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Morning Brew: Ford might be open to a tax to fund subways, more on Gary Webster, pop-up Target shop sells out in five hours, and where's the snow?

Well, since the money has to come from somewhere, it appears now Rob Ford is open to taxation to help fund his subway plan. Ford told reporters yesterday that he could foresee the implementation of some sort of parking tax of which details remain sketchy. Insiders say a per-space fee is likely, which would be passed on to owners of large parking lots, like malls and movie theatres. KPMG consultants say the tax could rake in $90-million annually.

And for those who would like to see former the TTC report that detailed why Sheppard isn't well suited to a subway investment — you know, the one that played a role in former GM Gary Webster's firing — you can read the full text on transit Steve Munro's blog. The Star, meanwhile, has also put a more concrete number on Webster's severance at $564,000.

In typical fashion, the big snowfall didn't come last night, and it's barely looking like any kind of storm as I write this. How is it that we always seem to dodge these things? Oh, and take note: BIXI service is still suspended thanks to the expected snowfall, though it's always possible that it returns sooner than tomorrow afternoon now that it's not so bad out there.

So were you one of the 1,500 shoppers who lined up for the Target pop-up shop yesterday? All of the 2,500 pieces in the temporary shop at King and John sold out in a mere five hours, with the $60,000 in sales going to the United Way of Toronto.

IN BRIEF:

Photo by Saman Aghvami in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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