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Morning Brew: Zip-lines coming to Earl Bales Park?, BlackBerry CEOs step down, tough times for Toronto sports teams, and the weekend roundup

Adventurous Torontonians might be zip-lining in the city if officials approve a proposal from a U.S. adventure tour company. The Vermont-based ArborTrek Canopy Adventures sent a 21-page pitch to councillor James Pasternak last November, asking to operate zip-lines, canopy tours and aerial-trekking courses at Earl Bales Park. It would be the first attraction of its kind in the GTA. Though Pasternak is for it, there seems to be concern that the park's trees may not be thick enough for the pressure the apparatus would put on them.

Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, co-CEOs of BlackBerry, have stepped down as heads of the Waterloo-based tech company to be replaced by former COO Thorsten Heins. "I am so confident in RIM's future that I intend to purchase an additional $50 million of the company's shares," Lazaridis said by way of spinning the move. Thoughts? Will the shake-up help turn RIM around or does it just confirm that the company is doomed?

Maybe what's worst than being a BlackBerry user right now is being a Raptors fan. The Raps lost their eighth-straight to the Los Angeles Clippers last night. It wasn't a great weekend for Toronto sports teams in general, what with the Leafs losing to the Habs on Saturday. Maybe that's why a couple of them got testy during practice?

The Posted political panel breaks down city council's vote on the 2012 budget and, channeling Nietzsche, ponders whether Ford is dead. Will the mayor be able to adapt to a situation in which certain city council notes are no longer guaranteed?

And in case you were wondering, the construction happening right now in Allan Gardens is a water main repair and the eye-sore of the eight-feet-high hoarding in the south-east corner of the park isn't going away anytime soon: it will be boarded up for the entire three-and-a-half year run of the project. Why? Because a break in a water main like the one underneath Allan Gardens "would disrupt service to a huge portion of the city" and there's a huge backlog of broken pipes in the city.

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