Morning Brew: Toronto's "gay" penguins now like the ladies, library board rejects 10 per cent budget cut, The Sun is still after the bag fee, more about sex on the TTC, and Liberty Village needs a new street

And now batting for the other team... Toronto's "gay" penguin couple, Buddy and Pedro, have taken a liking to the ladies. The pair of same-sex African penguins — an endangered species — were separated by their handlers and matched up with females for the sake of their survival, and it seems they're doing just fine with their new companions.

The Toronto library board is standing up to Rob Ford's demand of a 10 per cent budget cut. The members, who were chosen by Ford himself, rejected a proposal that would have seen 56 branches have their hours cut short by 7 per cent (and saved $5.1-million), a motion that was supported by the mayor's office. In the end, the board is holding the library's budget cut at just 5.9 per cent.

The war on the plastic bag fee is back in the news. A poll of city councillors by the Toronto Sun (which has always had a weird hankering for the topic) shows that just over half of council actually supports the 5 cent fee. Only the mayor and 13 councillors would vote to have the it removed.

In just ten short years, Liberty Village has evolved from a tiny industrial hub into a bustling "it" neighbourhood for new media and startup businesses, along with restaurants and retail stores. Bracing for 8,000 new residents in the incoming years, and with too few through-streets, there's hope that the construction of an entirely new street will happen. But given that some version of it has been "in the works" since the proposed Front Street extension in the 1980s, we won't hold our breath.

Although some of the articles have been online for a while, The Star's special report on the 501 Queen Streetcar, which includes its history and some interesting multimedia exhibits, is probably worth another look. The 501 is one of the longest streetcar routes in North America, and the paper characterizes it as one of the most amazing public transportation rides in the world! Do you agree?

Hey commenters! If you were kind enough to share your TTC sex stories yesterday, you can take pride in knowing that the National Post was reading. "In a series of public posts to the BlogTO website on Monday, other riders claimed to have witnessed oral sex on the TTC," wrote the paper last night. How did that conversation in Top Gun go? Slider: "I guess you're lucky and famous." Ice Man: No, you mean notorious."


Photo by Tony Zhao in the blogTO Flickr pool

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