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The Fixer: CN Tower keeps losing its head

Toronto News

Security needs to be beefed up around the CN Tower, after its pointy tip has vanished for the second time in two months.

A reader told us it was an outrage that the world-famous punctuation mark on our skyline had been snapped off, which sent us on an investigation to find out what happened.

It turns out the model is popular with visiting school groups, but is within the reach of kids who are known to lean over the glass walls surrounding it and mess around with the tower and other buildings.

The city planning department, which is responsible for the model and has had to replace the tower several times, arranged for the top of it to be fixed, which was done before Christmas.

In an email with “sad news” in the subject line, our pal Paul Moloney, in the Star’s city hall bureau, told us he noticed on Monday that the tower has again lost its top.

We’re worried that it’s a copycat crime, perpetrated by someone who read our story and decided to grab the tower as a souvenir, when nobody was looking.

STATUS: Robert Freedman, director of urban design planning, told us in December that the model will be rebuilt later this year to include new buildings, and moved out of the reach of curious kids. We’ve called him to ask if there are plans to again replace the tower before it is rebuilt.

UPDATE: Our Feb. 4 story was about a sawed-off stub of a sign post near an LCBO store on the corner of Alberta Ave. and St. Clair Ave. W, which was a sharp-edged tripping hazard. A reader said she brushed up against it and tore a hole in her almost-new boot. Rick Helary, who’s in charge of area road operations, sent us a photo showing the stub has been replaced with a Toronto Parking Authority sign that was mounted to the previous post before it was knocked down.

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