Hello, today. You are the Wednesday of our dreams. In the news: a city surplus, boring under Eglinton, historical grass, what the weather will be like this summer, and Ford hires his radio producer.
Riding on increased revenue from the city’s land transfer tax, Toronto’s surplus from last year has hit $248 million. Another unexpected boon to Toronto’s bottom-line was, get this, the TTC. The commission was able to post finances showing an extra $41 million—numbers so thoroughly in the black because of lower fuel and electricity bills as well as an extra 11 million rides.
Today, two of a total four tunnel-boring machines are expected to launch into their journey deep below Eglinton Avenue. The machines will be digging the underground portion of the Crosstown LRT at a pace of 14 metres per day, with a completion date for the project set for 2020. There’s nothing boring about that.
City council will take it upon themselves to debate the value of turning a patch of grass at U of T into a patch of fake grass at U of T. More specifically, they will debate whether or not said grass has enough historic significance to receive a cultural heritage designation. If council decides that the field is indeed of significant cultural value, then the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games will need to orchestrate a new venue for Pan Am field hockey and Parapan Am soccer. Council is set to vote on June 11, and U of T is set to start construction on July 1.
Get your umbrellas and modest clothing ready, because both Environment Canada and the Weather Network are predicting a wet and mild summer this year.
Lastly, Rob Ford has hired another new staff member: Dan Jacobs, the Ford brothers’ radio producer. Jacobs brings deep municipal experience (he worked as a lifeguard and aquatics instructor over a decade ago) and will probably be loads of fun around the office (he has owned a DJ company for 18 years). We can only hope that the aforementioned DJing means awesome entrance music whenever Ford struts into chambers.
This post originally referred to Toronto’s 2012 budget surplus as an “all-time high.” In fact, the City has had bigger surpluses in previous years.