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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

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 5, 2012

MB Bus RideHow 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.


"Highway" by John Elmslie in the BlogTO Flickr pool.



glenn storey / April 5, 2012 at 08:48 am
st lawrence? really? give me marche jean talon any day.
Love / April 5, 2012 at 09:12 am
Proud of st Lawrence market best market in the world bar none.

Also ifusion is owned by nick kovalis wife so that mystery is solved. Is campaigning this early in the game legal?
canmark / April 5, 2012 at 09:13 am
Who's conducting (ie. paying for) the casino survey? Aren't they trying to bias people by saying "If the casino resulted in 1000's of jobs created, how would you feel about the casino now?" Might they not have also asked, "If the casino resulted in 1000's of people becoming addicted to gambling, marriages and families destroyed, how would you feel about the casino now?" And of the many city councillors, why is only Wong-Tam's favorability asked about?
Salty / April 5, 2012 at 09:13 am
For the CBC cuts, i think you meant the Federal budget (and not provincial)... and yes, thank you Stephen Harper.
John / April 5, 2012 at 09:17 am
What if I told you a casino would create 1,000 jobs? What about 10,000 jobs? What about a MILLION jobs? A MILLION JOBS, YOU PINKO!
Paul / April 5, 2012 at 09:20 am
ok, bring on the haters, but I don't think St. Lawrence is the best market in the world. I love it dearly, and most of the merchants are great, but the bakeries are chains (Future?!), the lunches offered are mostly stuff-on-a-bun. Borough Mkt in London has fantastic restaurants attached, fish mongers galore and flowers for days. Maybe this is like the Olympics: rotating honours?
MrPotato / April 5, 2012 at 09:25 am
How about the first ever Casino/Ferris Wheel? You get on the Ferris wheel and play slot machines until you run out of money! DoFo get this gem of an idea to RoFo STAT!
auditorydamage / April 5, 2012 at 09:32 am
Nice push-poll. Odds that the results will pop up on the front page of the Sun first?

Religious promo is tolerable (if annoying), but the ad that counselled prayer as a response to possible child abuse/neglect is *dangerous*. Kids who are being abused and neglected by their parents need to *tell a human*, not make wishes. Magical thinking won't do shit for real-world problems.
Here we go... / April 5, 2012 at 09:43 am
Cue Selfloathing torontonians explaining how the National geographic is wrong because they personally preferred the market somewhere that they travelled to and take their home city for granted. Ever consider that you preferred the other market because it was exciting and new
Chris / April 5, 2012 at 09:51 am
I got the push poll last night, mine came from Cesar Palacio as they asked what my opinion of him was.
this town / April 5, 2012 at 10:04 am
Let's put the casino on a ferris wheel that will take you to a monorail that goes into a tunnel and it's called a subway.
mark replying to a comment from Paul / April 5, 2012 at 10:09 am
I think they are speaking specifically about the farmers market on saturday.
Anon11 / April 5, 2012 at 10:13 am
It's a great that all those public sector jobs are cut.
Why on earth would the CBC be shielded from having to compete with private media. I do hope that those spending cuts will be reflected in tax cuts too.
109 million shortfall for TDSB made up for with 200 job cuts?
That 545K a pop, it's good to be a civil servant, isn't it?
Oh, I see the pinkos going for my throat...
I'm an Artist / April 5, 2012 at 10:18 am
I find the "Be Compassionate, Be Vegetarian" ads from the soyf*ckers more annoying than the religions ones. They've got it all wrong anyway, properly seasoned cats and dogs taste just fine.
Chris replying to a comment from Anon11 / April 5, 2012 at 10:33 am
Anon 11, you're an idiot if you think that 200 staff at TDSB average 545k in compensation, especially when the cuts are going to be teaching staff. You must not know jack squat about the education system if you think teachers make anywhere near that kind of money.

As for the St. Lawrence market thing, hey, I think that's great. No doubt the typical Toronto self-loathing thing is tiresome - the funny thing is, even in those cities in which the self-loathing Torontonians are so fond of comparing us to, you'll find tons of people living there who also routinely crap on their "world-class" cities as well. I guess it just reflects people who can't be happy no matter where they are - always looking with envy at what others appear to have. Instead of feeling honoured that our city's market was recognized by such a prestigious publication, instead they spend their time dumping on the results, as if it can't be possible that National Geographic could come to that conclusion.

A sad way to live, if you ask me.

Pk replying to a comment from Chris / April 5, 2012 at 10:44 am
Self-loathing Toronto hate? That's harsh. I for one love the market, but I'm aware that there are bigger/better markets in the world. Doesn't mean I hate the city. A critical eye doesn't amount to hate.
mark replying to a comment from Chris / April 5, 2012 at 10:47 am
you fucking nailed it!
darcy replying to a comment from Chris / April 5, 2012 at 10:58 am
"You must not know jack squat about the education system"

You might want to go back to school yourself mate.
Chris replying to a comment from Pk / April 5, 2012 at 11:00 am
I have no problem with someone disputing National Geogrpahic's findings - hell, its simply their opinion. I wasn't claiming it was the final word on the subject.

No, my issue is with the folks who simply refuse to believe that anything in this city could be worthy of recognition. And believe me, there are plenty of those both here and elsewhere in Canada. Hell, just read the comments on this board from time to time. After all, its fine to suggest that you would come to a different conclusion than National Geographic, but why not show some civic pride and recognize its an honour nonetheless? That's what I take issue with, with many people in this City. New Yorkers (as an example) can be as self-critical about their city as anyone, but you never doubt their civic pride. Why can't we express more of that here, instead of just immediately dumping on any recognition we get?

My comment wasn't directed at you specifically, but if you felt it was, then maybe you need to consider if in fact you are merely a "critical thinker" as you claim, or if you actually are one of those self-loathing Torontonians I was directing my comments to.

Pk / April 5, 2012 at 11:10 am
i'm not.
Pabst and Doobs replying to a comment from Chris / April 5, 2012 at 11:16 am
Dude, we're all hipsters on this board. Our content is "ironic".
Canadian Taxpayer / April 5, 2012 at 11:21 am
Thank you Mr. Harper for starting to reign in the out of control government spending, including the CBC. If only your government hadn't been the source of much of the overspending in the first place.
michael / April 5, 2012 at 11:43 am
do people REALLY think that due to all these layoffs and cuts they are going to personally see a dime? Your Taxes will not be lowered , your pay cheque will not rise - The quality of life in Canada will take a nose dive
overstatement much? replying to a comment from michael / April 5, 2012 at 11:50 am
I was totally with you up until the quality of life in canada will take a nose dive? because of cuts at cbc? it sucks but quality of life nosediving? are you absolutely sure?
Chris replying to a comment from Pk / April 5, 2012 at 11:51 am
Happy to know that. Cheers :)

belvedere replying to a comment from Pk / April 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm
speaking of critical eyes, why were comments disabled on the latest street style?
belvedere / April 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm
yo chris, u have a problem w answering questions?
Mr. Heavyfoot replying to a comment from Chris / April 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm
Is it possible that these people who can't be happy about Toronto can be persuaded to go and live in the other world-class cities that they compare Toronto to in such a disparaging manner, and NEVER FRACKING COME BACK HERE?
boris moris / April 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm
National Geographic? I hate to be the one to break this to you Toronto...That ain't your daddy's National Geographic.
NG is now a hard right piece of crap. It's so right wing it only wipes it's ass with Canadian federal cabinet ministers.
Their TV channel is full of drug war propaganda and prison programs. It sucks harder than Mammoboy at a Frod family feckfest. It couldn't be any more fascist if it stuck Stephen Harper up it's ass and whistled Dixie while wearing lederhosen and pointy white hats.
Mark / April 5, 2012 at 01:47 pm

They wouldn't show your documentary on how to fuck your dog huh?
CanoeDave / April 5, 2012 at 02:00 pm
There needs to be much more press coverage of how the School Board spends money. Every paper in Toronto has a City Hall reporter but only the Sun has a School Board reporter. My big question about the cuts is why all the cuts seem to be in the Schools and there are no cuts in Mangement. If the Board is trying to protect education shouldn't they start at head office and protect the Schools?
get well soon? replying to a comment from boris moris / April 5, 2012 at 02:16 pm
what does any of that have to do with food markets?
boris moris replying to a comment from get well soon? / April 5, 2012 at 02:49 pm
Oy.For some..too late schmart.

Have a gander at "news" online and you'll get a clue about how much Uncle Sam covets Canada and how much he needs a sellout PM like Harper to tend the 51st state. Blob Frod was Harper's Great Fat Hope until Hiz Lardship showed us all how fat white trash get down with their peeps.

In recovery mode, the con spin meisters are calling in markers. The NG nod is their way of saying: "Hey everybody...look at how great TO is and BTW...we're implying it's a well run city too." Same old pushy journohackism.

Hey buddy. Too true. However..they're considering the one where I fuck the dog and the pups all look like your mother.
curious george replying to a comment from boris moris / April 5, 2012 at 03:56 pm
what does any of that have to do with food markets?
get well soon? replying to a comment from boris moris / April 5, 2012 at 04:23 pm
I think I get it now. thanks for the clarification tin foil head.
boris moris replying to a comment from curious george / April 5, 2012 at 04:38 pm
"what does any of that have to do with food markets?"

This is how an alcoholic clownshoe gets elected as Mayor of Porktown. The narrow focus of those who haven't managed to escape being in thrall to the journohackery of mainstream media is evident in that question.

In other words: Beware of Creeps (NG) bearing "gifts"

Are you naive enough to imagine that right wing interests aren't constantly fucking with the mass media message/propaganda delivery service in order to turn minds to mush?

Give your god damn head a shake and travel outside your comfort zone once in a while. Read the Village Voice or Le Figaro. I've been to markets in Asia and South America that kick Toronto markets where the sun don't shine.

Now I'm going to climb on my 24 spd oxygen machine and ride out to Kits. That's right..I live in Vancouver but love Toronto culture. I'm fond of telling friends that while the GVA has half the population of the has barely a tenth of the culture.
boris moris replying to a comment from get well soon? / April 5, 2012 at 04:41 pm
It's so nice to be acknowledged by one of Blob Frod's used vodka soaked Snicker's supposiTORYS.
get well soon? replying to a comment from boris moris / April 5, 2012 at 04:43 pm
okay out to lunchwit. I campaigned for pantelone, peter tabuns and craig scott. Politics has nothing to do with it.
Mr. Heavyfoot replying to a comment from get well soon? / April 5, 2012 at 07:40 pm
Don't feed the troll, all right? I've given up on doing so with this fool two weeks ago, he's an idiot and doesn't know what the frack he's saying half of the time. He's just spewing a ton of tinfoil hat bullshit and body fascism, and I seriously doubt that he's as healthy as he said he was to me. He sure as frack knows nothing about National Geographic!
Hogtowner / April 5, 2012 at 09:07 pm
For those who question NG's choice lets look at a few facts. They were addressing FOOD MARKETS, not bazzaars, not flea markets , not second hand articles!!!! Please inform where cheese shops in other markets have hundreds of different types from many different countries as well as several hundred bread types and from different ehtnic backgrounds or fish and seafood that comes from the east coast every day or many farmers who travel in for the Saturday Market. Let me recount a story told about someone who was on a Luftansa flight and was flicking through their inflight magazine. She came across an article written by a Luftansa pilot who said the St. Lawrence Market was one of his favourite places in the world. I have spoken to numerous travel journalists who would agree with NG. Food and Wine also came up with a list several years ago and SLM was there and there have been other organizations as well. Remember the United Nations awarded Toronto the title as the most culturely diverse city in the world and this Market offers a selection that is hard to beat!!!
boris moris replying to a comment from get well soon? / April 6, 2012 at 02:17 pm
"I campaigned for pantelone, peter tabuns and craig scott"

Wow...there's obviously not much that shames you. You must be the guy that hoses down Hiz Lardship after he's done fisting his executive committee.

Well...that's Boris sorted then. I should just become a flatulent fatty and get plugged into some "reality" TV. Pull up a barrel of dead animals, a gallon of sugar water and a La-Z-Boy and give up on learning anything useful. Why stay fit and healthy when there's so much self loathing willful ignorance to "enjoy"?
Lol / April 7, 2012 at 01:59 pm
Wow I always being absolutely fucking miserable was a con thing. Proven wrong yet again. Cheer up tin foil head.
boris moris / April 7, 2012 at 03:41 pm
"Wow I always being absolutely fucking miserable was a con thing"

Too true.
What do you do for an encore? March a platoon of drunk gasbags into the mayor's pretend subway tunnel?
Aaron replying to a comment from glenn storey / April 8, 2012 at 09:28 pm
Or Atwater. St. Lawrence is only a real market one day a week.
Mr. Heavyfoot replying to a comment from Lol / April 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm
What the frack did I say about feeding this stupid troll?
boris moris replying to a comment from Mr. Heavyfoot / April 9, 2012 at 01:05 pm
You should at least attempt to make yourself more "compact" around your intellectual betters, Heavyfoot. No one wants to have to deal with the sight of so much sagging they?

Why just the other day I saw a large person wearing a tiny was so slimming and their bulk didn't make me gag with displeasure at their presence. It helped they they also STFU the whole time their bloated carcass was within earshot.
Not even a squishy jiggle, grunt or fart.
boris moris / June 17, 2013 at 06:20 pm
Oh hey..check it out. A year later and so much more crack addled mayoring in Old Hog Town. Face facts all you fat farts...even you progressive ones. Obesity is a major sign of weakness. Mental weakness. Trying to "protect" people from the truth of that is how fat assholes like Ford and Harper get elected. If you consider yourself a progressive...and you're a fat fart... then you need a major reality check. Fat people are, at best, emotionally crippled and, at worst, thoughtless moronic gluttons with a death wish. Shape up you lard assed cretins or kiss Canada goodbye because the christofascists are in charge and they won't stop fucking with Canada until it becomes Texas.
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