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Six Hundred People Got Stuck in GO Train Purgatory for Three Hours

Welcome to hell.

There’s a scene from Seinfeld in which Elaine gets stuck on the crowded subway. Her inner monologue starts with mere annoyance—“Oh, this is great”—then quickly escalates to full-on shrieking: “It’s a nightmare! Help me! Move it!”

She’s on her way to a wedding, bringing the ring, and the transit delay makes her miss the ceremony (spoiler?). Every commuter can relate to this. Delays are an exasperating and inevitable part of taking public transit. Usually—luckily—these are brief.

But on Tuesday evening, 600 people were stuck on a Lakeshore East GO train for more than three hours. Brutal.

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This Change in Legislation Should Help Domestic Violence Survivors Flee Faster

The Residential Tenancies Act has been changed to help achieve this goal.

At its 12 locations across the city, the YWCA Toronto helps about 12,000 women each year.

Much of the work it does centres on housing—it offers nine different types, from homeless shelters to transitional housing to emergency shelter from violence.

Women who use its services tell staff about the challenges they’re facing, and, until recently, one big problem was trying to flee domestic violence when they were tied to a lease with their partner.

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Why Public Transit Must Be Fast, Cheap, and Convenient

I want to talk about the morality of driving.


I want to talk about the morality of driving.

I own a car, but I don’t drive very much. I generally take transit or walk everywhere I need to go. I use the car to take my kids camping in the summer, to venture out to Mississauga to visit my parents, and to cart musical gear.

But day in, day out, I don’t drive. I have had funny conversations with my disbelieving insurance company about the small number of kilometres I add to the odometer each year.

I can do a lot of my shopping on foot, and I commute by subway and bus. Taking transit means it takes me longer to get to work, but it’s better for the environment, and better for my health.

My halo is blinding, isn’t it?

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Would You Want to Live in a 10-Tower Mississauga Condo Complex Developed By Rogers?

Mississauga is seeing lots of shiny, exciting proposals.

Rendering courtesy of  Rogers Real Estate Development Ltd./ Urban Capital Property Group.

Rendering courtesy of Rogers Real Estate Development Ltd./
Urban Capital Property Group.


Hold your breath, Rogers is getting into the condo game.

The Rogers Real Estate Development company, which is privately held, announced plans to build a 10-condo-tower complex billed as “M City” in Mississauga, with the tallest tower measuring in at 51 storeys. First reported by BuzzBuzzHome, the $1.5-billion, 6,000-unit, six-hectare project will be built in downtown Mississauga, a short walk from the Civic Centre.

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Is This Queen West Shop Copying Its Neighbour?

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So they say.

Photo by Maureen from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Photo by Maureen from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.


Two neighbouring shops on Queen West are caught up in a very weird legal dispute, the Toronto Star reports. A spirited dispute.

Kristen Voisey, owner of the cocktail emporium BYOB, at 972 Queen Street West, has sued Steve Tracey, who owns Organic Boutique, at 970 Queen Street West.

Her allegation? That he is trying to pass off his store as hers.

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