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Wire enclosures on Front St. are no tourist trap: The Fixer

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Wire enclosures on Front St. are no tourist trap: The Fixer

What’s up with those wire contraptions on Front St., that look better suited to a steel cage match for pro wrestlers than construction?Anybody who uses Union Station or regularly drives along Front St. is painfully aware of how disruptive that Union Station and the area around it has been over the past few years.It seems…

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Cement trucks off-loading cement in the wrong places: The Fixer

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Cement trucks off-loading cement in the wrong places: The Fixer

What to do about cement trucks that slop dollops of their cargo on the road, where it hardens into a raised rock?Concrete is the glue in the condo towers, buildings and new homes that keep going up. An amalgam of cement powder, sand, gravel and water, it requires constant churning to stay soft enough to…

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Once Upon a City: Sweeping polio outbreak hits Toronto

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Once Upon a City: Sweeping polio outbreak hits Toronto

“I didn’t die, did I?”That was Canadian musician Neil Young’s comment to his dad, journalist Scott Young, after leaving the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) where he was treated for polio.It was 1951 and Neil was 5 years old.Scott Young told the story in his 1984 book Neil and Me.Neil’s symptoms of the dreaded, contagious…

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Opinions divided on lower speed limit for Bayview Extension: The Fixer

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Opinions divided on lower speed limit for Bayview Extension: The Fixer

Is the new 50 km/h speed limit on the Bayview Extension an excuse for a ticket trap, or was traffic going too fast on the four-lane street?Our Saturday column on how the speed limit recently dropped from 60 to 50, between Moore Ave. and the bottom of Bayview, prompted sharp reaction from readers who strongly…

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Sidewalk utility cut filled with mud instead of asphalt: The Fixer

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Sidewalk utility cut filled with mud instead of asphalt: The Fixer

Pedestrians shouldn’t have to tiptoe along the edges of a gaping sidewalk utility cut to stay out of a mud pit.Our regular readers know that we regard poorly filled utility cuts as pustules in our roads and sidewalks, a visible sign of the indifference of utilities that would rather cut corners than do it the…

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Reduced speed limit on Bayview extension irks drivers: The Fixer

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Reduced speed limit on Bayview extension irks drivers: The Fixer

Drivers who use the Bayview Ave. extension will need a light touch on the gas pedal to stay within the new 50 km/h speed limit.The Bayview extension, which runs south from Moore Ave. to Queen St., is a key rush-hour route used by thousands of drivers every day to get in and out of the…

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Best-before date for old, ugly sign was two years ago: The Fixer

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Best-before date for old, ugly sign was two years ago: The Fixer

When a sign warning of construction is on the job two years after it says the work was scheduled to wrap up, surely it’s time to give it the hook.Paul Keyes emailed us a photo of a “very old, ugly sign in our beautiful park,” referring to Chorley Park, near Douglas Dr. and Astley Ave.,…

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Turns out there is a standard to determine where a homeowner's property ends: The Fixer

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Turns out there is a standard to determine where a homeowner's property ends: The Fixer

It seems that there is indeed a common standard used to determine how much of most front yards is municipal road allowance.But we had to hear it many times over from professional land surveyors who say the dimensions of the road allowance on the average, two-lane residential street is 66 feet, and not just in…

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Tribunal recommends Chris Spence be stripped of doctorate

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Tribunal recommends Chris Spence be stripped of doctorate

An independent tribunal has found Chris Spence guilty of plagiarism and recommended that University of Toronto revoke his 1996 doctorate and expel the one-time education star.In other words, “no more ‘Dr.’ Spence,” as lawyer Bernard Fishbein, chair of the disciplinary panel, put it in announcing the findings Tuesday.The recommendations were issued swiftly after a day-long…

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University of Toronto gets ready for first-ever Black graduation ceremony

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University of Toronto gets ready for first-ever Black graduation ceremony

University of Toronto student Nasma Ahmed was on an internship in California a couple of years ago when a friend invited her to a special college event.It was held at U.C. Davis and the occasion was something Ahmed had never heard of — a celebration honouring African-American graduating students.“I remember walking into the space and…

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