Morning Brew: Group pitches convention centre casino, Stintz knocks PC transit plan, Google expands GTA StreetView, e-bikes on trails, and council gets a TV show
A development group is preparing to unveil plans for a casino in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, according to the Globe and Mail. The complex, which involves adding three towers to the property, would include a gambling hall and hotel as well as office and residential units. Numerous other gambling groups are also mulling proposals.
TTC chair Karen Stintz doesn't think much of a plan by Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak to hand over Toronto's subways to Metrolinx. In a post on her website, Stintz derided the PCs for selecting the best parts of the TTC without proposing any ways to pay for new transit. She did say, however, that a full merger would be worth talking about.
Google StreetView is now in Toronto Zoo and Yonge-Dundas Square but not, weirdly, several parts of the city's regular street grid. Though Google unveiled a massive worldwide update to its ground-level coverage, including a ski resort in Banff and the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, it left out parts of Etobicoke, Scarborough, and the area south of Greenwood and Danforth.
Should e-bikes be allowed to use Toronto's bike lanes and trails? A group of riders told the city's public works and infrastructure committee yesterday that riders feel don't feel safe in regular traffic and want equal access to the bikeway network. Right now, e-bikes and all other powered vehicles are banned from bike lanes.
The City of Toronto will air a bi-weekly television show on Rogers TV Cable starting October 16. Called "City Insider," the program will air "stories about City programs and services, new initiatives, events and the people that make up the Toronto Public Service." What, no table-thumping Rob Ford rhetoric?
IN OTHER NEWS:
- Anti-Islam pastor Terry Jones barred from entering Canada, debate goes on [Globe and Mail]
- Police Chief Bill Blair again warns of 'significant staff reductions' [National Post]
- Mystery Toronto woman may have Halifax connection [CBC]