Le Germain Car Crash

Morning Brew: Limo crashes into Le Germain, personal maps of Toronto, road tolls might be needed to cover subway costs, City looks to ban dangerous kite-flying, and lots of road closures this weekend

Well, this is something you don't see everyday. A limo crashed into the Hotel Le Germain's lobby yesterday afternoon. Apparently the driver's foot slipped off the brake and hit the accelerator and he lost control of the car. Fortunately no one was injured but the clean-up was expected to take several hours.

The Globe and Mail has an interesting piece on Toronto writer Anne Michaels who's in search for the next big social networking experiment: re-mapping a city according to personal stories and professions as a way of claiming and sharing it, including even mapping the lives of famous Torontonians, like Glenn Gould. It's a fascinating idea that already has many readers suggesting other maps that hit home for them, like those of public washrooms for moms with children or maps of where you fell in--and out--of love.

Road tolls in Toronto? Quite possibly, according to Gordon Chong, former TTC commissioner and now chair of Toronto Transit Infrastructure Ltd. Chong says the path toward the $4-billion Sheppard Subway, "the biggest transit deal in North America, or even the world," will need road tolls, increased government grants and unprecedented revenue tools in addition to public-private partnership, to become a reality.

Forget MMA — kite-flying continues to draw negative attention from city council. It's so dangerous in fact that the city is considering certain kite-flying practices from our parks. A report is going to the Parks and Environment Committee next week recommending a kite permit for competitive kite flying, as well as a ban on kites that use hazardous string such as fishing line and piano wire, as well as banning kites from flying in a heavily bird-populated areas.


Photo by David G. Tran

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