Taste of the Danforth

Morning Brew: John Tory is out (for sure this time), Sarah Thomson reveals environmental plan, Nathan Phillips Square revitilization price tag goes up, Conrad Black drops bid to return to Canada, G20 class action lawsuit, Air Canada smartens up

Apparently John Tory reads the Morning Brew. After I pressured him to decide once and for all about his mayoral intentions, he finally delivered his (second) announcement that he will not be entering the race. At least until he changes his mind again...

Still in the race, Sarah Thomson has released her environmental plan for Toronto. Some highlights include the introduction of hybrid taxis, improving the way that trees are planted in urban areas and encouraging Toronto Hydro to institute an incentive program for homeowners to install solar panels. Seems a little thin, no?

The price tag for the Nathan Phillips Square revitalization project will cost an additional $5 million should it pass through a city budget committee next week. The (completely reasonable) increase is the result of plans to add a parking garage and a indoor bike station. With regard to the latter, the station will accommodate 380 bikes and offer the possibility to rent "parking plans." Personal lockers, shower facilities and basic tools will also be available.

Conrad Black has dropped his bid to return to Canada. Refusing to disclose all of his financial information to Judge Amy St. Eve -- which was a pre-condition of her granting the former media baron the right to travel to Canada -- he'll have to remain in the U.S. until his next scheduled court appearance on September 20. Black's refusal to reveal his financial affairs is likely a preventive measure against the threat of prosecutors attempting to revoke his bail.

In Brief:

Details will be revealed later today regarding a class action lawsuit to be launched by a Toronto woman detained during the G20 summit (more on this post-news conference).

Christopher Hume urges caution to those who are ready to write-off any positive value that the addition of car dealerships may offer Leslieville.

Air Canada is trying to make good (or at least to look good) after being vilified on Twitter for destroying a boy's wheelchair earlier this week. Have fun at Disney World, Tanner!

After faking cancer and raising money through a bogus charity, Ashley Anne Kirilow said of her scheme: "It went wrong, it spread like crazy, and then it seemed like the whole world knew." So at least something was cancerous...

CONTEST ALERT: We'll be giving away some bikes today on Facebook courtesy of Canadian Tire. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for a chance to win.

Photo by Still the Oldie of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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