2017-01-17 Tue

A New Record For Toronto the World-Class City

Back on Saturday 23rd August 2014 Ė over two and a half years ago, I wrote about the water main being repaired in our little street.

Back then I wrote ďIt seems like only last June 13th That I was writing about the street being dug up.Ē

Well, guess what?

On my way to Ryerson University at seven oíclock this morning, I noticed that water is flooding the street.

Yes, the water main is broken. This will be the fourth repair in, I think, three years.

I had already done my laundry, but didnít think to retain thew bath water soaking the new tables until after the water was cut off.

By 5pm the jack-hammers were at work, so my guess is that we MIGHT work through the hours of darkness to rectify the situation. Of course I wonder why they didnít replace the length of the street while they were at it last time, or the time before that, or the time before that ...

Torontoís traffic woes

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We canít be the only city that has drivers who race away from a green light so that they can claim bragging rights to being the first to slam on their brakes at the next intersection.

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The point is made that Police seemingly stop fewer drivers for so-called minor traffic infractions.

I donít know about ďfewerĒ. I have no benchmark figures (despite the suggestion that I sit in a park bench).

Hereís what I do know:

If the Toronto Police abandoned this pay-rise scheme of monitoring building sites and left the truck-and-pedestrian control to the Stop-Go sign guys (who seem to have a pretty good grip on expediting vehicles through construction zones, if you ask me), and assigned the same police to stationary infraction duty at city intersections, the drivers would slow down.

If I ever get to be mad a police-officer for a day, I will stand at just one intersection graced with a Stop sign, and grab every driver that rolls their vehicle across the stop line.

At that time I would NOT pounce on the driver. Instead I would offer them a choice of explanation:-

(1) The carís brakes are defective and thatís why I was unable to stop

(2) I am a lousy driver, and thatís why I was unable to stop

Driverís choice. Ten seconds given to decide, otherwise as a cop Iíd use both reasons, neither one being deemed better than the other.

If the car is declared (by its owner) to be mechanically defective, Iíd snip the registration papers in half, we each take half as a tangible contract, and then I would summon one of the tow-trucks waiting around the corner.

If the driver is declared (by the driver) to be lousy, Iíd snip the driverís licences in half, we each take half as a tangible contract, and if the driver was alone, Iíd summon one of the tow-trucks waiting around the corner. If the driver had a passenger licensed to drive the vehicle, then they could drive away.

Of course, the vehicle would have to pass the provinceís stringent standards of inspection before the registration papers could be re-issued.

Of course, the vehicle would have to pass the provinceís stringent standards of driving before the license papers could be re-issued.

I believe that it wouldnít take long for news to get around. Teenagers who canít be ferried to their hockey practice have a habit of talking amongst their peers.