2016-08-07 Sun

Toronto Transit Commission fares

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I have begun to circulate a document asking why we donít hear more discussion about Free Transit in towns and cities.

You can download a copy here .

Not a month goes by without an anguished cry about Fares.

Do away with fares and youíll save a bundle!


I met a friend for a late lunch a few days ago. Found myself at a community centre on Queens Quay at Bathurst Street.

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In a courtyard I found an Ivy crawling up the wall. This interior wall faces west, and so the sun has just hit the wall, from the right-hand side of the photo. I am facing east.

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The Ivy crawls to the top of the building and then starts to make its way west, along the wall that faces to the south (which is still to my right)

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Here is a zoom shot of the upper surface of that west-facing wall. Note that the creepers are aligned horizontally.

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But at the foot of the wall the creepers are aligned diagonally.

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While the creepers continue distinctly horizontally as they complete their traverse of the second, south-facing wall, and begin to invade the third, east-facing wall.

I imagine that the creepers find it easier to make root in the mortar that separates the layers of brick. The brick being fired clay possibly offers fewer opportunities for penetration, especially if the surface is somewhat glazed.

Too I imagine that after a rain shower, the mortar acts like a sponge and offers a reservoir of water for roots.

I explain away the diagonal growth by the Ivyís desire to travel upwards until a sufficient daily amount of sunlight is gained.