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Morning Brew: Glen Stewart Ravine revitalization, Caesars wants TO casino, Kromer Radio closing, road rage with a hatchet, get ready for the transit of Venus

Posted by Derek Flack / May 30, 2012

Rob Ford GraffitiThe Globe has the lowdown on the revitalization of Glen Stewart Ravine in the Beaches. The 11 hectare area has been freshly outfitted with an elevated boardwalk and pedestrian bridges to improve access to (and enjoyment of) the green space. Having done some great work on Crothers' Woods in previous years, this most recent project is further reason to give kudos to the City of Toronto's Urban Forestry department.

Caesars is the latest casino to express interest in a Toronto location. No big surprise here. Even Doug Ford has this one pegged. "You say we've struck gold and all of a sudden you'll have every gold miner in North America come," he told the Sun. Sounds about right.

The Grid reports that Kromer Radio is shutting its doors after 55 years in business. The electronics store, located on Bathurst south of College since 1974, was something of a Toronto institution, but ownership and management claim that they're just tired out. Hmmm, who wants to bet that the offer from RioCan, who owns almost the entire block, was too good to pass up?

One imagines that an editor at the Star thinks he or she is rather clever for pitching this story about falling debris in the wake of an incident with an Air Canada flight. Not so much.

Steve Munro has more on the strained relationship between the TTC and Metrolinx when it comes to the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown and other LRT projects in Toronto. Of particular note is his observation that no one seems to be talking about opening the Eglinton Line in stages, something that would ease gridlock and speed up its usability. "At a minimum, this could be done in two parts (west and east of Yonge), and possibly even three (Jane to Eglinton West, then to Yonge, then to Kennedy)," he writes. "Lines are built and opened in stages all over the world, and nothing (except possibly obstinacy) prevents this from happening here."

Road rage reaches new heights! A school bus driver wielded a hatchet against a fellow driver after an incident near Islington and Dixon roads. There were no kids on the bus, but perhaps these things shouldn't come as standard issue on such vehicles?

Here's something to put on your radar. On June 5th, we'll get a chance to see the transit of Venus, which won't happen again for until 2117. Let's hope that the weather cooperates and that hordes of people don't go blind searching for the tiny black dot. Head to Varsity stadium for a group viewing op. There's even free "transit glasses" up for grabs!


What better way to start your day than with a little Romantic Traffic? Check out the old Gloucester trains and those yellow Vitrolite tiles at Bloor Station — swoon! Thank you, Spoons.


Photo by Barbs-- in the blogTO Flickr pool



Axe in face / May 30, 2012 at 08:39 am
With kids today, an axe is the least school bus drivers should be given.
Yo Guy / May 30, 2012 at 08:47 am
Axe body spray is the best. It's lady bait for sure.
Jay / May 30, 2012 at 10:09 am
BlogTO just can't help themselves. What a complete hack of a site and a total embarresment to the city. No story about the Mayor today but you have to lead with a picture taking a shot at him. Lame hipsters at "work" again.
Tommy replying to a comment from Jay / May 30, 2012 at 10:31 am
Whine whine whine. Look at you being angry.
Pk replying to a comment from Jay / May 30, 2012 at 10:34 am
You couldn't help yourself either, eh? Another Wednesday, another troll...
jen replying to a comment from Jay / May 30, 2012 at 10:36 am
You spelled "embarrassment" wrong.
Dee Dee replying to a comment from jen / May 30, 2012 at 10:40 am
Dee Dee / May 30, 2012 at 10:51 am
For someone who hates BlogTo so much, Jay sure spends a lot of time here commenting ad nauseum about how much he hates BlogTo.
Pk replying to a comment from Dee Dee / May 30, 2012 at 11:10 am
haters gonna hate.
LJ replying to a comment from Pk / May 30, 2012 at 11:15 am
Jay does have a point tho.
Joe / May 30, 2012 at 11:24 am
Why does transit expansion in this city always have to be such a dramatic and wasteful experience for everyone involved?
leslie / May 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm
looking forward to see how the toronto casinoissue will be sorted. honestly, I can't see a single reason why we're letting this kind of business in, Toronto is not a damn Utah. hope the authorities come to their senses asap.
Rob / May 30, 2012 at 12:43 pm
I'm surprised this story didn't make the cut this morning.

You know things are seriously wrong over at the TPS when only the public supports this guy.
Johnny Tronno replying to a comment from Joe / May 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm
Why is all talk about transit expansion all talk and no expansion?
MrsPotato replying to a comment from Jay / May 30, 2012 at 02:09 pm
Hipster whine.

Go put your fedora on, grab your apple laptop, head to a patio, and chill out with a micro brew.
Pk replying to a comment from MrsPotato / May 30, 2012 at 02:22 pm
speaking of trolls...
incorrectly replying to a comment from jen / May 30, 2012 at 11:43 pm
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