Morning Brew: Cyclist charged with careless driving after striking pedestrian, Maclean House may be saved from demolition, the Argos pull a controversial ad, the average Toronto home sells for more than $500K, and a pickpocket is impersonating a cop
A male cyclist was charged with careless driving after he struck a woman, fracturing her skull, at the intersection of Dundas and Huron on Tuesday morning. He now faces a $400 fine, which some don't think is enough. Apparently the cyclist zipped through a red light riding southbound on a northbound one-way street, which pretty much ensures that the incident sure is to draw criticism from both ends of the cycling spectrum. Careless driving is the highest charge under the Highway Traffic Act, and though cyclists and drivers are treated equally under the act, unlike drivers, cyclists don't lose demerit points or risk losing their license. Let the discussion begin.
Possibly some good news for Maclean House. A new group has acquired the Toronto heritage building, and thus saved it from the fate of many Toronto heritage sites: demolition. The decrepit building's previous owners, 1626829 Ontario Ltd., had applied for its removal in order to build - what else - new condos, but its new owners promise to restore the former home of Maclean's magazine founder John Bayne Maclean to its long-ago glory, as well as to build some new townhouses.
The Toronto Argonauts have pulled a controversial advertisement from city subways and stations after people complained that the ad's slogan, "Home is where the heart is. It's also where we hurt people," promoted domestic violence. The ads obviously intended to drum up support for the team, but, yeah, that definitely sounds scary. But then again, football players don't have a reputation for being good with the words, either.
Ever wonder when you'll be able to stop renting and finally buy a home in the city? Well, you'll need put out $500,000, which is the average price for a house in Toronto. The National Post has an informative Q&A with Jason Mercer, senior manager of market analysis at the Toronto Real Estate Board, about Toronto's rising home prices.
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