Morning Brew: Matlow's hockey fight is over, Gardiner gets inspected, a new streetcar line, the Real Jerk says adieu, and a Yonge-Dundas wedding video update
So that's that, Josh Matlow's war on the war on street hockey died more or less immediately at the hands of city lawyers who are afraid repealing the bylaw could pave the way for injury lawsuits. I'll be out snatching sticks later tonight and I suggest you do the same. We can't have anarchy, people. Do you think it's safe to keep ignoring the "no hockey or ballgames" bylaw?
It seems like three chunks in a month is enough for the keepers of the Gardiner expressway - city crews began a month-long inspection yesterday to identify and safely remove any loose concrete. Some lanes of traffic and pedestrian walkways below the elevated highway could be closed if anything dangerous turns up. Should we be taking these incidents as a sign the nearly sixty-year-old yet "perfectly safe" road should be replaced?
Construction is underway on Toronto's first new streetcar lane in over a decade on Cherry Street. When the first phase is complete in 2015, the line will provide the new West Don Lands development and historic Distillery District with access to public transit. Waterfront Toronto is planning an extension south of the Gardiner to the Port Lands and is also aiming for an LRT along Lake Shore Boulevard--but funding might not permit it. Good luck getting that LRT anywhere near downtown proper.
If there's one thing this area is lacking, it's a tourist attraction devoted to small, plastic bricks. But, no longer! The GTA will get its own Lego play area at Vaughan Mills shopping centre next spring, where kids between the ages of three and ten will be able to build models, watch movies, and enjoy rides. This whole thing actually sounds pretty decent - shame about the age restriction.
The Real Jerk is throwing a going away party this Saturday to say farewell to the Riverside neighborhood and the Queen and Broadview location that the Caribbean restaurant made famous. Doors open at 7pm and you can get updates on the event via the company's mailing list. Rising rent costs and a dispute with the landlord forced the Real Jerk to find a new, as yet undisclosed location to serve its famous roti.
The Globe and Mail has done some digging into the video we posted on Monday of a newlywed couple having photographs taken in the middle of Yonge-Dundas Square. Turns out Julie and Shiran Isaacsz rehearsed the stunt nearby before daring to venture out into the busy intersection with their leather couch. If you want to see how the pictures turned out, check out the full video.
TWEET OF THE DAY
(God forbid they design a garbage bin that isn't terrible, but they somehow have the time to install GIANT HEADPHONES on transit shelters.)
Jonathan Goldsbie isn't exactly enamored with Astral Media's new Dairy Farmers of Canada bus shelter ads. In March, the street furniture arm of the advertising and broadcasting giant refused to redesign the ugly info pillars the City of Toronto inexplicably decided to buy in 2011.
IN OTHER NEWS:
- G20 police illegally arrested journalists, used gay slur [CBC]
- Taxi driver charged in skateboarder's death released on $200,000 bail [Globe and Mail]
- America's Most Wanted fugitive arrested in Toronto [CBC]
- Stabbing victim was in Toronto's Chinese orchestra [CBC]
- Highway 407 tolls may be cheaper on new extension, McGuinty says [The Star]