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Morning Brew: Rob Ford unveils colour-coded parking, talking an Argos stadium, the mayor's parenting advice, streetcars return to the east end, and a stunning sunset

While the TTC was proudly showing off its new low-floor streetcars, Rob Ford was on Armoury Street painting a strip of curb bright red. It's hoped marking out areas where parking and waiting is always prohibited will make the rules easier for motorists to understand. Nine different locations around the city will get the paint. Good idea?

Also in Ford, the Argos need a purpose-built football stadium somewhere in Toronto, according to the mayor. Speaking to reporters in Winnipeg on a recent vacation, Ford said a 35,000-seater arena at Varsity Stadium, Woodbine, or up at Downsview would bring in more fans. The Jays are considering a new turf field that would make it harder to convert the Rogers Centre for football.

Rob Ford's also got some parenting advice for Will and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: "Give [the baby] as much love as possible," he said. "They grow up quite fast. As you know, I took my son and daughter out to Winnipeg and Saskatchewan and we had a great time. Spend as much time as you can with your little ones."

Streetcar service on the Dundas, King, and Carlton streetcars is back to normal this morning following a huge fire at Broadview and Gerrard last weekend. The TTC was forced to rebuild the overhead wiring after the gutted remains of Cai Yuan Supermarket were torn down, cutting off much of the service to the east end.

Two eastbound lanes of the Gardiner between Jarvis Street and the Don Valley are now closed to traffic until December while crucial repairs are carried out. Chunks of the elevated highway have been falling on to the road below for years and an environmental assessment is currently weighing the road's future.

What's 12-foot tall, weighs 360 kilos, and always smiles. Why, it's Ted Rogers of course. A bronze statue of the late media mogul was unveiled yesterday outside the Rogers Centre in a special corporate ceremony attended by his children and former business partners. Rogers grew the family's Rogers Communications Inc. into one Canada's largest companies.

Speaking of the Rogers Centre, check out this amazing sunset shot taken from inside the stadium during a Blue Jays game this week and posted on Reddit. Now if only the team could buy a win.


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

Image: That Boy/blogTO Flickr pool.

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