Extra, Extra: Celebrating Yonge, Swimming Lake Ontario, Cycling Jarvis

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Extra, Extra: Celebrating Yonge, Swimming Lake Ontario, Cycling Jarvis

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  • It is time to Celebrate Yonge Street. This initiative by the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area will see an expanded pedestrian zone on the main drag between now and September 16. There are several zones set up throughout the area, which will accommodate giant board games, expanded patios, art installations, and more, all separated from traffic by 150 large planter boxes made by the Local 27 Carpenters’ Union and stocked by local landscape designers.
  • If you see a very tired-looking teenage girl emerge from Lake Ontario Sunday afternoon, at Marilyn Bell Park, give her a round of applause: 14-year-old Annaleise Carr will try to become the youngest person ever to swim across the lake this weekend, in a fundraising effort for Camp Trillium, which serves kids with cancer.
  • When city council voted to take out the Jarvis bike lane, its intention (after some debate) was to time that removal to coincide with the installation of a parallel, separated bike lane on Sherbourne. The latter won’t be complete until next year, but right now the Jarvis lane is slated for removal this fall. Some councillors are going to try to postpone the Jarvis part of the plan to keep pace, but it’s not clear that they’ll have the votes to do so.
  • One TTC reminder: on Sunday, subway service between St. George and Broadview stations won’t start until 12 noon due to track work. Shuttle buses will be running during the morning.

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