Toronto at night

Morning Brew: taking stock of the suburbs vs. city split, sole-source deal cause for controversy at the western beach, a closer look at John A.D. Tory, Kaberle trade deadline nears, gangsters, lightning and bad music

It's a concept with much cachet: Toronto is a city divided. Be it east vs. west or old city vs. suburbs, we're apparently at a loss for harmony. The latest installment in this saga involves the latter of the two divides. If Rob Ford and George Smitherman are conflicting representatives of their respective domains (suburbs/city), is it possible to bridge the gap (if indeed there is one)? And does city council really prioritize old Toronto when it comes to spending? The answers aren't quite as clear-cut as one might think.

The Joy Oil station just off Lake Shore in the western beach is the subject of a little controversy. Set to become a tourist kiosk and snack area, councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong is concerned about the sole-source nature of the deal with the company that'll operate the quirky landmark. The Grenadier Group, which also operates restaurants in High Park and the Sunnyside Beach Pavilion, has submitted a proposal that would see them improve the Lake Shore site in exchange for a 15-year extension of their other leases.

The Globe has an extended profile of John A.D. Tory, the former provincial Conservative leader and mayoral flip-flopper's son. An adviser to Sarah Thomson in her mayoral bid, despite the younger Tory's late entry into politics, he already has some fans. None more so than Thomson herself, who has this to say about him: "He's got the answers in his blood." I suppose with an endorsement like that, she's a shoe-in to win the election this fall.

The window for Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brain Burke to trade long serving defenceman Tomas Kaberle closes at midnight on Sunday (or is that technically Monday morning?). Burke maintains that he's yet to receive an offer "worth acting on" and that other teams will only show their true cards at the last minute. Despite the late hour, however, the odds that Kaberle will be traded are profoundly high. It's a shame the Leafs have so few assets because Kaberle's mobility with the puck is invaluable in today's NHL.

In Brief:

Having nothing to do with Toronto, but still worthy of mention for its oddity, a kid in England was hit by lighting on Friday the 13th at 13:13.

The Star does the Goodfellas thing, but Ken Murdock isn't as interesting as Henry Hill.

Cody LeCompte's is getting a benefit concert. I bet you the bands are going to pretty good at this one...

Photo by blogTO contributor and Flickr pool member Jen Tse.

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