Morning Brew: By-election scheduled for Jack Layton's former riding, Stintz to call special city council meeting, Spadina's moving sidewalks, the weekend roundup

A by-election in the former riding of late NDP Jack Layton is scheduled for March 12, Prime Minster Stephen Harper confirmed yesterday. The NDP chose law professor Craig Scott as the party's nominee to run in the Toronto-Danforth riding, while the Conservatives recently chose communications consultant Andrew Keyes as theirs. The Liberals have not yet chosen a candidate. Whoever wins will no doubt have some large shoes to fill.

Remember those moving walkways at Spadina station? They were removed - or forced into "retirement" - back in 2003, but OpenFile has a nice nostalgic piece on the unique walkways that made you feel like you were at an airport and coming from a far more exotic place than the Bloor-Danforth line.

Some big transit news this morning: TTC chair Karen Stintz is set to file a petition with the city clerk's office today, demanding a special council to confirm its commitment to David Miller's 2009 Transit City plan (though it would be referred to by a different name). We'll have more on this shortly.

Did you watch the Super Bowl last night? Chances are, you did. Maybe you were one of the 1,500 people who took in the game at Sound Academy, one of the biggest Super Bowl parties held in Canada. More than 30 TVs and 4 big screens were set up inside and there were also some Buffalo Bills cheerleaders on hand, too.

From the weekend:

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