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Monday, September 23, 2013

Morning Brew: Feds pledge funds for subway extension, arrest in Yorkville shooting, charging bikers for parking, the Avro Arrow is moving, and EdgeWalk weddings

toronto housesThe Scarborough subway extension looks like it's back on track after Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised to chip in towards its construction. Harper stopped short of announcing exactly how much money the feds would pledge or whether it the funds is being diverted from the LRT project. Ford called the announcement "exactly what the doctor ordered." Is the extension a done deal?

A man has been arrested after this weekends shooting at a Yorkville nightclub. Five people were injured when a gunman opened fire at Empire nightclub at 50 Cumberland St. early Sunday morning. A 26-year-old man was found near the scene with a loaded handgun and faces 16 charges.

Meanwhile, two people are in hospital following a shooting in Scarborough this morning. It's not clear exactly where the incident took place.

The free ride may soon be over for Toronto's motorcyclists. The city will soon decide whether to charge bikers and scooter riders 25 to 50 per cent of the current parking rate, ending eight years of freebies. A staff report estimates the change would bring in $250,000 a year. Should motorcycles pay?

A full-size replica of the Avro Arrow, the famous product of a Canadian fighter jet program that was abruptly cancelled in the 1950s, is getting a temporary new home in Mississauga. The red and white jet had been on display at the Canadian Air & Space Museum at Downsview Park but is currently on a flatbed truck headed for the International Centre, just steps from airport road where the original plane was developed.

Three salvaged Toronto subway signs have found a new home. Jordan Munn fished out the discarded station furniture - three black and green Bloor-Danforth line roof signs - during the recent construction blitz at Pape station. The TTC says it has more signs in storage and is putting together a business plan to sell them.

Finally, the CN Tower is now offering weddings on its terrifying EdgeWalk experience. The tower has designed special black and white safety harnesses that match the colours of traditional suits and wedding dresses. Lacy Boland and John Kirk were the first to get married hanging off a tether 356 meters in the air this weekend.



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

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