Maple Leaf Gardens

Morning Brew: The iconic Maple Leaf on the roof of the Gardens is no more, how the Occupy eviction went down, the CSI moves to Regent Park, the Sun wants their girls to be topless, and the TTC is going Presto

It's the end of an era. The historical blue Maple Leaf logo that graced the roof of Maple Leaf Gardens is now gone. It was removed yesterday as part of the reconstruction 'extravaganza' of the old arena — and it will not be replaced. The new grocery store will open next week, with the Ryerson Rink (which can't be called Maple Leaf Gardens) to follow in the spring.

So the Occupy Toronto encampment is no more. The National Post has a good timeline of yesterday's events, starting with the protesters just waiting to hear the news of their ousting in St. James Park just before 1 a.m. all the way to 6 p.m. when a group of them appear at Nathan Phillips Square to set up an open mic. Some singing, arrests, and Rob Ford's speech also happened in between. Check our photo re-cap of the day's events here.

The Centre for Social Innovation, which houses those hip communal work spaces that are answers to freelancers' prayers, is expanding. After opening its first collaborative work environment in Chinatown in 2004 and then its second location in the Annex last year, the Centre is now looking at Regent Park for its next location. The Grid questions the Centre's ability to serve the needs of the surrounding community as well as downtown creatives.

The Sun just keeps it classy with this one: a suggestion by Mike Strobel for the SunShine girl to be topless. But hold up: this is for scientific purpose, naturally. Apparently looking at pictures of scantily clad women makes you smarter (according to some university studies that I guess have nothing better to do).

Kids are being pulled out of their schools in York Region to protest the usage of WiFi in the classroom. Parents are concerned their kids are being subjected to radiation for long periods at a time. Health Canada had previously said there is no link between WiFi and cancer but parents aren't convinced since their children are the first generation to be in this kind of learning environment. I guess memories of eating glue looks pretty tame now.


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