Tolls on Lower Mainland bridges

Cash strapped TransLink is looking to plug a hole in its pocket by possibly adding tolls on some bridges in Metro Vancouver. The Knight Street Bridge on the north arm of the Fraser River between Richmond and Vancouver, has the potential for charging motorists who use the span. Currently, only the Golden Ears Bridge, linking Maple Ridge and Langley, has tolls.

TransLink, the organization that operates many of the bridges in the region, needs around $130 million a year  in order to maintain costs in keeping the bridges up to code along with bus and rapid transit service, according to the Regional Transportation Commissioner.

The plan for tolls on the Knight Street Bridge have not been finalized and it may take some time to get the idea out and work with the communities that use the crossing.

Source: News1130

Possible new Green Line stop

CTA Pink Line at Quincy
CTA Pink Line at Quincy

The Chicago Sun-Times overheard the CTA talking about a new station on the Green Line near the Museum Campus and Soldier Field. While there are no plans for this stop at either Cermak Road or 18th Street in the immediate future, there is a need for a station on the Near South Side in the 2.5 mile gap between Roosevelt and 35-Bronzeville-IIT. Unfortunately, the Green Line is plagued with a few significant stretches of track where there are no stations.

Up until 1978, there was a station on Cermak Road, but was closed and removed due to budget cut backs.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

Naruto Shippuden on Disney XD

The Walt Disney Company and Viz Media have worked out a deal to broadcast Naruto Shippuden on the Disney XD channel this October.

Disney XD is a channel aimed at boys aged 6 to 10, and Disney believes that this will be a draw as Naruto Shippuden proved popular once Viz started streaming subtitled episodes earlier this year. Naruto Shippuden follows the original Naruto series, with the titular character as a teenager. The first four episodes of Naruto Shippuden are currently available on iTunes.

Disney recently purchased Marvel Entertainment back on August 31st, 2009.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Roberto Luongo Contract Update

Earlier today, Mike Gillis, Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager, confirmed that the contract for goaltender Roberto Luongo, has been finalized. The Montreal native’s 12 year contract will last through to the 2021-2022 season.

Luongo boasted a record of 33-13-7 for the 2008-2009 season, including 9 shutouts. The goaltender also holds the record for the second longest shutout in the league at just over 242 minutes; which was achieved during the same season.

Source: Vancouver Canucks

Soul Eater English Cast Update

FUNimation has updated the cast listing for the English voice actors in Soul Eater. These are the last of the main characters to be added.

Chuck Huber will be voicing Franken Stein, Brittney Karbowski as Black Star, Monica Rial as Tsubaki, John Swasey as Death, Laura Bailey as Maka, and Micah Solusod as Soul Eater Evans.

There’s no word when the English dubs of Soul Eater will be broadcast in North America.

Source: FUNimation

Naruto Shippuden on iTunes

Naruto Shippuden iTunes Cover
Naruto Shippuden iTunes Cover

Ninja fans, rejoice! Naruto Shippuden is now available for download from the iTunes store. Even though Viz is releasing the first DVD for the series at the end of September, four episodes are currently available for purchase, at $1.99 a show or $22.99 for the season (this includes any episodes that are still being broadcast for this season).

Luongo contract extension

Roberto Luongo during practice
Roberto Luongo during practice

Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks have worked out an agreement that would see the Montreal-born goaltender stay in Vancouver for the foreseeable future. Luongo was working with with the Canucks to iron out a deal before the season starts so that any discussions would not interfere with his ability to play.

Rumors state that Luongo’s new terms will have him stay with the team for 10 years with $50-60 million. The Canucks organization will not confirm the amount as per their policy on contract negotiations, but will make an announcement once all the details have been finalized.

Xbox 360 Price Drop

Xbox 360 EliteMicrosoft announced on Thursday that it will be dropping the price of the Xbox 360 Elite console to $299 USD from $399 USD. Since production has stopped on the Xbox 360 Pro model, Microsoft is cutting the price to $249 USD to clear out remaining units. The price for the Xbox 360 Arcade model, which does not include a hard drive, is still set at $199 USD.

The Xbox 360 Elite comes with a 160GB hard drive, wireless controller and headset along with a one month trial of Xbox Live Gold.

Fullmetal Alchemist volume 20

Fullmetal Alchemist vol. 20
Fullmetal Alchemist vol. 20

Fullmetal Alchemist returns to bookshelves on September 15th with volume 20 of the manga for $11.50 CAD (or $9.99 USD).

Betrayal and double-crossing are the order of the day. Greed, Pride and Envy prove to be formidable enemies, but one homunculus seems to be having pangs of–could it be?–conscience. Ominous news spreads quickly about a mysterious portal. Will this gateway help the Elric brothers regain their natural bodies? And will the gigantic underground transmutation circle be completed, leading to a major regime change? Plus, a moving reunion between Al and someone from his past! In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical “auto-mail” limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his brother and himself…the legendary Philosopher”s Stone.