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Morning Brew: OneCity is toast, Rob Ford is angry at lingering bag tax, Toronto could get LED ads, TDSB wants to track its staff, and a daily TTC scorecard

Well, it was nice while it lasted, but Karen Stintz and Glenn De Baeremaeker's OneCity transit proposal is dead. Yesterday councillors stripped the expansion plan back to a promise of a study and a fall public consultation on the TTC. The pair couldn't muster enough votes to study converting the Scarborough RT to subway, either. Over at The Star, there are some pretty disappointed subway riders.

According to the National Post, Rob Ford isn't happy that some major retailers are still charging the five-cent plastic bag fee despite it officially being abolished on 1st July. Stores such as Loblaws and Shoppers Drug Mart are diverting the money to charity, they say. Are you concerned about the nickel charge hanging around if the money goes to a worthy cause?

Toronto could be getting more electric LED billboards - bright adverts that light up at night - but some industry insiders are worried the technology will lead to more traffic accidents and more distracted driving. In the second part of their two-day meeting, city councillors will discuss the issue later today. In the wake of the Astral info pillar hacks, is more advertising on our streets a bad thing?

The Toronto District School Board will install GPS tracking devices on all its work vehicles to try and prevent workers slacking off on the job. Because knowing where your van is at all times is definitely going to keep the guy inside busy.

The TTC will now publish a daily report card illustrating how well it performed in various key areas like subway punctuality, ease of access and its ability to provide a "reliable headway" on busses and streetcars, whatever that means. Check out how the system performed yesterday (not so well).

In advance of Toronto hosting of WorldPride 2014, new adverts have begun appearing in London, the current host city, on the sides of cabs. Some vehicles are decked out in rainbow colours while others have leather or bright pink fur style coverings. The tagline is "Ride with Pride Toronto."


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