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Morning Brew: TTC won't save struggling Bixi program, Mammoliti takes a health break, painting the curbs red, Toronto targets The View, and cops probe pinched piano

The TTC will not save Toronto's struggling Bixi program because it is not part of the transit agency's core business, according to a report to be released Wednesday that labels the bikeshare a possible "distraction." The document goes on to call the company "not financially sustainable." It was hoped integrating Bixi into the transit network would make it a viable mode of transportation. Bad news?

Cllr. Giorgio Mammoliti, normally an outspoken member of city council, is taking a summer break on the advice of his doctor after a recurrence of a brain problem. Mammoliti says he felt pressure in his head last week after missing the marathon transit city council meeting. He underwent brain surgery earlier this year to correct a problem that could have lead to a stroke.

The city is hoping bright red curbs will make it clear to drivers where parking is prohibited in Toronto. Rob Ford is due to unveil a pilot project today that will involve painting red stripes on the road where parking and standing is prohibited at all times such as around fire hydrants and at pedestrian crossings. Will this make the rules clearer for drivers?

Toronto Public Health is taking aim at the new presenter of ABC's The View over its new choice of presenter. The group responsible for the well-being of Toronto's residents Tweeted that Jenny McCarthy, a former Playboy model turned activist who believes vaccinations cause autism, should be replaced for her controversial and scientifically unsupported views.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a baby boy yesterday and apart from the CN Tower glowing bright blue the birth really will make very little difference to Toronto right now. Not to be put off, the Star tracked down some babies born here on July 22.

The widow of a cyclist killed on Toronto's streets wants the investigation in to her husband's death re-opened. Police originally told Kasia Briegmann-Samson that Tom Samson ran a red light before he was hit but subsequent reconstructions seem to cast doubt on that theory and the reliability of police investigations into cycling collisions, she says.

Finally, Cops are investigating after a gang of thieves allegedly swiped a baby grand piano from Toronto General Hospital. The three suspects hit the Peter Munk Wing earlier this month, placing the Boston Steinway on a dolly and rolling it out to an unmarked truck. Clear CCTV stills will likely mean the crooks face the music soon.


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

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