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Morning Brew: Council charts a way ahead minus Ford, bike lanes for Adelaide and Richmond, street planning post-Gardiner, and Leafs haters reach outer space

Now that the dust has settled on Rob Ford's appeal hearing, all the talk is about what would happen if judges declare council's top seat vacant. The only thing that's certain under that scenario is that Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday would become interim mayor - after that, council must hold a by-election or appoint someone from within to take over until 2014. What do you think is the fairest approach?

An east-west separated bike lane has long been a goal of cycling advocates in Toronto and now thanks to a soon-to-be-completed environmental study it could be about to become a reality. If the results are as expected, a separated lane on Adelaide or Richmond could link Bathurst and Sherbourne streets.

Torontonians should be careful what it wishes for when they talk about tearing down the Gardiner, says Spacing's John Lorinc. Lake Shore Boulevard east of the Don River - with its big-box stores, heavy traffic, and lack of sidewalk business - is an example of how not to build a thriving street post elevated expressway, he argues. How could we avoid the same mistake downtowns?

Waterloo police seeking Jonathan Gushue, a chef missing in Toronto since New Year's Eve, say they need the public's help finding the husband and father of two. Gushue, the top cook at Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa, hasn't contacted his family since Dec. 31 and may be using the name Jonathan Herder.

Turns out being a Leafs fan still sucks in space. Commander Chris Hadfield, the Canadian rep on the International Space Station, tweeted a self-portrait with a Maple Leafs poster high above the Earth yesterday only to be immediately panned for his choice of team. One MP pointed out the moon landing was more recent than the last Leafs cup win. Ouch.


Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Photo: "For A Minute" by monkeyseemonkeypoo from the blogTO Flickr pool.

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