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Morning Brew: CNE tells MGM to stop using Ex images, Toronto misses waste target, Atwood is against grass plan, Maple Leaf Gardens wins award, and a pot shop

The CNE wants MGM to stop using images of its property in promotional material for its proposed casino. The managers of the land and operators of the annual fair say the gaming facility is "threatening" to the future of the Ex and have issued a cease and desist order to the American company. MGM used images of the Princes' Gates and CNE.

Toronto has failed to meet a waste diversion goal for 2010, falling short on the amount of waste recycled or composted by 20 per cent. The city as a whole was supposed to have hit the 70 per cent but the current figure is more like 50. The city's GM of solid waste says apartment dwellers need to pull their socks up if they're to match those living in residential homes.

Lifetime Sports Bar on College Street is your official papal conclave venue, according to the Toronto Star. TVs in the bar are showing rolling news coverage of the meeting to elect the next pope. Unlike other sporting events, conclaves can be extremely unpredictable - one lasted three years in 1268, though it's thought this one will last under 5 days.

Margaret Atwood is against U of T's plan to install fake grass on the back campus, a patch of land near Hoskin and St. George. The author tweeted she might consider removing the university from her will if the decision isn't reversed. The fake grass will be used as a hockey pitch during the Pan Am Games. Should U of T keep it real?

The new Maple Leaf Gardens has won best 'retail outlet over 200 square metres' at the annual Retail and Leisure Interiors Awards. Australian Landini Associates and local Turner Fleischer Architects transformed the former hockey arena into a split-level supermarket and sports venue that opened last year. Is the reworked venue worthy of celebration?

Someone on Neville Park Blvd. in the Beaches is feeding wild coyotes despite advice to the contrary, according to animal services. The agency that manages Toronto's wildlife is asking local residents to snitch if it knows who's attracting the potentially dangerous animals. In February, a small dog was snatched by a coyote in the area.

The Danforth could get a medical marijuana dispensary if plans for a new storefront get the go-ahead. Sam Mellace, a medical pot activist, hopes changes to the law will allow him to operate Canada's first dispensary and licensing store for sufferers of chronic pain. What do you think of the idea?

Oh, and Ed the Sock - Canada's favourite stuffed critic - is returning to MuchMusic today to dispense acid-tongued advice to a new generation of musicians, cigar and all.


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

Image: "Treacherous" by Nick Wons Photography/blogTO Flickr pool.

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