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Morning Brew: Ford compromises on TTC board makeup, Wong-Tam writes op-ed for the Post, the rise of Southcore, and who's responsible for the Leafs' dive?

Call it a compromise, but it looks like the TTC board won't be stacked with citizen members sympathetic to the mayor's agenda. Despite a vote from the now decidedly less powerful executive committee to alter the board's composition such that citizen members would make up a majority, Karen Stintz revealed that she has a deal in place with the mayor to keep councillors in that position. The rejigged board will feature six councillors and five citizen members assuming it meets the approval of council next week.

The sky is falling again in the city. Just when you thought it was safe to walk the streets after the glass falling incidents of last year, debris from the overhang of a building at College and University fell about 10 metres to a walkway below. Fortunately no injuries were reported.

Apparently there was a bit of a kerfuffle over at the National Post when councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam made an amendment to incorporate "a gender and racial equity lens" to Karen Stintz's motion to enhance the policy-making of the special advisory panel for Sheppard Avenue. So now the Post has given Wong-Tam the opportunity to explain why an "advisory panel comprised of policy experts should be qualified and ready to speak to transit planning from the widest range of perspectives, not just from conventional engineering lexicon."

Is York and Bremner the new Bay and Wellington? Yes, says The Grid. Thanks to a strong commercial market, growing companies, and limited office space in the Financial District, businesses are now headed south towards Lake Ontario. And of course with a new location comes a new look for the business people who work there, who are younger, fitter, and hipper.

With the Leafs floundering over the past few weeks (they lost again last night), who's to blame for their downfall? The Star's Dave Feschuk seems to think that GM Brian Burke's loyalty to coach Ron Wilson that's likely to cost them a playoff berth.


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