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TTC Explains Its Blue Priority Seating

New video outlines the purpose behind the TTC's bright blue seats—and how they should be used.

All TTC vehicles will eventually boast blue priority seating—it’s intended for people with disabilities, seniors, and expectant mothers, as the decals positioned near the areas make clear.

If you don’t fall into any of those groups, you’re expected to get up and offer your seat to someone who does. And although operators aren’t in a position to make you do so, transit enforcement officers are, and you could find yourself facing a fine for your unwillingness to accommodate your fellow riders.

These bold blue seats are part of the TTC’s efforts to meet its requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Unfortunately, the commission is facing a challenge when it comes to covering $480 million’s worth of planned accessibility initiatives—half of that amount is currently unfunded.



Torontonians Treated to a Partial Eclipse of the Sun

Here's what it looked like when the moon got up close and personal with the sun yesterday.

At about 5:40 p.m. yesterday, the moon passed in front of the sun, covering roughly one-third of it and creating a partial solar eclipse. The spectacle could be seen by viewers across Canada, and those watching in the west end of Toronto and in Mississauga got a particularly glorious eyeful.

The next solar eclipse—which will be of the more dramatic total variety—won’t be coming around for another three years or so, so we hope you got a good (but safe) look at this year’s celestial display. And if you weren’t able to construct a pinhole camera in time to take it in, this video will give you a good sense of what it was like.


Vandalist: Happy Days

This time they're here to stay.

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BY: Unknown
PHOTO BY: Martin Reis
FIELD NOTES: It’s easy to get bogged down by the constant bombardment of bad news. Sometimes it seems as if we can’t go five minutes without hearing of some new tragedy. In times like these it’s important to step back and remember that although the world can be cruel and unfair, there is still much to be happy about. Good things happen all around us—they just don’t often make the headlines.

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Scene: Candlelight Vigil for Soldier Murdered in Ottawa

A small ceremony at Queen's Park on Wednesday night honoured the memory of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

WHERE: Queen’s Park

WHEN: Wednesday, October 22

WHAT: Toronto first-aid trainer Mark Dewdney saw the news unfold on Wednesday that a Canadian soldier, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, had been shot and killed at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, and determined to honour the man’s memory. He held a small vigil at the 48th Highlanders memorial in the north end of Queen’s Park. “I have a friend who’s a member of the 48th,” he said, explaining the choice of location. “It’s my little way of trying to show him that someone’s got his back.” Although only a handful of people showed up to the hastily organized ceremony, Dewdney was happy to show the fallen soldier and his comrades what support he could. “Even though it’s a drop in the bucket—how do you think buckets get filled,” he said. “This is my drop.”

Keep reading: Scene: Candlelight Vigil for Soldier Murdered in Ottawa



Ryerson Reveals Design of New Mixed-Use Building on Church Street

The Church Street Development north of Dundas will feature clinical experience suites, teaching and research space, and residence beds.

Students entering Ryerson’s Faculty of Community Services in 2018 will find themselves studying and learning in a brand-new building. Located on Church, just north of Dundas, the Perkins+Will–designed structure will involve an eight-storey podium with a tower to the north.

The podium will be home to four programs—the School of Nutrition, the School of Occupational and Public Health, the Midwifery Education Program, and the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing—from the Faculty of Community Services. The tower will feature 250 residence beds for Ryerson students.

Keep reading: Ryerson Reveals Design of New Mixed-Use Building on Church Street