300 Yonge Toronto, ON - TorontoThis summer has seen a drastic rise in numbers and sound volume of street preachers at Yonge and Dundas square. Every weekend without fail they descend on the high traffic intersection with an arsenal of extremely loud megaphones casting warnings of fire and brimstone that can be heard from a far. They sometimes block the road or sidewalk and distract drivers while harassing tourists and locals alike. I understand that free speech is important to any democracy and people should have the right to preach their beliefs in a public forum, however they do not have the right to use electronic sound amplifications that drown out any opposing views and risk damaging people's ears. The noise by-law specifically prohibits using these megaphones but the Toronto police seem hesitant to enforce this by-law.
Yonge St & Dundas St. Toronto, ON - TorontoPost and rings on Dundas through to Bay, and surrounding Dundas station are full of bikes. Yonge St. needs more parking on west side south of Dundas!
50 Mcgill St. Toronto, ON - TorontoI have been talking to the City of Toronto, its transportation and parks departments, as well as my City Councillor's staff since January, 2013 regarding some problems that the city acknowledges exist but have yet to resolve. Perhaps you can help move things along.
The "parkette" at the western, (foot-end) of McGill St. (College/Yonge area) used to have three benches, two garbage cans and a flower bed. All of that is gone and the city claims it will rectify the problem and replace the benches. To date, nothing has happened and it looks quite barren. Many seniors used the area and now there are no seats or waste receptacles. Also, the city left a valve 6" above ground level and bolted a warning cone over it. Not very classy for a city trying to look first-rate. Also, the restaurant's patio (probably illegal) used to have wrought iron fencing. The fencing has been removed and now leans up against the building creating a major eye-sore, along with the soil which doesn't even have a hedge.
I hope something can be done.
Cheers! All my best to you
800 Bay St Toronto, Ontario - TorontoGraffiti on south-facing wall of 800 Bay (Alterna Savings side)
Bay And Dundas Toronto, Ontario - TorontoMessages spraypainted on the sidewalk and other surfaces on the east side of Bay, from Dundas to Queen Street.
65 Dundas Street West Toronto, Ontario - TorontoGraffiti on west-facing wall of Canadian Tire at Bay and Dundas.
650 Bay Street Toronto, Ontario - TorontoGraffiti is on south-facing wall.
Bay And Richmond Toronto, Ontario - TorontoThe Richmond St. entrance (north side of Richmond east of Bay) to Hudson's Bay as well as half a block towards Yonge St. has been blocked by fencing for more several months for "construction". No construction appears. The sidewalk is blocked and one needs to walk on the street or the south side from Bay St. to Yonge. If repairs were being done, so be it. However, it's been 4 or 5 months and there's no sign or any repairs to the street, sidewalk or anything else. Very annoying!
Sheard Street Toronto, ON M5B 1H2, Canada - TorontoBroken water pipe leaking water all over the park and onto the street.
Multiple Locations Toronto, Ontario - Toronto
Now that summer is almost upon us I notice that Toronto Parking Enforcement vehicles and Police Cars once again have there rear licence plates obstructed by bicycle racks in violation of HTA 13(2)
I trust they will be issuing themselves tickets ?
Saint Luke Lane Toronto, ON M4Y 1X5, Canada - TorontoLow enough to be missed. Right up to the sidewalk.
City Wide Toronto, ON - Toronto
So you got a ticket in one of Toronto's many fishing holes. Welcome to the real world. But you're the Fixer and you want to do something about it, great! You understand that the problem is a difference between posted speed and design speed/85th percentile, a good start. But to fix it you need to understand the whole cycle:
- Nimbys complain to their Councillor about people driving faster than the speed limit on a nearby street;
- Politicians vote to lower the speed limit even further because it’s an easy way to pretend to do something and win votes;
- Cops discover yet another new fishing hole and set up shop;
- Cops/City make money from speeding fines;
- Insurance companies use these minor convictions as an excuse to dramatically increase premiums, with no actual increase in costs;
- Government and the insurance industry mount “speed kills” campaigns to justify their revenues and encourage more Nimbys to complain about speeders.
As a result, roads become less safe because of a greater speed differential between the 85th percentile and the few people who actually pay attention to ridiculously low posted limits.
So how do you fix the problem? Setting posted speed limits at the design speed is the theoretical solution, but this would be extremely time consuming and politically impossible.
Instead the Star and the Fixer should try to break this cycle by encouraging Council to vote to direct all revenues from traffic violations to some worthy cause, say transit improvement. This would still be politically correct, but it would remove the police financial motivation. It would also be hard for the Police to object, because it would show that their real motivation is dollars, not safety, as they like to profess.
Will this completely resolve the problem? No. People are generally lazy, and the police are people too. It’s much easier for police to lay a charge by sitting at a fishing hole rather than going after unsafe lane changes, left turns in front of oncoming traffic, break and enters, motorcycle thefts from condo garages, etc, etc, etc. Speeding convictions in court are also easier to secure, as they rely on technology instead of the judgement of the officer. And the Police assess their effectiveness on case closure rates. All that being said, removing the financial motivation will still be a huge step forward.
We know the Star likes a cause, especially if it involves the Police. Good luck, fight the good fight, and keep us posted.