Morning Brew: Toronto polled on casino, St. Lawrence market world's best, dealing with info pillars, TDSB, CBC and NFB job cuts, Toronto FC lose and Raptors win
How would you feel about a new casino resort in Toronto? Where should it go? How do you feel about Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam? How about Rob Ford? Those are all vital questions to whoever hired a telephone market research company to poll Toronto homes last night. One question might provide a hint as to a possible location, though none of the options are particularly surprising. Meanwhile, Ontario finance minister Dwight Duncan says a casino referendum could be in the cards.
Who knows if its the clam chowder from Buster's Sea Cove or the peameal bacon sandwiches from Carousel Bakery. Whatever your preference, the St. Lawrence Market is the best food market in the world according to a top 10 list published by National Geographic. New York's Union Square Foodmarket came in second while London's famous Borough Market was ranked tenth.
We already know the City can't kill or redesign the irritating new-style info pillars strewn around town, but there could be some room to move on where the posts are placed. According to Spacing, the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee have come up with a series of placement guidelines that prohibit blocking the flow of pedestrians, protect sight lines and promise to re-install any displaced lock-and-ring bike posts.
The Toronto District School Board plans to cut 200 high-school teaching jobs, 134 office staff and 17 elementary vice principals to cover a projected $109 million budget shortfall. Howard Goodman from the TDSB says the cuts will put the board in line with staff levels at other Ontario schools.
More job losses and program cuts are expected over at the CBC/Radio-Canada to cope with a decrease in funding from the recent provincial budget. Perhaps the most noticeable changes could be at CBC Radio 2, which may carry ads to help plug the cash shortfall. The National Film Board isn't faring well either. Thank you, Stephen Harper.
A small section Bayview Avenue is now open south of King and Queen Streets, allowing drivers and bikers access to developments at Underpass Park, Don River Park and Lawren Harris Square. The Star has a preview of what the map will look like when construction in the new neighbourhood is complete.
OpenFile has dug up an award-winning animated GIF (yes, they have awards for such things) that shows the Raptors mascot rollerskating down a flight of stairs and face-planting onto the court. If you haven't seen it already, it's well worth a watch.
IN OTHER NEWS:
- Toronto FC suffers second-half letdown, loses 6-2 to Santos [The Star]
- Raptors beat Sixers for third straight win [Globe and Mail]
- Woman arrested for assault based on Facebook photo [The Star]
- Suspicious package found outside former home of Byron Sonne [National Post]
- Restaurateur charged after scuffle with alleged thief [CBC]
- TTC won't remove controversial ads [The Star]