Morning Brew: Peter Leon joins city council, fallen sign blocks the Gardiner, the TTC learns crowd control, Nuit Blanche food trucks clean up, and harnessing poo power
Toronto city council has a new member. Peter Leon was appointed to fill Doug Holyday's vacant seat in Ward 3 yesterday afternoon, beating out former Mike Harris cabinet minister, community council nomination, and favourite Chris Stockwell in a series of votes. Leon starts immediately.
A fallen highway sign is blocking the westbound lanes of the Gardiner at Royal York Road this morning. The sign and its metal support structure came down after being struck by a vehicle just after 5 am. Two Italian honeymooners were also involved in the collision but were uninjured - a group of firefighters took them to the airport so they didn't miss their flight. Police say the sign will need to be cut apart, a job that could take all morning.
The TTC's new group station managers are working to manage foot traffic at the subway's busiest stations during rush hour. The Toronto Star followed a team of workers during a typical morning at St. George station. Also on the subway, the Yonge and University lines will be closed for the entire long weekend for signal work and shuttle buses will be out. Service will resume Monday morning at 6 am.
York University is taking libel action against Toronto Life for over an article that described the campus as "a hunting ground for sexual predators." The action is raising questions about whether universities should be allowed to sue for libel as governments cannot. Journalist Katherine Laidlaw explored a series of recent sexual assaults at the university.
Toronto's food trucks did a roaring trade during last weekend's Nuit Blanche. Hogtown Smoke and Buster's Sea Cove had a bumper night sating hungry art lovers. Sweetness Bakery sold more than 1,500 cupcakes, around 180 per hour. Now that you're hungry, here's a list of the top seafood trucks in Toronto.
Ever wondered who fixes the big parts of Toronto streetcars when things go wrong? The Grid met the TTC's Pat Maietta, the guy who works the forge at the Harvey Shops at Bathurst and Davenport. The oven reaches more than 800 C when he's bending metal for a new wheel well or shaping a streetcar towbar.
A biogas company is hoping to turn a whole lot of animal poop in to a whole lot of juice, electricity that is. Non-profit ZooShare Biogas Co-operative hopes to build a facility at Toronto Zoo capable of converting 3,000 tonnes of manure and 15,000 tonnes of food waste from an unnamed supermarket in to enough power for 250 homes each year.
Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.
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