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Morning Brew: York U students are lucky, TTC Chair wants efficient fare system and cleanliness, Toronto restaurants go futuristic, Tyler Bozak's greatest fear, and the Hearn as a heritage site

York University students are, like, soooo lucky--or at least that's probably the thinking of most other Toronto university students in the midst of exams this week. Monday's afternoon blaze that damaged steam boilers and generators used to heat most campus buildings has forced the university to postpone exams and send students to alternate accommodations. However there are some students who aren't too pleased with the cancellations, citing interference with their schedules. I call these students "party poopers."

TTC chair Karen Stintz will find herself at the centre of one of Toronto's hot-(pink) button issues this week when the new nine-member TTC convenes Wednesday for their first session. In an interview with the Globe and Mail, Stintz talks about her vision for Toronto's transit future including a more efficient fare payment system and cleaner stations. She doesn't comment much on Ford's plan to eradicate Transit City for more subways, but she does agree that most commuters would want the TTC as an essential service.

Toronto restaurants are getting all futuristic with some adopting iPads for wine lists and menus. At E11even on Maple Leaf Square, across from the Air Canada Centre, the wine list comes on 40 iPads, which are spread about the fine-dining restaurant-cum-lounge on tables. E11even posts its 600 current wine listings and makes them searchable by region, vintage, producer and price. 7Numbers(on Eglinton Ave. at Avenue Rd. and on Danforth Ave. across from the Carrot Common) and Amaya Express (an Indian empire with various locations throughout the city) also use the tablet. Gimmick or technological progress?

"Too Asian?" might be too controversial for Toronto City council. It may have been more than a month since Maclean's magazine published an article with the provocative headline, but that isn't stopping two freshmen politicians from calling on council to "disassociate itself" from the story and demand an apology from the magazine. The motion is the first to be moved by Councillor Mike Layton, son of federal NDP Leader Jack Layton and stepson of NDP MP Olivia Chow. Mr. Layton says,"I think it's important the city and its leaders step up and say, 'Well, no. We respect our people in the city of Toronto and we don't agree with statements like that or the use of headlines to sensationalize the issue to the point that it offends people.'" The mayor's office would not comment directly on the motion. "But there are a lot bigger priorities to focus on right now, like keeping our roads safe," said Adrienne Batra, the mayor's press secretary.

Want to do know what Tyler Bozak, the centre for the Maple Leafs, says is the worst part of being a professional athlete? Flying. He can't quite put his finger on how or why he fears it. "I get sweaty," said Bozak. "In my mind I still don't see how it all works. All that weight floating through the air. Just doesn't sound right." You know what also doesn't sound right? 43 years.


Photo by Reza Varziri in the blogTO Flickr pool.

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