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Morning Brew: July 17th, 2008

Posted by Jerrold Litwinenko / July 17, 2008

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Your Toronto morning news roundup for Thursday July 17th, 2008:

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be giving away free tickets to a pre-season game in September. This is a good move on their part, since it's become apparent that if you can't afford to show up wearing a designer suit, you can't likely afford to buy a ticket. For one day only, the ACC will actually be filled with the everyday sports fans.

An Ikea showroom will soon be opening at the corner of King and Church. It won't be a traditional store in that you won't pick up your furniture there. Instead you'll order and get delivery (presumably from one of the other locations outside of the downtown core). Looks like Leon's at the roundhouse will have some competition for downtown condo dwellers' particleboard coin.

A trial girls-only sexual education program for grade 7/8 students at a Waterloo school is getting great reviews. The same concept, applied to boys the same age, hasn't even been attempted because even as adults we giggle too much when the topic of sex comes up


The Hudson Bay Company, Canada's longest running company, has been purchased by a U.S.-based conglomerate. The flagship location south of the Eaton Centre may someday soon include a Zellers and a Lord & Taylor.

The massive Lakeview power plant that was torn down a couple of years ago won't be replaced by a new plant. Could this mean that people will get a park with a lake view instead? That would be much nicer use of the land.

Reader picks for Toronto in the travel section of the New York Times have been published. I can't say much about their hotel recommendations, but their picks for things to do (other than Kensington Pedestrian Sundays) seem a little dry. I also have to wonder if the long journey up to Kenny's Gourmet in Richmond Hill for Chinese food is worth the effort. Anyone ever eaten there, and care to comment?



Ben / July 17, 2008 at 08:39 am
Richmond Hill isn't even Toronto. The best Chinese food is at Cafe 668. There is no need to leave the city.
Ryan L. / July 17, 2008 at 09:00 am
There is plenty of reason for a tourist to be in that part of the city. Canada's Wonderland and Vaughn Mills Mall are both around the corner.
Mark Dowling / July 17, 2008 at 09:02 am
"Could this mean that people will get a park with a lake view instead? That would be much nicer use of the land."

This was a deeply cynical announcement, where Smitherman gets to announce no plant but some flack from the Ontario Power Authority will be wheeled out to take the heat when they finally commit to a site somewhere else in Mississauga. I would have had respect from Smitherman if he had made both announcements together, but he's not that kind of politician I feel.
Ratpick / July 17, 2008 at 09:03 am
Re: Lakeview.

Okay, so where is the next new power plant going to be located?
RBeezy / July 17, 2008 at 09:06 am
oooh....free Maple Laffs tickets to a meaningless preseason game featuring third-stringers!

to quote another poster on another site: "how about a free Stanley Cup instead?"

HBC was already Yank owned before this sale, no big deal there anymore.
Dave / July 17, 2008 at 09:17 am
It's great that they want to turn a former plant site into a park. Really swell. But we need more power plants - we needed them years ago.

Doesn't it make more sense to keep a place where infrastructure (ie. transmission lines, towers, etc,.) has already been run doing the job it was meant to do? I get it that ratepayers around the area don't want it - "Not in my backyard" - but it was there before, they knew it when they bought their property. So now it has to be foisted into someone else's backyard? How likely are those people to welcome it?

Silliness. Pure and simple.
Ratpick / July 17, 2008 at 09:23 am
...and don't large-scale power plants typically locate next to a body of water?
guy lafleur / July 17, 2008 at 09:47 am
The article says the new plant will be in "south mississauga and oakville"

The only things in that area are very large homes (with walled compounds!) on the Oakville side and these massive petrochemical-looking plants on the Mississauga side. I'm assuming the power plant will be located around/within the latter site, to few complaints, as the area is already blighted.
Ratpick / July 17, 2008 at 10:04 am
Re: Lakeview

You know, maybe I read too much about the post-peak-oil world, but I'll bet you that in a much more localized future, we're going to need some of the lakefront for industry again. It can't all be condos, dog parks, and marinas full of plastic pleasure boats.
m / July 17, 2008 at 11:18 am
Great, lakeview (905) gets their power plant replaced by a park. But (416) got a <a href="http://www.insidetoronto.ca/News/Beach/article/50976";>new gas powered plant in the port lands</a>. I'd sure like a park, too.

But, as action demonstrates, the province hates the city. In the mean time, now that lakeview is gone, I guess 905 will be sucking on 416's energy while simultaneously enjoying their park.

OTOH, Today is a smog day, and I'm glad they blew up the coal menace that was lakeview.
guy lafleur / July 17, 2008 at 11:51 am
m, stop being so petty. The new plant that was to take the place of Lakeview is being located elsewhere in the "905". I can't believe your provincialism. I wonder if people in Niagara Falls get uppity about all the power the GTA takes from the hydroelectric stations there?

Anway, I look forward to the easy access to the new portlands power plant we'll get when the Gardiner is taken down.
serotonin / July 17, 2008 at 11:55 am
Re: RBeezy

Exactly. This "free" Leafs game won't be much different then a Marlies game, as pre-season games in any sport are for 3rd-4th stringers and minor leaguers to prove their worth. Although, the Leafs don't really have any stars anyway.

If they really wanted to do something they should've done this for the home opener, but then the suits would complain, oh the poor suits.
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