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
Police 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TTC CEO Andy Byford says the Commission's famous maroon uniforms are outdated and could use a rethink if the company wants to create a new image for itself.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.
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- New Jersey bus crash caused by driver error [The Star]