Morning Brew: Ontario likes bag ban (just), Vaughan's bullet ban criticized, Fort York seeks reno funding, Wonderland on acid, and Spadina transit trouble looms
More than half of Canadians think that banning single use plastic bags is a good idea,according to a poll by Angus Reid for the National Post. 59 per cent of the 1,019 polled were in favor of ditching plastic bags in favor of reusable or paper containers. Interestingly, the lowest support for the idea comes from Ontario (Atlantic Canada is highest) with 54 per cent agreeing with the impending ban in Toronto. Should city council have consulted the public on this issue or do these stats back up last week's surprise action?
Off the back of Councillor Adam Vaughan's suggestion that Toronto ban the sale of bullets, the Toronto Sun has polled its readers on the topic, with somewhat predictable results. Earlier yesterday, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews called the idea "misguided." So far there's been mixed reaction to the idea.
Fort York will launch a major fundraising campaign to help pay for a new $25-million glass and steel visitors' centre designed to emulate the bluffs that once stood between the historic military site and Lake Ontario. The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has already pledged $1 million to the cause, but staff hope to drum up an extra $7-million through donations.
How would you improve Allen Road? The City of Toronto wants your suggestions so it can find ways of making the street better for everyone. The Grid has a few ideas to get you started.
There was a close call at St. Michael's Hospital yesterday when a two alarm fire broke out in a rooftop generator. Workers performing routine maintenance nearby attempted to fight the blaze but had to call in firefighters when the flames proved too strong. No patients had to be evacuated.
Here's one for you - a VICE reporter took his girlfriend to Canada's Wonderland, gave her acid in the parking lot and documented the whole thing. Yeah... what?
And finally, Spadina streetcar riders beware: curbside busses will replace normal service for five months between Queens Quay and Spadina station from June 18 to November 18 to adapt the track and station platforms for the new LRT streetcars. You know what that means!
- Two pedestrians in hospital after being hit by TTC buses in separate crashes [Globe and Mail]
- Toronto police corruption trial: beware of drug dealer witnesses, judge warns [The Star]
- Eaton Centre victim had no apparent gang ties, lawyer says [CBC]
- Toronto gets green light to sell public housing [Globe and Mail]
- Toronto District School Board passes budget with $109M in cuts to balance books [National Post]
- Glass falls from 25th floor of Simcoe Street condo building [The Star]
- NXNE Hip-Hop Showcase Cancelled Due to Security Concerns [Torontoist]
- Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion rules out referendum on casino [The Star]