David Pattison is an easy going guy who loves adventure. Whether it be trying foreign foods, road tripping, or exploring a new part of Toronto, he is always up for anything. He loves socializing with people, and his upbeat personality and quick wit makes him easily likable in any grouping. During his free time, David enjoys playing sports (especially soccer), swimming, playing video games, and listening to music. His favourite band is Styx, food is pizza, and show is My Hero Academia. Don’t tell anyone, but he’s also been known to sing in the shower to the likes of Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
The Adventure Begins
Welcome to the first post of the Closing Crew with Daring Dave! I’ll be posting every Tuesday evening, so come check out what random adventures I get into across Toronto! And, if you want to get in touch with me, text me on Twitter @saydaringdave. Can’t wait to hear from you!
TTC Talk Time- Presto! in the Garbage
Have you ever wondered how people will get around Toronto once Presto completely takes over the TTC? I mean, it’s fine for us that live here, it would make sense to get a presto card. But what about those people who are just visiting, or those who only ride once in a while? Well, today the TTC announced that Presto is rolling out the new single ride pass. It’s being tested right now at Union and St Clair West Stations, and hopefully will be available for everyone in June. Each ticket costs $3.25, or whatever the price for a regular ride will be at that time.
Now, this may sound great, and you might be thinking that they took long enough, but it also raises 2 big concerns. The first one revolves around people who give out ride passes for free, and the hassle that they will have to go through. There are many homeless shelters in Toronto that give out tokens to people who can’t afford the $3 it regularly costs. There are also many schools that give out tickets to students who live outside of area, so that the kids don’t have to worry about spending money to get to school. What will happen to these 2 groups, and many more, when this new system rolls out? Are they seriously going to send large bulk supplies of these passes to organizations? It just seems like more work than it’s worth.
The other big concern is about the environment. The outside of these passes are cardboard, which is great, but the inside has a computer chip for tapping, which cannot be recycled. This means that Toronto will be continuously producing one shot garbage! At least tokens were reusable, meaning they were a bit easier on the environment. For a city that brags about being green and looking out for future generations, this was a pretty dumb idea.
As a whole, I get the TTC’s plan. They want to save money by only using one system, which is accessible for everyone. But, if you’re going to do that, try to think ahead a bit. No battle was ever won without a strong plan, and our city won’t be able to move forward without one either.
November 5, 2018
A Super Hero to Us All
Photo from: refinedguy.com
Yesterday was the passing of a legend, a hero, and some would even say, a marvel. Yes, Stan Lee, co-creator of Marvel comics, died at the age of 95 after a long battle with Pneumonia. This took me for a bit of a loop, as I’m sure it did many others, for if you grew up reading his comics and watching his characters on TV, you probably thought this guy would live forever. The dynamics and personality he crafted for each hero was amazing, and strife they felt amid conflicts just made them that much more relatable to each person reading their story. Near the end, Stan Lee gave the reigns over to other young artists and writers to see what they would do, but he was always in the background,helping along where he could; sort of like the grandfather of Marvel.
My Personal favourites were Adam Warlock and Spider-man, because I always felt them the most human. Both were little guys who had a lot of potential, but were never sure how to use it. In tough fights, they always thought about their actions (and the consequences they would reap), and how to grow from them, not just physically, but as a person too. They were never as big as Iron Man or Captain America, but they always tried to do the right thing. And that’s what I identified with. Lots of us in this world can’t do much, but it’s that little power we have that can change someone’s life for the better.
I feel like that’s what Stan was trying to teach us about all these years too. The heroes with powers may only be found on paper, but the hero inside each of us is ready to come out. Bigotry, hate, and judgement are the only evil superpowers out there, and it’s up to us to stand against them and live out his legacy. Rest In Peace Stan, we can, and will, take up your cause from here. Excelsior.
November 13, 2018
Photo from: building.ca
As you can probably tell, I’m a big fan of the TTC, or, at least, use it everyday and want to know what is going on. In an earlier post, I ripped on the new single-use Presto cards, but today, I heard something that may ease that pain just a bit. The TTC announced their new line of Hybrid Electric Buses, a big step up from what we have now (sorry buses, I love you, but your exhaust is horrible) . They have an electric motor and an on board battery, so using fuel can be kept to a minimum, and, it no longer needs to be plugged in, so it’s self-sustainable. More on that soon, but first, the few specs we know so far…
On the outside, it is designed to look like a “modern” bus. It has a more aerodynamic front, giving it a sleek new feel. On the inside, information screens are being installed, helping people to figure out where they are going. This allows for the bus driver to keep driving, and hopefully not have to answer dumb questions from people, like “does the Lawrence West bus go to Lawrence West?”(figure it out for yourself). In addition to this, USB ports are now being installed, allowing people to charge their electronics while travelling. Convenient, yes, sad that we can’t survive 30 minutes without our phones, also yes. Finally, it hasn’t been announced, but I would imagine that Presto dispensers will be installed, just like on Street Cars, for those who don’t have a card yet.
Back to the battery of the bus, it has indeed been confirmed that they will not have to plug-in, instead creating their own electricity while going downhill or while pressing the brake. I don’t know how applicable the first part is, but seeing the traffic in Toronto, the brake idea will make a huge difference to our environment. Instead of idling on a busy street, the buses will now be creating clean, renewable energy for later. So, if you’re late for work, at least try to take solace in that.
No word yet on how much this project will cost, but according to the TTC, each bus will save at least $26,000 per year on fuel; fingers crossed that fare will go down! 50 buses are being put out on the road this year, with 200 planned for the end of 2019. Lets see in they can keep to the plan this time.
November 20, 2018
As children, many of us had the delightful opportunity to play with Where’s Waldo books. Whether it be Hollywood, space, holiday, or something completely different, you probably can call back good memories when I mention that name. If you don’t know what this is, the premise is that Waldo (a man wearing red and white stripes) is hidden somewhere in a mess of people on each page of a book; essentially, each book is a search and find. The trick is that Waldo is only a few millimeters tall, so looking for him is a fairly cumbersome task, especially for a 5-10 year old mind- it’s even hard for me now! That being said, they we’re great ways to keep us occupied as children.
So, if I’m talking about Waldo, why does my title include a Marvel reference? Because Toronto is getting their own version of a Waldo book called “Find Toronto Raccoons”! The whole idea was started by Ken Gruber and Berta Mascarenhas in 2017 when they lauched the Torontoraccoons.ca website, but wasn’t able to be put into action until this year. The book showcases different places in Toronto, all, of course, littered with Raccoons. Once you’re done admiring the different scenes that local artists have drawn for this book, you can start looking for our furry friends, and count up how many you can find. Some are super easy to spot, others may take some time to locate, just like in real life!
What I like most about this book is that it incorporates all aspects of Toronto, not just City Hall or Dundas Square. It really shows how diverse and fun Toronto is, and why so many living here love it!
If you are interested in purchasing one for yourself, you can find them at the ROM, AGO, Midoco, and more- or just buy one directly from their website, torontoraccoons.ca (you can also buy raccoon themed calenders there). I know I’m picking up a book, this is #TorontoPride at it’s best!
December 4, 2018