Extra, Extra: Budget Chief Cuts Off Question, TTC Riders Survive Off Dream Improvements
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Extra, Extra: Budget Chief Cuts Off Question, TTC Riders Survive Off Dream Improvements

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  • All eyes were on City Hall this morning as the 2012 Operating and Capital Budget Launch got underway. Considering what’s at stake and harmful rhetoric leading up to today, it’s not too surprising that things got heated, and by noon, Budget Committee chair Mike Del Grande was running out of patience. Toronto Sun reporter Don Peat tweeted: “Cllr Janet Davis asks city staff if they’ve quietly budgeted for savings from a labour disruption. Budget chief cuts off question.” And, as anyone familiar with Toronto’s City Hall watchers would expect, a Twitter meme was born.
  • On account of all the waiting, TTC users have a lot of time to dream up improvements to their transit system (and, of course, those who use many of the TTC’s buses and streetcars will soon have more). Here’s some fodder for those stranded-on-a-platform fantasies: the National Post‘s Peter Kuitenbrouwer presents six dream improvements to the TTC that will likely never happen, including the Downtown Relief Line and linking the TTC’s and GO Transit’s fare systems.
  • No doubt Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham gets a lot of confidence from his band’s many fans, but in an interview with Xtra, he reveals his self-image has been boosted by one particular group of fans: bears. Abraham shares the story of the first time he performed with his shirt off, boosted by encouragement from a member of queercore punk band Limp Wrist: “Scott says, ‘You look amazing with your shirt off,’ and no one had ever said that to me at all. It was incredibly liberating, in a physical and spiritual kind of way.”

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