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Morning Brew: Transit vote looms large, St. Clair Disaster no such thing, the problem with pinatas and pigeons, Toronto inside workers vote to strike

In anticipation of today's transit vote at city council, it's not surprising that there's some last-minute news from both sides of the debate. Yesterday, Scarborough Councillor Ron Moeser sent out a letter saying that he now supports LRT because it serves more residents and has a financial plan in place. Meanwhile, councillor Norm Kelly pushed in favour of subways and sent around pamphlets with some scary pictures of light-rail crashes. Dumbest idea of the year?

Speaking of Transit, the Star presents yet more evidence that the St. Clair Disaster is one of the silliest things the Ford brothers have dreamed up. For those that know the area well, there really are only a few trouble spots — near Old Weston Road, and between Bathurst and Vaughan come to mind — all of which were subject to bottlenecks pre-ROW.

Ay caramba! A Nova Scotia man is accusing of Air Canada of taking security measures too far after airline officials confiscated the pinata he had bought for his daughter, claiming that it was a security threat. The man was returning home from a trip in Mexico and promised to bring back a souvenir for his daughter. (Apparently he forgot because he bought the item in a gift shop at Pearson, but that's besides the point, of course.)

There's a fair share of (anonymous) pigeon-haters out there who would love to see the social birds eradicated from the city for good. Of course they have their reasons: the birds carry disease, poop everywhere, and they make it really difficult to enjoy a sandwich in the park in peace. Getting rid of them is no easy task but if you stop providing food and water to them, they should leave you alone. If that doesn't work, there's always pigeon birth control.

In sports news, there was more of the same old and same old. With the exception of the Jays beating the Red Sox down in Florida, the Leafs lost to the New York Islanders (prompting chants of "Fire Burkie") and the Raptors couldn't 'Lin' against the Knicks.


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