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Morning Brew: Stintz rethinks OneCity funding, Ford's tax freeze gets frosty reception, grand union repair stats, Jamie Bell playground reopens, and a "fire rainbow"

TTC chair Karen Stintz is conceding some ground on a key aspect of the OneCity transit plan she devised with vice chair Glenn De Baeremaeker last month: funding. Stintz told a group of councillors yesterday she plans to make the conversion of the Scarborough RT to subway and an eastern waterfront LRT a priority at the next council meeting and leave the money issue until later. An open mind on funding might coax more councillors over to Stintz's side on the subway, streetcar, bus and LRT expansion project.

Speaking of funding, Rob Ford's proposed property tax freeze for 2014 is also meeting some resistance; several councillors are concerned about the loss of revenue it would create.

Queen and Spadina is one of three grand unions - intersections where a streetcar can go in any direction except back the way it came - in Toronto (and North America for that matter). Repairing such a busy thoroughfare takes plenty of planning - The Star has a run-down of what's involved. Bonus points if you can name the other two grand unions in Toronto (without cheating) in the comment section.

High Park's Jamie Bell playground, burnt by vandals in March, officially rises from the ashes later today as an extensive rebuild by members of the local community and celebrity contractor Mike Holmes officially wraps up. Pushed back slightly by last weekend's heat wave, the opening day will finally let children loose on new slides and rebuilt wooden towers.

Meanwhile in Scarborough, this guy's leg infection was successfully treated with maggots. Yep, that's right, maggots.

It might not be a double rainbow, but this cloud phenomenon is still pretty amazing. Matthew Haskill captured a circumhorizontal arc, caused when sunlight strikes Cirrostratus clouds at a specific angle, on a flight to Toronto from Barrie.


Rob Ford explains his opposition to Karen Stintz and Glenn De Baeremaeker's OneCity transit plan rather concisely:


Photo: "Postcard" by Acid_Punk in the blogTO Flickr pool.

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