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The federal government is asking for input on how to make Canada’s travel network the most accessible in the world for all passengers, including people with physical and mental disabilities.

It has published a new set of regulations for the public to view and consult on in the Canada Gazette, the federal government’s official newsletter. There, people can leave comments for the Canadian Transportation Agency, who said they will update the proposed changes based on public feedback.

“(It’s) an ambitious vision, but we believe that in a country who values include equality and inclusion, we should aspire to nothing less,” said Scott Streiner, the chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency.

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As part of an awareness campaign, Port Colborne residents can score themselves a free radon test kit next week.

The city is participating in the 100 Radon Test Kit Challenge, organized by the Take Action on Radon group; according to the group, high levels of radon in the home is the largest cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in Canada.

An information session is being hosted by the group, where residents can learn about the dangers of radon and how to reduce radon levels within their home. A measurable amount of radon is found in every building, but exposure to high amounts over a long period of time presents a risk for lung cancer.

The first 100 attendees at the information session will receive a free radon test kit.

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A three-year study on radon has been completed by the Windsor Essex County Health Unit.

Health promotions specialist Karen Lukic says more than 2,500 locations were tested for radon gas which is found in rock and soil, caused by decaying uranium.

Lukic tells CTV Windsor they found 11 per cent of the buildings studied had higher levels than the maximum exposure level, and there were pockets of radon all across Essex County.

“We did find that newer homes, built after 2011, did have slightly higher levels than the much older homes, which is something that’s contrary to what many people may think,” says Lukic.

Radon is considered the second-leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking.

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Homeowners on Pine Ridge Road in Erin are warning others after finding potentially dangerous levels of radon gas within their homes.

Nadiia Depoutat tested her home for radon gas and found that her bedrooms held over 1,500 becquerels per cubic metre. Health Canada advises that the limit of safe levels around 200 units, where the World Health Organization restricts it to 100.

“It’s a very alarming number,” said Depoutat, who explained the problem to her husband.

 Radon gas is a naturally occurring, odourless substance that seeps through the concrete of foundations in homes. The gas buildup is a result of uranium in the ground breaking down and creating the gas, which is most prevalent in areas with a soil and gravel mix.

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Niagara Region Transit is picking up speed on its way to becoming fully integrated by 2021.

But a push may be needed to help Niagara’s transit providers develop a new governance model.

Niagara’s GO Implementation Office transportation lead Kumar Ranjan updated members of the Linking Niagara transit committee Wednesday on next steps towards establishing a seamless transit service for the region.

 He said regional transit services will be “progressively increasing, year by year.”

This year, he said, Niagara Region Transit services are expected to increase to 89,000 hours, by merging routes currently run by St. Catharines Transit, plus Welland Transit routes between Niagara College and its Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, as well as Brock University. A new route is being considered that will provide direct service between the university and the Niagara-on-the-Lake college campus.

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Niagara Falls will once again offer 50-cent bus rides to local high-school students during March break.

The initiative is a partnership between the mayor’s youth advisory committee and Niagara Falls Transit, supported by city council.

“We are very thankful for this continued partnership and together we will be able to expose and inform students about Niagara Falls Transit,” reads a letter to council signed by Daniel Krowchuk and Chantelle Tran, co-chairs of the committee.

“For one dollar round trip, what better time is there for youth to give it a try?”

To promote the fare, committee representatives will make announcements and post flyers at each high school in the city.

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The recent News article regarding the Canadian developer making a major investment into Buffalo real estate was yet more evidence of the momentum of the greater Buffalo-Niagara region’s resurgence and included some valuable observations.

Among the most notable was the simple example of living in Oakville, Ont. and refreshingly described the easy 40-minute commute to Buffalo as opposed to the “two day” drive in the same distance to Toronto.

The most important take-away from that real-life observation is that the public transit growth in and around Toronto did not begin to keep pace with the greater expansion of jobs and population, and today makes daily vehicle transit there a bumper to bumper time sucking nightmare.

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TORONTOMarch 7, 2019 /CNW/ – As Premier Doug Ford steamrolls ahead with stealing Toronto’s subway system through his so-called “upload,” Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 members are calling on Progressive Conservative Members of Provincial Parliament from Toronto ridings to do the right thing and slam the brakes on the provincial government’s disastrous scheme.

ATU Local 113 today launched an online video that urges more Torontonians to get involved in the fight and contact their MPP to stop Premier Ford from breaking apart and selling-off the TTC. If the province steals our subway, riders can expect to experience reduced service within a broken system while the Ford government sets the stage for privatization, much like we have seen with Metrolinx’s GO transit system and the Eglinton Crosstown.

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Frontline TTC workers will be wearing shirts that read “Keep Transit Public” over their uniforms today as part of a silent protest against Premier Doug Ford’s plans to seize control of the subway system.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 President Carlos Santos organized the campaign. He said that the protest is being held in response to ongoing discussions between the city and province regarding the potential upload of the subway.

According to the terms of reference for those talks, which were released last week, three options are being considered:

 

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Transit advocates took over 35 subway stations Friday morning, to protest the possible upload of the subway system to the province.

The day of action saw members of TTC Riders, Toronto’s Labour Council and NDP MPPs handing out flyers and spreading the message “Don’t steal our subway.”

The largest TTC workers union, ATU local 113, also took part, with workers wearing T-shirts with the same message printed on them.

Advocates were at major stations, including Bloor-Yonge, Finch and Kipling between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Earlier this month, it was announced that the province and the city will form a joint group to examine an arrangement that could include the province taking over ownership and delivery of future projects, but not being responsible for the entire subway system.

The agreement also says the group will look at the possibility of the province only assuming responsibility for the delivery of future projects, and not owning those assets or completing a full subway upload.

 

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