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Extra, Extra: Farms, Expressways, and Drones

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  • It’s looking like Far Enough Farm, on Centre Island, won’t be closing down after all. Despite budget cuts that brought it to the brink of disaster last year, the tiny animal attraction will probably soon be (relatively) safe in the hands of a private lessee: William Beasley Enterprises, the operator of Centreville. City council still needs to approve the deal, which would secure financing for the farm until 2022. The first step in the approval process happens next Monday.
  • The Grid’s David Topping has done a stunning amount of research on the history of the Gardiner Expressway’s maintenance woes. He’s figured out, among other things, that the highway’s problems with falling concrete date back to 1978. He’s even graphed the Gardiner’s mounting repair costs, and, well…it ain’t pretty.
  • Did Ikea monkey’s owner abuse him, and was she planning on having his teeth removed? That’s what the Story Book Farm Primate Sancutary, where the monkey has been living for the past month, is telling the courts.
  • BuzzBuzzHome has a remote-controlled flying camera drone, and is using it to explore Toronto’s condo construction sites.

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