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Morning Brew: Transit delays could lead to disaster, LRT construction worries, Dufferin voted worst road, more elephant fuss, and the Jays win

TTCriders - an advocacy group for, you guessed it, TTC riders - says the delays to the start of LRT construction could leave the projects exposed to yet more political interfering. The Sheppard LRT, which would have been a year from completion by now if it hadn't been halted by Rob Ford, won't start up again until 2014 and will take until 2018 to finish. TTCriders wants Metrolinx to explain why it can't start work today and better protect the line from cancellation.

In other TTC news, it appears everyone's favourite transit provider will be the primary beneficiary of the recently discovered budgetary surplus that Rob Ford is so proud of (but really shouldn't be).

Driven on Dufferin lately? Yup, it's pretty bad. In fact, it's probably even worse for cyclists who really feel all those potholes. By way of confirmation, the CAA has just announced Dufferin as the worst road in the province (as voted by drivers). Did they get it right?

How's this for the blindingly obvious? The Star reports there's going to be some traffic disruption once construction on the Eglinton LRT starts in 2014. Not sure what they expected there.

The debacle over three Toronto Zoo elephants' move to a sanctuary in California is rapidly descending into farce after staff on the United States end of the transaction described the relationship between the institutions as "toxic." Toronto Zoo says it won't move the African elephants until it has examined the medical records of animals already at the PAWS sanctuary - a subject which seems to be a major sticking point. No word what Bob Barker makes of all these shenanigans.

This week's trip down memory lane courtesy of Retronatrio takes us to the Eaton Centre in 1989. I'm not entirely sure what's going on for the majority of this ad, but there's a guy seemingly walking on water, gratuitous shots of geese, and a synth heavy backing track. Enjoy!


Photo: "Endangered Species 33" by Dominic Bugatto in the BlogTO Flickr pool.

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