Extra, Extra: Cold Streetcars, Extreme Cold Weather Alerts, and Blurring Charlie Hebdo

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Extra, Extra: Cold Streetcars, Extreme Cold Weather Alerts, and Blurring Charlie Hebdo

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  • Nothing sends a chill through a transit commuter’s heart quite like reading this kind of thing: “Expect delays on the 501 Queen Route, due to Equipment issues resulting from inclement weather conditions.” That’s a tweet from the TTC, referring to the fact that a number of streetcars have been knocked out of service by the extreme cold. Another thing that sends a chill through a transit commuter’s heart? Having to wait outside in the bitter cold for one of the buses that’s been pressed into service to pick up the slack.
  • As things stand now, the City issues an extreme cold weather alert only when temperatures fall to -15 C or below, wind chill and precipitation exacerbate and amplify the effects of the cold, or cold weather lasts for a number of days in a row. In the wake of recent homeless deaths on the streets of Toronto, Mayor John Tory says that this policy must be reviewed. “We should be more proactive about this and we should be taking a look at the policy and the protocol to make sure it allows the Chief Medical Officer of Health to be as proactive as possible in protecting people who are vulnerable.”
  • A number of news outlets have been blurring the Charlie Hebdo cartoons thought to have motivated today’s deadly attack at the publication’s offices in Paris. Ottawa-based Frank magazine will be doing no such thing: it has decided to run a selection of the satirical cartoon covers online and in its print edition. “We can’t back down,” said Frank editor Michael Bate. “We’ve got to show solidarity with these guys.”

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