Morning Brew: Stintz comments on Webster's fate, where subway cars go to die, U of T students preserve old psychological tools, and Toronto's tainted soil

Karen Stintz is has spoken out against the five TTC board members who are looking to oust the transit systems chief general manager, Gary Webster. "There certainly isn't cause to fire Gary Webster," Stintz said, before posing the question that we've all been asking: "Why is it so urgent and do we have the appropriate transition plan in place to make sure that the organization can continue to function?" A special meeting will be held today to discuss Webster's future. In the meantime, there's also a petition to save his job that's floating around.

So where do subway cars go when they die, like the recently retired H4s? Well, once they're stripped of their finest parts, the cars are torched and sold as scrap metal. A few, however, have survived to become restaurants or museum pieces in their second life. In very rare cases, they will be shipped to other cities for use in burgeoning transit systems.

U of T PhD students are being lauded for cataloguing and preserving a collection of 19th brass psychological instruments. So, what, exactly, are "psychological instruments"? Think of a steam-punk styled "ether-administering machine" and you're there.

How bad is the Toronto Coach Terminal? Downright terrible according to the National Post, which takes a look at the still preliminary plans to replace the aging facility with a newer version near Union Station. The current station would be an ideal candidate for a heritage restoration/repurposing.


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