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Morning Brew: Group seeks $1.4m over G20 arrest, new Port Lands plan has a riverside park, is Ford a planning problem?, very deep water, and forging bike security

A Hamilton-area group is seeking $1.4 million in compensation over alleged wrongful arrests during the G20 protests. According to the Globe and Mail, the statement of claim alleges false arrest, false imprisonment, and sexual assault. Speaking at a press conference, Davin Charney, the group's lawyer, accused Toronto Police of unfairly profiling and targeting people wearing backpacks and speaking French. Toronto lawyer Mr. Charney is handling eight other G20 related suits.

The revised plan for the Port Lands expected next week will place more parkland along the Don River and restore the "magic" of the original proposal, according to The Star. Sadly, the promontory park at the mouth of the river is gone because of its potential impact on shipping. City council asked Waterfront Toronto to revise its plan for the Port Lands over fears it could take too long to implement.

Is Rob Ford standing in the way of good city planning? That's what Nate Berg of Atlantic Cities discusses in his interview with Toronto's new chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat published yesterday. According to Berg, Ford's "my way or the highway" attitude with the likes of former TTC CEO Gary Webster is a deterrent to the best new talent. Do you think Keesmaat will be able to make an impact in her new role?

Everyone knows Lake Ontario is huge, but how deep is it exactly? These neat graphics produced by Daniel Arancibia on his blog Front 65 show just how far down the water goes. Just a few of Toronto's buildings would be tall enough to break the surface if the city was on the lake bed.

Finally, the workers of the Long Branch Foundry are responsible for forging all 16,000 or so of Toronto's bike rings at their blazing hot workshop in Mississauga. Recently, The Star found out what goes into making one of the city's famous bike posts (hint: it's a lot of heat).


Photo: "layers" by ronnie.yip in the blogTO Flickr pool.

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