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TTC fare increase called unfair

Toronto’s coalitions and organizations for transit riders met yesterday to discuss their next steps after the 10-cent fare increase jointly approved by the TTC on Wednesday.

Banning Bombardier to be considered by TTC

Bombardier’s future with the Toronto Transit Commission is under serious threat after the city’s latest streetcar delays. The company is facing the serious risk of being banned from bidding on the TTC’s future contracts, a decision which will be made at a board meeting on Oct. 28, according to an official statement by the TTC on Oct. 16.

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York West councillor claims Spadina subway extension far too late

The councilor for the region that will one day be served by the Spadina subway extension says the whole project is 20 years too late. On Friday, the Toronto Transit Commission confirmed that the six-stop construction of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) from Downsview Station to Vaughan is $150 million over budget and may not open until 2017. The project’s original budget was $2.5 billion and it was supposed to open in 2015. The cost overrun will be split between Toronto ($90 million) and York Region ($60 million). Coun. Anthony Perruzza represents York West (Ward 8) where the TYSSE is being built. “I would have very much liked it to have been open sooner,” Perruzza said.

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Toronto to inspect tattoo, hair and nail salons

A salon owner in west Toronto is not at all surprised the city is clamping down on tattoo parlours with closer scrutiny. Last week, city council voted in favour of Municipal Code 545 to license all businesses operating as personal service operations, including tattoo parlours and hair salons. It means that a licensing system (much like the Dine Safe program) will inspect the businesses and post results online. Businesses will also display a card in their store windows with details of inspections.