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Morning Brew: Ford targets plastic bag ban, getting ready for Gehry, Tragically Hip surprise Kensington, the Occupy Garden is dead, and an expensive parking space

Plastic bags were top of the agenda on Rob Ford's weekly Newstalk 1010 radio show Sunday. The mayor says he wants the ban, which would come into effect early next year, to be ditched to prevent possible legal action by plastic bag interest groups. Ford might have a tough time getting the debate re-opened, 30 of the 45 members of council need agree with him.

More details are expected later this morning on the Princess of Wales Theatre at King and John which could make way for three huge Frank Gehry-designed condo towers as part of a massive re-working of the King West theatre district. David Mirvish, who owns the theatre, says the project will be completed in three phases and take seven years to complete. Watch this space.

The Tragically Hip played a surprise concert at Kensington Market yesterday to celebrate the final Pedestrian Sunday of the year (and promote their new album, Now for Plan A, out tomorrow). News of the show circulated on Facebook earlier in the weekend.

A small community vegetable garden at Queen's Park set up by Occupy Gardens has been abruptly removed by the city. The four month old patch, which contained rare varieties of bean, asparagus and squash, was regularly harvested and the food distributed to the local community.

For the tycoon who really needs to park downtown, a new space has opened up near the Air Canada Centre for a shade under 50 thousand dollars. The space is rectangular and marked out with yellow lines just like every parking space.

Finally, if you've ever wondered how the TTC maneuvers its gigantic streetcar rails into place (when it's done storing them in the bike lane) then wonder no more. Here's a video shot by reader Tom Klepl late last night at Front and Spadina.

Moving rails into place - TTC from Tom Klepl on Vimeo.



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