reduce emissions. The project is being led by members of CivicAction‘s Emerging Leaders Network.
  • Ontarians who want to give their hearts and other parts to help improve the lives of others can now sign up to be organ donors online, thanks to a new Service Ontario website. The site notes that even if people sign a donor card, they still have to register their consent. Before this site enabled online registration, Ontario residents had to visit an Ontario Service centre or download and mail in a form.
  • They operate in very different arenas, but Toronto’s mayors and hockey players are both a big part of the city’s consciousness. Last fall, Tim Falconer wrote a post for All Fired Up in the Big Smoke that matched up former Toronto mayors and Maple Leafs players, based on various attributes: popularity, effectiveness, or, in the case of David Crombie and Ted Kennedy, perfection. Now, Falconer has updated the post on his own blog to include Rob Ford.

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UPDATE: May 15, 2011, 4:24 PMIn the image this post originally contained, the data for pedestrian and car trips was reversed. Dave Meslin emailed us with the above updated version.

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