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Posted on 15 March 2018 by admin

BRAMPTON, ON, March6th, 2018 –The Honourable PatriciaHajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour, joined by Ms. Kamal Khera, Ms. Sonia Sidhu, Mr. Raj Grewal, Ms. Ruby Sahota,and Mr. Rameshewar Sangha, Members of Parliament for Brampton, to announce a new initiative the federal Government has introduced, through Budget 2018, to support gender equality at home and in the workplace.

Our Government has introduced a new Employment Insurance (EI) Parental Sharing Benefit to promote equal parenting roles in families.  The new benefit will provide an additional five weeks of Employment Insurance Parental Benefits to parents that share parental leave.  The program will provide an additional eight weeks of benefits to parents that choose the extended parental benefits option.  This benefit will be administered in a ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ system; parents that do not share leave time between the two parents will not be eligible for additional weeks of EI Parental Benefits.

The incentive is expected to be available starting June 2019.  Our Government is investing $1.2 billion over five years in this program.  After the first five years, this program will require an annual investment of $344.7 million per year.

“This benefit will give parents that share parental leave a total of 40 weeks to spend with their newborn; a critical time for both a mother and father to bond with their child.  Shared leave time will keep more women in the work place, while giving fathers the opportunity to further participate in the care of their children.”- Ms. Kamal Khera, Member of Parliament (Brampton West) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue.

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SIU terminates three investigations around the GTA

Posted on 01 March 2018 by admin

The agency that investigates incidents involving Ontario police said on Tuesday that two of the three suspects in the incidents being investigated inflicted pain on themselves.

Ontario’s police watchdog terminated three investigations involving police around the GTA on Tuesday.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which is an agency that invokes its mandate any time a police officer has been involved in a serious injury, death or sexual assault, say they began the first investigation in December of last year.

Peel police responded to a call for a disturbance in a Brampton home at around 5:30 p.m. Officers later arrested a 52-year-old man, and took him to the hospital for an injury.

SIU Director Tony Loparco determined that the man’s injuries were not serious and terminated the investigation, according to an SIU news release.

On December 20, 2017, police arrested a 19-year-old man for impaired driving near Wasaga Beach. While in the cell, the SIU said the man punched the wall several times and fractured two fingers.

“The evidence establishes that the man’s injuries were self-inflicted,” Loparco said. He later terminated the investigation.

The third incident the SIU was investigating took place on Jan. 29.

At around 10 a.m., Toronto police went to an apartment to arrest a woman, 34, who had an outstanding warrant.

After the woman met police, she told them she had to change her clothes. Police later discovered that the woman had jumped out of the second floor window of a bedroom and injured herself.

She was transported to the hospital with a back injury.

“The woman’s injury was caused when she jumped out of a second floor window, and was not as a result of her interaction with the police. As such, this investigation has been terminated,” Loparco said.

The second investigation involved a man who had punched a wall while in jail and the SIU determined that the injuries were self inflicted. The third investigation involves a woman who jumped out of a second floor window when police arrived to arrest her on an outstanding warrant.

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Canada pitches more credit for electric, driverless car production in NAFTA talks

Posted on 22 February 2018 by admin

The U.S.’s NAFTA negotiator broadly rebuked Canada’s latest auto ideas.

Canada wants North American automakers to get extra credit for making cars more environmentally friendly or able to drive themselves as negotiators try to bridge one of NAFTA’s sharpest divides.

At the latest round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks, Canada put forward some fresh ideas on how to calculate the value of regional content in vehicles, including giving more credit for driverless and electric cars, plus research and development work, Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs, said in an interview Wednesday from Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York.

“The ideas are very intentionally ideas rather than a fully baked proposal; they’re about some directions,” Freeland said. The proposals, if adopted, would promote high-skilled labour and encourage the next generation of carmaking to stay on the continent, she said.

Regional content requirements — or rules of origin — are among the touchiest issues the countries are working through in revisiting the 24-year-old trade deal. NAFTA requires a vehicle to have a certain percentage of North American content in order to benefit from tariff exemptions, and the U.S. has proposed raising the bar to 85 per cent from 62.5 per cent for a typical car. The U.S. has also called for a new requirement that 50 per cent of content come from within its borders.

U.S. reaction

Canada’s auto proposals presented in Montreal didn’t include any specific numbers, Freeland said, and negotiators have said they weren’t meant to be counterproposals to the rules of origin ratios the U.S. has put forth. Still, the U.S.’s NAFTA negotiator broadly rebuked Canada’s latest ideas.

“We find that the automobile rules of origin idea that was presented, when analyzed, may actually lead to less regional content than we have now and fewer jobs in the United States, Canada, and likely Mexico,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Monday at the conclusion of the negotiating round. “So, this is the opposite of what we are trying to do.”

Freeland said the Canadian ideas were meant to spark conversation, and that she’s hopeful her counterparts in the U.S. and Mexico will read and consider them before talks resume Feb. 26.

Fiendishly Complex

Freeland remains at odds with U.S. President Donald Trump on many things. The U.S. is “openly and proudly protectionist,” she said, with “serious reservations about the value of trade” leading to demands Canada has never agreed to before.

The differences have been in plain sight over six rounds of negotiations, which have yielded agreement on just three of roughly 30 chapters, leaving much ground to cover still.

As part of its recent proposals, Canada also suggested finding ways to give credit for the use of steel and aluminum from North America and modernizing the so-called tracing list so there’s less red tape for companies trying to comply, Freeland said.

She said Wednesday she acknowledges that the rules of origin are a “fiendishly complex area” and said the only way to reach a successful conclusion is for all three countries — plus carmakers, suppliers and labour officials — to think about the questions of regional content together.

“It’s a very major undertaking and what we do to the rules of origin will have potentially a dramatic impact on the car industry, including supply chains,” she said. “The best way to really get it right and avoid unintended consequences is to do some work together, so that was our objective.”

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Opportunities for Brampton with Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster announcement

Posted on 22 February 2018 by admin

BRAMPTON, ON – The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced yesterday that a strategy to build an Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster for Canada has qualified for federal investments under the Government of Canada’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative.

More than 140 organizations participated in the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster bid. The City of Brampton partnered with the Brampton Board of Trade on a talent development proposal for funding within the larger Supercluster project. In support of this proposal and the overall bid, the City has been actively engaged in the process, and will remain engaged as funding decisions are made over the coming years.

The newly incorporated Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGM Canada), will be the lead in leveraging more than $800M in proposed investments by industry and the federal government, in turn funding proposals and projects to create new opportunities for firms, supply chains, communities, and thousands of Canadians employed in key industry segments.

The geographical focus of the Supercluster is the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, and Brampton stands to see new opportunities for economic growth and investment. The City has a significant presence in advanced manufacturing, active business partners, and engaged post-secondary partners like Sheridan College and Ryerson University. Manufacturing accounts for more than 35,000 jobs in Brampton, provided by approximately 900 companies. One in five people in Brampton work in manufacturing, and stakeholders like Sheridan’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies and Sheridan’s Skilled Trades Centre provide strength and development in the sector

Advanced manufacturing is a crucial driver of Canada’s economic growth. Southwestern Ontario has overlapping density in both manufacturing and technology firms.

There are three pillars to the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster strategy:

•         Co-invest in collaborative, industry-led projects in things like vision systems, AI, IoT, data security, robotics, advanced materials, and additive manufacturing

•         Support the creation of new tools, testbeds, and infrastructure to help create the next generation of manufacturing firms

•         Build out a robust ecosystem of supports and services that accelerate technology adoption in manufacturing i.e. technology readiness assessments, training and skills development, and go-to-market support.


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‘Large explosion’ rocks Mississauga strip mall, sending three to hospital

Posted on 14 February 2018 by admin

The Sunday morning blast levelled several shops in a strip plaza near Dundas St. W. and Hurontario St. and a nearby residential building was evacuated. Three people, including a child, were taken to hospital.

A family was rescued from the roof of a collapsed building early Sunday morning after an explosion rocked a Mississauga neighbourhood, levelling several stores in a strip plaza.

The blast, described as a “large explosion” by Mississauga’s fire chief, blew the windows out of businesses on the other side of Hurontario St., north of Dundas St. W., and caused damage to a nearby apartment building. Dozens were evacuated from homes in the area.

About half of the plaza was flattened.

Although police initially reported that the explosion was in a commercial building, responders quickly became aware that some residents lived on the second floor of the plaza at the back of the building.

Tim Beckett, Mississauga’s fire chief, said his crews respond to commercial and residential incidents with the same urgency and that the first trucks were on the scene within three minutes of the call coming in.

Although he acknowledged some miscommunication in initial reports, he said “it didn’t change the way operations would have proceeded. We would have sent the same number of people, same number of trucks.”

One family escaped from a unit near where the roof collapsed.

Zafar Ansari, who owns an accounting business in the plaza, said the father of the family pulled his wife and 6-year-old son onto the collapsed roof where they were rescued by fire crews. Police said the man was 39 and the woman 43.

All three were taken to hospital, where they were treated and released Sunday afternoon. Two other injured people, a 50-year-old man and a young child, were assessed by paramedics at the scene and not taken to hospital.

A Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) team was summoned in the late afternoon to assist in searching and assessing the collapsed building.

Beckett said that was just a cautionary measure.

Fire services did not believe anyone was still trapped in the rubble, which Beckett said is fortunate because “with the damage and the amount of water and the fire … (the) viability of a rescue, if there was somebody in there, is not possible.”

Speaking Sunday evening, Beckett said no one from the building was unaccounted for.

The cause of the blast was not immediately known.

Emergency crews rushed to the plaza just before 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. The severely damaged building is located next to Thomas L. Kennedy Secondary School. The Peel District School Board announced that the school would be closed on Monday.

Beckett said Mississauga’s fire marshal must wait to fully assess the fire because of a natural gas line that continued to burn.

Beckett said Enbridge Gas had a “large crew” tackling the problem and it was “safer right now to allow that gas to burn.”

Once Enbridge has isolated and blocked the damaged line, Beckett said fire crews would be able to put out the fire and get to work eliminating hot spots. Firefighters were to remain at the scene overnight.

Neighbours described the blast as feeling like an “earthquake.” Across the street, panes of glass were blown out of the windows of a health clinic and a health food store.

Lance Neve, an artist at Pleasure and Pain tattoo studio, a second-floor business in the plaza, stood behind the building, watching as firefighters worked to stop the blaze from spreading.

“My boss called me, tried to message me all morning,” he said. “I woke up to ‘Hey, the shop blew up.’ Not what I was expecting to hear.”

Neve said the shop is closed on Sundays and Mondays, and he had taken most of his expensive artwork out of the building already, but other pieces that he had spent hundreds of hours on remained inside, sealed and framed on the wall. He said “apparently the ceiling is collapsing now.”

Neve said the plaza has restaurants, barber shops and a dentist. There were nine street-level storefronts in the two-storey strip mall. There were businesses on the second floor as well.

Shawna Smoke, a Mississauga resident, said she felt the “rumble on her feet” while getting coffee at a nearby Tim Hortons.

“I live a five-minute walk from the explosion. My husband and kids woke up from the sound while at home. There are a lot of windows of businesses and apartments that are blown out,” Smoke said.

Images tweeted by Peel paramedics showed heavy smoke billowing from the area, with debris scattered along Hurontario St.

Police said 50 to 70 people were affected by the explosion when a nearby apartment building was evacuated. Buses were relocating residents who live in the immediate area, Beckett said.

Beckett said authorities had to determine if there was structural damage to the building before residents would be allowed to return home.

Even through the smoke, some bright moments shone through: a birthday crisis was averted when Peel paramedics threw an impromptu party in the back of an ambulance for a young girl named Viviana who had to evacuate her home with her family.

According to paramedic Joe Korstanje, who was supervising at the scene, the girl lived across the street from the explosion and had to leave all of her birthday presents behind when her building was evacuated.

Korstanje, along with other paramedics and police officers, staged their own celebration to make up for it. A cake and balloons were purchased from a nearby store, and Viviana was able to ring in her 8th birthday before heading to the community centre with her family.

A tweet shared by Peel Paramedics with the text, “Happy Birthday Viviana” showed the crowded but cosy celebration.

Mississauga Valley Community Centre is providing shelter for some of the displaced individuals. The Red Cross, Peel Human Services and the city’s emergency management team are assisting the residents and business owners who are directly affected.

“My thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured, their families, and those affected by the incident,” Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said in an email to the Star.

“More details will be available in the coming hours and days, but I want to thank Mississauga Fire, Peel Regional Police, Peel Paramedics and all first responders for their work on site today and their quick response to this incident.”

Hurontario St., near the site, was to remain closed until further notice.


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Quebec begins hearings in inquiry into relations between Indigenous people and province’s public service

Posted on 14 February 2018 by admin

Mohawk elder Sedalia Fazio says the timing of the hearings is difficult given the not-guilty verdict in the death of Colten Boushie in Saskatchewan.

MONTREAL—An inquiry that has been examining the relations between Indigenous people in Quebec and the public service has begun two weeks of hearings in Montreal.

Sedalia Fazio, a Mohawk elder who presided over the opening prayer, says the timing of the hearings is difficult given the verdict in the death of Colten Boushie in Saskatchewan.

A jury deliberated 13 hours before finding a white farmer, Gerald Stanley, not guilty last Friday of second-degree murder in Boushie’s slaying.

Fazio says the feeling of injustice in the 2016 death of Boushie, a resident of the Red Pheasant First Nation, brought back memories of her own son’s experience at the hands of law enforcement.

She alleges her son was beaten by Montreal police in a shoplifting incident just after the Oka Crisis in 1990 when he was 13 years old and that nothing was done.

Last week, the province announced the commission, chaired by retired Quebec Superior Court justice Jacques Viens, will see its mandate extended by 10 months.

A final report is now due to the provincial government in September 2019.

The inquiry, announced in December 2016, was mandated to look into the way Indigenous peoples are treated by the police, the province’s youth protection agency, the public health department as well as the justice and correctional systems.


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Pakistan and Canada agree to boost cooperation in research and development of agricultural sector

Posted on 14 February 2018 by admin

            Commerce Minister of Pakistan Mr. Pervaiz Malik met with the Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Mr. Lawrence MacAulay, here today, to take a holistic view of agriculture sector cooperation between the two countries.

            While appreciating Canada’s cooperation for construction of dams and irrigation system since 1960s, the Commerce Minister said that it is time for Canada to extend support in forestry, fishing, heavy agricultural machinery and other areas of agricultural cooperation. He said that Pakistan is an emerging economy and with over 5% GDP growth rate Pakistan is a promising market for Canadian FDI in agriculture sector.

            He said that the bulk of Canada’s imports to Pakistan are agro-based products and both the sides should exchange expertise in research, development and innovation in the agriculture field.

            The Canadian Minister for agriculture appreciated the economic progress Pakistan has made during the last five years and agreed to provide fresh impetus to the cooperation in agriculture field. He said that Canada would like to offer technical cooperation to Pakistan in all areas of agro based industry and to have robust interaction for exchange of high level delegations in order to remove the constraints and irritants related to fumigation issue.

Instead of relying on ad hoc arrangements, both the sides agreed to have a permanent science based solution to the longstanding fumigation issue of agro-based Canadian exports to Pakistan, which are worth C$ 600 million annually.


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OPP are investigating a now-cancelled Toronto Parking Authority land deal

Posted on 01 February 2018 by admin

The land deal in North York was terminated following an auditor general’s report that raised concerns about “a lack of independence, transparency and judgment.”

Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a now-cancelled land deal negotiated by the Toronto Parking Authority, which an auditor general’s report said raised concerns about “a lack of independence, transparency and judgment.”

OPP spokesperson Staff Sgt. Carolle Dionne said Thursday that police are “very early on in the process and are looking into all allegations into the Toronto Parking Authority.”

The Toronto Police Service requested this fall that OPP step in to avoid a conflict of interest, Dionne said.

Beginning in late 2016, Toronto’s Auditor General Beverly Romeo-Beehler spent nearly 10 months investigating the land deal in North York that saw the Toronto Parking Authority agreeing to a $12.2 million price tag despite the land being valued at $7.5 million. The land plus the cost of a digital sign put the deal’s overall value at $9.5 million.

The parking authority was planning to overpay $2.63 million for a two-hectare grassy strip that runs along the south side of Finch Ave. W. between Arrow Rd. and an on-ramp for Hwy. 400, the report said.

In July 2017, two senior executives at the authority, President Lorne Persiko and Vice-President of real estate, development and marketing Marie Casista, were suspended with pay following the auditor general’s investigation, the Star reported.

Through a freedom of information request, the Star has learned that annually Persiko earns between $234,450 and $284,498 and Casista earns between $169,276 and $195,144. They remain employed with the city agency, which has said it is unable to provide the exact salary figures.

The auditor general’s report, released last summer, outlined problems with the deal including a lack of transparency by parking authority executives, nudging by local Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) to push the deal ahead, and potential conflicts of interests of hired lobbyists and consultants connected to the land.

Mammoliti is currently out of town and his executive assistant Mike Makrigiorgos spoke on his behalf,

“He doesn’t have a comment. When something comes out of (the investigation) or if they want to interview him, we’ll deal with it at that point,” Makrigiorgos said. Mammoliti has not been contacted by the OPP.

Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22, St. Paul’s) who sits on the city’s audit committee and pushed for answers this past summer, welcomed the investigation.

“There is so much that smells about this proposed land deal, both the reasons for the deal itself and the conduct of its players, that anyone who believes in accountability should welcome this police investigation,” Matlow said.

Starting in 2014, Mammoliti and a hired lobbyist representing the Emery Village BIA approached the parking authority about the property and possibility of constructing North America’s largest flagpole, the auditor general’s report said. The property would also be used for city parking and bike-share programs and could include public space.

Council approved the parking authority’s acquisition of the property in March 2016, the Star reported.

Councillor John Filion, (Ward 23, Willowdale) a member of the Toronto Parking Authority board, requested the auditor’s investigation after repeatedly asking to see due diligence on the deal.

“For reasons I still don’t understand, they refused to do so,” Filion said Thursday. “I’m just glad to see it’s being fully investigated and we’ll see what the outcome is.”

In the auditor general’s report, Romeo-Beehler found the deal resulted from a “hairball” of relationships and potential conflicts involving Mammoliti, the Emery Village BIA, a lobbyist working for the BIA, a sign consultant working for the parking authority, and parking authority executives.

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Homeowner’s shed caught in the middle of a land dispute in Vaughan

Posted on 04 January 2018 by admin

Furio Liberatore has been ordered to tear it down because the city says it sits in an environmental zone. But how then was the development next door approved, he wonders.

For five years, Furio Liberatore’s shed was not a problem.

Then sometime over the summer, the shed, which holds an assortment of gardening tools and a lawnmower, became a problem.

Liberatore says he came home one day to find a letter from a city of Vaughan bylaw officer.

“Your shed is in contravention of the bylaw,” relayed Liberatore, who said the officer told him that the shed he put up in 2012 was sitting on land in his backyard that the city considered to be OS5 or part of an “open space environmental protection zone.”

He had two options: take the shed down or appeal the decision to the city.

So Liberatore did the latter, taking the matter to a Vaughan committee of adjustment hearing in the fall.

He came prepared: He had letters from neighbours who said “they did not object to the shed” in his backyard. He had a letter from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) saying that it was “not requesting its removal” given the age of the structure. And he even had his purchase papers, which never marked his backyard as OS5.

The committee of adjustment, who are appointed by council, ordered the shed to come down.

Liberatore said when he got to the hearing, he was surprised to see the only person opposed to his shed was Matthew Di Vona, the lawyer who represents Dufferin Vistas, a company owned by Cam Milani. Dufferin Vistas is also the company behind a development project on the environmentally sensitive property next door. It’s a development Liberatore has publicly spoken out against.

“It was pretty intimidating that the developer sent his lawyer there for a shed dispute,” said Liberatore.

Di Vona submitted a “letter of objection” to the shed at the hearing.

When asked recently about his company’s involvement in the shed dispute, Milani said: “The law applies to everyone equally.”

Milani’s development project has been under scrutiny by neighbours since 2016, when residentsdiscovered that the environmentally sensitive land at 230 Grand Trunk Ave., which had been off-limits for decades, was suddenly approved for a 100 townhouse development by the city and the TRCA.

The development was again in the limelight this year, when an ethics probe into former deputy mayor Michael Di Biase found he used his position on the TRCA and at the city “to improperly influence” decisions that helped get approvals needed to pursue development on the property.

Now the city is reviewing how the deal came to be, retaining former justice Robert Armstrong to look at the matter and report to council early next year.

And an OMB hearing on the fate of the lands is set to start in January.

Environmental lawyer David Donnelly, who is representing Liberatore on the shed dispute, says any situation where a developer goes after a resident could be considered a SLAPP lawsuit.

Ontario passed the Public Participation Act, known at the anti-SLAPP legislation, in October 2015 with the goal of stopping “strategic lawsuits against public participation” — in other words, lawsuits used by individuals or companies to silence critics.

“I think you could define this is a SLAPP suit,” said Donnelly.

Donnelly said the city’s decision asking Liberatore to remove his shed is flawed.

“The Toronto Region Conservation Authority is the one who makes the call on whether this is having an impact on the environment,” he said. The TRCA said the period for removal of shed had elapsed and the agency felt that it was not causing an environmental impact, Donnelly said.

“For the city to support the development of phase 1 of the project. . . and then turn around and say we want to go to bat over this shed, seems like hypocrisy to me. The city should have taken the position consistent by the TRCA.”

Despite the thousands of dollars he has spent so far, Liberatore says he plans to challenge the city’s decision — and has filed to take his case to the OMB.

He says it’s not about the shed, but about challenging the city’s position.

“How can someone say to me you need to take down this shed because its affecting the environment, but it’s the same person applying to fill in a ravine to build townhomes?” he said. “You can’t play both sides.”


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Another car got stuck in the Queens Quay streetcar tunnel

Posted on 04 January 2018 by admin

The Sunday morning incident blocked streetcars from entering the tunnel from 4 a.m. until about 1 p.m. Since 2014, there have been more than 20 similar incidents.

Another driver has landed in hot water after getting stuck in the Queens’ Quay streetcar tunnel early Sunday morning.

Police were called to the scene around 4 a.m. and found a grey Ford SUV abandoned near the end of the streetcar platform.

The licence plates of the vehicle had been removed and all personal effects had been cleaned out of the car, said Toronto police spokesperson Rob Reid.

But the police were confident they could find the driver using other methods, such as video footage from the scene or a vehicle identification number.

The tunnel was still blocked at noon Sunday, causing the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina streetcar routes to turn around at Queens Quay and Spadina Ave.

The TTC had shuttle buses operating. Meanwhile, the temperature in Toronto hovered below -20 C.

Reid said police had to wait on equipment to remove the car from the tunnel.

“The front axel is broken,” Reid said, “so it’s not going to roll out.”

This isn’t the first time a vehicle has been stuck in the Queens’ Quay tunnel.

Since 2014, there have been more than 20 similar incidents, motivating the TTC to install lower lights, extra signs and deep rumble strips at the entrance of the tunnel in April to deter confused drivers from entering.

The extra precautions were implemented two months after police were once again called to extricate a vehicle from the tunnel using a crane in February. The driver, who claimed he was just following his GPS, was charged $425.

On Sunday around 12:30 p.m., a swing loader arrived on the scene and the extrication of the car began.

The delay finally cleared around 1 p.m.

“It’s a mystery to us as to how this happens, given all the lights, signage and rumble strips,” said Brad Ross, TTC director of communications. “If that doesn’t stop them, driving on the raised tracks, the noise, the sparks, should be an indication that something is not right.”

Ross is unsure whether alcohol played a factor in Sunday’s incident, saying that was a matter for the police, but added, “at 4 in the morning, something was going on with the driver, because they did flee as well.”

Ross said cars have made it all the way down the tunnel to Union Station in the past, and the TTC will continue to explore ways to stop vehicles from entering, including possibly installing mechanical arms that will only let streetcars pass.

Installing the mechanisms would open the door to other problems though, Ross said, because they would operate regularly and could fail due to technological issues, the cold or other weather factors, also causing delays.

“We will continue to look at what other avenues we have to make it patently obvious that we can’t drive down there,” he said.

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