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Morning Brew: Fire on Queen Street West, Postal Station "K" sold, sniffing out a mystery stench, saying goodbye to the Jarvis bike lane, and poster-proof hydro poles

Posted by Chris Bateman / November 12, 2012

toronto humber bayFirefighters are damping down after an apartment fire on Queen Street West next to the Cameron House. Right now, fire crews are still partially blocking Queen Street and 501 streetcars are diverting both ways via both ways via Spadina, King and Shaw. Two people were injured, one seriously.

Full service has now resumed on the 501 streetcar, according to @TTCnotices.

The drawn-out fate of Postal Station "K" at Yonge and Eglinton took a turn for the worst over the weekend when Canada Post announced they had sold the art deco building to development company Rockport Group. The building is on the site of Montgomery's Tavern and has several rare qualities, including the royal cipher of Edward VIII. Meanwhile, the developer says it may put up a condo.

On Friday, for one day only, Caprice Herjavec was mayor of Toronto. Well, not quite. The 14-year-old won a "mayor for a day" competition and got a chance to shadow Rob Ford at a parks and environment committee meeting and read the proclamation for Let's Get Physically Active Day. This article is worth it just for the photos of Ford laughing.

Two tunnel boring machines will soon begin cutting under the small slither of Lake Ontario that separates Billy Bishop airport from downtown Toronto. In 2014, for the first time, there'll be a walkway connecting the terminal with the city.

There's been a lingering odour around these parts the last few days and apparently leaves are to blame. Damp, decomposing plant material and direct sunlight combined to make a stench something between pumpkins seeds and poo. The source was discovered by an investigator from the Ministry of the Environment.

The Jarvis Street bike lane will officially be part of the deadpool by early December according to a construction notice. A contentious reversible vehicle lane was approved for the street earlier this year.

Toronto native Eric Leong has won an international award for his role in designing a stylish new Popemobile. The armored vehicle has a special titanium coating, kevlar wheels, and a solar panel on the roof. It also looks pretty sleek, considering the current version is possibly the goofiest thing on two wheels.

Finally, sticking up notices on King West just got a little harder. New non-stick hydro poles have been installed by local businesses in an attempt to keep unsightly makeshift adverts at bay.



Photo: "Humber Bay Park" by MSVG from the blogTO Flickr pool.



Pk / November 12, 2012 at 09:07 am
the Pope gets a Volkswagen Cross Coupe? Fuck him...
mike in parkdale / November 12, 2012 at 09:08 am
So that photo is a rendering of new condos? Or just a highly stylized photo of the ones that were recently built on the North side of Lakeshore Blvd?

wow, and I can't even tell when new condos ends and imagined condos begin.
Big Fuckin Mega Boat / November 12, 2012 at 09:14 am
The lead photo of Ford in the National Post article should be the mandatory background desktop photo for all computers in the GTA for the duration of his reign as Mayor.
SousedBergin / November 12, 2012 at 10:14 am
Surprised the Pope can still spring for new wheels after paying out $3,000,000,000 to child rape victims.
Jimmy replying to a comment from SousedBergin / November 12, 2012 at 10:27 am
Complaining because you missed the payout or the action?
McRib / November 12, 2012 at 11:15 am
i rode my bike by the fire on Queen St this morning around 6:25am, just as the first of the firetrucks was arriving.

thats all i have to add.
MrsPotato / November 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm
notice how the comments are drastically reduced on GOVERNMENT HOLIDAYS?!

hahahaha ....
Friar Canuck / November 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm
It's a pretty easy "mayor for a day" competition when Dragon's Den Daddy buys it in an auction.

At least the money went to charity.
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