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Morning Brew: Doug Ford lashes out at critics, recycling still going to the landfill, Roncesvalles has mighty old tree, and a busy night in Toronto sports

Not surprisingly, Doug Ford is lashing out against critics accusing him of being a liability to his brother. Ford spoke to AM640 yesterday and accused the media of twisting his words, and also accused Karen Stintz and Councillor Peter Milczyn of trying to silence him. He also went on (yet) another tirade about how much the public still wants subways. True to form, Ford made another infamous soundbite earlier yesterday in council chambers, remarking: "Sorry I was a little late, I had to take two showers to wipe the tire marks off my back. In saying that, I'd be more than happy to be thrown under the bus for my brother any day."

Maybe it's because deeming what's recyclable is confusing. Maybe it's because city residents pay by volume for garbage, while recycling is free. Or maybe it's because the garbage sorters are just missing stuff. Whatever the reason is, twenty per cent of Toronto's garbage collected in blue bins ends up going to the Green Lane landfill anyway, a number that's grown since 2007.

A hundred-year old silver maple tree in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood is being nominated by some residents for designation under the Ontario Heritage Tree Program. The tree, which stands as tall as a four-storey building, is thought to be the city's oldest tree in a commercial district.

So Toronto sports hit all ends of the spectrum last night. The Leafs squandered a 2-goal lead and ended up losing to the Penguins; the Raptors torched the Houston Rockets in one of their best games of the season; and, after pulling ahead with two quick goals, Toronto FC ended up settling for a tie against the L.A. Galaxy in one of their biggest games ever.


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