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Extra, Extra: Adam Vaughan’s Joke, Stylish Transit Posters, and a Snow-Crippled City

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  • If Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) ever decides politics is no longer his thing, he might want to consider venturing into the world of late-night comedy. “What’s the difference between Rob Ford and Justin Bieber?” he asked reporters. “Justin Bieber shoots and cuts his own videos.” Watch your back, Mike Bullard.
  • Attention, illustrators and graphic designers! Only one day remains for you to submit your entry for Spacing’sTransit Poster Contest.” So if you have it in you to create a “stylish and sophisticated poster” that celebrates the TTC, you should probably get to work.
  • Winter has hit all of us pretty hard, seeing as how it’s cold, grey, and seemingly endless—but it’s been especially cruel to Atlanta recently. This week, just over five centimetres of snow managed to cripple a city of 6 million people: roads were impassable, flights were cancelled, children were forced to spend the night in schools or buses, people were trapped for hours in their cars. Rebecca Burns takes on the “Oh, those Southerners, they don’t know how to drive in the snow!” response, arguing that this city-wide emergency instead reflects the “horrible history of suburban sprawl in the United States and the bad political decisions that drive it.”

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  • William Paul

    if you recall, Adam had a much funnier joke….”Ban the ammunition”

    • HotDang

      Isn’t ammunition already banned? I hope so.

      • http://s1.zetaboards.com/SimSkinsByDen/index/ PetrolheadDen

        Only for white people.

        • William Paul

          huh? you serious? Ammo is available at most hardware stores and ALL Canadian Tire stores as it should be. It was just another one of Adam’s ever increasing brain-farts trying to get council to ban ammo within the city limits, he may as well of tried to ban 2-ply toilet paper from any store on King Street.

          • OgtheDim

            “As it should be”

            Uh…no.

            In this city, its a luxury item, not a necessity. If your local Canadian Tire doesn’t have Ammo, you’ll be OK.

            Heck if your local Canadian Tire doesn’t have anything, you’ll be OK.

            That’s like saying

            “Every Pusateri’s sells Grey Poupon as it should be.”.

            Oh, btw, I’ve never heard anybody compare the need for Ammo to the need for Toilet Paper before. Phallic references abound for weapons but Freudian anal stage references for Ammo….that’s a new one.

          • William Paul

            well there Mr Og, speaking of anal… you seem to be much more comfortable lurking around Munro’s “transit” sandbox where you all dream of LRT and streetcar up and across EVERY single street, raising the fare by 2 bucks and taxing us property owners to death, just so you can get your beloved ‘network” or endlessly rehashing getting rid of ONE stop to save .87seconds of travel time…..oh, and yes every Pusateri’s SHOULD have Grey Poupon.

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  • OgtheDim

    The article from Atlanta isn’t that much of an apology. The only proof about the chaos being an issue of volume of traffic is that a million cars were moving around during rush hour. That amount though is happening no matter what the weather.

    That 2 inches of snow stopped them is really because they are not used to driving in this stuff.

    Just like Canadians the first time snow falls every winter.

    • uglyredhonda

      A bit of a quibble – what was seen at that time in Atlanta was all the traffic you would normally have seen over a three hour period, but all at once. And traffic is normally bad during those three hours – it would’ve looked much the same without the snow.

      The biggest issue was all of the tractor-trailers that were allowed to continue into Atlanta despite the weather warnings. It didn’t take more than a handful of those to stop moving to put the entire city into gridlock.

      And, honestly, two inches of snow turned into an inch of ice pretty quickly under those stopped cars. Impossible to drive on ice, no matter where you’re from.

      There are actually a lot of similarities between TO and Atlanta, from the liberal downtown core to the conservative burbs. From a government standpoint, Atlanta looks and acts a whole lot like pre-amalgamation Toronto, save for being far more conservative as a whole. (For every complaint about TTC, be grateful TO doesn’t have MARTA.)

    • Guest

      I actually spent some time at the Toronto and East York Community Council when they were discussing a major project in my area (the condos at the former hardware store that a family blew up on Christmas Eve in 2001…same family building it, we’re a little nervous to say the least).

      Maybe I caught him on a bad day, but I’ve never seen such disrespect from a politician (until, maybe, Fantino’s very predictable meltdown this week).

      He virtually ignored the presenters from the ‘hood (who took time off work or vacation to go to the meeting), laughing and joking with staff and other councillors, asked a few rote questions, and we all went home. The thing is being built, 12 stories (where 8 or 9 would fit).

      I’ve always given the stuttering twerp a bit of credit because he does exhibit smarts (he’s right about the OMB being bastards, and maybe he’s just tired of gong through the motions).

      But I lost a great deal of respect for him that day.

      • CaligulaJones

        No idea what happened, this was obviously meant to be in another thread.

        oops.

    • rich1299

      Plus its unlikely they’d have adequate snow clearing trucks or salters in a city like Atlanta. I didn’t read the article but my sister now lives in Houston so have been hearing similar stories and it seems to come down to both inexperience and a lack of snow/ice removal.

      @ uglyredhonda ice can be driven on, some people do it all the the time, its just extremely difficult for most people depending on the ice quality. I wouldn’t want to do it since I hardly ever drive a car especially in bad weather. But my other siblings live in northern Ontario and they often face unsalted or uncleared iced roads that are the only way they can drive since usually there just isn’t another nearby road like in an urban area. A alternative road can add 2-3 hours one way to the trip and might be in worse shape. The highways are usually kept clear up there but not everything is on a highway.

    • Daniel MacQuarrie

      I think part of the problem as well was that employers sent their employees home early just as the bad weather was starting, so there was an unusual flood of cars all at one really bad time.

      Daniel MacQuarrie
      http://www.tophousesforsaleintoronto.com/

  • http://www.leschinskidesign.com/contact/addme picard102

    If only we could be rid of Adam so easily.

    • OgtheDim

      For the city as a whole, he’s useful. More useful then Doug. Does his research and gets his point over. Also does well for his consituents, by all objective accounts.

      Wouldn’t want him to be mayor, nor would I want 42 of him around council.

      He’s not a fan of Chow, btw.

      • CaligulaJones

        I actually spent some time at the Toronto and East York Community
        Council when they were discussing a major project in my area (the condos
        at the former hardware store that a family blew up on Christmas Eve in
        2001…same family building it, we’re a little nervous to say the
        least).

        Maybe I caught him on a bad day, but I’ve never seen such
        disrespect from a politician (until, maybe, Fantino’s very predictable
        meltdown this week).

        He virtually ignored the presenters from the
        ‘hood (who took time off work or vacation to go to the meeting),
        laughing and joking with staff and other councillors, asked a few rote
        questions, and we all went home. The thing is being built, 12 stories
        (where 8 or 9 would fit).

        I’ve always given the stuttering twerp
        a bit of credit because he does exhibit smarts (he’s right about the
        OMB being bastards, and maybe he’s just tired of gong through the
        motions).

      • Whaaa… ?

        I think Adam Vaughan would be a waaay better mayor than either of the Ford brothers and better than Mel Lastman was.

        I don’t agree with all of his views, but at least with him as Mayor, the the news and debates would only be about things relevant to running the city… and not about one personal problem after another.

        But that’s all just theoretical since he hasn’t expressed any desire to run for mayor.

        • CaligulaJones

          Well that’s just it. As a conservative, I’d admit that even Chow would be better than this freakshow in that regard. This isn’t the NDP of Bob Rae. Many of my former Ford acquaintances are also on the “enough is enough” train that left Ford Nation.

          As I’ve mentioned before, he lost the social conservatives when he didn’t admit to the crack problem. They can forgive someone with a problem. They can’t if he doesn’t admit it.

          He lost the real fiscal conservatives when his billion dollars of savings was shown to be stuff like counting NOT spending as savings.

          The only people left are the folks who like clowns (and who, unlike me, don’t find this one as funny as I thought I would), the deluded, and his version of the Choom Gang.

    • Whaaa… ?

      Adam is good for the city. Unlike the Ford brothers, he isn’t a loud mouthed liar and blowhard. And when he goes out to a party, he actually brings along his wife and kids sometimes. I’ve met them all personally.
      AAAAnd… he doesn’t have ‘drunken stupor’ problems…

      • http://www.leschinskidesign.com/contact/addme picard102

        While he may not have the personal problems of the Ford brothers, he certainly falls into the loud mouth, lying, blowhard category.