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Hit over the head and blamed for falling? The curious case of Scarborough and the Toronto media

Published on June 26, 2016 By johnastapleton

When Canada first built its railways, forever remembered in the sepia photograph of the last spike, the idea was that railways spawn communities, commerce, and population growth. It was the undisputed economic model. It is precisely why, along with connecting communities, that both Canada and the United States built their railways in the first place. […]

Scarborough and the politics of resentment

Published on September 7, 2014 By johnastapleton

“Scarborough has long been seen as Toronto’s wasteland and a subway is something too expensive for an outpost like Scarborough” [1] Mary Wiens, CBC Reporter, Metro Morning, Toronto Wednesday September 3, 2014 On September 3, 2014, CBC Toronto’s Metro Morning website introduced a radio interview with one Scarborough resident in the following manner: “Scarborough Transit […]

A Train They Call the ‘District Of Scarborough’

Published on February 17, 2014 By johnastapleton

(To be sung to the tune: City of New Orleans) Riding on the ‘District of Scarborough’ Union Station, Monday morning rail Thirteen cars, two thousand restless riders Two Conductors; we don’t carry mail All along the southbound odyssey – the train pulls out of Kennedy Rolls past malls and condos made of steel Tanker cars […]

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