By Chris Klimek Opinion Emile Therien Opinion Tues., May 14, 2019 The Ontario government is looking at raising the speed limit on 400-series highways to 120 km/h. Chris Klimek, founder and director of advocacy group stop100.ca, argues this is a good idea, while Emile Therien, public health and safety advocate insists it is not. Speed limits should be apolitical and set by trained engineers. Public feedback is best solicited by observing the actual speeds drivers drive, using an engineering speed study. Engineers conduct a speed study and determine the speed not exceeded by a supermajority of drivers, known as the 85th percentile. This engineering guideline has been used around the world to set safe speed limits for about 70 years — with stellar results. More than 60 countries and states around the world post 120- and 130-km/h speed limits on their divided highways. Article Continued Below My organization, stop100.ca, obtained two sets of data showing … [Read more...] about Should Ontario raise speed limits on major highways?
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By Rob Ferguson Queen's Park Bureau Fri., May 10, 2019 Starting in mid-September, motorists will be able to legally drive 110 kilometres per hour on major highways in the London, Niagara and Ottawa areas as the Ontario government embarks on a pilot project to determine if speed limits should be raised from the current 100. Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek revealed the locations Friday in Delaware, near London, where Hwy. 402 to Sarnia and the border with Michigan will become a 110 zone for the two years of the study. Drivers on the Queen Elizabeth Way between Hamilton and St. Catharines and on Hwy. 417 from Ottawa to the Quebec border will also be able to legally cruise at 110 during the pilot project. “Otherwise, the stated speed limit is going to be 100,” said Yurek, who acknowledged a majority of drivers are already driving 110 on 400-series highways. The pilot project, in consultation with police, will monitor changes in average speed on the … [Read more...] about Ontario pilot project will raise some speed limits to 110 km/h
By Christopher Hume Star Columnist Mon., May 6, 2019 By the time Ontario Premier Doug Ford is finished with Toronto, the city will be lucky if it’s allowed to hire a dogcatcher without Queen’s Park first passing enabling legislation. Mayor John Tory will want to keep his short pants close at hand. Forget about governing by disruption, Ford’s gleeful politics of destruction have wreaked havoc across the province, nowhere more so than in its largest city, which he is remaking as fast as the legislative process will allow. Last week alone he cleared the way for the province to “upload” Toronto’s subway system, undid Ontario Municipal Board reform and, to add insult to injury, brought back old developer-friendly rules, and then withdrew funding that supports more than 6,000 subsidized daycare spots in Toronto. Last fall, Ford cut Toronto city council in half, seemingly on a whim, and again made a point of adding insult to injury … [Read more...] about Booze, speed and dangerous cuts — is this what Ontarians want?