Sandy Smith
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has floated the idea of making transit fare-free. (Photo by Thomas Hawk / CC BY-NC 2.0)

Sept. 2, 2020

(Photo by Thomas Hawk / CC BY-NC 2.0)

Welcome to “The Mobile City,” our weekly roundup of noteworthy transportation developments.

Joshua DeVries
Bologna Transit

September 9, 2020

Among the few positive aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, some localities have taken the impressive step of implementing free transit. Several cities in Ohio, including Akron, Canton, Toledo and Youngstown announced free fares as of March 16. Towns in Vermont and Nevada have done so as well. Unfortunately, local officials are quite clear that these are only temporary for health purposes and will be reversed once it is “safe.”


Posted By: Tim Heffernan and Martin Lebrun, Ontario and BC Educators
 Teachers of 2020 - Heidie Ambrose


They say that school days are the best days of our lives. This may be debatable at the best of times. But as the topic of this year’s return to school dominates media and family discussions, one thing is certain: everything is uncertain.

CBC Radio Ideas

 Sep 11, 2020

[Editor: Very worth listening to.]


Author George Monbiot points toward a new way of conceptualizing the common good and forging a politics of belonging in his book, Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis. (Dave Stelfox/Verso Books)

Rosa Pavanelli
Make our Public Services Great Again - protest sign

September 11, 2020

From tech-billionaires to socialist leaders, Universal Basic Income (UBI) has caught the imagination of many across the political spectrum. This mechanism, which would give everyone regular cash payments that are enough to live on, regardless of income or work status, is increasingly promoted as a key policy to maintain social stability and ensure a decent standard of living.

Amy Judd

September 10, 2020

[See video at link.] Court ruling on private healthcare challenge

The B.C. Supreme court has ruled private healthcare is not a constitutional right if wait times are too long in a years-long case that will likely have implications across Canada’s health-care system.

Dan Fumano

Aug 15, 2020

Will Gov't Act to Curb Housing Crisis?

Canada's housing shortage is almost at a "crisis level," said the CEO of an investment firm that owns dozens of B.C. apartment buildings. "The good news for investors is there is no easy solution in sight.”

In early March, Mark Goodman flew to Toronto to meet with CEOs of six of that city’s  seven biggest institutional investors in multi-family residential real estate.


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