Morning Brew: Arrest in College Street shooting, Presto is coming, TTC chair Stintz offered to quit, Sunnyside bike park update, highway madness, and food cart fare
Toronto police have arrested a B.C. man in connection with Monday's deadly College Street shooting. 26-year-old Dean Wiwchar is due in court later today, charged with the first-degree murder of John Raposo at the busy Sicilian Sidewalk Café. Police dramatically arrested Wiwchar as he rode in a cab at Parliament and Gerrard.
The TTC will install second generation Presto card readers at College station this summer, allowing people with contactless credit cards and smartphones to pay their fares electronically. If the trial is successful the readers will be added at Dundas and Yonge-Bloor. The TTC expects to have Presto readers at all stations by 2015. Let's hope they're better than the ones in Ottawa. Will you be trying out Presto when it arrives?
TTC chair Karen Stintz offered Rob Ford her resignation on two separate occasions amid the subway vs. LRT debate earlier this year only to be rebuffed, the CBC reports. The councillor and one-time Ford ally made the revelation at a breakfast event yesterday but didn't say why Ford refused her resignation.
The Star has pictures and more details of the Jay Hoots designed mountain bike park under construction at Sunnyside. Expect log tracks, ladder bridges and berms. Oh yes, there will be berms.
Also in sneak peeks, The Globe and Mail has a look inside the new Ryerson sports arena at Maple Leaf Gardens.
Count yourself lucky if you avoided the city's highways yesterday. The 401 literally buckled under the intense heat and an escaped dog halted traffic on the Gardiner. The pooch gave police and firefighters the slip after it had been pulled it from a hot car on Queen's Quay. Don't worry, though, it ended up OK. The dog was recaptured uninjured.
Salads, nuts, vegetables, fruit, coffee and tea could soon be on the menu at Toronto's food carts if the city's health department gives the go-ahead. Licensing and standards will consider adding to the extremely limited food options at their next meeting to try and attract people who don't stop for street meat. I suppose it's a start.
With the extreme heat of the last few days, people in Christie Pits park have been finding ways to keep cool. Grid examines the romantic notion of an illicit midnight dip.
BISH, BASH, BOSH:
- Toronto schools pay high prices for small jobs [The Star]
- Municipalities face legal challenge over shark fin ban [The Star]
- Rob Ford gives McDonald's Canada founder George Cohon key to the city [The Star]
- New Ontario rules aim to keep glass from tumbling off highrise balconies [National Post]
- Toronto man raises $387K for elderly bus monitor bullied by students in viral video [National Post]