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Morning Brew: Subway extension faces financial issues, audit finds Bixi is in trouble, electronic billboards could spread, single millionaires, and a booze can crackdown

The provincial government says its pledge of $1.4 billion to the Scarborough subway extension isn't enough to build the line the federal government proposed yesterday. "We are not walking away from a project that is fully funded for one that isn't," said Transportation Minister Glen Murray said. The current federal/city proposal falls about $1 billion short, he added. Murray says he will work with the city and the feds to close that gap, however.

Montreal's auditor general says he doubts Bixi can continue to operate in Quebec and Toronto. Jacques Bergeron produced a report in to the parent company's most recent financial year and will present it to Montreal city council this week. Bergeron says the company, which has expanded across North America, is in serious financial trouble.

Toronto could open the door to more electric billboards. A consultant's report is recommending the city allow signs in areas outside the current designated zones at Yonge-Dundas Square and along the Gardiner. The billboards would be away from residential areas and 250 metres from the nearest residence. Is this a worrying case of ad creep or a logical option for a big city like Toronto.

Toronto is home to more than 2,000 single millionaires (or plenty of people willing to lie about their income in a survey,) according to online dating website 2,327 people listed their annual income as more than a million dollars, more than double the second place Canadian city, Calgary.

Toronto police are cracking down on cold tea outlets in Chinatown. Using legislation passed in 2001, cops are targeting landlords who repeatedly turn a blind eye to illegal booze cans and allow new after-hours bars to open, like the owners 319 Spadina, a notorious repeat-offender.

A lost stuffed dog has found its way home thanks to Twitter. Toronto police Staff Sgt. Chris Boddy found the dog in the arrivals area of Pearson airport last month and used social media to track down the owner, a little boy named Caeden, 5, using the hashtag #findmyowner.

New Leafs signing David Clarkson has been banned for 10 games and fined $270,000 for leaving the bench to participate in a brawl, the NHL says. Clarkson hopped over the boards to defend Phil Kessel during a gritty pre-season match against the Buffalo Sabres.

Finally, Cirque du Soleil has signed on to produce the opening ceremony of the 2015 Pan Am Games. The Canadian company of acrobats will sponsor the event and work as a creative partner with the organizers. The news is expected to be confirmed later this morning.


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

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