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Morning Brew: TTC orders new subway studies, a vigil for murder victim, a casino would hurt the Port Lands, welcoming the Urban Umbrella, and a Jays milestone

Just when it seemed the transit discussion in Toronto was heading in a sensible, controlled direction a runaway TTC meeting last night seems destined to threaten months of progress. Councillors on the Commission's board ordered two new studies for Scarborough subway lines, reopening the LRT vs subway debate and threatening to draw momentum from the Downtown Relief Line. The master plan between Ontario, Metrolinx, and TTC that prescribes LRTs for the city is set to go before council soon. Councillor John Parker called the decision "stupid, stupid." Do you agree?

The man who murdered a woman in a Cabbagetown alley earlier this week may be a serial offender, police say. Video of the moments leading up to the death of 55-year-old Nighisti Semret were released yesterday in the hopes of catching the killer. Last night, residents held a vigil in the area.

Police are investigating Sun News journalist Ezra Levant after an on-air "rant" in which he likened Gypsies to "swindlers." Toronto's Roma Community Centre, who lodged the complaint earlier this month called the piece, titled "The Jew vs. the Gypsies," "overtly racist, prejudicial, and demeaning." A few days ago, the Sun distanced itself from a controversial Sue-Ann Levy tweet that implied US president Barack Obama was a secret Muslim.

Waterfront Toronto is opposed to a Port Lands casino, reports the Globe and Mail (though you'll just have to believe me unless you're a subscriber.) Waterfront Toronto CEO John Campbell said a casino would work against a "vibrant urban mixed-use environment" in a letter to the city's chief planner. Is he right?

Riding a bike on Lake Shore Boulevard under the Gardiner is risky business but not illegal, apparently.

A plywood shelter this ain't. An "Urban Umbrella" being assembled around the future site of the Ryerson Student Learning Centre at Yonge and Gould (the former Sam the Record Man block) promises to be light and airy in the day, illuminated at night, and stylish all the time. Oh, and it will stop bricks falling on pedestrians too.

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the Toronto Blue Jays' first world series win and the CBC has a photo series for nostalgic fans to re-live the series, upside down Canadian flags and all. Here's the series' lost controversial lost triple play from game three.


Photo: "Warp Speed" by cookedphotos from the blogTO Flickr pool.

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