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It’s been a while, eh?

Enough chit-chat… time to get down to business.

I am the nationally syndicated “trending” columnist on CBC Radio.

Every week I will update this space with the latest.

Netflix is experimenting with privacy settings for people who don’t want you to know what they’re watching. Here’s why it’s an important step:

 

Why women don’t play Chess as adults and what can be done about it:

 

Here’s one about about whether a four day work week would help our mental health:

 

Here’s one about summer camps with a “no body talk” rule:

 

Here’s one about our fear of actually talking on the phone:

 

The faux-meat movement is alive and well… meet Canada’s first vegetarian butcher:

 

Smoke screens

smoking-ban_1572168cSoon enough, this will be one of the only ways to smoke a cigarette in Toronto. It actually looks quite comfortable. It’s certainly a step up from standing on freezing windswept sidewalks with shoulders heightened and rocking back and forth to keep warm.

But once we run out of places to smoke, doesn’t that beg the question: why do we even sell them anymore?

Map to the future

torontoI’ve been staring at this subway map since I was a kid. I can’t believe it’s barely changed, yet the population of Toronto has exploded. So the TTC wants to change our subway line names to numbers. Ya ok, go ahead if you want, but how bout looking at the ENTIRE map? May as well give it a makeover while you’re at it. Find out why:

The present is getting tense

gardinertrafficIt’s sometimes hard to believe that Toronto is the same city I grew up in. I mean, it was always big and busy, but now it’s become far too populated for its own good… and getting around is a whole shemozzle. That’s Yiddish if you wanna look it up.

Anyway, we need some ideas to help ourselves pronto… so I’ve been cruising around the GTA and meeting some people who think they have some answers. I’m reporting back to Here and Now on CBC Radio this week. Here’s a preview:

First up… I met with Baher Abdulhai. Here’s his recent report on congestion in the city.

Next, I met with Cherise Burda to talk transit. Here’s a blog she wrote as a follow-up to our conversation.

I chatted about the perception of the bike with anthropologist Marc LaFleur.

And finally, I chatted with Constable Hugh Smith about how pedestrians affect traffic flow and what we can do about it.

 

Reconditioning

Toddler-enjoying-air-cond-002I won’t live without air conditioning anymore. Been there, done that. I have spent many months of my life lying with multiple fans angled perfectly to maximize airflow, stripped bare lying on the bed with no sheets. It’s not a pretty picture I realize, but it’s my way of feeling less guilty about my use of air conditioning during the summer. Oh well.

I’m not great about adjusting the thermostat to conserve energy, but I accept it’s something we need to do. The question is… what does it take to actually get someone to turn their units off or up a few degrees… when they aren’t accountable to anyone but themselves?

Professor Dilip Soman has some ideas which I explain in my latest Here and Now piece: