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Morning Brew: Ford praises private garbage collection, street festival narrows Yonge, stray fingers, Tyrrell Ave. typos, bike lane blockages, and drunken bananas

Private garbage collection in the city's west end is still making headlines as bins continue to remain full almost a week after Green For Life, the company contracted to collect the waste west of Yonge, started its first rounds. Despite the problems, Rob Ford described the service as "great" and "fantastic" after a news conference yesterday. What do you think - are some teething issues to be expected?

Celebrate Yonge - a street festival stating this Friday that will involve closing down several lanes of traffic between Queen and Gerrard - could be used as a litmus test for future pedestrianization of the popular north-south route. Some lanes have already been closed in anticipation of the event, much to the aggravation of several drivers interviewed by The Star.

A severed finger found near Front and University that prompted a fretful call to Toronto police yesterday turned out to be a prop from a zombie film. It's not clear whether the realistic decomposing digit had been discarded or deliberately left behind.

Tyrrell Avenue near Christie and Davenport is, strangely, persistently misspelled by the city on its signage. Recently manufactured signs have used "Tyrrel" and "Tyrell," apparently for no reason. The National Post tells the story of Herrie ten Cate, who lives nearby, and is launching a campaign to correct the mistakes. For more name debates, see "Linsmore" vs. "Linnsmore" in the east end.

Are cyclists who complain about the storage of TTC streetcar rails in the College Street bike lane making mountains out of molehills? The National Post's Chris Selley thinks so; he says commuters of all stripes tend to catastrophize minor inconveniences like this, sometimes unnecessarily.

You know what bananas love? Booze! Banana Bar Crawls - drinking sessions where everyone dresses up as curved yellow fruit - are coming to Toronto.


Photo: "All That Remains" by Stephen Gardiner in the blogTO Flickr pool.

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