Extra, Extra: Transit Cancellation Fees, the Worst Sentence in Canadian Journalism, and TTC Promises
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Extra, Extra: Transit Cancellation Fees, the Worst Sentence in Canadian Journalism, and TTC Promises

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  • You know how Toronto’s capital budget is a mess, with the debt ceiling reaching 97 per cent of the City’s capacity in 2020, a number which doesn’t include the $7-billion-unfunded state-of-good-repair backlog? The City could really use more money to pay for needed transit improvements, right? Well, the 2015 budget proposal includes at least $75 million to pay the cancellation costs of the planned Scarborough LRT. If there’s anything that says “Toronto transit planning” in 2015, it’s paying to not build transit.
  • The CBC has announced that it will no longer allow its journalists to accept speaking fees. The policy change follows controversy over whether lucrative speaking fees given to Peter Mansbridge, Rex Murphy, and Amanda Lang by companies and industries they cover affected their journalism, or created a conflict of interest or the perception of one. In response, Lang took to the pages of the Globe to write what was essentially a 1600 word sorry-not-sorry. Included in the piece is this legendary sentence: “Because of that, it is painful to me that public perceptions of my integrity may have been compromised because I have been accused of acting improperly by allowing myself to be seen to have been in a conflict of interest.” Former Torontoist contributor and Globe columnist John Barber referred to it as the worst sentence in the history of Canadian journalism. It is not the best look for CBC’s senior business correspondent.
  • The TTC has released its third annual customer service charter, wherein the transit agency makes service improvement commitments to its riders. This year’s promises include installing blue priority seats on 90 per cent of vehicles by the end of the year, installing 50 more “next arrival” screens across 20 stations, and having all collector booths accept debit and credit for single fares.

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