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FIRST DAY: Parents and students walk to Thorncliffe Public School and Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy Tuesday. Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy is Toronto’s first all-kindergarten school. For more on the school, see page 3.

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Renovated Pape station reopened its doors this week after a lengthy closure and commuters liked what they saw. The station was shut for 12 straight days in August to hasten renovation work dating back to 2009. On Tuesday, the first work day since construction hoardings surrounding the station were removed, commuters filing through Pape had a chance to see the progress of the work, which includes new signs, tiling, public artwork as well as glass windows and sliding doors. “It’s nice, very shiny,” said Randal, who declined to provide his last name. The regular commuter said Pape station was virtually unrecognizable following the work. “It doesn’t even look like the same station,” he said. >>>COMMUTERS, page 6

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East York’s Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy, believed to be the largest allkindergarten school in North America, opened its doors for the first time Tuesday to 685 children. The 26-classroom school, at 82 Thorncliffe Park Dr., cost nearly $25 million. Construction began in June 2012. Parts of the building, including an area that will house a day-care centre, will continue to be under construction for a few more months. “Any of the safety concerns have already been addressed,” principal Catherine Ure said. “The people working in the building will have their police reference checks. Any work that needs to be done that would cause a problem for our staff or children will be done on weekends or evenings when nobody is in the building. The schedule has been created so that it’s going to maintain a safe environment for the staff and the students.” The school has an all-day kindergarten program; students will have class between 8:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. “You’ve got just a critical mass of learners at the same age level,” Ure said. “The

that important. Well, they’re all little, and they spend almost all of their time on the floor.” The school is about 80,000 square feet and features multiple playgrounds both on ground level and on the roof. MODEL OF LEARNING Staff photos/ANDREW PALAMARCHUK

Above, principal Catherine Ure in preparation for the opening day of classes this week at the Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy in Thorncliffe Park. The new kindergarten-only school, shown at top right, will house 685 students.

teachers are all developing pedagogies using all of the new research.” The school has 85 staff, including 32 teachers. What’s the most unique feature of the school? “It is a blank palette. We haven’t predetermined the

space for the children, we haven’t coloured the walls purple, we haven’t put in a vast amount of colour,” Ure said. “What we wanted to do is start with a blank palette and have the children and the teachers sort of grow within

the environment and develop the environment to represent their own voices.” The building makes use of natural lighting with large windows. “What I like too is we’ve got in-floor heating,” Ure said. “You might say why is

Donna Quan, Toronto District School Board’s education director, said Fraser Mustard is believed to be the largest all-kindergarten school in North America. “To have three, four and five year olds, 685 together, it’s an opportunity for us to have a model of learning on how to focus intensely on the early years,” she said. “It’s unique in this community because there are so many students of the same age. Very rarely would you

get such a large cohort of students between three and five.” A re a l l - k i n d e rg a r t e n schools the way of the future? “It all depends on the demographics of the area,” Quan said. “In terms of busing in kids to create a model like this, it’s not something that I think we’re advocating for at this time.” Each class has a mix of junior and senior kindergarten students. “The senior kindergartens are older so they teach each other,” teacher Trisha Babits said. “It becomes more of a mentorship relationship, which is healthy for kids.” There are two teachers and up to 30 students in each classroom.

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Logan Ave. country beige in roughly four hours. “It’s a good moment to stop and reflect on our privilege at being able to get to go to university, to make people feel comfortable in their home,” said Ashley Grenville, who works with the university housing program called Residence Life.

The Logan Avenue building, which provides housing to low-income seniors, is run by WoodGreen, has 159 units and is nearly 50 years old. “I’m looking forward to the conversations that will come out of this experience,” Grenville said. “Those who have financial needs, and how much we value the elderly in

our community.” “At an educational institution such as York, there’s not a large population of the elderly, so this is an opportunity to connect with a part of the community that we don’t usually get to connect with.” The volunteers were all in leadership positions at the

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umping on your bicycle and hitting the streets of Toronto has become a complicated issue. It gets the backs up of both cyclists and motorists. Each side has complaints about the other: cyclists disobey the rules of the road; motorists don’t look out for cyclists. This kind of two-way antagonism helps no one, it only fuels fires that seem easily sparked. There has been much cycling talk lately, both good and bad: Cycle Toronto wants to turn Harbord Street into Canada’s best biking roadway; in June, new separated bike lanes opened on Sherbourne Street; the city’s chief planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, teamed up with Cycle Toronto and took the cycling discussion on the road – on her bike. Using hydro corridors to allow for dedicated cycling, and of course dedicated bike lanes across the city all deserve listening to. On the heels of a study by University of Toronto PhD student Adrian Verster, who created a list of 50 dangerous intersections for cyclists in the city, a discussion on how to best implement cycling in Toronto is needed. And quickly. The supposed ‘war on the car / bicycle’ needs to stop. It serves no one. And with the city’s population growing quickly, cycling will become an ever-increasing mode of transportation for many people. Not surprisingly, the most dangerous intersections to cycle in the city are located in the old city of Toronto – on Bloor and Queen streets. However, there are dangerous intersections for cyclists across the city: Lawrence Avenue and Overture Road in Scarborough (No. 36) as well as Warden and McNicoll avenues (No. 34).

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reports prove If news reports prove anything, it is that there is always the chance you can get hurt – even killed – while riding your bike. It doesn’t matter where you ride your bike. Ontario Minister of Transportation Glen Murray announced on Friday the province’s 20-year vision for cycling, with the goal to make Ontario the number one province for cycling in Canada. This ambitious goal will need funding, dedication, and a clear vision tailored to each city across Ontario. A cookie-cutter approach will not work. The entirety of Toronto City Council is not expected to meet until October, but they are all back to work after Labour Day, including local community council meetings set for Sept. 10. Torontonians should not shy away from pushing for a proper, integrated cycling plan for the city. It’s been long discussed, much maligned, and often ignored. Councillors in the downtown core raise the issue often, but this should not be another downtown versus suburbs discussion.

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hen I was young I used to help out on Saturday mornings at my father’s butcher shop at Danforth and Woodbine. My reward was 50 cents to go to the afternoon matinee at the Prince of Whales theatre on the same corner. Today the spot is a thriving food store, but back in the late 1950s it was one of the old-style single screen movie theatres. The huge theatre was packed with kids watching serials, science fictions, adventures and a host of other B movies. It was a fabulous experience and has left me a fan of badly made but ernest movies to this day. My actual point in raising this bit of nostalgia is that the theatre was owned by an important political figure. That was Donald Dean Summerville who had been on Toronto city council since 1955 before being elected mayor in 1962.

joe cooper watchdog Summerville’s term in office was cut tragically short due to a fatal heart attack suffered during a charity hockey tournament. Even though there was an ambulance in York Township a mile away, it could not be used due to the regulations of the time. Instead a City of Toronto ambulance that was 10 miles away had to be used and Summerville passed away before it arrived. Today Donald D. Summerville is remembered by the Olympic-sized pool located at the foot of Woodbine Avenue. His passing also set in motion several other things that we are still experiencing today. In some ways the seeds of today’s amalgamation were planted as his death lead to the creation of the

Department of Emergency Services. Ambulance services across what was to become Metro Toronto were one of the first to be organized into one. The other thing that took place was that rather than hold a byelection for a new mayor, city council appointed an interim mayor. controversy That was Philip Givens, and there was no controversy or outcry over the decision. In 1964 regular elections were held and he was given a public mandate to serve until 1966. The point is that appointments are as much part of democracy as are elections and there is no disenfranchisement of the people when one is made. Currently, there is a controversy in city hall over the decision made by city council to make an appointment to fill a vacant

council seat. This is within their mandate and is completely democratic. Some may grumble and protest but as shown with the Summerville case, there is precedent. The point here is that under the City of Toronto Act power lays with city council and they have made their decision. Now for democracy to work we must respect that decision and let the wheels of government turn. Screaming and yelling about the unfairness of it all on the part of some people simply shows their lack of understanding of how our municipal government works. The world did not end back in 1963 when Philip Givens was appointed mayor. Joe Cooper is a long-time East York resident and community activist. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at eym@insidetoronto.com

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ROAST AT DON MILLS UNITED ◗CORN Don Mills United Church hosts its annual community barbecue and corn roast this Saturday. The fun begins at 10 a.m. Along with corn-on-the-cob, there will be be a barbecue with hamburgers and hot dogs, soft drinks and coffee. The church is located at 126 O’Connor Dr., at Pape Avenue. The event takes place on Pape side of the church. AND CRAFTS SALE AT ST. LUKE’S ◗ARTS

St. Luke’s Anglican Church hosts an arts and crafts sale on Saturday, Sept. 14. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors seeking to share their artistic talents with fellow residents can book a table for $25. The church is located at 904 Coxwell Ave.

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Beaches-East York MP Matthew Kellway moderates a panel discusssion after the showing of the documentary film Change Your name Ousama! on Friday. The screening and discussion takes place at the Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St. E., from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The event is free, and panellists are the documentary’s director, Fau Chowdhury, and local imam Saeed Rageah. The event is hosted by DOC Toronto, the Documentary Organization of Canada. For more info, visit www.doctoronto.ca HAWTHORNE PERFORMS LOCALLY ◗MAYER

Soul performer Mayer Hawthorne stops by The Danforth Music Hall for a performance Sept. 6. at 7 p.m. His new album, Where Does This Door Go, is getting rave reviews and he is embarking on his North American tour next month. In October he will be touring throughout the United Kingdom and Europe with Bruno Mars. Advance tickets are $25 and $30 from ticketmaster.ca ON LOOKOUT FOR VEGETATION ◗BEOVERGROWN

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Commuters feel closure of Pape station for renovation was a ‘good decision’ >>>from page 1 There was no subway or bus service at the station over the course of the shutdown, which began Aug. 19. While that proved a headache for transit riders like Manjot Sharma, he said the inconvenience was worth it. “They made a good decision to close,” he said. The feedback on social media was also largely positive. Un i v e r s i t y s t u d e n t Nazaneen Afifa tweeted, “Pape station looks so different and nicer. Looks like the 500 years of construction paid off. No longer embarrassed to get off at the station.” Andy Byford, Toronto Transit Commission CEO, and Brad Ross, communications chief, were also on hand part of Tuesday morning to welcome commuters to the station. Over the course of the shutdown, a total of 90 workers rotated daytime and overnight shifts 24 hours a day completing tiling and painting and other station finishes at Pape, which until now never had an extensive renovation since it opened along the Bloor-Danforth subway line in 1966. The crews also worked on renovating the station bus bay

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which will have an enclosed passenger waiting area when completed. Last spring, a majority of respondents to an online poll supported closing Pape to speed up the renovations. The closure was originally planned for June, but was put off following a province-wide tile workers strike by the Brick and Allied Craft labour union, which was contracted by the TTC to complete the work. While much of the work is done, the Pape renovations are not complete. Still on the schedule is the installation of accessibility elevators leading from the

upper concourse level down to both eastbound and westbound subway platforms, as well as landscaping work and a new bike parking area located outside the station on Pape Ave. The remaining work is expected to be finished in October. An additional station exit under construction at the intersection of Pape and Lipton Avenue is scheduled for completion in December.

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lem-solver who is dedicated to bringing groups together to achieve real results. She and her team are focused on building a strong, fair Ontario where communities can thrive and our economy can grow.” Wynne was sworn in as premier on Feb. 11 after winning the Liberal leadership at Toronto’s former Maple Leaf Gardens in January.

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MEETING WITH CHAREST SPECIAL GUEST: Former premier of Quebec Jean Charest shakes hands with Gordon Baker at the 10th annual summer party in Parkview Hills hosted by area resident Justin Van Dette. Charest, who was also the former leader of the federal Progressive Conservative party spoke to those in attendence about his life in public service. Staff photo/ADAM DIETRICH

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it’s happening ◗ Friday, Sept. 6

Live Music At The Branch WHEN: 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 22, 1240 Woodbine Ave. CONTACT: Jim Farrell, 416-425-1714 COST: Free Live oldies by the Pepper Shakers.

◗ Saturday, Sept. 7

Community Barbecue WHEN: 10 a.m. WHERE: Don Mills United Church, 126 O’Connor Dr at Pape Ave. CONTACT: Bev, 416-4254950 COST: Free Corn-on-the-cob; hamburgers; hot dogs; coffee and soft drinks. Takes place on Pape Side of church grounds. Open Mic at Du Cafe WHEN: 3 to 7 p.m. WHERE: Du Cafe, 885 O’Connor Dr. CONTACT: Crystal Holmes, 416-752-2233, ducafe@ ymail.ca COST: Free Du Cafe is holding an open mic on saturday from 3-7pm. We’re located at 885 O’Connor Drive, just north of St. Clair, all artists, genres, and fans welcome.

◗ Sunday, Sept. 8

Sunday Afternoon Euchre WHEN: 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 22, 1240 Woodbine Ave. CONTACT: Jim Farrell,

looking ahead ◗ Sunday, Sept. 15

Sunday Concert Series at Westview Presbyterian WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Westview Presbyterian Church, 233 Westview Ave. (just off Bermondsey) CONTACT: Call Tony Mason, 416-823-0201,www.wvchurch.wordpress.ca, westview@ bellnet.ca COST: $10 per person Praise it up! Liturgical dance team presents, A Journey Through Scripture With Music And Dance. CHECK OUT OUR complete online community calendar by visiting www.east yorkmirror.com. Read weeks of listings from your East York neighbourhoods as well as events from across Toronto.

416 425 1714, rcl22.com, beansterman@yahoo.ca COST: $7 Come out Sunday afternoon for a fun couple of hours.

◗ Tuesday, September 10

Will and Estate Planning WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. WHERE: S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Dr. CONTACT: 416-3963975 COST: Free Learn how to preserve your assets and pass them on to your heirs. Louise Sabourin an expert explains how to clearly state your wishes, protect your family and reduce the taxes levied against your estate.

◗ Saturday, Sept. 14

Toronto Cat Rescue Adopt-a-thon WHEN: today and tomorrow 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. WHERE: PetSmart (East York), 835 Eglinton Ave. E. CONTACT: Alison Finkelstein, 416-538-8592, chanagittel@ rogers.com COST: Adoption Fee reduced to $100 Join Toronto Cat Rescue to adopt a cat or kitten. True Davidson Market Day WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: True Davidson Acres Home for the

Aged, 200 Dawes Rd. CONTACT: Carly Wolf, 416-397-0364, cwolf@ toronto.ca COST: Free Vendor table rentals: $30. All money raised will be used to support resident programs and activities. Arts & Crafts Sale WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: St. Luke’s Church, 904 Coxwell Ave. CONTACT: Frances, 416-467-8696, st.luke@ca.inter.net COST: Free Jewelry, knitting, handmade bags, prints, crafts. Table rental: $25. Descendants of the Don: Gordon & Helliwell Architects WHEN: 11 a.m. WHERE: Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Arts Centre, 67 Pottery Rd. CONTACT: 416-3962819 COST: Free Gordon and Helliwell was a major turn-of-the-twentieth-century architectural firm that has been largely forgotten in Toronto’s historical literature. Walk begins at Summerhill subway station. Murder and Mayhem with Crime Writers of Canada WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. WHERE: Du Cafe, 885 O’Connor Dr. CONTACT: Sharon A. Crawford, words@samcraw.com COST: Free Writers bring their fictional characters - criminal and otherwise to the Du Cafe for a reading event.

Flower Show WHEN: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. WHERE: Leaside Public Library, 165 McRae Dr. CONTACT: Beth Parker, bethparker@ sympatico.ca COST: Free Annual Leaside Garden Society Flower Show. Two Of A Kind Concert Series WHEN: 8 to 9:30 p.m. WHERE: Metropolitan Community Church, 115 Simpson Ave. CONTACT: Suzanne Christie, 416-406-6228, schristie@ mcctoronto.com COST: Free Two of a Kind concert series. DORA award-winning singer/actor Sterling Jarvis and noted jazz singer and Jazz FM morning host Heather Bambrick reunite at MCC’s Sanctuary. Pianist Diane Leah will accompany them along with colleen Allen on reeds and Tom Jestadt on percussion.

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Retired Justice Iacobucci to now lead police review ANDREW PALAMARCHUK apalamarchuk@insidetoronto.com

Retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci will now lead a review of Toronto police’s use of force options when dealing with the emotionally disturbed, Chief Bill Blair has announced. “I have asked Justice Iacobucci to review our policies, procedures and training as well as the equipment used by members of the Toronto Police Service and to conduct an international review of best practice to provide myself and

the service with advice and recommendations on how we can improve our response to these difficult and sometimes dangerous situations,” Blair said Friday afternoon, adding the recommendations will be made public. On Aug. 12, Blair named retired Ontario chief justice Dennis O’Connor to head the internal review. But O’Connor resigned from the position last Wednesday due to potential conflict of interest: he’s affiliated with a law firm that represents Toronto police in civil suits and inquests.

“I have a great respect for Mr. O’Connor and his work and I understand and respect the decision that he made,” Blair said. “I think his intent was to ensure that this important work wasn’t in any way diminished by any appearance or even perception of conflict.” The initial announcement to hold the review came just over two weeks after 18-yearold Sammy Yatim was shot and killed by a police officer while wielding a knife on an empty streetcar on Dundas Street.

Following a probe by the province’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, Const. James Forcillo was charged with seconddegree murder. He has been suspended with pay. “My request to Justice Iacobucci is in the nature of a forward-looking review that will lead to improvements in the policies and procedures that guide our officers, the training that provides them with the skills and competencies to respond effectively and the equipment that will enable them to resolve these

critical incidents safely,” Blair said. “I’m very confident that this work will produce advice and guidance to the Toronto Police Service that will enable us to improve the quality of our service to the people of Toronto.” Blair noted he has assigned an inspector to assist Iacobucci. When asked when the review will be completed, the chief said he doesn’t have strict timelines.

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Students were being ushered back to school, before school even started, as a part of the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s ( TCDSB) leadership programming. The school board is continuing its Catholic leadership programs through the final days of summer and through the school year in order to help them to become better students and leaders. “The focus of our programs other than teaching the kids leadership skills is to help them transition into high school,” said Michael Consul from the TCDSB. Consul, along with Greg Rogers from the school board, run conferences throughout the school year at the University of Toronto for older students called Voices that Challenge, and at high schools for those transitioning from elementary school to high school, called ILITE: Intermediate Leaders in Training Event. “The kids are 13 years old and they’re going to a super big leadership conference and they’re learning skills that I never learned until I was in my twenties,” said Consul about ILITE. “They’re going to the high

school that they’re going to, so then they’re getting familiar with the building and the path to get there,” said Consul. “It really gets them used to that high school atmosphere.” “When they get to high school, they’ve been to the building several times, they’ve already met all these kids, and so that transition is not that fish out of water...and you have a whole bunch of other fishes that you’ve met.” The conferences took place across the city, and during the summer, kids had the opportunity to head to three-day summer camps at Olympia Sports Camp. At the camps kids got the opportunity to play various leadership games, listen to speakers and learn how to do debriefs at upcoming conferences throughout the year. “I’ve gotten to know people so well here that I’ll feel totally comfortable if I need help running an event or if I want people from various schools... to come to our event that I can now have that contact,” said Hannah McGroarty, an East York student from St. Patrick Secondary. McGroarty, a Grade 11 student, is vice president of the student council at St. Patrick’s and is also a part of the Catholic Leadership

Action Team, which has meetings at the school board once a month, and the School Activity Team. “They have been teaching us various skills that we can take back to use in our schools and for the rest of our lives,” said McGroarty about the week-long camp that she’s been attending as a part of the Catholic Leadership Program. Some of the events McGroarty has helped organize at school include a Smile Day. “We just put smiley faces all around the school and play positive music in the morning to create some sense of community and belonging,” said McGroarty. “The students that maybe are kind of forgotten can feel like they’re a part of something during that day.” Some of the issues McGroarty has been learning about at the camp are Gay Straight Alliances and inclusion, which is something she said is an issue in the TCDSB, “We’ve had lots of bonding, which is really great,” said McGroarty. “It’s been so much fun.”

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Urban film fest returns JUSTIN SKINNER jskinner@insidetoronto.com Commuters taking the subway will be able to enjoy short, independent films as they wait for their ride with the return of the Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF). Now in its seventh year, TUFF offers a selection of silent, oneminute shorts from around the world, with a different film screening every 10 minutes on each of the network’s 290 Pattison Onestop screens. The brainchild of founder and Sharon Switzer, executive director of Art 4 Commuters, the festival features animated and live-action shorts. Switzer said the idea for TUFF came about after she spoke with the company that operates the screens in subway stations. “It was sort of a no-brainer,” she said. “You have a city that loves film, you give people films in public spaces, who’s not going to love it?” This year’s TUFF festival features 82 films from 20 countries. Of those, 23 come from Toronto, with some coming from such destinations as far away as Kenya and Iran. The selections were chosen from some 390 submissions by guest judge and acclaimed filmmaker Bruce McDonald. “It was an incredibly strong year for us,” Switzer said. “What we used to get in a (minute-long film), when you compare it to what we get now, the difference is amazing.” In addition to the selected films, TUFF will include some special series. On Friday, Sept. 13, experimental filmmaker Christina Battle’s “we’re not exactly sure what happened” series will provide alternative imagery to go along with snippets from CNN’s coverage of the Boston bombing from April. Select screens in Dundas, St. Andrew and YongeBloor stations will be dedicated purely to TUFF films, and the films will also be screened as a collection at the Drake Hotel with showings from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Sept. 13 to Sept. 15.

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Dangerous intersections charted RAHUL GUPTA rgupta@insidetoronto.com A graduate student’s analysis of 24 years of bike collision data suggests cyclists are more at risk on streets without bike lanes. Adrian Verster’s study examines 31,000 accidents involving cyclists taken from the city’s Toronto Traffic Safety Unit’s (TTSU) reporting between 1986 and 2010. As the incidents were GPS tagged, he was able to pinpoint which streets the accidents were taking place in order to come up with a list of the 50 most dangerous intersections in the city to cycle. He examined collision statistics released annually by the TTSU based primarily on data taken from police reports detailing the nature of cycling accidents, where it took place, who was at fault and other factors. As an avid cyclist with an interest in statistical analysis, Verster had downloaded the publicly available data

on cycling collisions, which he planned to examine in detail in between completing his PhD in genomics at the University of Toronto. But what really motivated him to complete the study was the serious accident his girlfriend Kate had while riding her bike a month ago near Avenue and Davenport Roads, fourth on his list of dangerous intersections. struck by car “She was struck by a car turning right, and was in hospital for 48 hours,” recalled Verster. “She suffered a concussion, which all things considered was extremely good compared to how bad it could have been.” At first, Verster found the busiest intersections, like those along Yonge Street, had the largest number of collisions. That came as no surprise given the high volumes of traffic. But when he “normalized” the data” by taking into account existing traf-

fic volume at intersections and the surrounding area, he began to see patterns emerge along two prominent streets. “Bloor Street and Queen Street began to show up a lot and the similarity is they don’t have bike lanes,” said Verster this week. “They’re used a lot for commuting and I’m almost certain that’s why they showed up in the analysis.” City spokesperson Daniel Egan said some of Verster’s findings were in line with previous analysis. Still, Egan warned against making conclusions based on decades-old data. “I would question whether data 25 years ago is relevant today,” said Egan, manager of cycling infrastructure and programs for the city. “I would interpret these numbers with a grain of salt.” Egan said city streets are getting safer since more people are riding.

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service boosted this month wTransit The TTC boosted service to many of its transit routes as of Sept. 1 Thirty-three bus routes, plus streetcar and subway service, have ended lessfrequent summer service in response to increased ridership with the start of the fall schedule. Students looking to get a student photo ID can opt to have their picture taken at Sherbourne Station from Monday to Friday between 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The ID is a must to purchase a discounted monthly pass or pay a student fare. to discuss noise wall barrier wmeeting

Metrolinx is planning a series of west-end public meetings to discuss proposed designs for a five-metre noise wall barrier to go up along the Georgetown South GO rail corridor. Four meetings are scheduled this month starting Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the York West Active Living Centre, at 1901 Weston Rd. Anyone who

rahul gupta TO in TRANSIT can’t attend the meetings can provide feedback online at www.gotransit.com/gts Metrolinx says the barriers are required to lessen the noise impact from increased diesel train traffic when the Union Pearson Express air rail link opens in 2015. launches new transit campaign wPETA

Pe o p l e f o r t h e Et h i c a l Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently launched a new awareness campaign on GO Transit trains. One hundred and fortysix ads depicting an impoverished young girl with the tagline “When You Eat Meat, She Doesn’t Eat” were posted on GO train cars at the end of August. car-sharing parking opens up wMore

New on-street parking spaces were made available to car-share users this week. Around 26 additional spots

are now open in nine locations around the downtown core and East York, which expands a pilot project launched in 2009 by the city to encourage car-sharing as an alternative to car-ownership. Toronto will also host the 2013 CarSharing Association conference Sept. 16 to 17. Commons Stays open wCorktown

It seems news of Corktown Common’s imminent closing was premature as the urban park will now stay open until Thanksgiving weekend. Last week, Waterfront Toronto extended the closing date of the 18-acre public space, which doubles as a flood protection system and is situated close to the GO Train tracks and a burgeoning condo community in the West Donlands. The park, which opened in an unfinished state in late June, was scheduled to close for the winter right after Labour Day weekend to complete final touches in time for a spring 2014 re-opening. Rahul Gupta is the Mirror’s transit reporter. His column appears on Thursday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT

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