Get Involved with Hands Off Toronto! – a TTCriders Public Meeting

As early as next week, Bill 5—Premier Ford’s plan to slash Toronto City Council—could become reality, not just mere talk.

Bill 5 is about more than saving money for taxpayers. It’s all about provincial control, similar to Ford’s plan to take control over our subways.

Join TTCriders at Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen Street East) next Thursday, August 16th between 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM for a crucial public meeting that will explore challenges to the Bill and how all of us can take action.

Don’t delay and RSVP today, the meeting is expected to be a full house! Don’t forget to share on Facebook.

Note: TTCriders is a democratic volunteer-led organization of transit riders.

If you can’t join the public meeting next Thursday, below are upcoming TTCriders events you should know about:

Ward Meetings

Between now and October 22nd, members of TTCriders and other community members are meeting with City Council candidates to ask if they support fair TTC funding and fighting back against the province’s takeover of our subway system. Sign up to meet with candidates in your neighbourhood.

TTCriders Art Party

Put your design and crafty skills to use for public transit, and help TTCriders make banners, memes, and art for upcoming actions. Can’t make it but want to lend your design skills to future projects? Contact milan@ttcriders.ca.

When: Tuesday, August 14th, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Where: 3rd floor, 720 Bathurst Street

Please RSVP.

Outreach at Wheels on the Danforth

Help TTCriders spread the word about their outreach campaigns for lower TTC fares and better service at this summer festival. RSVP today to join.

When: Saturday, August 18th, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

Where: Corner of Danforth Ave and Danforth Road

Monthly Organizing Meeting

The Campaigns Committee of TTCriders meets on the first Monday of every month except for holidays, at the Centre for Social Innovation. If interested, RSVP so that the organizers are aware of your interest to participate.

Read about the TTCriders’ committees and campaigns here.

When: Monday, September 10, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM (New member orientation at 5:30 PM)

Where: 720 Bathurst Street, 3rd floor

In Case You Missed It: Latest News from the Toronto and York Region Labour Council

Source: Toronto and York Region Labour Council

  • WESTJET WORKERS WIN!
  • THE ABUSE OF POWER BEGINS
  • DEFEND DEMOCRACY, HANDS OFF TORONTO – AUG 16
  • SUMMER LABOUR ACTION
  • HEAVY EQUIPMENT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
  • SAY NO TO FAR-RIGHT HATE GROUPS – AUG 11

WESTJET ATTENDANTS WIN UNION VOICE
After a long, exciting organizing campaign, CUPE has been certified by the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to represent 3,000 mainline flight attendants at WestJet. CUPE has been working with WestJetters for the past year to deliver strong union representation for flight attendants and is now officially recognized as the bargaining agent. This is one of the largest organizing victories in Canada this decade! Congratulations to all involved. CUPE’s efforts to unionize flight attendants at WestJet’s regional carrier, Encore, and low-cost carrier, Swoop, are also ongoing. Click for more info.

THE ABUSE OF POWER BEGINS
The Conservatives are ramming Bill 5 through Queen’s Park right now. This interference in elections that are already underway is unprecedented in Canadian history. It shows the same contempt for democracy that marked the Mike Harris regime the last time Conservatives ran the province. Labour Council is calling on all people who care about democracy and fairness to take action. This is just the start of what will be an ongoing abuse of power by the Ford regime. Behind it will be a drive to privatize services and sell off public assets. Click to read entire Labour Council statement.
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The next few days are crucial! YOU CAN…

DEFEND DEMOCRACY – HANDS OFF TORONTO – AUG 16
Mobilize now for a mass public meeting to raise the voices of Toronto in defense of democracy and a City that works for all its residents. Come find out about legal challenges to Bill 5, community organizing, and what you can do! Asking EVERYONE from all walks of life who care about Toronto to come to this meeting to meet others who also want to defend democracy and say HANDS OFF TORONTO! Go to Facebook for more information and share the event on your Facebook page and invite your friends too!

Click on the Eventbrite link to make sure you have RSVP’d for this meeting – we expect to run out of space – so don’t delay, click today!

LABOUR ACTION IN THE MAIL
The Summer 2018 Labour Action is out. Municipal Report Card RELEASED! Read what grade your current councillors received – go to Page 8. Are you shocked by what Doug Ford’s Conservatives are doing at Queen’s Park? Go to page 2 to read about Labour Council’s plan for the next four years. Check out the back page!! The mice are asking questions!!!

HEAVY EQUIPMENT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATION
IUOE Local 793 Area Offices are accepting Heavy Equipment Apprenticeship Applications for 2018/2019. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) has apprenticeship programs for heavy equipment operators in Ontario. The apprenticeship programs includes both an in-school and an on-the-job component. Each occupation is a 2,000 – 2,500 hour apprenticeship which includes 240 hours of in-school training. If you are interested in applying, contact IUOE Local 793.

SAY NO TO FAR-RIGHT HATE GROUPS – AUG 11
Racists, neo-Nazis and Islamophobic groups are rallying at Toronto City Hall (Nathan Phillips Square) on Saturday August 11 to spew hatred against Muslims, immigrants and people of colour in our communities. This date marks one year since the horrific events in Charlottesville, North Carolina when far-right hate groups rampaged, killing young anti-racist activist Heather Heyer and injuring many others. Join Labour Council’s Rapid Response Team on August 11 at 1:30 pm to show dignified opposition to racism and hatred. Come to the west side of Nathan Philips Square. Bring flags and banners. For info facebook.com/events/661828034173325/

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Read: Builders of $5.3-billion Eglinton Crosstown transit line in Toronto sue for more time and money

Read The Globe and Mail story below from Oliver Moore, their urban transportation reporter, for another example of how Private-Public-Partnerships (P3s) cost taxpayers more money and impacts service for riders. We must keep all aspects of Toronto’s transit system in public hands.

Builders of $5.3-billion Eglinton Crosstown transit line in Toronto sue for more time and money (Oliver Moore, July 11, 2018)

The companies building the $5.3-billion Eglinton Crosstown in Toronto, Canada’s biggest transit project, have gone to court seeking more time and money to finish the already delayed light-rail line.

The construction consortium doing the project has filed a notice of motion alleging that actions by Metrolinx, the regional transit agency, and others have delayed their work. The legal salvo comes after talks between Metrolinx and the consortium failed to settle continuing disputes about the project.

Metrolinx has not responded in court to the claims, and said in a statement that it remains “committed” to the target date of opening the line in the fall of 2021.

A spokeswoman for Crosslinx Transit Solutions, a partnership of infrastructure giants that is building the project, would not elaborate on the legal filing. The partnership includes companies such as Aecon, EllisDon and SNC-Lavalin.

“What I’ll confirm with you is we’ve filed a notice of action against Metrolinx for a breach of contract,” Kristin Jenkins said. “But beyond that we’re not going to get into the details. The process is under way.”

Crosslinx is seeking compensation for increased costs, for which they blame the defendants.

Ms. Jenkins would not clarify how much money or time Crosslinx wants, or whether the request to extend to timeline is an insurance policy or an acknowledgement the consortium cannot meet the 2021 deadline.

Crosslinx’s notice of motion was filed on Tuesday in Ontario Superior Court. Metrolinx has 30 days to respond with a statement of defence.

The Crosstown is a 19-kilometre light-rail line across the city’s midtown. The central portion is underground, and the parts at either end are to run on the surface.

The project is a public-private partnership, an arrangement in which the private sector is intended to absorb cost overruns. As the legal filing shows, the question of who is responsible for delays can be contentious.

The Crosstown was initially supposed to be ready in the fall of 2020. Metrolinx added a year to the timeline about three years ago, with the minister of transportation at the time saying the delay would help mitigate disruption.

However, the construction done so far on the Crosstown, particularly the underground work, has brought a wave of complaints from the neighbourhoods through which it will run. Complaints include traffic havoc, noise and other problems. Any extension of these issues will make residents furious, a local politician warned.

“Everyone supports the dream of improved rapid transit, but the construction process is a nightmare, and nobody wants that nightmare to continue a day or night longer than it needs to,” said Councillor Josh Matlow, through whose ward the line will run.

“If it does become a situation where there’s going to be another delay, watch out. The anger will be something that I don’t think we’ve ever heard from before … it’ll be fireworks.”

The Crosslinx notice of motion alleges that the defendants, which include Metrolinx and the Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation, breached the terms of the construction agreement and that “a number of events and circumstances” delayed work. According to the legal filing, these were “beyond the reasonable control” of Crosslinx and “many resulted in the actions and inactions” of the defendants “and others.”

The claim alleges that work by utility companies took longer than the time set out by the defendants, and that there were problems with “permits, licenses and approvals.”

Ms. Jenkins, the Crosslinx spokeswoman, would not provide further details on the claims. The lawyer whose name was listed in the filing did not respond on Wednesday afternoon to a call seeking comment.

In an e-mailed statement, Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster expressed hope a resolution can be reached.

“Metrolinx has been working closely with Crosslinx over several months on their alleged reasons for a claim,” he said. “As with any contract, claims are considered and reviewed thoroughly and we continue to work with Crosslinx to reach an outcome that fairly addresses the challenges that they have encountered on Eglinton.”