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Morning Brew: Where to put a GTA casino?, Byford is officially the new TTC GM, the rise of the opossum, Dick Cheney says Canada is too dangerous for visit

Now that a Toronto-area casino looks likes it's actually happening, the biggest question is: where should it go? That answer won't be simple for a number of reasons. One complication involves logistics (zoning, planning and transportation issues) and the other, perhaps more important issue, is that there's political discord at City Hall over a casino. Whatever the outcome will be, it's basically certain that a GTA casino will crush all of the other casinos in Ontario.

No big surprise here: Andrew Byford confirmed last night that he will officially succeed Gary Webster as the new chief general manager of the TTC. Byford says he is "absolutely delighted."

It looks like the opossum is this year's raccoon. The Star tells us that more and more of the marsupials have been spotted across the GTA in recent years, having moved northward from South America in the 1950s. The animal is often mistaken for a rat (even though it's the size of a large house cat) and is actually quite gentle for a creature who cleans up other animals when they die.

The TTC has another big announcement to make tomorrow: There are new public washrooms at Finch Station! And plans for more toilet upgrades in other subway stations. They will also be sharing their new cleaning protocols. Anyone been inside the facilities at Finch? First impressions?

Toronto won't have the pleasure of hearing former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney speak at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in April about the current political climate in the U.S., thanks to demonstrations that were made during a visit he made to Vancouver last fall. Apparently, Canada isn't safe enough for him now.


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