Morning Brew: Metrolinx sets up community office at Eglinton and Dufferin, City proposes a fee to fight parking tickets, PETA protesters get naked (sort of), local woman beats world record for playing the organ, and Bollywood stars descend upon Toronto

For those midtown residents who are stressing over the new Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT, Metrolinx opened up a community office on Tuesday to help address any questions or concerns. The office, at Eglinton and Dufferin, was opened due to concerns that the underground project (which was initially supposed to be above-ground) would hinder any progress with the neighbourhood's other infrastructure, like pedestrian facilities and roadways. Eglinton-Lawrence MPP Mike Colle said, while there are no firm places for above-ground improvements, he hopes the launch of the rail-line will eventually help reshape the 'hood. Digging for the light rail-line is to begin this summer.

Well, this sucks. The city is proposing a $12.75 fee to s fight those annoying parking tickets.The fee also applies to those drivers seeking a reduced fine or those who hope the officer won't show up to court (meaning, everybody). Right now, it doesn't cost anything to try to wiggle yourself out of a fine, and the city says our court systems are clogged because of that. The proposal will go the City Management Committee next week.

Nearly naked PETA protesters? What else is new? But again, they went for broke on Tuesday, mimicking meat packages in front of Quality Meat Packers Ltd. on Tecumseth near Bathurst and King Streets, attempting to draw attention to the food industry's treatment of animals. The protest kicked off a series of similar PETA events in cities across the country. The whole scene looked pretty gross, which I guess is the point.

Talk about the "Organ Grinder." Toronto woman Jacqueline Sadler has broken a world record for the longest time playing the church organ. The marathon session went down at Eastminister United Church on Danforth Avenue, starting on Monday at 8 a.m. and lasting until midnight on Wednesday. Apparently, she only had to play until 12:08 a.m. to beat the last Guinness World Record, but Sadler was so into it, she played until 12:38 a.m. I'm sure the neighbours didn't mind, seeing as the church raised $9,000 for the cause.


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