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Morning Brew: Police release video of stabbing victim, Cirque du Soleil eyes Toronto home, new TTC uniforms, new TTC staff, stolen bikes, and no more World Expo

Posted by Chris Bateman / October 24, 2012

toronto city hallPolice have released video of a Cabbagetown murder victim being stalked in an laneway moments before the attack that killed her. The CCTV footage shows a man about 5-foot-10 closing in on an unidentified woman walking east in an alley south of Bleecker Street near Ontario Street early yesterday morning. Homicide Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux said the attack appears to be random.

Cirque du Soleil could get its first permanent home in Toronto, not Montreal, according to The Gazette. MGM Resorts International wants to include a permanent home for the famous performance group in their proposed casino, according to Cirque du Soleil's Renée Claude Ménard and the chair of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. MGM seems to favor a casino at Exhibition Place. Is this a deal sweetener?

Speaking of a casino at the Ex - The Star says councillor Ana Bailao was with two lobbyists hours before her impaired driving arrest.

TTC CEO Andy Byford says the Commission's famous maroon uniforms are outdated and could use a rethink if the company wants to create a new image for itself. Byford thinks the new duds should be blue, which would perfectly match the TTC's famous red and white livery, right? The National Post has some tongue-in-cheek suggestions of its own about what staff should wear. Do you care what TTC workers have on?

Byford also says he'd like to learn from his days at London Underground and add group station managers to the TTC. The new staff would be responsible for every aspect of customer service across several stations. Byford told the Toronto Star that when Presto arrives on the TTC fare collectors will take on a roaming customer service role too. Happier, friendlier days ahead?

Here's one for you - stolen bikes returned to their owners. Police have charged a 40-year-old man, Christopher Mowers, after he was caught selling pilfered bicycles on Kijiji hours after taking them from two teenage girls. Police have photos of other bikes Mowers may have stolen.

Toronto won't be bidding for the 2025 World Expo now that Heritage Minister James Moore in Ottawa has decided to cancel Canada's membership in the body that oversees the event to save cash. Well, so much for that.


Photo: "Untitled" by goodtolike in the blogTO Flickr pool.



alan / October 24, 2012 at 08:55 am
i suggested somewhere in a comment on-line last year that the ttc drivers need an ungrade to those ugly coloured uniforms...alas no one that the colour is revealed to be eggplant, all the more reason to change...whoa, look at me...i'm an wonder the drivers are picked nerds in a school yard wearing what their mothers bought them on sale...
Rafa / October 24, 2012 at 09:14 am
Forget uniforms, forget station managers (more overhead?), and forget cell networks. The one and only thing the TTC needs to concentrate on is TRANSPORT. More buses. More streetcars. More subways. End of.
Ayytch Dee / October 24, 2012 at 09:26 am
All buildings with non HD surveillance cameras should just turn them all off and go f themselves.

There should be a government tax incentive to upgrade all surveillance cameras.
Mikey / October 24, 2012 at 09:35 am
Seriously. Word to Rafa. The sheer suggestion of spending their capital budget (if they even have one, given that my understanding is they retain no earnings) on anything OTHER than improving scope of service is a flagrant disregard of their duty.
Alex / October 24, 2012 at 09:36 am
Their "roaming" will consist of standing around and chatting near cinnabon with their colleagues.
Mikey / October 24, 2012 at 09:37 am
Also, my experience with fare collectors is that they are neither happy, nor friendly. Quite the opposite of friendly, in fact.
the lemur replying to a comment from Mikey / October 24, 2012 at 10:23 am
The funding for the cell network is in the TTC's budget; the fee payable to the TTC over the term of the contract is 100 times the amount of TTC funding involved.
Big Fuckin Mega Boat / October 24, 2012 at 11:19 am
If there's one thing I've learned in life, you can never fully trust the word of someone who is addicted to heroine. Good on him for trying to help though.
Me / October 24, 2012 at 11:56 am
For a business that always cries poverty, the TTC sure seems to have lots of money to throw about. Oh well, adding more possibility to have to put up with idiot cell phone users and inattentive text message morons is just yet more incentive to stay away from the nasty transit system.
Marc / October 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm
Why link to the Globe if it's behind a paywall? Are there not other news sources in the GTA with similar articles? It's not like we're linking to an editorial or opinion piece...
Tommy replying to a comment from Rafa / October 24, 2012 at 01:16 pm
Exactly. All these fluffy-nice-to-haves are just to shut up the loud minority of non-riders who are still miffed over the sleeping ticket-taker incident. REAL riders will suffer because the TTC needs to divert money to placate Ford-nation's obsession with bashing the system.

Want to improve the system? Start installing clocks. Clocks everywhere - on the vehicles, on the walls, on the turnstiles - get creative. Once we bring back the in-your-face element of time to our transit system, everyone (including drivers) will be more conscious of schedules and wasted time, and wont be afraid to complain about lost or delayed minutes.
Michelle / October 24, 2012 at 03:41 pm
Actually, TTC staff get limited uniforms as part of their contract. It's in the TTC budget already. If staff want more or other styles or they wear out, they have to purchase them themselves. This is not a matter of taking money away from transit. It's simply a question of what they should look like, and the answer is: yes, they need an update.
Alex / October 24, 2012 at 04:27 pm
Blue is one of the city of Toronto's colours, so it could work. Though since the TTC's colour is red it would be an odd choice.
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