Extra, Extra: Cutting Off Love Locks, Running Away from Santa
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Extra, Extra: Cutting Off Love Locks, Running Away from Santa

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  • This morning, the City’s parks department removed dozens of love locks from Humber Bridge, leaving just three behind. City parks manager Kevin Bowser told the Star that the department would consider holding onto them for a short period of time so that couples who installed the locks as a symbol of their everlasting love can reclaim them. Aww.
  • The Globe has posted its own version of Awkward Santa Photos after readers sent them shots of their kids’ traumatic encounters with mall Santas. Sometimes, all a kid wants for Christmas is to jump off of a red-suited stranger’s lap.
  • An update on the Mimico 20/20 Revitalization Action Plan, care of The Grid: waterfront revitalization west of downtown is moving at a slow pace. Like it is in the city’s core, Lake Shore Boulevard in Mimico is cut off from the lake, and, as has happened in other evolving Toronto neighbourhoods, the area’s current residents are worried about intensification and big, bad condos.
  • The TTC took a step forward with the proof-of-payment fare system on its new streetcars, but Toronto transit still has some catching up to do. What’s in our future? Chicago and Philadelphia are both pursuing “open payment” fare systems, where riders can simply tap their debit or credit cards to pay. John Lorinc, writing for Atlantic Cities, has all the details here.

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