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Fire Disrupts Queen Street West

At around 2:30 a.m. today a fire started at a demolition site at 278 Queen Street West and moved into an adjacent HMV store. Over twenty fire trucks were eventually called to the scene to bring the blaze under control.

Queen Street West is still closed around the area of the fire. 501 Queen streetcars will divert via Spadina, King and Church and shuttle buses will make up the difference.

This Star article has more details but mentions that the 502 Downtowner route to McCaul is unaffected. Given that the 502 streetcar is offline, replaced by a diversion of the 501 up Kingston Road while trackwork continues through the Beaches, one wonders if the TTC spokesperson made a mistake, or if the TTC is operating special streetcar service to McCaul loop.

(Update 11:36): The fire has been extinguished and is now under investigation. Contrary to earlier fears, it does not look as though the affected buildings need to be demolished. Queen Street has reopened and streetcar service through the area has resumed.

Weston Prepares to Face Down Blue 22

One week before the highly anticipated public information meeting, the Toronto Star has another article on the Weston community’s concerns over the proposed high-speed rail link between Union Station and Pearson Airport.

Interest from the community shut down the earlier public meeting on the project when 1,000 people showed up at a building that could only hold 300. The rescheduled meeting will take place 6:30 p.m. next Thursday at the Faith Sanctuary Pentecostal Church at 1901 Jane Street. This a venue that can hold up to 3,000 people.

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