Morning Brew: Ripley's Aquarium finally taking shape, Stintz wants to can Ford-established TTC subsidiary, and what's next for the Silver Snail?

With the construction of the concrete shark tank floor this weekend, Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto is finally taking shape. The 2.8-million-litre shark tank, easily Toronto's biggest fish tank ever, is the piece de resistance of the $130 aquarium that is set to open next summer. The sharks are expected to arrive in spring 2013. Cue the Jaws theme.

One of the first things TTC chair Karen Stintz plans to do with Toronto's new transit commission is shut down Toronto Transit Infrastructure Ltd, a now-worthless TTC subsidiary that was established by the Ford administration to help the Sheppard subway extension become a reality. Of course scrapping the entity won't stop the Sheppard subway from happening — that decision lies with city council next week.

It was nearly a year ago when we reported that Queen Street staple, Silver Snail, was leaving its home after over 30 years. Now, with the comic book store's lease up in June, Torontoist chats with owner George Zotti about what's next for the Snail, which includes hopes for a new home in the Annex complete with a cafe.

The very first Harvey's restaurant, built in Richmond Hill in 1959, is no more — and no one seems to care. Last Friday, the building was knocked down to make way condos, and the loss of the birthplace of the Canadian burger chain barely registered on the radar of local residents. "[At the] public meetings [for the development] not too many people showed up to express their concerns," said Richmond Hill Town Councillor Nick Papa. "I didn't hear a peep, I didn't hear anything about it."

The new issue of the Ethnic Aisle takes on the complications of whiteness in a smart decision to disrupt the uncritical tendency to think that being white is the opposite of being ethnic. It isn't. Among the list of topics, why white rap is just wrong (but you knew that already, didn't you?).


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