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Morning Brew: TPL accused of moving towards "big box store" model, the most underrated neighbourhoods in the city, and Toronto FC retains city's sports dignity

With both the Toronto Public Library and its unionized workers in a legal strike or lockout position as of Sunday March 18, Toronto librarians are accusing the TPL of moving towards a "big box store" staffing model, which means fewer library workers and service desks to help users. Librarians are also saying the system is being altered to make it easier to lay off workers, in addition to cutting off more full-time positions. There are about 2,300 people who work at the TPL, half in part-time positions.

For their real estate issue The Grid takes a look at the city's most underrated neighbourhoods, which wouldn't be a bad thing except that they're more "second-best" than underrated because the most popular 'hoods in the city have become way too expensive for average folk like you and me to afford.

And what is surely the envy of the Toronto Star, here is a video of Rob Ford having a fly fishing contest with the publisher of the Toronto Sun in preparation for the 65th Toronto Sportsmen Show.

Just when almost all faith was lost in our local pro sports teams, the Toronto FC managed to beat the L.A. Galaxy last night, pushing them to the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals. It's the first time a Canadian team has moved so far in North America's biggest soccer club competition.

Toronto's planned Bayside neighbourhood — an area currently under construction on the Inner Harbour as part of Waterfront Toronto's ongoing revitalisation plans — has its own promotional video. Now you can fly like an eagle (or pigeon or seagull) between renderings of the buildings and over the heads of happy, confident, middle-class sims with a backing of tedious elevator music. Enjoy!


Photo by Jason Cook in the blogTO Flickr pool

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