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Morning Brew: Condos planned for King and Spadina are too tall, city's "snitch" line pays off, low-income private school proposed, Lottomax winners finally get their money and Versteeg is traded to the Flyers

Posted by Brianne Hogan / February 15, 2011

Condos KingLooks like the scuttlebutt about condos going up at King and Spadina is true. Developers are in the early-stages of planning a series of properties surrounding the LCBO outlet on the corner of King Street and Spadina Avenue that would turn what's now a suburban-style store into a 39-storey, 443-unit condo tower that would incorporate a brick heritage building and feature futuristic, solar-energy-harnessing windows and a green roof. You'd think by adding a heritage site and one of those green roofs would make the city happy, but oh no. Councillor Adam Vaughan says the building is "too tall," which is odd considering his love for tall buildings.

Sometimes it pays off to be a tattler. Sort of. The city's hotline for fraud and waste has exposed city employees who uploaded inappropriate videos of co-workers on to the Internet during corporate time, faked sick days and solicited donations for a non-existent Christmas party. The misconduct resulted in losses of more than $85,000 to the city, but only $2,200 has been recovered so far, according to the report, which will be discussed at an audit committee meeting February 22.

Plans to open a private school for kids from low-income families who would work to pay tuition is making headway in Toronto. Father Joseph Redican, president of St. Michael's College School, once ran a Cristo Rey school in inner city Detroit and wants to bring the model here. Students would work one day a week to pay their tuition and attend longer days the other four to make up. Redican says the placements do more than cover tuition costs -- students gain important job skills and experience. I'm sure it's a great idea, but it seems a little "Oliver Twist-y" to me.

This is why I don't do these work lottery pools. So winners of a $50-million Lotto Max jackpot are finally cashing in -- more than a month after the draw with the two groups fighting over the prize finally agreeing to split the pot. The lottery corporation will pay out $31.7 million today to a group of 19 Bell employees. They are the original winners who validated their New Year's Eve ticket back in January. The other group will have to wait for a court to decide if they're entitled to any cash.


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who is / February 15, 2011 at 08:55 am
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who is / February 15, 2011 at 08:56 am
What a great review! I wanted to get one immediately after reading your review.
geg replying to a comment from who is / February 15, 2011 at 08:57 am
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RBeezy / February 15, 2011 at 09:44 am
That Christo Rey tuition model sounds like indentured servitude.
Daniel .. Toronto - @dandmb50 / February 15, 2011 at 09:47 am
39 stories isn't too bad at all but the one their building at Gerrard/Yonge and Bloor/Yonge are way too much. I think the one at Gerrard is going to be around 90 stories, and same with Bloor, but can the infrastructure handle it?
These tall buildings are great, but the density is just way too much for the area.
Does anyone know what the one at <b>Gerrard/Yonge</b> will be?

<b><i>Daniel .. </b></i>

JLankford replying to a comment from Daniel .. Toronto - @dandmb50 / February 15, 2011 at 09:55 am
Hi Daniel, according to the Urban Toronto thread on 'Aura' (tower name) will be 75 stories high.

Personally, I think 39 stories for King/Spadina is perfect, and large towers up and tower Yonge St are more than welcomed. Density has to begin with building first. Have to give people a place to live and work.
aeiou / February 15, 2011 at 10:15 am


the condo at Yonge and Bloor is called One Bloor http://www.1bloor.com/ The podium will be seven (7) floors comprising of high-end retail stores plus several amenities for the occupants of the condo. Ontop the podium will be a many residences to yield a total of 70 floors.

the condo at Yonge and Gerrard is called the Aura. http://www.collegeparkcondos.com/ it will boast 75 floors, in total, with over 100 retail stores in the multi-storey podium. the Aura will have a direct link to College station and there's future plans of extending the PATH from Atrium on Bay up to Aura. the penthouse suite on the 75th floor is 1 056 square metres (11 370 square feet) which is noticeably larger than the two (2) level penthouse at the Shangril-La boutique hotel / condo at Adeliade and University.

Sean / February 15, 2011 at 10:27 am
Okay, maybe I am missing something here but, instead of opening a private high school for low income students, why not just give low income students bursaries to attend St. Michael's College?

I went to St. Michael's College and my sister went to Bishop Strachan. Granted, my family was more middle than low income but, we received the benefit of bursaries which covered a large portion of our costs. Wouldn't it just be cheaper to just give out larger bursaries instead of opening a whole new school?

How many students would even attend that school anyway?
stmikes@jesus.com / February 15, 2011 at 10:39 am
A priest wants kids to work, and hand over their money, so they can support a religious school. Ha ha.
Sean replying to a comment from stmikes@jesus.com / February 15, 2011 at 10:51 am
You could look at it that way or, you could just look at the religious aspect as a minor inconvenience.

Many people attend religious schools even though they themselves are not religious or do not follow a particular school's religion.
John / February 15, 2011 at 11:05 am
Ahhh Adam Vaughan. "Height anywhere but in my ward, and while we're at it let's set arbitrary toothless height restrictions that we will use to wring $$$ out of developers"

New construction from Spadina to Jarvis and the Lake to just North of Bloor should be at minimum 20 stories. Developers and communitiy members should provide sold reasoning why any development should be shorter than this, not why it should be higher.
jose naway / February 15, 2011 at 11:23 am
"This is why I don't do these work lottery pools."

Because you don't want to wait six weeks to claim $1,668,421.05?

That would be rather inconvenient I guess.
Sean replying to a comment from jose naway / February 15, 2011 at 11:28 am
I think it has more to do with the fighting and the whole "wait until my court date to see if I get a dime" part.
Judylicious replying to a comment from John / February 15, 2011 at 01:03 pm
John's got it. This is Vaughan's game, and he has no qualms about admitting that openly. He's convinced that wringing a few hundred thousand out of a developer in exchange for an extra 10-20 floors is a net profit for the Ward/neighbourhood/city. I disagree. Many who see what an untidy mish-mash King West has become disagree. Thinking of the bottom line first, Adam, is not city building.
CandyVag / February 15, 2011 at 01:52 pm
Anybody else find it coincidental that:

1) we have a new mayor who is very vocal about privatizing public services and killing transit city, and
2) since Ford was elected, TTC and City Workers Behaving Badly is all over the front pages of The Sun, Metro and 24-Hours?

It's pretty clear that Ford and the media are aligning Torontonians against the TTC and city workers. And unfortunately, it looks like it's working.
mike m replying to a comment from CandyVag / February 15, 2011 at 02:35 pm
well hopefully most people are better informed and dont take the Sun etc seriously.
50 cases were found by the report out of 30,000 employees, if you ask me thats pretty good isnt it?

They came out with 86 thousnad in fraud, yet it costs over 2 million to run the program. Gravy anyone?

People need to have their voices heard before there city services are delivered by private enterprise whos only concern is a profit for stockholders
Piro21 replying to a comment from CandyVag / February 16, 2011 at 12:42 am
Torontonians were upset with TTC workers long before Ford got to office and they'll be against them long after he's gone.
iSkyscraper / February 16, 2011 at 02:40 am
The newest rental towers under construction in Jersey City are 50 stories. Chicago is completing two downtown rental apartment towers of 42 and 50 stories. The newest rental tower in downtown Manhattan is 76 stories. Need I go on? Toronto's fear of heights is ridiculous -- 39 stories at a downtown intersection, on top of two rail transit lines (one an actual almost-LRT), is puny by comparison. Stop being so stumpy, T.O.

And Adam, I expected better of you.
GTo / February 16, 2011 at 07:15 am
39 stories on that corner makes total sense. There are several massive towers either just finished (theLightbox building being one) just a few doors down King. What the area could use, is more Creative office space. There is a shortage of space in that area for the kind of businesses that should be coming in and expanding. It's way too difficult to build new office space in Toronto, and city council's unsavory relationship with these condo developers will choke off the neighbourhood's ability to employ itself.
Shawn replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / February 16, 2011 at 07:49 am
You expected better out of someone who had a 12 million dollar 40-bed homeless shelter built?

And @CandyVag, where were you before Ford was elected? I don't remember people being thrilled with TTC workers then, either.
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sophieb / April 10, 2012 at 02:37 am
I want to know more about this.Is this school is mixed or not?.To know more about private school:http://www.sunnybrookschool.com/blog/
Mr. Heavyfoot replying to a comment from stmikes@jesus.com / April 10, 2012 at 04:57 am
This IS nothing but Christofascist bullshit, and then some, as well as indentured servitude. You're right on the money about bursars being given to students that need it, and this have to be prevented somehow.
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