Morning Brew: TPL mulls new ads, York U president trades places with student, why a Sheppard subway won't work, and a bad night for Toronto sports teams

You might not see billboards at a library anytime soon, but you may see an advertisement on your next due date reminder. In an effort to explore all options for raising revenue, the Toronto Public Library board is considering hiring a contractor to sell ads that would be printed on the backs of due-date slips, as well as expand the ads that already appear in its What's On publication.

Speaking of libraries, it can't all be bad around here when New Yorkers think our system is one to emulate. The Grid cites an article from The Nation in which Thomas Galante, CEO of the Queens Library, spoke "reverently about one healthy and outstanding public library — in Toronto."

It's like "Trading Places" for the new generation, without the hijinx. York university president Mamdouh Shoukri switched roles with biochemistry major Rabia Sajun for the day to get a taste of student life. The President for a Day event is popular at some American universities, but it's believed this is the first time a Canadian school has participated.

Given that Rob Ford is still determined to extend the subway on Sheppard, perhaps he should take a gander at City Hall observer Matt Elliot's "Four Reasons We Can't Have the Subways Rob Ford Wants" blog post, which serves as a concise guide to why his subways just won't work. A downtown relief line, on the other hand...

Now that the Leafs' chances of making the playoffs seem slim at best, maybe hockey fans can take solace in the Toronto Stiga Table Hockey League that plays on an 82-game schedule "just like the NHL". Post City profiles the league which hosted the Toronto area's first sanctioned table-hockey tournament earlier this year.


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