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Morning Brew: The Toronto Zoo faces budget cuts, Bautista is baseball's top all-star, popular radio shop and museum closing, the resurgence of disc golf, and the Gardiner faces rotating nightly closures for July

The Toronto Zoo could be facing a major budget cut as part of a 10% budget reduction for all City departments and agencies ordered by the city's budget officials. The Zoo would lose just more than $1-million from its $11.3-million budget. The zoo has increasingly taken less money from the city over the years — this year, municipal financing accounts for just 25% of their budget — so it'll look to lure more visitors and corporate sponsors to makeup for the looming shortfall.

The Toronto Blue Jays have a true all-star on their hands with slugger Jose Bautista. Baseball fans gave him a record 7,454,753 fan votes for the upcoming all-star game, blasting him ahead of usual favourites like Jeter and A-Rod, and making him the first Blue Jay to lead voting for the game. Bautista's total also surpassed the previous record of 6,069,688 set by Ken Griffey Jr. in 1994. Oh, and he helped the Jays beat the Phillies last night. Does this mean we can get excited about baseball again?

Before our digital age of iPods and cloud music services, there were gramophones, record players, and tube radio, like the ones found at Reid and Campbell Ltd, a family-run radio shop and museum, at the corner of Yonge Street and Glebe Road. Sadly, the shop is closing after 78 years, but the family would love to see their radio collection moved to another museum so the kids can hear what music used to sound like before auto-tune.

Disc Golf. Ever heard of it? Although it's been around for ages, apparently it has drastically increased in popularity of late, as demonstrated by the impending arrival of the Professional Disc Golf Association's Toronto Island Open on Saturday. Instead of "ball golf" (they don't like the term "real golf"), players throw a disc from a designated tee pad at each hole to a chain-link metal basket target, which serves as the hole. The city has two disc golf courses, one of which is on Ward's Island, where the tournament will be held.


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