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Development Roads Toronto Transit Urban Planning Walking

Why pedestrian safety is a matter of justice for essential workers

A new Amazon fulfilment centre opened in northeast Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though we consider Amazon employees essential workers, a basic level of safety pedestrians and transit users is lacking.

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Infrastructure Roads Transit Walking

A major malfunction at Major Mackenzie Drive

York Region’s latest bus rapid transit project has a major flaw at Major Mackenzie Drive in Richmond Hill

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Cycling Maps Roads Toronto Walking

No exit? Yes, walk this way!

Last week, Dylan Reid and I, both co-founders of Walk Toronto, decided to create an inventory of all instances in the city where “No Exit” signs do not apply to all road users. Though these signs are required under traffic codes and regulations, they do not reflect that in many cases, there is an exit […]

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History Maps Ontario Roads Toronto

The complicated history of Dundas Street

It’s worth wondering why Toronto has a street named after a Scottish politician who had nothing to do with its history.

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Ontario

All aboard the beer train

Brewers Retail had an interesting location strategy, especially in Northern Ontario.

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Maps Parks Toronto Walking

Finding a washroom during Toronto’s pandemic winter

With ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, finding a washroom has become much more difficult. So I mapped Toronto’s park washrooms that will remain open this winter.

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History Intercity Rail Ontario

The world’s smallest Union Station

Ontario’s other Union Station is a charming reminder of a once-proud electric railway in Southwestern Ontario

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Parks Toronto

A failure to communicate: a small, but meaningful example of the terrible messaging during this pandemic

The ongoing pandemic, to quote the prime minister, “really sucks.” Ontario has been subjected to various levels of lockdowns and restrictions for nearly eight months now as COVID-19 case counts continue to be high. Restaurants, bars, cinemas, and gyms are currently closed in Toronto, as are most other indoor venues. Many of us are — […]

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Intercity Rail Ontario Transit

Mapping Ontario’s transit connections

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, several new inter-community transit services launched in Ontario during the last few months.

Every interurban transit connection in Ontario is included in an interactive map, which I will update regularly.

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Ontario Transit

Why Durham Region is going the microtransit route during the pandemic – and what it means for other transit systems

Previously on this site, I expressed my skepticism about Durham Region’s commitment to improving transit service. But in the five years since, the region east of Toronto has done exactly that by creating a route grid along major corridors, fusing together a network from four separate municipal systems. While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has seen […]