TTC swaps Beach streetcar stops

Several streetcar stops in the Beach area, including ones along Gerrard Street East, Kingston Road, and Queen Street East, have been relocated as part of the TTC’s regular review process. In an email, TTC spokesperson Stuart Green confirmed the changes took place over the weekend of Saturday, May 12. He said that the transit commission […]

Three strikes and we’re out of a pool

It’s 650 metres from S.H. Armstrong Community Centre to the TTC’s Leslie Barns – 13 lengths of an Olympic pool. You’ve probably heard Armstrong pool, where Penny Oleksiak’s Olympic journey began, will soon be closed to save $162,000 annually. It’s a drop in the lake compared with money politicians flushed away in recent years on […]

Tunnel vision and the great missing link

So near and yet so far has long described the gap between Main Street’s underground subway platforms and their open-air counterparts at GO’s Danforth station. I hadn’t intended to return to this scene so soon, but my column in February about Main-Danforth pedestrian disconnects prompted several readers to suggest I tackle “the great missing link.” […]

No Queen streetcars this summer

In an unprecedented move, the TTC announced last week that there will be no streetcars running along Queen Street this summer. Instead, TTC spokesperson Stuart Green said the streetcars will be replaced by buses the entire length of the route. A number of construction projects will be taking place throughout the summer – including track […]

Deja Views for February 21, 2017

This image, taken by an unknown photographer, was captured just over 50 years ago. We are looking north across Queen Street at Wineva Avenue. The building on the right with the columns was a funeral parlour at the time. Do you have a photograph you’d like to share? Please email me

Destination: Victoria Park station?

If there’s truth in the axiom that everyone loves a good mystery, there’s hope for Victoria Park subway station. The nearly 49-year-old TTC stop and the parking lot on its south and west flanks need all the love they can get, even in Toronto’s hot real estate market. And, yes, while there’s no imminent shutdown […]

PHOTO: Beach Metro News File Photo

Main Street Presto gates officially opened

For the past several weeks, commuters who use the Main Street transit station have been testing out the newly-installed Presto-enabled fare gates under the watchful eyes of numerous transit and Presto workers huddled together at the front of the station. But it wasn’t until this morning — under the guidance of a number of politicians and transit officials — that […]

Fire breaks out at Danforth and Main

Firefighters were dispatched at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 26 to a two-alarm fire near Danforth Avenue and Main Street. No injuries were reported in the fire, which sent flames and smoke spewing out of a home that backs onto the Giffen-Mack Funeral Home on Danforth Avenue just east of Main Street. Police said the fire was likely […]