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Paramedic scheduling system ‘still far from perfect’ nearly a year after launch

‘How long are we going to try fixing something that might not be fixable?’ questions councillor

CBC News Posted: Jan 09, 2018 Lauren Pelley

A risk assessment of the $17-million scheduling system slammed by some Toronto paramedics has now wrapped up, but problems with the software are still ongoing nearly a year after its launch.

Toronto city council approves six SmartTrack locations

December 5, 2017 Toronto Sun Kevin Connor

“It’s moving forward,” Mayor John Tory said Tuesday, adding existing rail corridors in the city will eventually accommodate up to 24 stations.

The six approved stations will be at St. Clair-Old Weston King-Liberty with pedestrian and cyclist connections directly into Liberty Village and inclusion of the King High Line crossing; East Harbour; Gerrard-Carlaw; Lawrence-Kennedy with access from the Lawrence Avenue overpass; and Finch-Kennedy.

Council agreed to review how the program will be funded as it moves ahead into its 2024 completion date.

The city’s share of SmartTrack is $1.3 billion and fares will still need to be negotiated with Metrolinx.

Council has also given the green-light to advance plans to build a $1.7-billion park above the rail corridor from Blue Jays Way to Bathurst St.

The 21-acre park will be a city-wide destination that should have been built years ago as the city centre has lacks green space, said Coun. Joe Cressy.

“Growth pays for growth and lifts up the entire city,” Cressy said.

Although the majority of council agreed the park would add value to the city no matter where one lived, Coun. Jim Karygiannis said all wards should be treated equally.

“This is pitting the downtown against the suburbs,” Karygiannis said.

Tory said the project was a shinning example of what the city should be doing.

Similar projects in New York City and Chicago have created a boom in tourism, he said.

Terror fears spark secret report that recommends metal detectors and glass walls at Toronto City Hall

EDGES OF TORONTO: Like poverty, our car insurance rates divide Toronto

EDGES OF TORONTO: Like poverty, our car insurance rates divide Toronto

Scarborough- MirrorNov 03, 2017  Mike Adler 

Mike Adler writes about how people see life in Toronto differently, depending on where they live. – Metroland

The Kanetix.ca map showing car insurance rates by neighbourhood is something every Torontonian should see.

It looks strikingly like maps showing Toronto’s highest concentrations of poverty.

1 in 4 Toronto ‘holistic centres’ offer erotic massages, auditor general says

Toronto permits 25 body rub parlours but has no cap for holistic centres

CBC News October 27, 2017 Nick Boisvert

Holistic centres are licensed to provide services such as natural medicine, homeopathy, reiki and shiatsu.

A new report from Toronto’s auditor general has found that more than a quarter of the city’s licensed holistic centres appear to be offering unauthorized services that may be sexual in nature.