By Bruce DeMara Data Reporter David Weisz Data analysis Sat., Jan. 26, 2019 It’s a small part of big-city living that nobody loves: getting a parking ticket. But parking enforcement is essential to keeping the city running, yielding anywhere from $95 to $100 million in annual revenue. In 2017, the most recent year for which complete data is available, more than 2.1 million tickets for parking-related offences were issued across the city, the vast majority of them by about 300 parking enforcement officers who are technically civilian employees of the Toronto Police Service. Uniformed police officers, including traffic unit officers, issued a mere 10,723 tickets, just 0.5 per cent, according to a police spokesperson. There’s also a veritable army of municipal law enforcement officers, numbering around 2,500, who are hired by private-property owners and public institutions such as hospitals and universities. This little-known group is … [Read more...] about This is Toronto’s most-ticketed parking spot
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By Jack Lakey The Fixer Sun., May 27, 2018 Not everyone thinks change is good, particularly when it comes to old standbys, like the familiar signs in city parks. We got an email from Randy Brown, who is aggrieved about “a series of ugly signs” in Riverdale Park West, which surrounds Riverdale Farm, near Carlton and Sumach Sts. in Cabbagetown. As part of a pilot project, the city put up new signs last year at the park and also in Riverdale Park East and the Lower Don parklands. But Brown can’t stand them and says he is far from alone. “They did this in September of 2017, without any warning or consultation with the local community,” said Brown, who identified himself as executive director of Friends of Riverdale Park West. “As a community, we are quite used to the City proposing changes but this has always been preceded by a public meeting to find out how the locals feel. Article Continued Below “Our local … [Read more...] about A sign of things to come in city parks?
In 2010, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg donated $100 million toward creating an education foundation in Newark, New Jersey. The goal was to help the city’s struggling school system. In an interview with Business Insider, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said that the foundation did not use the money wisely. Baraka added that he wishes the foundation would’ve engaged with local community groups, rather than “parachuting” into the city. On the stage of The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2010, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and then-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced a huge gift for Newark, a New Jersey city that’s a short train ride from Manhattan. The Facebook founder gave $100 million to reform Newark Public Schools, and other philanthropists later matched that, bringing the total donation to $200 million. The money went toward creating the Foundation … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg once made a $100 million investment in a major US city to help fix its schools — now the mayor says the effort ‘parachuted’ in and failed
KUALA SELANGOR: Datuk Seri Irmohizam Ibrahim today welcomed the establishment of a community college in the district and hoped that it wpuld provide better educational opportunities to the younger generation. The Kuala Selangor caretaker Member of Parliament said the setting up of the college proved that people in the district were not marginalised in terms of educational development. "The establishment of the community college will be beneficial to children in Kuala Selangor as this will give them a chance to pursue higher education, especially in technical education and vocational training (TVET). "With the presence of various colleges, in the Kuala Selangor parliamentary constituency, Kuala Selangor students do not have to look elsewhere to pursue further studies," he told reporters after officiating the Ministry of Higher Education Mini Carnival (KPT4U) here. Last Wednesday Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh announced the approval to build five community colleges in … [Read more...] about Community college will offer bright future for Kuala Selangor youths
By Fatima Syed Staff Reporter Thu., March 22, 2018 A proposed and widely contested 28-acre residential development around a Thornhill Woods mosque will be the subject of an Ontario Municipal Board hearing next week, over four years after it was initially proposed to the community. The Islamic Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat (ISIJ) wants permission to rezone and develop the property around the Jaffari Community Centre mosque at 9000 Bathurst St.—land they have owned for 20 years. Dubbed the “Jaffari Village,” the initial 2014 plan proposed two 17-storey residential towers, a retail space and 61 townhouses in the low-density neighbourhood. Then, both religious tensions and concerns about density surfaced in community discussions, with more than 3,250 people signing a petition against it at the time. Today, after 28 meetings with city staff and the Preserve Thornhill Woods Association, the final proposal now sees 60 three-storey townhouses, a … [Read more...] about Thornhill Muslim community development to be appealed at OMB