University proposes compromise on bus lanes

A proposed dedicated express bus route to York University is getting a bumpy ride at Toronto city hall, reported The North York Mirror Oct. 6. York University brass and the Toronto Transit Commission both agree the service from the Downsview subway station is a good thing. They even agree on about 90 per cent of the routing. What they can’t agree on is where that route should go once it reaches the University’s Keele Street campus. The city and the TTC want to continue across Keele onto university property and north into the main quad of the campus. The University, however, wants to use Keele Street to avoid taking the 1,100 buses a day that would use the route past new academic buildings or through a woodlot.

Ted Spence, York’s senior policy adviser, said the University has proposed an alternative hybrid proposal that should meet the needs of both sides. “We have a plan that makes sense to us and our students,” he said. “It’s a plan that minimizes conflict between traffic and pedestrians.”

Toronto’s CP24-TV and CFRB-AM reported Oct. 5 that the Toronto Transit Commission is proposing dedicated lanes for buses from Downsview subway station to York University.

Career services ‘wonderful’ at York

“Last year, I decided that I would take a year off to work and apply to graduate school for next fall,” wrote recent McGill University graduate Alisa Mitchell in The Canadian Jewish News Oct. 6 about her difficulties finding a job or getting into graduate school. She also looked into career-help resources and described friends’ experiences. Mitchell wrote: “Another friend of mine, Jessica, a York University graduate, says that the services available to her at York are wonderful. She received help making her resumé, discussed volunteer and internship programs with staff at the University’s student services and got tips on filling out grad-school applications.”

 On air

  • A new study by York University notes that most music downloaders believe what they are doing is not wrong because the companies make enough money, reported CFTO-TV news programs Oct. 5.
  • A York University study finds the number of body checking injuries among children going into hospital in this country is on the rise, reported 680 News (CFTR-AM) Oct. 5.