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Morning Brew: Council to talk replacing Holyday, Ford gets advice from outgoing DM, big delay on the subway, neighbourhood rankings, and Pape station ready to close

City council will decide August 21 how to replace outgoing deputy mayor Doug Holyday. Rob Ford has said he prefers a byelection to replace Holyday, who was elected to Queen's Park earlier this month, beating out cllr. Peter Milczyn, among others, in Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Council also has the option of appointing someone to the position until the next election.

Holyday also has some advice for his soon-to-be ex-boss Rob Ford: stop coaching football and focus on your day job. Ford said last week he's been approached by several other high schools about taking on a new team. How will Ford fare once his deputy is gone?

The Yonge-University-Spadina line is running a little rough this morning. The TTC says riders should expect delays of up to 30 minutes due to communication issue between the central control centre and the trains. Shuttle buses are running on the route in an attempt to ease overcrowding.

UPDATE: The TTC says the problem has been fixed but to expect lingering delays through the rush hour.

Toronto Life's newly-released neighbourhood rankings is stirring controversy. According to the list, Rosedale-Moore Park is the best place to live in Toronto and Mount Dennis is the worst. The magazine says the article ranks housing, crime, transit, shopping, health and environment, entertainment, community engagement, diversity and schools, and employment out of 100, and adds the totals together. Banbury-Don Mills and High Park-Swansea round out the top three. Where did your area come? Are you surprised by the results?

There's been a bizarre (and disturbing) rash of opportunistic thefts from injured people in Toronto this month. Last Saturday, a cyclist struck at Oxford and Spadina had her cellphone stolen while she lay hurt; yesterday, a woman who had been struck by a car in the east end had rolls of coins stolen from her purse. Holy cow.

Finally, Pape station will be closed - no trains or buses - for 11 days starting Monday to allow the TTC to complete lingering modernization work in one fell swoop. Until August 29, the subway will bypass Pape without stopping. Here's a video that explains how everything will work.


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

Image: Marika van Velsen/blogTO Flickr pool.

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