Morning Brew: Toronto casino faces first hurdle, killed cyclist mourned, Don Jail shuts up shop, e-bikes vs. bikes, and eastern waterfront images released by mistake
Rob Ford's executive committee will hear from members of the public later this morning on a Toronto casino. More than 200 people are registered to speak at the meeting but the mayor is concerned things could go on too long. He's motioned to limit speakers to 3 minutes and automatically end the meeting at 8pm, potentially preventing some people expressing their opinion. Should the committee stay late if it needs to?
The cyclist killed in a multi-vehicle accident near the 401 and Kennedy is being remembered as a keen soccer player. Henry Mejia was hit when a car exiting the eastbound off ramp of the highway ran a stop light and hit several north and southbound cars. The 37-year-old father of two was returning from a soccer game at the time of the crash. The man charged with causing the accident appeared in court Sunday.
Don Toronto Jail is entering its final days as a prison. In a few months time the last of the inmates will be transferred out of the Gerrard Street building that's attached to the historic Don Jail, once a venue for public executions. The National Post took a detailed look at the old building before it becomes part of the Bridgepoint Health complex and the current cells are demolished.
The battle lines are being drawn between bicycles and e-bikes again, it seems. The city held a public meeting on Saturday to discuss whether the motorized vehicles should be allowed to use bike lanes and off-road trails. Over 300 people responded to the call for input. Should electric bikes be allowed to use bike lanes?
Oh, and try to forget those renderings we showed you last week of the eastern waterfront - you weren't supposed to see them. Landscape architects Claude Cormier say they accidentally released the images too early.
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