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Newsstand: September 12, 2013

Morning! Today in the news: the TDSB wants to work with Toronto Police and other officials on improving traffic safety in school zones, Toronto Police consider buying more tasers, 3,500 CT scans and mammograms done at Toronto and Mississauga hospitals are under review, and Councillor Adam Vaughan isn't feeling too cosy towards the Ontario Municipal Board.

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Toronto District School Board trustees approved the idea of a meeting between the board’s chair, Chris Bolton, and Police Chief Bill Blair and other city officials. The purpose of this meeting would be to work on possible ways to improve traffic safety in school zones. Potential changes include upping the number of crossing guards and tightening parking regulations and enforcement. The impetus for the meetings is the tragic death of fourteen-year-old Violet Liang, who was killed while walking to her first day of school at C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute.

In taser news, Toronto’s Police Services Board meets today, and on the agenda is a discussion of whether to alter the service’s proposed capital budget and squeeze in the purchase of more stun guns. Police Chief Bill Blair has indicated that the service can afford it. A public consultation on the matter will be held on September 24 at Old City Hall.

Trillium Health Partners is undertaking a review of 3,500 CT scans and mammograms conducted at Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. The concern is over so-called “performance issues” and ensuing errors from a radiologist no longer employed there.

Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) is proposing that the City be able to assume control of certain planning decisions where more minor issues are concerned—meaning the Ontario Municipal Board, which currently decides the outcomes of planning-type disputes, wouldn’t necessarily get final say. Vaughan’s discontent with the OMB hit a peak after the City lost a seven-year fight over an illegally built addition to a house in Harbord Village.


  • blearghhh

    They should install speed humps everywhere near schools. That doesn’t mean people will necessarily look better, but certainly it’ll help people to slow the heck down near the schools.

    I also just realized that speed hump sounds kinda dirty

    • vampchick21

      Because it’s a speed bump :) not a hump….lol

      • derkson
        • vampchick21

          In common parlance they are bumps. Deal with it.

          • blearghhh

            They’re different things though. A speed bump is a very steep and round and you really need to slow down to 10 km/hr or so, or else your car gets really shaken up. Speed humps are a much gentler slope and only really cause an issue when you’re going over 40km/hr or so.

            Or it’s another name for a quickie. Take your pick.

          • vampchick21

            I’ll go with quickie for $500

          • Don River

            I’ll give you $3.75

          • vampchick21

            I was actually doing a Jepordy thing, but whatever.

        • glenn_storey

          i’m pretty sure that EVERY SINGLE SIGN at EVERY SINGLE SPEED BUMP says ‘bump”.

          • tyrannosaurus_rek

            The alternative is street signs telling us where and when to hump.

          • dsmithhfx

            And be quick about it!

    • Rolling Stop

      In theory speed bumps should help. But…we have a speed bump right before a stop sign in front of our school. It’s super dangerous. No one actually stops. They slow down a bit, think that qualifies as a stop and roll right through. It’s just a matter of time before someone gets hit.

    • dsmithhfx

      In polite society we call it a “quickie”.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Put up signs saying “photo radar in use – reduce speed in school zone”. (Actual photo radar devices not needed.)

    • andrew97

      Wouldn’t work if you are aware that photo speed enforcement is illegal in Ontario. Then again if you’re dumb enough to speed through a school zone you’re dumb enough not to know that.