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Morning Brew: Pape Jog up next, Build Toronto to make first sale, Toronto shut out of G20 slush fund

Now that the Dufferin Jog has finally been resolved, some say it's time for the east-end to get their fix. Anyone who has tried to take Pape from Danforth to Queen knows what I'm talking about. Forcing pedestrians to take a convoluted pedestrian bridge needs to end - soon. And car access wouldn't be bad either. Maybe we can pull a Rocco Rossi and build a tunnel?

Build Toronto is in final negotiations over 154 Front St. E., the former Greyhound parcel office that went up for sale this spring. It's the first property to sell after Build Toronto was set up 19 months ago to deal with lucrative sites the city can no longer use. The TTC has also signed an offer to lease a site at Yonge and York Mills. So what will replace the properties? Condos.

Federal officials confirmed Thursday that the Muskoka region was given $50 million to compensate residents for the "inconveniences" of hosting leaders for the G8 summit, while Toronto--which turned into a mini-war zone--was shut out of any cash. As Toronto cleaned up shattered glass from downtown streets and tallied up its lost business, residents across Muskoka were enjoying new sidewalks, bandshells, public washrooms, bridges and a resurfaced airport runway, all courtesy of a summit "slush" fund. I think now I understand the whole concept behind Glee's "slushie facials". Anyone up for a trip to Ottawa?


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