Morning Brew: Excess property tax revenue might save student nutrition programs, recycling can still be confusing, don't spit on TTC employees, the No Pants Subway Ride returns, and Leafs shutout Jets
Seems like there's quite a chunk of change underneath the city's couch cushions. In addition to the surprise 2011 budgetary surplus that was announced yesterday, Toronto's property-tax revenue has garnered a whopping $8.8-million, which very well might help to stave off student nutrition programs and community centres from the city's chopping block. In addition, the remaining monies will be used towards the city's "rainy day" fund.
Still confused when you go to throw out your cup of coffee and can't decide if it goes in the grey, blue or green bin? You're not alone. It seems that as much as recycling has become more efficient in the city, Torontonians have become more confused, often throwing recyclables in the trash and placing garbage in the recycle bin. Amazingly, the numbers for diverting waste from landfills are still pretty good, and luckily, there's the city's Waste Wizard website that seems to be helping.
A little learning on this wonderful Friday morning: don't spit on TTC supervisors (or any other employees for that matter). You will go to jail. And no one will like you.
Do you ever suddenly get the urge to take your pants off in public? In the event that this results in social awkwardness, just remember there's power in numbers. Improv in Toronto's annual No Pants Subway Ride is tomorrow, where the exhibitionist spirit is (mostly) welcomed by one and all. Here's what last year's event looked like.
And, just for the hell of it, let's check back in on that most aptly named tumblr site Look at the Asshole in the Bike Lane. Seems like they've caught some noteworthy members of the community taking up space in the bike lane.
Photo by Johnathan Nightingale in the blogTO Flickr pool
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