Jack Lakey, TorontoStar

Jack Lakey

TorontoStar

Canada

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Recent:
  • TorontoStar
Past:
  • toronto.com
  • The Standard

Recent articles by Jack:

Sign alerts hikers to trail closure — for construction that ended nine years ago; beaver baffle battle baffles Metrolinx

Outdated signs underscore the need for the city to be more attentive to them, if for no other reason than to avoid looking dumb. → Read More

Confused by the new bus lane and the lack of signage on The Esplanade? You’re not alone

Eastbound drivers aren’t supposed to go past Sherbourne Street, but there’s nothing to indicate they can’t go any farther. → Read More

Signs at waterfront Green P lots can fool drivers into paying for free parking

They don’t make it clear that parking is free during weekdays, which dupes people into paying when it isn’t necessary. → Read More

311 is making it easier to file a complaint and follow it to resolution. Should The Fixer be worried?

It has expanded its option menu and says more than 600 service requests can be made by phone, mobile text or online. → Read More

What’s with the curbside storage for new streetcar tracks? There must be a better way

A cache of streetcar rails was dumped in the curb lane on Queen Street W., which slows traffic and eliminates parking. → Read More

It cost the city $400,000 to fix up the historic Joy Oil gas station. Why is it still waiting for a fillup?

The city always has a story about why nothing has been done with it for such a long time. → Read More

Why is this decrepit wooden box still on the waterfront? It’s a mystery

It surrounds a utility pole on Queens Quay and has been there since the waterfront street was redeveloped. → Read More

Metrolinx is battling ‘beloved’ beavers by draining the pond where they live. Local residents side with the wildlife

Somebody is fighting back by raising the ‘beaver baffle’ installed to drain the pond in Grey Abbey Park above the water line. → Read More

This sidewalk abruptly ends with no warning — right where pedestrians need it most

Pedestrians must weave between pylons and a hole where the sidewalk should be, just inches from speeding traffic. → Read More

Who fixed the button that wouldn’t stop beeping?

A resident who reported a loudly malfunctioning pedestrian-crossing button to both Toronto and York Region couldn’t get a straight answer about which ... → Read More

Never mind the bollards — what about the safety of the pedestrians using this sidewalk?

It’s bent halfway across the sidewalk and in the way of pedestrians → Read More

Scaffolding hides pedestrian signal from people crossing the street

People on the other side of the intersection need to be exceptionally tall to spot the signal. → Read More

Why does this traffic signal for trail users turn red 24/7 — even when nobody’s around?

The city says it has to be that way, to avoid confusing drivers at another intersection less than 100 metres away. → Read More

Drivers beware: Parking spots painted on this Toronto street prove to be a ticket trap for confused motorists

The city has yet to cover up parking lines on the street, even though signs say no parking. → Read More

Leaning sign post is a head-bumping obstacle

The post south of Bloor Street has slowly been bent until it extends well across the sidewalk on Huron Street. → Read More

Drivers puzzled by lane closed for months on busy Toronto street for no apparent reason

The curb lane was barricaded months ago, but there’s been no work done to justify the closure. → Read More

The city finally gets serious about dangerous cow parsnip near pedestrian areas

A pilot project calls for the plant to be removed within three metres of paths and trails, due to “explosive” growth. → Read More

The Fixer fixes: Bloor bike lane reopened; collapsed brickwork repaired; Blythwood pothole filled

The Fixer updates how repairs have been made to the subjects of recent columns. → Read More

Newly laid sod turns a crispy golden brown after City of Toronto fails to water it

The city says a contractor is on the hook to replace the sod if it dies due to a lack of watering. → Read More

The Fixer gets a scolding for chasing off a hawk intent on stealing baby robins

While one reader was aghast the Fixer was interfering with nature by trying to save the robins, others offered sympathy and ideas for how to keep the ... → Read More