DAVE AGAR

Tuesday, January 21st Commentary

Posted By: Dave Agar · 1/21/2014 7:25:00 AM

Traffic Congestion

As anyone who drives in Toronto knows,  the roads are now always busy.

It was February 2012 when Toronto City council approved a comprehensive congestion management plan that was to roll out over five years.  That didn't happen because some of it needed provincial approval.  Apparently that approval has now been received.

During the lunch-hour today, the chair of Toronto's Public Works Committee, Denzil Minnan-Wong will unveil new regulations to reduce congestion.

Among the changes, the morning and afternoon rush hour periods will start earlier.  Instead of 6:30 in the morning it'll be 6am to 10am.  For the drive home, the rush hour restrictions begin at 3pm instead of 3:30 and end at 7.    These are the times when there is no parking on the major routes.   No left turns and the like.   How long it will take to change all the signs is not clear but I am assuming that the old rush hours will remain in place in those areas until the signage is changed.

The fine for parking illegally on the major routes during rush hours will jump 1-hundred-50 percent.   This is going to be a problem for delivery vehicles.   Mayor Rob Ford is opposed to the extended rush hours saying the delivery trucks and couriers have a job to do.

Councillor Mike Layton says there could be a partial solution.

“Not only are we increasing the fee but we’re looking at other places on our streets where we can provide parking for couriers during rush hour so that they’re not blocking up an arterial road.”

Under the current system, delivery trucks and couriers who get stacks of illegal parking tickets can negotiate to get the price down.  Layton says under the new system, there will be no negotiation.  $150 per offense....up from the current 60 dollars.

“We know the city can find some space to put some dedicated courier parking in so that they don’t feel compelled to block a lane of traffic and thousands and thousands of people who are trying to get around their city.  So we got to take both approaches.”said Layton.

 

City hall sanity

Sanity erupted at Toronto city hall yesterday.  Something we see very little of these days.  I hope it’s infectious.

The Economic Development Committee was looking at proposals to spend a million dollars for a study on whether to bid on the 2024 Summer Olympics and/or the 2025 World Expo.

The Summer Olympic idea was shelved indefinitely.  The notion of a World Expo was kicked up to the full city council with no recommendation.

Both Mayor Rob Ford and de-facto Mayor Norm Kelly agree now is not the time for either.   There are more urgent priorities.

 

Passwords

With all the computer hackers around the world, experts have been warning repeatedly that people should toughen up their passwords.

The security software company SplashData-dot-com has culled through the list of millions of stolen passwords that were made public last year.

In 2012, the password used most often was the word "password" all in lower case.

Last year, the most frequently used password was "1,2,3,4,5,6".

"password" dropped to second.   In third: "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8".   Fourth was "qwerty".  Fifth was "abc123."

Of the top 25 most often used passwords there were 9 new ones.  Genius ideas such as "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9" and here's a real brain bender "000000".  Is it any wonder people are getting hacked.

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  1. Murray posted on 01/21/2014 02:19 PM
    The fines don't concern me. What is an issue is the new powers for the parking employees to be able to tow your car if you have 3 outstanding tags. Police can't even do that. You have to pay your fines to be able to get a new plate sticker, so I don't understand why they need this power. If you drive without a valid sticker, you will get stopped by police and it's a $110 fine. And the municipality gets that money. Towing cars is too draconian. I wonder how many parking employees are going to get into confrontations with people over this.
    1. Fed Up posted on 01/23/2014 10:56 PM
      @Murray The new laws for parking are necessitated by the abusers. I live down town and it is a disgrace how some people feel that they can stop where ever and when ever they want. They do not consider anyone else on the road only themselves. I really hope that these new laws make them consider their actions or pay for them if they choose to break the law. Towing cars is a real wake up call and one that these same people need.
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