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Morning Brew: Arrest in Eaton Centre shootings, on the need for a city subway loop, Rob Ford really wants to eliminate the land transfer tax, the weekend roundup

Toronto police revealed this morning that an arrest has been made in the Eaton Centre shootings. Although details are sparse, CTV reports that the suspect turned himself in at 52 Division some time around 2:30 a.m. A press conference is schedule for 2 p.m.. at which more details will be revealed.

For commentary on the shootings and what the event means for Toronto, here are editorials from Marcus Gee, Joe Fiorito, Chris Selley, and the Posted Toronto Political Panel. Do this weekend's events shake your faith in Toronto as a safe city?

It's time to talk subways again, but just don't mention the Downtown Relief Line. Matt Elliott makes the case for the "city subway loop," which might just be "the most important infrastructure project Toronto can build right now."

Rob Ford really wants to get rid of the land transfer tax, and last Friday he asked Toronto Real Estate Board members for their help. "Folks, you must get in the councillors' faces," he told the board on Friday. "As we succeed in reducing costs, we can begin to phase out that terrible land transfer tax, which I never supported and I am adamant to get rid of. I'd like to start doing that before this council term is up."

The 2012 Ride for Heart raised $5 million as some 13,000 cyclists took to the Gardiner Expressway and DVP. That's up $1.1 million from last year's total. Well done.


Here's a little gem from the NFB archive on Toronto's rise as a metropolis in the 1950s. The idealistic tone strikes me as a good way to start the week.


Photo by Gail at Large in the blogTO Flickr pool

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