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Morning Brew: TCHC nixes plans for $2M HQ, west end residents want trees, pipeline meeting cancelled, it's Rob Ford's mayoral birthday, a Toronto cake, and the Haka

Toronto Community Housing has decided not to spend $2 million on a new headquarters. The TCHC has a repair backlog of between $750 million and $1 billion on its 350 Toronto buildings. Cllr. Maria Augimeri, who sits on the group's board, said TCHC couldn't justify the cost of leasing room at 777 Bay Street to the taxpayers.

A group of west end residents want Metrolinx to ditch plans for a concrete noise-cancelling wall along the widened Georgetown GO corridor. The Junction Rail Committee wants trees to line the tracks for most of the full 21 kilometre route. "We just want them to build walls that are little more friendly," a spokesman for the group told Global News.

Also in GO, a $620,000 wind turbine at Lisgar station is producing less power than it takes to run a single family home. Unveiled in 2009, the windmill was expected to produce most of the electricity required to power the station, but instead the output has been around 10% of what was expected.

Is John Tory planning to make a run for Toronto mayor? Maybe.

Enbridge, the Calgary-based company hoping to increase the flow of diluted bitumen through a GTA pipeline, will make its final arguments in writing due to security concerns at the scheduled public meeting. Line 9B carries 240,000 per day - the company wants to up that to 300,000. Protestors and opponents are concerned about public safety and environmental damage.

Today marks exactly three years since Rob Ford won Toronto's mayoral election. To celebrate (or commiserate), The Grid is challenging you to match Rob Ford quotes to locations or events. See how well you do.

Over at Atlantic Cities, urbanist Richard Florida has deconstructed rapper Drake's Toronto-themed birthday cake. The whopping baked treat includes a CN Tower, a little Raptors mascot, and various other Drake/Toronto references.

Finally, Canada's rugby team doesn't play the New Zealand All Blacks until Nov 3 but the visiting team are already making their presence felt. The squad performed the Haka, a traditional Maori war cry that accompanies the start of New Zealand rugby games, at Bloor and Yonge yesterday. Check out the video.


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

Image: Trevor Hughes/blogTO Flickr pool.

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