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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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TORONTO, March 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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Niagara homeowners will be asked to chip in an extra $36 each for Niagara Regional Transit this year. On top of the Region’s $274-million in spending proposed in this year’s capital budget, regional councillors are being asked to consider a separate $14-million levy to provide enough capital to transform the pilot bus project into a […]

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As the partial government shutdown stretches on, more and more organizations are stepping up to help federal workers and contractors who are now furloughed or working without pay. This week, the Amalgamated Transit Union announced it will serve free meals to impacted workers and their families. “We believe in helping workers. And we believe in helping the […]

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After forty years of public operation, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is attempting to revert to privatization of some of its operations, a dangerous trend that the ATU is fighting. These contracts with private corporations come at a cost to the public. WMATA’s MetroAccess paratransit service was among the first to be privatized. […]

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  It’s been a productive week at the Tommy Douglas Conference with ATU local leaders from across the U.S. and Canada taking part in innovative trainings. An Advanced Arbitration training is teaching attendees new skills and strategies for negotiating strong contracts. A training on Public Engagement is helping local leaders polish their public speaking, communications, […]

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Hundreds of families will have food on the table and kids will have toys under the tree on Christmas Day, thanks to the huge support folks in Niagara Falls show for the annual Good News Breakfast. The 28th annual breakfast itself, taking place this year at the Greg Frewin Theatre on Friday, Dec. 7, is […]

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Two upcoming events are aiming to help Project Share during the season when its service is most needed in the community. First, on Dec. 1 and 2, the annual North versus South Canadian Tire and Food Basics Challenge will be held. The stores – Canadian Tire and Food Basics outlets sit side by side at […]

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The growing problem of homelessness in Niagara Falls has sparked what people on the front lines of helping those without a roof over their heads say may be an unprecedented movement to help society’s most vulnerable people. At St. Andrew’s United Church on Morrison Street, three homeless people cautiously walked through the doors on a […]

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After a week of confusion, regional council has set the record straight on Niagara Specialized Transit. The service, councillors heard Thursday, is for residents with a disability that prevents them from using conventional transit and proved to be enormously popular as it was expanded with ridership jumping to 30,000 from 12,000 rides. The surge also […]

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The May 1 defeat of a Nashville ballot initiative to fund transit expansion sheds light on a national crusade to fight against public transit orchestrated by a familiar anti-transit foe – Americans for Prosperity. Backed by the Koch brothers, the group parachuted a team of conservative political hacks armed with voter data into Nashville to […]

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Cincinnati isn’t a public transportation town. We like our cars, and our public transportation system has failed be efficient or attract riders. That makes Cincinnati Metro’s grim financial forecast — a $184 million budget gap — “depressing as hell,” according to one Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority trustee. An external audit presented to SORTA Tuesday offered no quick […]