Daily Archives: February 10, 2011

Ashbridges Bay streetcar storage yard

TTC moving forward with construct of new site
It will be used to maintain and store light rail vehicles
Kris Scheuer
(Written for Town Crier Feb. 3)

Leslie Street resident Caron Court, with son Owen, questions need for Ashbridges Bay LRV storage yard. Photo by Kelly Gadzala/Town Crier.

It’s full steam ahead for a new streetcar maintenance and storage facility at Ashbridges Bay, but area residents and the local councillor are still hoping the TTC will put the brakes on the project, and move it elsewhere.
On Feb. 2, the TTC approved a contract to remove contaminated soil from a site at Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard.
This is the first construction step toward building the $435 million Ashbridges Bay light rail vehicle yard.
A new storage yard is needed to make room for 204 new 100-foot, low-floor vehicles, which are replacing an aging fleet of streetcars.
At the TTC meeting, local councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon requested a 90-day delay on soil removal, in order to explore whether the Ashbridges site is needed at all.
The TTC voted to proceed on schedule.

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Mayor Ford hospitalized with kidney stones

Ford was admitted today as an outpatient
He’s fine, getting treatment and resting at home
Kris Scheuer
(Written for Town Crier Feb. 10 with update.)

Mayor Rob Ford pictured at city council, has been hospitalized with kidney stones. Photo by Francis Crescia/Town Crier file.

Mayor Rob Ford was in a Toronto-area hospital receiving treatment for kidney stones, his press secretary Adrienne Batra confirmed this afternoon around 2:30 pm.
“He is still returning phone calls. He is still talking to constituents and he is still open for business,” Batra told the city hall press gallery early afternoon.
“For anyone who’s had kidney stones it can be quite painful, but I can assure you that it’s nothing serious and being treated,” she said. “He’s fine. He’s Rob Ford. He’s still talking to taxpayers. He’s still doing what people elected him to do.”
Batra said, that it was not at the stage where deputy mayor Doug Holiday would have to fill in as acting mayor.

Mayor Ford's press secretary Adrienne Batra responds to media questions today. Photo by Kris Scheuer/Town Crier.

Mayor Ford started feeling discomfort yesterday when he was at city hall attending meetings and went into the hospital today.
By early evening before 7 pm,  Batra sent out an email update stating, “he has been released from the hospital and is now home, resting. Mayor Ford will be seeing a urologist tomorrow regarding the kidney stone which is approximately 5 to 6 mm.”
He is in good spirits as some of the pain has subsided,” she concluded.