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Morning Brew: April 29th, 2009

Photo: "St. George Station Eyesore" by HighPlainsDrifter Photography, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

What's happening in the GTA (and sometimes beyond):

If this date and time stamped photo is any indication, it's time for a spring stroll in High Park with your favourite loved one(s). The cherry blossom trees, a treasured gift from Japan, are blooming - and as quickly as they bud and pop open, they begin to fall off. Make that stroll a priority this week, or you may have to wait until next year to enjoy them. See photos from last year.

In other equally welcome but totally unrelated news, the province is introducing legislation today aimed at stopping Ticketmaster and TicketsNow {G&M] from screwing us large on event ticket reselling. Don't mess with Ontario, and don't mess with The Boss, Ticketbastard!

The lights went out at 5:30am in a section of midtown [CityNews], and it's affecting the Spadina subway line. Trains are running, but expect delays.


North York community council is starting to look like a bunch of Kindergarten kids out in the playground at recess, fighting over the last purple tricycle. Street names should not be used to poke fun or make political statements, people [NP]. Stop being such morons, and let's move on, before we vote to rename North York "friggin dumbass immature idiotland".

OMGWTFHEADLINE. There are some things we need to know, and there are some things we don't need to know. I'd would like to know why the Star thinks it's important that we know that an axe murder victim died quickly but not immediately [Star].

Regent Park, Canada's largest (and most notorious) community housing project, is seeing residents move into newly completed units, and is announcing phase 2 of redevelopment [Sun] - which will see market condos, and some well-known retailers set up shop in the community (I heard that it may be Sobey's, Rogers, and more).

Surveys don't always make sense. In this latest one, Toronto ranked 15th in livability out of 215 world cities [CityNews]. But we couldn't even crack the top 10 in Canada in another survey. Does this mean that Toronto is hated within Canada, and loved by the world?

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