Metrolinx is constructing a new Dundas West GO station. Last week, a beam hailing from that construction site pierced through the ceiling of the subway tunnel below. After sand and silt began making their way into the tunnel via the Metrolinx-supplied hole, the TTC was forced to shut down subway service on a portion of the Bloor-Danforth line for about seven hours. This is not the kind of inter-organizational cooperation commuters get tremendously excited about.
During this week’s mayoral debate held by ArtsVote Toronto, two out of five candidates mentioned Nuit Blanche as the most transformative cultural experience they’ve ever encountered. (For those keeping score, the two in question were Morgan Baskin and John Tory.) This could be because Nuit Blanche is kind of the artistic equivalent of Toronto itself—it’s big, divisive, and often crazily surreal, but there are moments big and small that make you so glad to be part of it.
And this year, Nuit Blanche is expanding its reach. We were pleased when the City of Toronto unveiled this year’s plan, which included three new neighbourhoods never before used in the event’s layout. This year, weird interactive art will also take over Chinatown, Fort York, and Bremner Boulevard—which may make for some nomadic art-goers and a few confused regular night owls.
Metrolinx and real estate company Ivanhoé Cambridge today unveiled plans for a new downtown development: the proposal involves an office complex at 45-141 Bay Street, a larger GO bus terminal, and an elevated park above the rail corridor.
The GO bus station is currently located on the north side of the rail corridor, but will moving south now that Metrolinx has sold its property at 141 Bay Street to Ivanhoé Cambridge and will be receiving a long-term lease for space in the base of the planned office tower at 45 Bay Street.
Torontoist reporter Wyndham Bettencourt-McCarthy was assaulted by a police officer during the G20—a case in which charges were dropped this week. She writes about how it has reshaped her view of policing in Toronto.