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Extra, Extra: Slow Road, Fast Subway, and Howard Stern Mocks a Councillor

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  • Signs of spring: patio chairs, cherry blossoms, and…road work. The Don Valley Parkway will be closed in both directions this weekend—from 2 a.m. Saturday morning to 5 a.m. Monday morning—for annual spring maintenance. Workers will be replacing subway beams, cleaning catch basins, painting road markings, repairing signs, and generally tidying up.
  • If the road closure is slowing you down, you could ride the subway. Really, really fast. There is, we have just learned, a Guinness world record for hitting every station in a subway system as quickly as possible—and while the award doesn’t currently extend to Toronto, one subway-loving British man is going to clock himself going as fast as possible anyway.
  • If you love film there’s a newish Toronto-based magazine you should check out. It’s called The Seventh Art and it is, fittingly, a video magazine. Their third issue has just been published; it and the earlier issues are all free.
  • Last week—right after April Fools’ Day—someone got wacky at City Hall and signed up some fake citizens to speak at a Board of Health meeting. (Anita Dick-Smith, Haywood Yablome, Isaac Cox…the list goes on.) Reading them aloud before he realized what was happening: unsuspecting city councillor John Filion (Ward 23, Willowdale). And mocking John Filion today: Howard Stern. [via @goldsbie]

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  • Anonymous

    Note that all this weekend’s DVP repairs are paid for out of city general revenue – just like all city road maintenance.

    Daily drivers and out-of-town commuters: enjoy the subsidy, you’re welcome. Please stop complaining about the ‘war on the car’.

    • Kevin

      …every city’s road repairs are paid for by general revenue, just because Metro made bad decisions in the 1950s or because people from the 905′ers come into the city do work doesn’t mean you should get pissed off about it. When I lived in the ‘burbs I never got pissed off at Torontonians for grid locking 30+km of the QEW on nice weekends on their way to Niagara Falls, especially considering trains and buses go from downtown to Niagara. I’m also not against tolled highways, since I think all 400-Series highways should be tolled at at least 15c/km and also think that the Gardiner needs to be obliterated. :P

    • Carricks_cat

      Yeah, not like any of these mooches ever spend a dime in Toronto. Forget tolls, lets just put up a wall, worked for Berlin.

      • Anonymous

        Anonymous416 never advocated a toll, they just pointed out the obvious fact that there never has been a “war on the car.”

    • General Zod

      That’s right! Who needs commuters or daily drivers? Lets make Toronto become an abandoned cesspool like Detroit circa 2009.

      • Anonymous

        He was pointing out that roads are subsidised, just like transit. The difference people complain much les about our roads being subsidised.

        • Anonymous

          The replies are way more interesting than my post. Who knew that pointing out how driving is subsidized is like building a Berlin Wall and starting the 12th Street Riot.