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Another big box store planned for a street near Kensington Market, another rash of hand-wringing. Unless the new Loblaw’s has an aisle like this, I think the Market will carry on as it always has.

Mayor Ford breaks bad

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Rob Ford’s Map of Austin

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Long weekend planning

Camping, Caribana, Concert? Whatever you’re doing this long weekend, plan your route and pack sensibly. When I’m deciding what to bring, I always try to picture that bourgeois family in every World War 2 movie .

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Wasting energy

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Garden tip

If you see weird black and orange bugs on your plants, leave them. They’re ladybug larva, and they are feasting on any aphids you would otherwise be spraying for.

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Humber rooster

Humber Arboretum is a surprise. Nestled along the Humber River near Finch Avenue and Highway 427, the park features ornamental gardens, walking trails and a bird-watching meadow. Among the birds you may see is a handsome rooster, wandering through the underbrush. According to a bird-feeding man we talked to, the rooster has been living in the wild for four years.

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When the rooster emerged to take his share of some bread crumbs, he was protective of the food. Each time a small hedgehog tried to get near the bread crumbs, it was chased back into the thicket by the rooster. The starlings and sparrows, being the perfect city birds they are, did not get involved.