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Photo by Graeme Bayliss.
The TTC expects the fourth of its shiny new streetcars to be delivered next week, meaning the odds that your next trip on the 510 Spadina will be not entirely dreadful have slightly increased. The trouble is that Bombardier was supposed to have delivered 43 streetcars by now, seven of which should have been riding the rails by the end of 2013. According to the roll-out schedule, all 204 new vehicles should be in operation by 2019 (the 506 Carlton route will be the last to upgrade). TTC CEO Andy Byford told the Toronto Star he has put Bombardier “on notice,” and that he “will not accept any slippage from that 2019 end-date for the last route to go live.”
How do you build a house for a giraffe? That sounds like a set-up line for a joke, but it was asked in all seriousness by managers at the Toronto Zoo last year. The existing giraffe house was one of the Zoo’s original wooden structures, dating back to 1974, and was due to for an update. A solution quickly presented itself: the departure of the zoo’s last three elephants to a sanctuary in California last October left an enormous vacant enclosure that could now be retrofitted to house the tallest of all animals. On Thursday, Twiga and her daughter Mstari posed for cameras as they got used to their new home.