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Morning Brew: Ward 9 by-election drama continues, Rob Ford says he's not going after Jarvis bike lanes (yet), defendants not guilty in Manners retrial, and construction season begins on Toronto roads

The saga of the by-election in Ward 9 continues. It seems the by-election is on hold--again-- as the city has reversed its position--again. The city says now it will appeal the court ruling invalidating Maria Augimeri's win. The one person who isn't on board with the appeal? The Mayor. "The judge made a ruling, let's get on with the byelection," Ford said. "It's just a complete waste of taxpayers money to go and appeal it now. We'll see what happens."

Even though it's not a secret that Mayor Rob Ford has a certain dislike towards bike lanes, he says he's in no rush to get rid of them. Yet. Even so, councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam says she's still on "alert" to the mayor's plan to go after the lanes in her ward, citing the mayor's surprise cancellation of the Fort York bridge. Bike lanes will be discussed at the public works committee meeting in June, which should be very interesting.

With their first big policy announcement on Thursday, the provincial Progressive Conservatives hit the Liberals at their weakest spots: they're promising to remove HST from hydro and some heating bills. "We live in Canada, and heating our homes is not luxury," Ontario Tory leader Tim Hudak said. He also promised his party would remove the controversial debt retirement charge.

Another one bites the dust. Less than a week after being named Specialty Bookseller of the Year, the Flying Dragon Bookshop is shutting its doors. Owners of the Leaside favourite cite — what else? — a dramatic drop in sales for their plans to close.


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