Weekend Subway Construction

Saturday, July 23, 2011

So I have just experienced weekend subway construction firsthand. For those who don’t know, the TTC has closed several stations on the Bloor-Danforth Subway from Jane to Kipling for the entire weekend.

Epic Fail, TTC.

Jane is normally a “line” station with side platforms. It was not built to accommodate large crowds that occur at ends of lines and significant transfer points when the entire train, or a good portion of passengers, need to de-train.

As a side platform station, only one platform was being used. Naturally large queues formed at stairs and escalators to get upstairs…

Once upstairs, the hoarde was forced into replacement buses, which were sorely inadequate to handle the crowd.

Once I crammed aboard the bus, it travelled fairly quickly, for a bus. Thankfully, the bus did not service local stops on Bloor, but the automate system continued to read out the stop names. The driver DID NOT announce the equivalent subway stops, so if someone were not paying attention it would have been easier to miss, particularly since this sort of closure is outside if everyone’s usual routine.

I happened to be heading to Islington on this occasion. The TTC had a few supervisors present, buy they were really only there to answer questions. There were no announcements or signs at the bus stop to point disoriented travellers in the right direction.

I had to ask how to get to the Mississauga Transit buses (now branded as miway). Since the subway and bus platforms were closed, all of the miway routes were being serviced by a single bus stop on the street corner. As you can imagine, one bus stop is insufficient for a large number of riders all looking to take different routes.

This concludes the story of failure.

What I don’t understand is why the TTC feels it is necessary to close to entire subway during regularly scheduled service. They close every night for maintenance already…. Other cities somehow manage to operate 24 hour metro service. Why can’t the TTC do their maintenance using the existing closure period?

This habit of closing the subway during service for regular maintenance is leading to an impression of unreliable, degraded service.

So I ask again… Why? Hmm?

Chocolate Dairy Beverage, Where’s The Follow-up (WTF)??

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Beatrice 1L Chocolate Dairy Beverage

More than a year has passed since I originally posted about Chocolate Milk Beverage.  Since then it’s become one of the most popular posts on this blog!  I appreciate all of the comments!

As you can see to your right, they’re not even calling it milk anymore.  This begs the new question:  What is Chocolate Dairy Beverage?

First, let’s see what Metro and Beatrice had to say…

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“Chocolate Milk Beverage,” WTF?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Beatrice 1L Chocolate Milk Beverage

Beatrice 1L Chocolate Milk Beverage

I love milk.  It’s probably the only thing keeping me alive given my absurd diet, or lack thereof.  When I’m eating out or if it’s on sale at the grocery store I’ll often treat myself to a nice tasty Chocolate Milk.  I figure it’s the next best thing to white milk and way better than washing down a meal with sugar water pop.

I have noticed lately that  Beatrice brand 1% Partly Skimmed Chocolate Milk is being replaced by ‘1% Chocolate Milk Beverage’ in packaging that looks almost identical on store shelves.  As a connoisseur of Chocolate Milk I’m intrigued, and ready to take offence at what I find.  Yes, messing with Chocolate Milk is offensive.  And so the question must be asked, open-mindedly of course:  What the fuck is Chocolate Milk Beverage?

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a free all-night contemporary art thing

Sunday, October 5, 2008

nuit blanche.  Sleepless night.

It seems everyone is sick this time of year; I’m no exception.  I woke up yesterday feeling like crap.  I’ve wanted to go to nuit blanche since this time last year, but I wasn’t sure I would be able to.  Luckily my friend and his girlfriend nudged me into getting out and going.  After all that, however, they decided they were cold and tired and packed it in at 10:30.  Sick little me managed to make it until 1:30.  I had planned on a marathon dusk-till-dawn evening, but considering that I was far from 100% I think I did pretty well for myself.

This post isn’t so much about what I saw last night.  I’m sure there will be lots of other bloggers that are far more into the arts talking about that.  First of all I’d like to thank the organizers.  They managed to take a cool idea and deliver.  Expose a city to the arts in one night.  And they did.  The streets were packed with people out to see the sights.  Last year had 800,000 people in attendance.  I would not be surprised if we cracked a million this year.

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Hand washing etiquette

Saturday, September 6, 2008

If you’ve ever worked in retail, you’re most likely quite familiar with the unfortunate fact that many people don’t know how to behave.  I have a few nasty retail stories, but today’s post is about another issue of etiquette and hygiene:  hand washing.

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Guilty Pleasures

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

I decided to watch the premiere of the new 90210.  They’ve been promoting the hell out of it since the Olympics; I had to see what it was all about.  Sometimes the teen drama can be good entertainment; the first couple of seasons of The O.C. come to mind.  In The O.C the characters were interesting and actually had some depth beyond being spoiled rich kids.

They’ve unsuccessfully tried to duplicate the original Beverly Hills 90210 and The O.C; this 90210 spin-off is completely vapid.  The characters were shallow, and the story was empty.  There’s not much more to say; I won’t be tuning in next week.

I’m looking forward to new episodes of House and Battlestar Galactica.  Thankfully there are still some TV shows out there you don’t need to be ashamed of watching.

The travesty of Chinese Taipei

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Flag of Chinese Taipei

Over the last week chances are good you’ve seen at least some of the Olympic Games.  I was watching a few days ago when I saw a flag for “Chinese Taipei” on the screen.  Then I heard an announcer on the CBC refer to this nation that I had not heard of.  There are more than two hundred nations participating in these games; I can’t claim to have heard of all of them.

So, what’s the deal with Chinese Taipei?  Well, it turns out, Chinese Taipei is really the nation we know of as Taiwan.  Riddle solved?  Not quite… it turns out Taiwan isn’t really a nation either.  You’re probably thinking ‘WHAT!?’  Some of the best stuff is made in Taiwan. The place we know of as Taiwan actually calls itself the Republic of China (ROC).  How can there be two Chinas?  The China that’s playing host to the 2008 Olympic Games officially refers to itself as the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

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Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster it’s a four-day week

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Wow, it’s been a long time since my last post…

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Parenting Classes Should be Mandatory

Monday, June 2, 2008

Last Friday I went to the neighbourhood pub for a well earned drink and a bite to eat to cap off the work week. The entire time I was there, two kids, about five and eight years old, were running around playing, screaming and crying. The older one, a girl, took pleasure in kicking her younger brother’s ass playing video games and loudly taunting him about it. This went on for TWO hours… the entire time I was there.

No one wants to watch or listen to other people’s kids misbehaving. I NEVER would have done anything like that as a kid. My parents had no tolerance for that shit. If my sister or I acted up as those little rotters did last night (we wouldn’t have), we would have been out of there in about three seconds flat. Not only would we get to go home hungry but we would have also been grounded for two weeks. In my day grounded meant whatever enjoyable activity I would have done had I not been grounded would be taken away. TV? Video games? Not a chance. Since eating out was considered a treat, we probably wouldn’t have seen another restaurant for six months after an episode like that.

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‘Toronto tax’ going away

Monday, March 31, 2008

I was reading the Metro newspaper on the way to work this morning; I’m always interested in municipal affairs, so the articled headlined “More money for municipalities” caught my eye. More on that in a bit.

If you’re not familiar with the municipal structure of the Greater Toronto Area, here’s the Coles Notes version. From 1954 to 1997, “Toronto” was a group of six municipalities that belonged to the higher level Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto; the member municipalities were:

  • City of Toronto
  • City of North York
  • City of York
  • City of Etobicoke
  • City of Scarborough
  • Borough of East York

Metro Hall Banner

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