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Morning Brew: Rob Ford faces libel trial, night vigil for the Jarvis bike lane, Queen West fire has a hero, broken bins, Underground Cinema for sale, and dangerous poo

Rob Ford will have to prove he didn't defame George Foulidis when he made controversial comments about the Boardwalk Café owner's lease arrangements during the 2010 mayoral campaign. According to The Star, Ford may be helped by changes to the "fair comment" defense. Former mayor David Miller and councillors Frances Nunziata and Doug Holyday could testify as witnesses in the $6 million suit.

The planned removal of the Jarvis Street bike lane was delayed yesterday after a small sit-in protest prevented work vehicles removing the controversial line separating road and bicycle traffic. Work is scheduled to resume at 10 this morning but more protests are planned. Last night die-hard cyclists held a candlelight vigil at Jarvis and Wellesley.

A man is being hailed a hero after running back into a burning Queen West building yesterday. Pavel Tosiek returned to the fire above a hardware store next to the Cameron House to rescue a trapped roommate after he heard his screams from the street. The cause of the fire isn't known.

Toronto's used and abused plastic street bins are the focus of the Toronto Star's "Fixer" column this week. Apparently, more than a quarter of the pedal-operated receptacles are broken, requiring users to push the slimy flap open by hand.

The Toronto Underground Cinema is up for sale for a cool $1.6 million, almost twice what the current owner paid for the theatre in the basement of a condo building near Queen and Spadina. The rep house ran into financial troubles in 2011 and was forced to close.

Hazardous poop from a community of barn swallows nesting in the rafters of the Toronto Police Marine Unit's boathouse is ruffling a few feathers. Airborne particles from the dried avian droppings can cause a serious fungal infection, but so far no cases have been reported.

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