1. 3 stories from this week.

    - Ontario $500M behind budget predictions.
    - Ontario spends and additional $500M on teachers.
    - Ontario blames the federal government for being short changed $500M.
  2. "Ontario government won't rule out tax increases to tackle deficit"

    That may be true, but they have ruled out good government.
  3. @Ernie It seems that instead of offering money, they just re-announced some money that they already announced a few times previously.

    When can we get rid of these jokers. I want an election.
  4. The two lane portion near Brentcliffe was not required at all. If the launch site would have been on the south side of Eglinton, they could have kept 2 lanes in each direction open, plus the Leslie stop would have been on the south side so riders could board the train in peace, instead of in the middle of the street. Pure lazy design work by Metrolinx.
  5. Is Wynne using that Child Porn guy again to come up with the curriculum?
  6. @Angry Bill UEFA plays mens Champions League matches on Turf.

    Fifa has also played some junior tournaments on turf.

    If anyone gives this complaint any look at all, they should have their heads examined.
  7. Doug had the opportunity to fix the errors with Rob's plans - but chose not too.

    There is too much here, and no priorities are given. Just $9B of subways and no way of raising the needed money.

    What he should have done was elevated the Eglinton LRT and connect it to the SRT/LRT. An extra $500M to save $1.5B on the B-D subway extension. Then cancel the FWLRT and use the money ($1.2Bfrom Finch, plus the $1.0B savings from no B-D subway extension, plus the $1.0B from the SELRT) to build the Sheppard subway.

    Voila. 3 subways (Eglinton, Scarborough, Sheppard) and no extra money needed.

    The biggest complaint against the Ford transit plan is - where is the money? This would need no money.
  8. @AbbyW In the past 4 years, Metrolinx has supported LRT on street for Eglinton, and a separate SRT/LRT, then an underground LRT connected to the SRT/LRT, then an on-street LRT on Eglinton and a B-D subway extension. All these changes occurred because the politics changed for the Provincial Liberals.
    There is also the subway they supported which went to Greg Sorbara's riding and development lands.
  9. Doug may be able to look at what was popular for Rob, and what was not. I would say the transit plan was too extensive - $9B and lots of lines in the far future. As a Phase 1, now Doug can just concentrate on fixing the immediate problems. What he should do is;

    1) Elevate Eglinton from DVP to Kennedy. This saves about $1B vs. Rob's plan of building it underground, but still achieve the goal of having no traffic-transit interference to ensure Rapid, reliable transit.

    2) Cancel the B-D subway extension to Sheppard/McCowan. To accomplish the same goal of eliminating the transfer at Kennedy, the SRT/LRT could be reinstated and connected to the Eglinton line. (This was also recommended by Metrolinx in 2012 after Council killed it). This would better serve the heart of STC and Malvern as well.

    3) Cancel the Finch LRT and Sheppard LRT. Using the $2B saved from LRT, and the $1.5B saved from switching from B-D subway extension to SRT/LRT, and even considering the $0.5B needed to elevated Eglinton, there would be enough money to complete the Sheppard subway from Don Mills to STC.
  10. Eglinton LRT from Mount Dennis to Kennedy costs about $6B. Fully underground as a subway would cost $7.4B (using current Metrolinx costing). If planned as subway from day 1, the cost would have been in the low $6B range.

    If LRT is used in the wrong location, i.e. this location, it costs 80% of a subway - but this would be closer to 100% if the subway was originally planned.