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Morning Brew: Ford waits on Supreme Court decision, Bob Rae steps down, banning cars from King St., the bag ban is dead, Centre Island maze lives, and an old map

Rob Ford will find out today whether or not his conflict of interest case is going to the Supreme Court. Resident Paul Magder, who brought the original case against the mayor, has asked Canada's highest court to hear his appeal of a judge's decision to keep Ford in office. An announcement is due before 10 AM. Watch this space.

Toronto-Centre MP Bob Rae is stepping down after more than 35 years in politics. The former Ontario Premier and leader of the Liberal party said his work as a lawyer and mediator is consuming more of his time and his work with First Nations groups would take priority. It's not clear when Rae will officially step aside. Chances of a mayoral run?

TTC CEO Andy Byford says banning cars from King and Queen streets during the morning and evening rush hour is the best way of improving surface transit through the core. Right now, the King and Queen cars are plagued by bunching and delays caused by turning cars and other obstructions. Karen Stintz will ask the TTC board to investigate the feasibility of the move next meeting. Could it ever happen?

Toronto's bag ban is dead and buried. Rob Ford hammered home the "final nail in the coffin" of the hastily-arranged embargo, using his ex-officio vote at yesterday's public works and infrastructure committee meeting to shelve the discussion indefinitely. The mayor is technically a member of all city committees but the city's elected leader rarely uses his or her voting rights in this way.

Also in vaguely waste related news items, Rob Ford says he'll campaign on contracting out garbage collection in the east end of the city, following his successful outsourcing of home waste pick-up west of Yonge. Is this a Ford idea that works?

The lost Centre Island maze could be about to make a comeback if William Meany has his way. The former Repo Man and Repo Depo man is hoping to restore the cedar labyrinth, and money's no object. The original trees were clear cut by the city in 2011 after losing a battle for sunlight to neighbouring plants. Meany has put up $200,000.

Finally, Library and Archives Canada has scratched around behind the sofa cushions and pulled out enough cash to purchase a unique set of 200-year-old maps, letters, and artifacts from the early days of Canadian history. The Sir John Coape Sherbrooke collection cost $70,000 and contains a rare early coloured map of the York.

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

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