Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.
- According to a new report for the City, both Mayor John Tory’s SmartTrack plans and a Relief Line would have to work in tandem to avoid overloading subways within the next 25 years. In her introductory note, Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat writes: “By 2041, only the combination of the relief line with five-minute SmartTrack service will bring the projected … ridership [down] to approximately the capacity of the line.” Meanwhile, Keesmaat is asking the people—us common folk crowded on the trains during morning rush hour—what they want to see in GTA transit, kicking off a series of public consultations across the city.
- Some City staff are aiming to increase the number of sidewalks in residential areas, an effort to improve accessibility for seniors and those with disabilities. CBC reports that nearly a quarter of residential streets do not have sidewalks. But some are unimpressed with the suggestion, claiming it will compromise “the sanctity of their driveways and lawns.” Because curb appeal should trump public safety, apparently.
- Walking into a LUSH Store is meant to be a treat for the senses, but for some Etobicoke residents, the smell of the cosmetic company’s products has become unbearable. About 40 Jutland Road residents, who live on the same street as a LUSH plant, held a meeting yesterday to rally against their backyards smelling like bath bombs. But a solution might be a long way off: according to local Councillor Justin Di Ciano (Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Ward 5), the plant is operating in complete compliance with City of Toronto bylaws.