2017-07-05 Wed

Observations

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Another Broken Large Glass Pane At Street-Level.

This one I noticed on June 26th. It is on the north side of the old Maple Leaf Gardens building, Church and Carlton.

These broken panes are appearing far too frequently for accidental damage.

Mis-Management at the Toronto Transit Commission

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The Toronto Star of June 28th carried yet-another-article on the goings-off at the Toronto Transit Commission.

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There are several things to note in this little snippet:-

(1) Steven Del Duca is a Crown Minister in charge of Transportation. A crown Minister is supposed to have a few smarts. If Del Duca is not responsible for this, then one of his predecessors is. Find that person. Or their estate and sue them/it for an amount equal to the discrepancy.

(2) An estimate (not a quotation, but an estimate) is made, then an agreement is signed based on that estimate? If Del Duca is not responsible for this, then one of his predecessors is. Find that person. Or their estate and sue them/it for an amount equal to the discrepancy.

(3) This sounds like yet another case of Metrolinx having no control over the sub-systems it is supposed to be controlling. If Del Duca is not responsible for this, then one of his predecessors is. Find that person. Or their estate and fire them. I must admit I am unsure as to how to fire an estate.

(4) What kind of person signs an agreement for a major system (Presto Card is to replace all forms of fare payment across Toronto) without having that clause that caters for unforeseen costs? And note that it is ALWAYS a human being, supposedly sentient, who signs an agreement. A corporation can not sign an agreement. A human being must pick up that fountain pen. If Del Duca is not responsible for this, then one of his predecessors is. Find that person. Or their estate and sue them/it for an amount equal to the discrepancy.

(5) Del Duca is quoted as saying “We’re always cognizant that we’re investing taxpayers dollars wisely and effectively”. Huh? If this is “wise” and “effective” then fire or sue him and his minions (collectively: we could scrape it away from the pay and benefits for the entire team) for an amount equal to the discrepancy.

The Presto card system is NOT a good system. It is a depreciating value card, which means you can run out of transport at the time you most need it.

Worse, the Toronto Transit Commission (and this is the “effective management” del Duca is boasting and bragging about) has installed a different set of software so that when you tap your card, the machine does NOT report back the balance on the card. A killer for someone who makes frequent and irregular use of the Toronto Transit Commission system.