This is the result of an audit on Toronto's transit system that found the hours that trains are running on the lines greatly limits the amount of time allowed for work to be done at track level.
According to the TTC, workers aren't able to go down to track level until all the trains have completely cleared the lines. Trains don't fully clear the tracks until 2:30am and are back out at 5:30am leaving a window of only three hours to do any maintenance, time which includes setting up and cleaning up.
The audit made a comparison to other transit systems as well and found that the TTC's window for track level maintenance as two hours smaller than other systems, which limited the productive minutes of workers greatly. In some cases, TTC workers had 225 minutes less to do work than those of other transit systems.
In an attempt to try to improve this maintenance window, the TTC is going to evaluate the demand of the late night trains and determine where they can cut back on hours, in order to provide more time for workers.
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has just filed a $90 million lawsuit against the City and Toronto Fire Services (TFS) over a massive fire that destroyed York Memorial Collegiate Institute in 2019.
The legal document claim that the fire department failed to do their job properly upon initial arrival, which resulted in the fire rekindling on May 7. TDSB also argues that Fire Chief Matthew Pegg attempted to sway them into believing the fires were separate.
"While the TDSB and our insurers had hoped to resolve this matter outside of court, we were left with no choice but to take legal action," stated the school.
In a press conference, Pegg commented on the lawsuit, saying, "I became aware of the statement of claim being filed today, a copy of one of the media articles was sent to me by a colleague. It is now in the hands of city legal, as is our process at any point of time for any legal action, and that's where it's best suited. It's a matter that will be managed by legal services and ultimately in the courts."
"I'm going to say it again, and again and again, because it makes me so happy," said Crombie at a press conference. "We will all be eligible for the vaccine as of 8 a.m. tomorrow."
Residents can book their vaccine by visiting Peel region's vaccine website and clicking "book appointment" after 8 a.m., Crombie said. The mayor also highlights the importance of the change by explaining that some of Peel's non-hot-spot areas still had higher case counts and hospitalization rates than other designated hot spots in the province.
Currently, all adults over the age of 18 who live in an Ontario hot spot are eligible to book a vaccine via the provincial booking system.