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Morning Brew: Rob Ford, Shelley Carroll get set for an election, councillors plan shark fin appeal, Ana Bailao's drunk driving case in court, and bike lane special effects

Rob Ford says he'll run for mayor if there's a byelection to decide who becomes leader of council in the new year. Speaking on his weekly radio show with his brother Doug, Ford said he "will be the first one into the race." Second place on the starting line up goes to councillor Shelley Carroll, who says she'll also take a stab at the top job.

What with all the faff around the mayor's job recently you would think it's essential to have someone in charge of municipal affairs. But what if Toronto decided to ditch the position completely, would that be so bad? The National Post discusses.

Toronto councillors are considering an appeal against a Superior Court decision overturning the city's ban on shark fin products. The ruling declared the bylaw "constitutionally invalid" because it protects species that aren't native to Ontario. Last year council voted 38-4 to ban food products that use shark fins.

Rob Ford isn't the only councillor with an upcoming court date. Ana Bailao faces charges of impaired driving and of driving with a blood-alcohol level higher than the legal limit but won't appear in person later today. The case is being postponed, as is customary, and Bailao says she intends to plead not guilty.

Considering they're just lines on the road, bike lanes really are good for just a few things: carrying bikes and providing convenient parking for delivery trucks. I bet you didn't know some paths can make their own weather phenomena, though.

Speaking of bike lanes, the province could be about to offer incentives to towns and cities to install new infrastructure that encourages cycling. According to the Toronto Sun, the new strategy suggests implementing a 1-metre passing law for cars overtaking bikes but stops short of making helmets mandatory.



Photo: "The Streets Of Toronto 2" by jethros_tale in the blogTO Flickr pool.

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