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Recent:
  • TorontoStar
Past:
  • The Mississauga News
  • YorkRegion
  • The Standard
  • PeterboroughExaminer
  • Hamilton Spectator
  • WR Record

Recent articles by Ben:

Fewer than half of Toronto councillors have taken anti-racism training mandatory for city employees

Only 12 of 25 councilllors have taken the training since 2018, while 25,783 city workers have. → Read More

Plans for pricey restaurant raise questions about Casa Loma oversight

Coun. Josh Matlow accused a private company of trying to build a high-end restaurant without the necessary oversight. → Read More

How often should the Eglinton LRT run? TTC, Metrolinx disagree

Difference over LRT service levels proves an early test of province and city’s ability to get along. → Read More

What you should do if you find yourself in the path of a TTC subway train

“There are two pieces of advice — one is to avoid touching the covered power rail/third rail. The other is to tuck yourself under the lip of the platform,” says TTC spokesperson Stuart Green. → Read More

Which are the TTC’s most dangerous bus routes? Records show violent and bizarre incidents drivers face almost daily

The transit agency reported nearly 1,700 criminal and bylaw offences on its buses between 2016 and 2021, according to records obtained through a freedom of information request. → Read More

Scarborough RT may find new life as a multimillion-dollar dedicated bus lane

The $5.5-billion Scarborough subway extension won’t be ready until 2030 so transit riders will be stuck on buses in the meantime. → Read More

Michael Ford, nephew to Premier Doug Ford, to run as Ontario PC candidate in June election

Michael is the son of Premier Ford’s sister Kathy, and has served as Toronto city councillor for Etobicoke North since 2016. → Read More

‘We will not see them grow’: Relatives speak of pain and loss at funeral for Brampton family of five who died in fire

On Saturday, hundreds gathered at the Jame Masjid mosque in Mississauga to pay their respects to the Ali-O’Dea family, and try to come to grips with a disaster that has left the community northwest of Toronto in mourning. → Read More

Crosstown LRT builder showed ‘implicit bias’ when it fired Black worker, says labour board

Labour board decision highlights the need for community benefits program, say advocates. → Read More

TTC’s CEO got a 21 per cent pay hike last year even with ridership, revenue at historic lows

Chair of TTC’s board said the pay increase was based on the contract terms and to keep the salary competitive. → Read More

Mixed message on masks risks confusing transit riders, say experts

Transit agencies ramp up messaging for transit mask mandate which lasts until April 27. → Read More

Friction over the return to work is settling on a hated aspect of office life: getting there

It’s expensive, frustrating — and, two years of remote work have shown, unnecessary. → Read More

Soaring prices at the pump could help fuel public transit’s COVID-19 recovery

With gas nearing $2 a litre, public transit looks more and more like the better way. → Read More

Province does about-face, keeps hiring targets for under-represented groups on new transit projects, following Star reporting

When the Star asked earlier this week about advocates’ concerns about the thresholds being dropped, the Ministry of Transportation didn’t dispute that the government was abandoning the 10 per cent target, nor did Metrolinx, the provincial agency that oversees transit expansion in the GTHA. → Read More

Doug Ford government scraps diversity hiring targets for transit projects

The community benefits agreement was seen as setting a precedent that would inject funding, training and employment into neighbourhoods in need. → Read More

Province eliminates double fares for local trips connecting to GO Transit — except for the TTC

The cost of the program to the province will depend on how much ridership rebounds from COVID-19. → Read More

Next stop — Tim Hortons Oakville? Metrolinx on track to sell off naming rights to GO stations

Metrolinx has estimated that letting companies put their names on train stations could generate up to $500,000 per station per year. → Read More

‘I really thought this guy’s going to kill me’: Attacks on TTC workers have soared during COVID-19, leading to calls for more protection

Transit employees union calls for increased enforcement after two stabbings of Toronto transit employees in the past month. → Read More

How Toronto’s Bike Share ridership kicked into high gear during COVID-19

Bike Share is poised to expand to all corners of the city and add discounted passes for low-income residents. → Read More

TTC employee injured in knife attack, Toronto police say

A transit worker had been stabbed near Keele Street and Gulliver Avenue, police tweeted Wednesday afternoon. → Read More