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Morning Brew: How to save Riverdale Farm, reaction to the death of Neil "Wheels" Hope, Jonathan Kay responds to being "Gawkified," changes for the GO

The race is on to save Riverdale Farm, and local residents have begun to brainstorm ways to to fund the Farm in the future. The most popular suggestions so far include movie nights, guided tours, and having a pub on-site. What are some of the more out-there suggestions? Building a casino or using it as a medical marijuana farm. The community must present a business plan to the City by June for review.

Sad news about "Degrassi" alum Neil "Wheels" Hope spread across the Toronto interwebs yesterday when it was reported that he died almost five years ago from what's being called natural causes at the age of 35 (that doesn't sound natural, if you think about it). Post City featuresfans reaction to the news, including tweets from Kevin Smith and Ed the Sock, plus a classic song from the Zit Remedy.

Jonathan Kay hits back aftert being "Gawkified" over his recent Toronto Life essay on the "almost rich." Ugh. Bad idea. The thing that Kay apparently misunderstands is that he didn't write the story he describes in his response to Gawker's criticism, which actually would have been a worthwhile article to pursue. Instead, he — or Toronto Life's editors — decided that writing about "fixed costs" wasn't interesting enough and decided instead to profile people who blow thousands of dollars each month on clothing and wine while also hinting at how hard they have it.

The GO is undergoing some changes. Not only will fares increase starting tomorrow, but 10-ride and two-ride tickets will be phased out after June 1, 2012 and will be replaced by PRESTO cards. The GO also experienced an increase in daily ridership, jumping from 48,000 to 58,000 in the last five years, which probably explains the doubling of parking tickets at GO stations.

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