Toronto Summer

Morning Brew: The mayor might have to cancel Christmas, cyclists protest removal of Jarvis bike lanes, Alomar's number to be retired, and it just gets hotter

Toronto might become the new Whoville. Apparently, Mayor Rob Ford and his all-powerful executive committee have to decide whether or not to cancel Christmas. Actually, it's the Christmas bureau that they will have to decide on. The program, which has distributed gifts and donations to needy boys and girls since 1956, is part of cultural programming that was passed onto the executive committee by the economic development committee. And if that doesn't pull at your heart strings, consider this: Winterlicious might be on the chopping block too.

Cyclists will unite today along a stretch of Jarvis Street during afternoon rush hour to protest the city's recent decision to remove the street's bike lanes. The Toronto Cyclists Union is organizing the event, which is expected to draw hundreds of riders.

Roberto Alomar will become the first Blue Jay in history to have his number retired. The Toronto Blue Jays will honour the former second baseman at a celebration on July 31 following his induction into baseball's Hall of Fame this weekend. With his two World Series wins and those McCain "Catch the Taste" commercials, he's clearly the best candidate for the honour.

This is encouraging. According to CIBC, Toronto has the top-performing economy in the country. Employments on the rise (just under 2 per cent) and housing starts nearly doubled this year. Compared to last year, we've lost some ground, but overall, the city economies aren't doing too shabby.


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