March 19th Commentary

Posted By: Dave Agar · 3/19/2014 7:43:00 AM


Freezing rain

It is looking more and more as though much of the Greater Toronto Area will miss the freezing rain.

Radar indicates rain starting by mid-morning...around 9 or 10 and by that time it we should be above the freezing mark.

If there is going to be freezing rain it would likely be in the northern half of the GTA from Caledon, King City, Gormley up into Newmarket and in the Uxbridge to Beaverton areas.

There are freezing rain warnings up for those areas and beyond including Peterborough, Innisfill, Dufferin, Barrie, Orillia up to Burk's Falls and west.


It's been nearly 2 weeks now since that Malaysian jetliner vanished with 2-hundred-39 people on board. The relatives of some of the passengers are now starting to break down emotionally.

As Malaysian officials gave their latest briefing to reporters at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, two women believed to be relatives of some of the missing approached.

They were wailing.

As for the search, sources say investigators are largely ruling out the northern search zone because there are several sophisticated military defense systems there and they spotted nothing.

That leaves the southern search zone and sources believe the plane is likely at the very tip of the Indian Ocean.


With just a few procedural moves left, Russia will have annexed Crimea, snubbing the sanctions imposed thus far by the west.

Sky news reporter Nick Martin says the ball is now in the court of Washington, Ottawa, and the EU to turn up the heat economically.

"The issue now is of course how can the EU and the United States joined now by Japan and Canada and others who are protesting and threatening sanctions...how can they crank it up to the point at which it would make any difference."

Rob Ford

There may be more revelations about the dark side of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford coming as early as today.

Media lawyers have been trying to get more documents related to the police investigation made public.

The lawyers got to see the vetted material in another warrant on Monday and will make their arguments for public release later this morning.

There is warrant material above and beyond that which still has to be argued.

This was the warrant that was granted to police earlier this month, two days after Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair asked the OPP Commissioner to take oversight of the investigation which is still headed up by a special unit of Toronto Police.

Downtown relief line

On occasion I ride the subway in this city. It is usually in the off-rush hours, midday.

I don't ride during the rush hours. In the morning I'm here at work.

In the afternoon rush hours, I'm at home with no need for the subway.

Yesterday I was on the Yonge line heading north from Wellesley at 5 o'clock. What a madhouse. The subway trains were packed beyond capacity.

The first one I couldn't get on. The second one....I barely squeezed on and the doors opened and closed 3 times because people were blocking.

This is what happens every Monday through Friday in this city...south in the morning, north in the afternoon.

This was the clearest evidence I've seen that screams for a downtown relief line and it should be the TTC's top priority.

If you don't get the downtown relief line built first, and you opt instead to extend the subway into Scarborough first and build the LRT lines crosstown, you are just encouraging more people to take transit and many of them will be using the existing subway .

The system can't handle it now.

These are people who have worked all day.

They're tired.

They have to get home...probably to Scarborough, North York, Etobicoke and beyond.

To Mayor Ford and all the would-be mayors and city councillors in this city, if you really want to help transit users, if you really want to get more people out of their cars and onto the subway build that relief line first. What I witnessed was frankly a disgrace.

All of our politicians should be ashamed of themselves for allowing such a fine system to crumble like it has.






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  1. Sandra posted on 03/19/2014 02:22 PM
    Every night it is the same. It used to be your lucky day if you got on and found a seat. Now it's actually getting on. The mornings are the same. It's disgusting. I would like to see Rob Ford trying to get on at College where I am. Good Luck.
  2. AP posted on 03/20/2014 05:12 PM
    Dave Agar showing he's a shill for John Tory by bringing up the subway relief line....without mentioning Tory by name. Any respect this guy had as a "news" reporter just went out the door. All these 1010 people need to take a step back and decide how they want to approach their friend Tory running for office.
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