2017-01-28 Sat

Clear Thinking

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This item irked me. I donít mind resolving issues where one group feels offended by the behaviour of another group. Iím on the side of The Dolphins and The Tuna of our oceans in this matter.

The irk came from a Minister of Education, Education of all things, being quoted as being intolerant, and the use of the word ďanyĒ.

I recently made a post about the issue of discrimination against Australians who insist on driving on the left-hand side of the road in Canada. Iím all for being intolerant of that kind of behaviour. Iím all for discrimination in that case.

Iím not against intolerance or discrimination, just the blanket stands that education should become a vehicle for knee-jerk reaction.

Or posturing by someone who ought to know better.

Why Toronto is not a world-class city

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Another day, another week, another month, another year, another proposal for a revolutionary service to connect Toronto with The Niagara Area (by which they mean Niagara-On-The-Lake, not Niagara-On-The-Lake, since NO hovercraft will be allowed to sully the peace and quiet of the land on this peninsula during the busy season).

I am never clear on whether these get-rich-quick schemes are meant to benefit the tourist industry or industry in general.

I am clear on this: Wheels Revolve.

In particular train wheels Revolve.

There is a railway line/corridor that runs from Toronto to Niagara Falls.

Ontario/Canada, in its infinite wisdom, has seen fit to lease lines for passenger service from the fright lines. When you ride on a passenger train in Ontario, be it a VIA rail or a GO train, you do so at the whim and pleasure and dictates of the long lines of freight cars that trundle to and through this ďWorld Class CityĒ.

I have written elsewhere about diverting all through freight traffic around Toronto, and permitting in-town deliveries in the interval when passenger trains are not running.

Back to Niagara Falls.

Since the rail corridor and the passenger cars exist, whatís wrong with putting them to use?

The Transilien system of the IlÍ de France worked this out over forty years ago.

You retain the GO Transit service that stops at every station to Aldershot (except that, fer crissakes, why donít they complete the job and run it to Hamilton on the half hour every half hour?).

You implement a second service that runs non-stop to Hamilton and then makes all stops to Niagara Falls.

If you have a problem with Hamilton, then make the split at Burlington. One train runs all stops to Burlington, one train runs non-stop to Burlington and then all stops to Niagara Falls.

For all I care you could have two non-stops to Niagara Falls in the morning and two in the evening. Good for tourism

You may be surprised to hear that we have had computers lo! These past fifty years, equipped with programs than can schedule train services to make efficient use of resources.

But now Iím growing sarcastic, I know.