Morning Brew: City council has marathon meeting today, MLSE wants its name back, Karen Stintz knows who Margaret Atwood is, EdgeWalk opens and the Jays acquire new superstar
It's the marathon council meeting that has everyone talking. Literally. Beginning this morning, almost 300 Torontonians are expected to tell Mayor Rob Ford and his administration just exactly what they think of all these proposed cuts. With an allotted five minutes of floor time, the meeting could very well last over 20 hours, and that's not including any questions posed by council. Looks like it's going to be a weird slumber party tonight at City Hall, with councillor Giorgio Mammoliti saying he's bringing his pajamas and pillow to the meeting.
Maple Leafs Sports Entertainment is seeking an injunction against Ryerson University to stop using the name Maple Leafs Gardens when it turns the Leafs' former home into an arena for their own team. MLSE is worried that the new 2,500-seat arena will compete with the Leafs' current home at Air Canada Centre (which, in comparison, seats almost 20,000), including hosting concerts and other events. The company said when it sold the venue, it was with the understanding the building would just turn into a supermarket. That seems unlikely. Whatever the case, it looks like the new space might be delayed. Again.
Margaret Atwood has a friend and possible fellow bibliophile in councillor Karen Stintz. The usual Ford Nation ally says she doesn't support closing libraries. Not only does Stintz believe libraries are important, but she also said she would recognize Atwood on the street.
CN Tower Edgewalk media previews started yesterday, providing a chance for journalists to experience EdgeWalk for the first time. For those daredevils who are curious about the 30-minute stroll around the edge of the Tower, apparently you have to take a breathalyzer test before going out (so no liquid courage drinks allowed) and remember: the rope's your best friend. Watch for our take on the experience in the coming days.
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