Friday! Did it feel like a short week to you? In the news: reaction to the Scarborough subway announcement continues to come in; Ford talks school hours and his workload; and a family outlasts the OMB, to the satisfaction of nobody.
Reactions to the Wednesday announcement about the upcoming–eventually–Scarborough subway extension continue to come in. The Toronto Star writes that a Metrolinx consultants’ report says it’ll be five years before shovels for the subway extension go into the ground and ten years before it’s complete, and for three of those years Scarborough RT riders would be taking buses. City planner Jennifer Keesmaat warned that the proposed subway extension doesn’t mesh with the rest of the city’s plans for transit, and doesn’t have enough stops to serve residents properly. “You’re planning a network, you change one piece of the network and it has a whole variety of different implications,” Keesmaat told the Globe and Mail in an interview. “So the challenge with this exercise is that it’s talking about one line, which, you know, I would argue is not really a desirable way to plan transit.” Even Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray said that he wished that there were another couple of stops on the proposed map, telling Metro Morning that there’s room for three or four stops in the existing budget.
Rob Ford supports extended school hours as a measure to curb youth crime. The mayor told the Toronto Sun “I think keeping the schools open for extracurriculars would help. Pay the teachers extra. If they work extra hours, they should get paid for it. It’s only fair. It would help keep the kids active.” In the interview, Ford also said he’s not looking for another coaching job for this year (“I am very busy”), spoke about speculation that the Argos could play at a renovated BMO Field (“We need the private sector to pay for that”), and laughed off suggestions he’s been MIA lately (“I have been at work every day”).
A Toronto family has won its seven-year legal battle to keep the illegal addition to its home in Harbord Village. Shih and Yang Tseng built a two-story addition at the back of their Victorian home in 2006, without first getting a permit from the city–they said they didn’t know a permit was required, the city claimed they did and just didn’t get one. The Tsengs embarked on a long legal battle, where they were told to demolish the addition at each hearing but appealed every time. The Ontario Municipal Board finally allowed two “minor variances” to the addition. But the Tsengs are still unhappy, the neighbourhood is still unhappy, local politicians are still unhappy, and the OMB is still contentious.