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Morning Brew: Ford spills on streetcar incident, Toronto beaches bathing in litter, the sinking of Captain John's, and Batman vs. Spiderman

Rob Ford says he didn't drive past open streetcar doors last week and claims he doesn't understand what made the driver of the vehicle leave his seat. The mayor finally shed some light on his side of the story during an impromptu scrum yesterday, telling reporters the driver "accosted" him after he stopped between the front and back doors while passengers boarded.

According to my official Ontario driver's handbook: "At streetcar stops, stay at least two metres behind the rear doors where passengers are getting on or off." Should we cut the mayor some slack for this?

Sunnyside and a handful of other Toronto beaches are looking decidedly worse for wear after the Canada Day long weekend. Pizza boxes, fireworks, beer bottles and other detritus strewn by thousands of litterbugs is still covering the sand waiting for city workers to clean up the mess. If you didn't take your crap home or toss it in a bin, boo to you, good citizen.

On the topic of transit, Tanner Zurkoski, the winner of an Evergreen Brick Works competition, is spending a month in a car to highlight how much time commuters spend in their vehicle. He's got AC, luckily.

Captain John's was finally claimed by the deadpool last week, ending a stint of more than 35 years on Toronto's waterfront. The restaurant was originally housed in a different salvaged ship, the M.S. Normac, before it was struck and sunk by the steam ferry Trillium. The Grid tells the story.

Toronto's Batman is still making the rounds, but this time he's got competition. A series of pictures of the Caped Crusader fighting a person dressed as Spiderman on the subway surfaced on Flickr yesterday. There's no clear winner, but judging by smiles and nonchalance from the people in the background it didn't get too intense. OK, that's enough Batman from Bateman.

Gavin Slate, a singer-songwriter from Toronto, knows first hand how tough it can be for aspiring musicians to gain exposure and create a buzz without a team of professionals fighting your corner. To get people talking about his music, Slate has come up with a novel way of creating a buzz - make himself the unofficial GTA Starbucks pick of the day. Check out the video:


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