Brampton’s Kettle Lakes

Hiking the GTA

Saturday May 28, 2016

Heart Lake Conservation Area contains two kettle lakes which formed when the last ice age retreated.  Around 20,000 years ago the Wisconsin Ice Age reached it’s maximum with an ice sheet that stretched from Newfoundland to British Columbia and south to Ohio and Illinois.  In the Toronto area the ice was over 1 kilometer thick or about twice the height of the CN Tower.  The advancing ice acted like a giant ice scoop clearing everything in it’s path.  Melting glaciers it deposited this debris in many ways.  Rivers of meltwater carried nearly straight lines known as eskers and the 7 kilometer long Brampton Esker runs south from Heart Lake.  The debris the glacier contained was left behind in the form of outwash.  Sometimes larger chunks of the iceberg would calve away and get buried by the glacial till in the outwash.  Later, when the ice melted it left behind a hole that…

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Good Foot Delivery service puts its best foot forward by using GO Transit

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In Downtown Toronto, you might envision a priority courier as a cyclist in spandex, zipping around town, delivering documents from one office tower to another. Anywhere else, it’s likely a large company vehicle driving between locations and making quick stops to run packages to and from office parks.

There is another kind of priority courier service gaining in popularity though. It involves walking and taking transit to make pickups and deliveries.

Good Foot Delivery is one such service, but it’s also a social enterprise that provides employment opportunities for people living with developmental disabilities.

“We look at ourselves as both a charity and as a business,” explained Ryan Hollinrake, Executive Director of Good Foot. “The charity and business aspects of our organization run systematically together. One couldn’t exist without the other.”

As a charity, Good Foot is able to direct 100 per cent of the revenues it receives from customers…

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Biking to school is trending with GTHA students

Great to see. #BikeTO #CycleON #BikeBrampton @STRCanada @EMcMahonBurl @kemosite

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New stats show more students prefer two wheels as active transportation climbs to a five-year high

While the warm weather is winding down, biking to school is rising in popularity with Toronto-area kids.

According to a new study released by Metrolinx and conducted by the University of Toronto, more Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) students are choosing to bike to school than five years ago, with high school students leading the way.

The study, released this week, explores patterns in school travel by age, gender, time of day and captures trends for the entire GTHA dating back to 1986.

Ron Buliung, a professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga, led the research effort and said that measuring how students get to and from school is helpful.

“As organizations like Metrolinx continue to invest in programs to encourage more walking and cycling to and from school, it is important…

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Visualizing data helps us better understand how we move

Awesome to see my friend Anthony’s work profiled.

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The idea of number-crunching and analyzing data may seem boring to some. For others though, processing information and turning it into something more is a passion.

Anthony Smith loves visualizing transit and transportation data with maps and animations. By doing so, he hopes his work can make a difference by providing an evidence-based approach to city planning.

“I think data gives a voice to everyone,” said Smith. “As an urban planner, I believe that using the data to inform how cities grow ensures efficient use of available resources for maximum public benefit.”

Anthony has been conducting data science and producing maps and infographics for more than ten years. While he does work at Metrolinx, he also spends a great deal of time creating images in his own time.

“It’s always exciting to discover a new dataset or visualization tool that I can use to create something,” said Smith. “Just last…

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84-year-old Trent University graduate thanks GO Transit for the commute

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Victor Parker travelled by train and bus between Toronto and Peterborough to earn his degree

For his entire life, Victor Parker has been a man on a mission. He has vowed to never stop learning. Transit has proved to be a big part of that journey and, for the past 14 years, GO Transit has helped him accomplish one of his ultimate goals.

The 84 year-old had been making his way from his home in Toronto to Peterborough and back by way of subway, train and bus at least once a week. His travels and, of course, his hard work paid off when he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies from Trent University in June.

Victor Parker 1 84 year-old Victor Parker at Danforth GO Station with his Indigenous Studies degree from Trent University, July 2018

“Sometimes I worked on essays on the train,” Parker said of his long commute…

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More pedestrian access coming to The Ex

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Plans for a revamped Exhibition GO station would provide better access to and from venues and events

There’s often a rush that comes with everything that happens on the grounds at the CNE. Whether it’s the rides and games at the annual Exhibition itself or Toronto FC matches and Argos games at BMO Field, you can’t help but get caught up in the excitement.

It’s also easy to get caught up in the crowds.

That’s why there are plans in the works to overhaul the area around Exhibition GO station. People need to move across the rail corridor and along the platforms better. Thousands of customers and sports fans are flowing both north and south along streets and through tunnels, so it’s important to make things easier.

looking north-east filter Illustration for Exhibition GO Station proposal, looking north-east.

“To improve crowding at Exhibition Centre, not only are we going to provide a wider…

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Former NHL goalie and hockey analyst Glenn Healy marks 25 years as GO Transit commuter

Definitely sharing this post with Dad. A hockey fan and a train fan.

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While spending much of his life making saves on the ice, former NHL goalie Glenn Healy also makes a point of saving time by hopping on the train at Whitby GO Station every day.

Healy is no GO train rookie. He’s been riding, what he affectionately calls, the “Green Limousine” for more than 25 years. In fact, he has enjoyed his ride on the train for so long, his morning coffee is poured the moment he strolls into Whitby Station.

“The GO is so convenient, and the people are so friendly,” Healy said. “I took it to games at Maple Leaf Gardens during my time with Leafs and I still take it to work.”

Glenn Healy GO Former NHL player Glenn Healy on the Mimico GO Station platform

On top of being a seasoned GO rider, Glenn is a veteran of 15 NHL seasons, he’s a former Maple Leaf goaltender, sports broadcaster, and…

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