Category Archives: Safety

#SitTO: A No-Brainer Idea Whose Time Has Finally Come

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“Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come” said Victor Hugo, famous author of Les Miserables and the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Even though he was talking about crime and punishment in the mid-nineteenth century, the sentiment stands, or given this post’s topic, sits. A recent flurry of media attention and a nationally-trending hashtag (#SitTO) has finally started a long overdue conversation about Toronto’s public spaces, namely their lack of public seating. See, while Toronto has no shortage of engaging streets, vibrant neighbourhoods, and dynamic public spaces – seriously check out footage from Jurassic Park during the NBA playoffs – there’s very few places where you can take a load off. Here’s a few reasons in no particular order about why that’s a problem and why you should care about this in the first place.

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Airport City

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Last week I was part of an Institute without Boundaries charrette, Airport City, that examined how Toronto Pearson International Airport can better integrate into its surrounding neighbourhood and the region in the context of future growth, in relation to community, government and corporate stakeholder needs.

As you may or may not know, Toronto Pearson International Airport has an ambitious goal to become North America’s premier gateway to the globe. It is already one of the fastest growing connection airports in North America and is the continent’s second largest international airport to New York’s JFK. Today, the Airport serves 36 million passengers and by 2030, is expected to double the number of passengers it serves. Continue reading

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Bikestock Vending Machines Keep you Cycling 24/7

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There is an endless supply of excuses that can be made to avoid jumping on that dusty bicycle and into your car instead: It’s too cold outside. It’s too hot today. It’s snowing. I don’t want to get sweaty on the way to work. I’m wearing heels and don’t want to bring a change of shoes. I have too many things to carry today. Continue reading

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Middle-aged men in Lycra

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With the capture of both Olympic gold and Tour de France yellow, 2012 was a watershed year for British cycling. Amateur cyclists shrugged on their jerseys and headed out on the open road in huge numbers—an increase of one million cyclists in the last four years. Continue reading

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TIFF and the City

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For 10 days in September, Toronto becomes ‘Hollywood North’. Celebrities flock to the city premiering their latest films in hopes of creating some Oscar buzz. For a veteran of the scene, the Toronto International Film Festival is more like a marathon of screenings and epic long lines. With over 40 celebrities in attendance, star gazing added an element to the festival that literally transformed public spaces into local stages with loyal fans waiting in the wings. Continue reading

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