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Ben Spurr

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

Recent articles by Ben:

GO’s new London-Toronto train is moving fewer passengers than a half-full TTC bus

Just over 30 passengers a day are taking the daily service, which has a capacity of more than 900. → Read More

TTC union chief loses re-election bid amid vaccine mandate fight

Marvin Alfred becomes president of Local 113, defeating Carlos Santos, who placed third. → Read More

Expect at least 7 years of downtown Toronto traffic delays from Ontario Line construction — of up to 30 minutes

Downtown Toronto faces years of painful traffic disruptions from the construction of six Ontario Line stations. → Read More

Metrolinx agrees to new date to complete Crosstown LRT, says credit rating agency

The Moody’s report doesn’t specify the new completion date, but says it’s in “late 2022.” → Read More

Doug Ford’s government says building Highway 413 will get us out of gridlock. Its own research suggests that isn’t true

‘Induced demand’ has shown repeatedly that building more highways only increases the amount of congestion down the road. → Read More

TTC’s largest union loses court bid to halt Toronto transit agency’s vaccine mandate

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 had asked for an injunction against the TTC from disciplining members who didn’t comply with its mandatory vaccina... → Read More

TTC riders can expect longer subway waits, cuts to bus routes starting next week

Transit agency says the service changes are unavoidable because of the staffing shortage caused by the vaccine mandate. → Read More

GO train, UP Express crews may not be vaccinated

GO trains and UP Express staff are employed by Alstom, a private company under contract to the province, and aren’t subject to Metrolinx vaccine manda... → Read More

TTC failed to file cybersecurity report, raising questions about its ability to defend itself against hackers

None of the city’s arm’s-length agencies met the 2020 deadline to file a cybersecurity assessment. → Read More

TTC hires ‘breach counsel’ to respond to ransomware attack

The TTC has been able to bring some of the affected systems back online, but the problems from the ransomware attack have not been fully resolved. → Read More

A dedicated busway in Scarborough may be exactly what the region’s transit needs. But local opponents say it will ‘completely destroy’ their community

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit line may not be built as originally planned if the 12,000 people who live in Highland Park have their way. → Read More

Personal info of 25,000 current and former TTC employees may have been stolen in cyber attack, agency says

The same Oct. 28 incident, described as a ransomware attack, knocked several key internal agency systems were offline. → Read More

TTC union files court application to stop enforcement of vaccine mandate

The union representing the majority of TTC workers is going to court to temporarily prevent the transit agency from suspending or firing employees who... → Read More

Fallout from suspected cyber attack hits TTC for fourth day — while agency stays silent

Wheel Trans users affected by outage, while operators stage work refusals over what they say are unsafe working conditions. → Read More

Ransomware attack on TTC shuts down vital communication systems

System normally used to communicate with vehicle operators was not functioning, forcing the agency to use a backup radio system. The attack appears to... → Read More

Vaccine status of Pearson airport workers unclear ahead of this weekend’s deadline; ‘minimal effect’ expected on travel

The airport’s operator does not have exact figures for how many of the more than 35,000 people who work at the airport have gotten the jab. → Read More

TTC plans service cuts starting in November because of workers who haven’t complied with vaccine mandate

Temporary cuts for November and December are designed to protect the service on the busiest bus routes. → Read More

Doug Ford’s government should include TTC workers in its right-to-washroom bill, says transit union

Lack of washroom access on transit routes has been particularly bad during the pandemic, say drivers. → Read More

Buying a new car has become challenging, as more people want them but fewer vehicles are being sold

Demand for automobiles has spiked during the pandemic, with analysts citing built-up household savings and concerns about riding public transit as maj... → Read More

TTC to suspend, fire employees who don’t get vaccinated

The revised policy sets the stage for staff shortages and cuts to transit service next month. → Read More