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Morning Brew: Another turn in the zoo saga, campaign says "no" to casino, the Jarvis bike lane is (really) dead, city pockets $100M from Enwave sale, and Jays sign off

Well, it didn't last long. The city will now consider putting a stop to its two-day search for companies to run Toronto Zoo after councillor Paul Ainslie introduced a motion to turn the issue over to the executive committee yesterday. Recently, the zoo's board sought to end its association with the city.

The first (or at least most apparent) opposition group to a proposed downtown casino has launched an online campaign aimed at keeping companies like OLG away from the core. No Casino Toronto says any complex would be detrimental to the city. Several American companies have also expressed an interest in building a hotel and gaming complex in Toronto.

Lower the coffin. The Jarvis bike lane is dead. Council voted 19-24 against a motion that would have prevented a fifth, reversible vehicle lane being added to the street at the expense of the kerbside bike lane. We'll have more reaction to this shortly.

Also at City Hall yesterday, council voted to sell its stake in deep-lake heating and cooling company Enwave Energy Corporation. Rob Ford was pleased, the 43-percent chunk of the company brought in a $100 million more than the city originally paid for it. That profit could, as the mayor wants, go toward the cost of new streetcars or, alternatively, community housing, water department, or transit coffers, as other councillors want.

Speaking of Rob Ford, he's live on CBC Radio's Metro Morning right now. 99.1 FM if you want to tune in. I recommend you do.


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