Morning Brew: Yonge-Dundas concert nixed, Ontario Place report due, septic sinks, corner store drinks, 509 streetcar on hiatus, and Blue Jays shellacked
Heightened security fears have prompted the cancellation of an urban music concert scheduled to take place at Yonge-Dundas Square on the same weekend as Caribana. The TD Irie Music Festival will still take place at Nathan Phillips Square with reggae and world music acts but the concert's urban stage has been scrubbed. The news comes as Caribana organizers announced they will search guests.
Queen's Park will release a report later this morning outlining its recommendations for the future of Ontario Place. The park was shut down earlier this year as part of a cost-cutting exercise by the province. We'll have more on this later.
According to the results of an investigation at Mount Sinai Hospital, the source of a persistent bacterial infection that - in the words of the National Post - "infected or colonized" 66 patients over the last six years was new, state of art sinks. Though the bacteria isn't considered life-threatening it can trigger blood infections. Stay colony free my friends.
A petition by the Ontario Convenience Stores Association that asked the provincial government to allow beer sales in corner stores has already been rejected by the finance ministry. The provincial government says it's happy with the status quo. So, no beer for you (unless it's from the LCBO or Beer Store.)
In what must be the most ludicrous news this week, The Star reports that strip clubs - faced with a shortage of workers - have resorted to recruiting at schools and job fairs. On July 4th, the government banned foreign strippers entering the country for the purposes of work in an attempt to beef up security in the industry. The new laws have apparently created something of a shortage.
Finally, say goodbye to another streetcar route. The 509 Harbourfront route will be serviced by busses for roughly a year from Sunday while Harbourfront Toronto renovates much of Queens Quay. Here are the TTC's Brad Ross and Andy Byford to explain.
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