Extra, Extra: Removing the Occupation, and How to Make Your Own Bike Lane
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Extra, Extra: Removing the Occupation, and How to Make Your Own Bike Lane

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At the request of the City of Toronto, we have modified the image we original used here to black out the City logo and the city manager's signature. To make clear that these letters are meant as satire. Nobody take these seriously!

  • This morning city manager Joe Pennachetti issued a letter to Occupy Toronto protesters, telling them that since they were a “relatively small group” they could no longer be allowed to impede the well-being of the community as a whole. In a show of consistency, he issued similar notices to Astral Media, with regards to its newly installed information pillars that are taking up a lot of sidewalk space, and to motorists who impede the flow of traffic by parking in bike lanes. Following in his footsteps: concerned Torontonians imagining what similar letters might look like were they issued to other such “small groups.” The letter on the left, to Astral Media, is the work of public space activist Dave Meslin; the one on the right was sent to us by concerned cyclist Casey Irvin.

  • In the fact-checking department: budget chief Mike Del Grande has been walking around telling the press that the number of City workers “has ballooned since amalgamation” and therefore that layoffs are a perfectly reasonable act by an administration seeking to impose some restraint at City Hall. Turns out that administrative staff actually shrunk after amalgamation—as you’d hope when combining small corporations into one larger one—and that the staff increases were largely in services that are cost-shared with the province (like social services) where the municipal government has limited control, and the TTC, which also produced a substantial growth in ridership by increasing services.
  • Here is one of the funnest transit maps we’ve seen in a long time.
  • And here is the very cool story of how cycling activists in Mexico City created five kilometres of bike lane in eight hours.

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