Extra, Extra: Transit Trolls, a Measle Mishap, and a Wayward Wallet
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Extra, Extra: Transit Trolls, a Measle Mishap, and a Wayward Wallet

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  • It is a day that ends in ‘y’, so that means more acrimony on the transit file. Councillors Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) and Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt) have put forward a motion for council to reconsider its existing plans on the Finch West LRT. Their motion mentions that Toronto is a “World Class City” (capitalizing that term is their doing), and thus we deserve a subway on Sheppard. The motion does not mention that “World Class Cities” tend not to cancel studied, planned, and funded transit lines as a means to chase unicorn subway lines. Two-thirds of council will need to approve the motion for it to pass.
  • Are measles preventable? Yes. Are they very contagious if people don’t take the appropriate steps? Yes. A Niagara woman was diagnosed with a case of the measles, becoming the fifth in the region in recent days. There is no discernible link to the previous cases, although the woman did visit Toronto in late January when the other cases developed. Officials are concerned that because these are independent incidents, more will pop up.
  • If you’ve ever lost your wallet or had it stolen, then you know how terrible it is. Not only do you miss your cold hard cash, but you also have to replace all your IDs, and in the meantime someone has embarrassing old photos of you. Yesterday, councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park) lost his wallet, but today brought welcome news: someone brought it back to City Hall, where he was reunited with it. There is no word on whether Perks’s council critics will use the incident to undermine his analysis of the city budget.

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