Arjaan’s post: Week 9 Secondary Post: Mind the Gap
My comment:You raise a good solution to the TTC declining ridership problem. They need to look into improving common concerns and issues. I think you’re right in that people are seeking other alternatives for their commute. The public transportation system isn’t exactly the most efficient and effective. Also, I feel as though fare evasion stems from the high price, so raising the cost to ride the bus or subway isn’t going to help ridership. It’ll be interesting to see what the TTC does in the future to address and fix the decline.
I’ve stumbled across many social justice blogs and organizations during this year that I wouldn’t have otherwise, if not for this course, Blogging the Just City.
But I still wonder…
Is the future of social justice journalism still bright?
I think a lot of people have different stances on this topic. Plenty of others before me have offered their opinions on issues related to social justice and journalism. Now I want to contribute mine.
Social justice is fundamental to society, any society. There won’t always be complete justice for everybody, but without any measure of justice, there isn’t much of a society. At least in my eyes.
Journalism, on the other hand, isn’t dead. It has just taken on modernized, digitalized forms. And there’s nothing wrong with enhancing the way readers access their news. If anything, journalism has grown more alive. Time has revived the older print form of journalism and breathed new life into it on the Internet. Today writers can share news faster and easier than ever before.
No matter what happens in the upcoming months and years, there is a future for social justice journalism. Just like there is a future for both separately. Social justice will continue to exist. Advocates will advocate for equality, fairness, and justice. Writers as well as bloggers will keep journalism alive. Social justice journalism has the potential to revolutionize society.
More and more people are engaging in social justice journalism. Blogs, run by an individual or by an organization, are being created every day. Many of them report on social justice issues or touch on them to some extent.
Blogging isn’t equivalent to journalism, but it’s still a way of contributing to social justice discussions. And those conversations often lead to so much more.
Some parking infractions in Toronto will cost you more starting today.
Although I understand that this is in an effort to “reduce traffic congestion”, I’m not entirely sure just yet how effective raising the fines will be.
I like to think a larger fine will deter drivers from blocking a sidewalk or double parking. However, I doubt everyone is fully aware of this change. So it might take a while before the city sees real results in decreased congestion.
I hope raising the fine will reduce issues with traffic to make it easier for everyone in the city to get around. After all, roads and sidewalks have a purpose.
The more time I spend on the subway and bus, the more I realize there are issues with accessibility that isn’t easy to address.
For one, the price just keeps going up. As the price of tokens and tickets increase, accessibility decreases. Not everyone can afford to compensate for the costs of their commute. Sure, some individuals will continue to use the TTC regardless, but at some point, carpooling or biking when possible could become a cheaper alternative.
Another issue is the location of bus routes, subway lines, etc. There is a heavy concentration of transit options in the downtown core of Toronto, which is understandable but still a shame nonetheless. For those living in suburban or rural areas who need to take the subway or bus, they have a long commute before they can reach the first bus route and probably an even longer commute to find a subway line. I realize it’s impossible to have the TTC cover every part of the city, but as of right now, Toronto only has 4 subway lines and 11 streetcar routes, with 4 of them running at night. This coupled with the fare can be a major turn-off for potential and even present commuters.
Access to transit is not equal. However, it should be for both the rich and poor as well as those living downtown along with people residing in suburban neighbourhoods. If something doesn’t change soon, I feel as though the rich will become richer while the poor have little to no opportunity to prosper since they cannot even leave their community. And even if they can, they will still face a difficult commute. It is hard enough to meet basic survival needs while living under the poverty line. It’ll be even harder saving enough money to take a bus or train.
I believe the TTC can help in bridging the city to make it more accessible. They need to start freezing fare prices or even consider lowering them in order to allow a greater number of individuals to take public transportation. And expanding routes or lines in the future to other busy, populated areas outside of downtown Toronto will help passengers reach the subway or streetcar.
Morgan’s post: Week 10 Main Blog: Bridging the City
My comment: I wish the city had more transit options that were easily accessible for people outside of the downtown area. Although I understand that because the population is heavily concentrated in certain districts in Toronto, it makes more sense to have streetcars or buses in some areas and not others. Another issue with accessibility arises with the fares. Perhaps the price is another factor in the divide. Poorer communities cannot afford to take the TTC every day, so the company reasons why have routes if people won’t use them because it’s too costly.
The “A4 Waist Challenge” has led to plenty of online controversy.
The purported “challenge”
has people checking to see if their waistline can be hidden behind the width of the paper: a span of approximately 8.3 inches, or 21 centimetres.
Being deemed a “challenge” encourages individuals to attempt it. Can a piece of A4 paper conceal their waistline?
Unfortunately, this divides people into two groups. Those who can complete the “challenge” and those who can’t. Or those who are “paper thin” versus those who are not. If you’re someone who correlates “thin” with pretty or beautiful, then this “trend” calls people out in the wrong way. If that paper doesn’t hide your waistline, you’re less beautiful than everyone else who can.
It sends the wrong message.
And when this message reaches young boys and girls, it can cause disastrous consequences.
Eating disorders are real. They’re on the rise. The “A4 Waist Challenge” will probably promote the wrong ideas, leading to life-threatening issues.
The ‘paper thin’ trend originates from China, where it was described as a ‘fitness challenge’ by the state newspaper People’s Daily.
This “fitness challenge” to put it lightly doesn’t seem very realistic. Some may regard it as impossible.
Worse what started as a “fitness challenge” has the potential to contribute to a lifetime of pain.
While I’m happy to hear that a woman turns herself in to police after autistic boy’s iPad stolen, the headline also annoys me at the same time.
The headline would have worked just fine without any mention of the boy’s disability.
Interestingly enough, the woman is not described with any other name or label. However, the boy is. This just calls even more attention to his disability, which is quite harmful.
In other contexts, I feel as though this label would draw plenty of unwarranted stereotypes, leading to further stigmatization of individuals with disabilities.