Barbara Hall wants to extend subway to York

Mayoral candidate Barbara Hall wants to expand the Yonge-University-Spadina subway to York University and the Sheppard subway to Scarborough Town Centre, reported The Toronto Sun Aug. 21. Hall unveiled a five-point transit policy at Downsview subway station Aug. 20. She pledged to freeze fares, expand the subway, improve quality and ease transfers between cities – all with additional funding from Ottawa and Queen’s Park. “We’re in trouble in Toronto in terms of transit if the federal and provincial governments don’t come back to the table and invest in the transit that’s so important to the economy, quality of life and quality of air,” said Hall, a York grad (LLB ’78). A decline in funding from senior levels of government has forced a cash crunch on riders, she said.

Fellow candidates David Miller and John Tory (also York LLB ’78) said they’ve already unveiled plans that are remarkably similar. Miller said freezing fares isn’t possible without a three-per-cent tax increase but says a Metropass decrease through bulk purchasing would be feasible. Tory wants to go after the federal and provincial governments for expansion funding but says money should also be sought from the private sector. “We need this subway, we need it to get cars off the road, but we need it now, not in 10 years,” Tory said.

Schulich dean to help select CEO of the Year

Dezsö Horváth, dean of the Schulich School of Business, has been named to Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year board of directors, announced The Caldwell Partners, CTV and the National Post in the Post Aug. 21. This year’s recipient of the award, created by The Caldwell Partners in 1990, will be announced in the National Post Business magazine Nov. 4. 

Cycles of history

York geography Professor Glen Norcliffe, an avid collector of antique bicycles and expert on bicycle history, was quoted in Hamilton’s The Spectator Aug. 21 in a story on cycling history. “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race,” said Norcliffe. Norcliffe was instrumental in establishing the bicycle exhibit at the Bruce County Museum in Southampton.