Extra, Extra: New Police Task Force Unveiled, TTC Adds New Buses, and (More) Falling Glass

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Extra, Extra: New Police Task Force Unveiled, TTC Adds New Buses, and (More) Falling Glass

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Police Chief Mark Saunders. Photo by N Khabarova.

  • A new task force employed with the job of modernizing the Toronto Police Service was announced today, with former mayoral candidate David Soknacki and former auditor general Jeff Griffiths among the members. The five-member task force, co-chaired by police services board chair Andy Pringle and Police Chief Mark Saunders, will “focus on modernizing operations and containing costs.” The announcement comes a day before City Council debates the 2016 budget.
  • The TTC added 50 new buses to 24 existing routes today, an effort to free up some personal space for commuters who can’t stand crowding. The move is part of the city’s $95-million investment in the TTC’s improved service. According to TTC Chair Josh Colle (Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence), the goal is to deliver transportation service throughout the city in 10 minutes or less—to which we skeptically say, don’t hold your breath.
  • Here’s a familiar story: A section of Yorkville Avenue remains cordoned off after a sheet of glass fell from a nearby Four Seasons Hotel. No one was injured, but this isn’t the first time the hotel has seen falling glass: last September, a penthouse window shattered, sending shards of glass raining down on passersby below. The phenomenon of falling glass has become so prevalent in Toronto that the National Post even has a tagged page dedicated to it.

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