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  1. BBC: Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter, dies at 79
  2. Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin dies at 96
  3. ‘Die Hard’ actor, UNLV professor Clarence Gilyard dies
  4. OC Transpo have announced their winter service changes, effective 25 December: https://www.octranspo.com/en/plan-your-trip/service-changes Aside from the Severe Weather Schedule @JCL mentioned, not much is being changed aside from a short rerouting of route 62 in Stittsville. Most of the changes are schedule adjustments.
  5. CBC: Iconic Maple Leafs defenceman Börje Salming dies at 71
  6. Mickey Kuhn, the last surviving actor from Gone With the Wind, had died at age 90. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/mickey-kuhn-dead-gone-with-the-wind-child-actor-1235267180/
  7. Tracking Progress: Stage 2 LRT East meets O-Train Line 1 | OC Transpo
  8. Both OC Transpo and the STO still print paper system maps, as I just got updated copies from both agencies. However, the STO's User's Guide timetable book is no more and it looks as if OC Transpo paper timetables have come to an end too.
  9. I found some photos online of the "Ontario V" from 1992 with Linjebuss and 2002 with Göteborgs Kyrkliga Stadsmission:
  10. Interesting that the bus was signed as the 2X. The Bayshore-to-Blair run was the full length of route 2, and the 2X normally operated only as far west as Westboro Station. At the time, routes 2 and 85 were tied for the longest time taken between the terminals, at ninety minutes each. That's the reason route 12 was created in 2009 to cover the downtown-to-Blair portion of route 2, and route 106 was created in 2008 to cover the Hurdman-to-Elmvale section of route 85.
  11. I was curious about the "River Route" sign so I checked Brockville Transit's website. The route is a six-month pilot project providing commuter service between Brockville and Cardinal from Monday to Friday between 5:30 AM and 5:30 PM for $5 per ride or ten tickets for $40. The trip takes about an hour each way and stops at businesses and institutions in Maitland, Prescott and Johnstown: https://riverroute.ca/
  12. The Royal Mint have unveiled the new portrait of King Charles III to be used on British and Commonwealth coinage going forward. I think it looks quite nice, reminding me of King George VI coins: https://www.royalmint.com/stories/collect/his-majesty-the-kings-official-coinage-portrait/ The new coins go on sale to the public on Monday and I'll be ordering a set for my collection. The 50p coins will be released into circulation by December. I've subscribed to updates from the Royal Canadian Mint, the Royal Australian Mint, and NZ Post to watch for the new coins sets for those countries as well, though the RCM may not use this portrait of King Charles as they've been using Canadian-designed portraits of Queen Elizabeth since 1990.
  13. That bus would have been a 75xx bus, as the 57xx buses had the solid rearmost side window and the engine fresh air vents above it: I really wish I had a list of all the destinations on the 1970s-era rollsigns. In 1975, route 55 served the Sheffield Road industrial park, similar to route 47 today, while Golden-Byron was the western end of route 2. The rollsign in the windscreen sign "CARD. HTS-RIDEAU/SOMERSET-BYRON", which indicated that this branch of route 2 served Crownhill and Mowat Streets in Gloucester rather than Ogilvie Road and Jasmine Crescent, similar to route 23 today. http://madgic.library.carleton.ca/deposit/maps/OCTranspo/PDF/SystemMap1974.pdf BTW, the Carleton University website has been updated to add the September 2022 system map: http://madgic.library.carleton.ca/deposit/maps/OCTranspo/PDF/SystemMap2022.pdf https://library.carleton.ca/find/gis/geospatial-data/oc-transpo-transit-routes
  14. The Doobie Brothers' drummer John Hartman had died at age 72: https://bestclassicbands.com/john-hartman-doobie-brothers-obituary-founding-drummer-9-22-22/ Actress Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) has died at age 88: https://deadline.com/2022/09/louise-fletcher-dead-obituary-one-flew-over-the-cuckoos-nest-oscar-best-actress-1235126266/
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