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politics

Bombardier’s Revised Streetcar Schedule Sees One-Year Delay

Streetcar manufacturer Bombardier commits to new schedule after missing previous deadlines.

In a statement made today by TTC streetcar manufacturer Bombardier, a revised delivery schedule will see the city’s new vehicles roll out at least one year behind schedule.

“Bombardier has taken a strategic step back to ensure consistent quality in every step of its manufacturing process, from its sites in Thunder Bay and Sahagún (Mexico) to its critical supply chain,” a spokesperson for the Montreal-based air and railway technology company wrote in a release. “While this may have caused delays, it ensures we produce the highest quality vehicles, as expected by our TTC customer and its riders.”

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culture

Bidding for the Summer Olympics

Reviewing Toronto's five previous attempts to display the Olympic rings.

Cartoon by Andy Donato, Toronto Sun, September 19, 1990

Cartoon by Andy Donato, Toronto Sun, September 19, 1990.

As the 1952 Summer Olympics wound down in Helsinki, Canadian Olympic Association (COA) president A. Sidney Dawes believed our country was nowhere near ready to win the games. Beyond lacking international grade facilities, Dawes believed pitching was pointless until the Canadian public demonstrated greater interest in amateur sport.

Dawes’s concern would echo through time as a factor cited in Toronto’s multiple failures in securing the Summer Olympics. But our five bids have been plagued by other issues, including disorganization, social justice activism, and not being obsequious enough to International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials. Above all, our bids reflect not so much our desire to spotlight athletic glory as to figure out what to do with Toronto’s waterfront, and to massage worries about being perceived as a world class city.

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