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Morning Brew: Toronto police want cyclists to stop running reds, Ford doesn't like new parking ticket fee either, civilian review of G20 goes into next phase, Mike Layton wants more BIXI bikes and still no mail

A Toronto Star "investigation" on Monday found that in the space of one hour, 22 cyclists ran a red light going eastbound at Queen's Quay West and York Street, as opposed to 20 cyclists who made a full stop. It's difficult to extrapolate anything meaningful from this example, however, given that the intersection in question is one of the city's most notorious for this type of behaviour from cyclists. With almost zero north/south traffic (the south side is actually a driveway to a condo), cyclists are constantly running reds. Does that make it right? No, but it does make one wonder why the paper would choose to conduct its study there.

For those who were sweating the proposed fee for fighting parking tickets, Mayor Rob Ford is right there with you. Ford doesn't buy the rationale that a fee will provide the incentive for out-of-court resolutions for those seeking to reduce their fine in court. Ford thinks we should "have [our] democratic right to go and fight it." At least we know where he stands on democracy (in this instance).

A civilian review of the G20 launched by the Toronto Police Services Board is now heading into the next stage of its probe into last summer's summit. The board held public meetings earlier this month and is now going to turn its attention toward obtaining internal documents from the Toronto Police, which I'm sure they're going to give up easily.

City Councillor Mike Layton wants more BIXI bikes across the city, and he's going to ask the city's Transportation department today to try to make that happen. Layton believes the bike-sharing program should be accessible for everyone throughout the city, not just in the downtown core. If he finds support, he hopes an expansion plan could be ready by September.

Break-ups can do strange things to people. A Toronto man is accusing his wife, an employee of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority at Pearson, of spying on him via airport surveillance equipment. Monitoring the flow of airport traffic is part of her job description, but Alex Soler says his ex used it to watch him, his current wife, and their children as they returned from a family vacation. Now he's taking her and the GTAA to court for invasion of privacy. And apparently she spies on celebrities, too.


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