It's Friday! What a day to be alive! Here's what's going on in our fair city: councillors are hoping Metrolinx will make the Union-Pearson Express fare affordable for residents, Maria Augimeri violated council's code of conduct, and motorcycle deaths keep adding up.
City councillors will consider two motions next week requesting that Metrolinx keep fares affordable on the Union Station to Pearson Airport rail link, set to open in July 2015. The provincial transit authority hasn’t yet announced fare prices, but some councillors are estimating a one-way ticket will cost between $20 and $30.
The City’s integrity commissioner, Janet Leiper, has ruled that Councillor Maria Augimeri (Ward 9, York Centre) violated council’s code of conduct when she referred to a rival candidate as a criminal though he does not have a criminal record. Gus Cusimano, who also ran against Augimeri in 2010, voted for himself in 2010 in a riding where he did not live, for which he pleaded guilty to breaching the Municipal Elections Act. Augimeri says her comment was directly related to Cusimano being “charged with election related offences;” she has since issued an apology to him and a retraction to the newspaper in which she made the comment.
Motorcycle deaths in the city are on track to reach a seven-year high; as August draws to a close the city sits at 26 motorcycle fatalities, just three shy of last year’s record 29. Newly released data from the Ontario Provincial Police shows that contrary to what some might think, youth is rarely a factor in deaths. Only 16 of the 175 deaths since 2008 have been people under 25, while almost half were between 45 and 64. In around 30 per cent of the fatalities, the motorcyclists were driving properly at the time of their crash.