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Morning Brew: more on the G20, Drake's not scared just real nervous, Doneit-Henderson frightened of Ford, hitting the hookah in clubland, are you rich this morning?

The Star's web edition this morning leads with a promising sounding article titled "Fortress Toronto: Secrets of the fence." After a read, however, I get the sense that a more apt title would be "Fortress Toronto: Obvious observations and useless information about the fence." Take, for example, this gem: "What can be deduced, based on interviews with GTA fence experts, is that the two main types of security being erected are meant to repel or slow down crowds or vehicles attempting to breach them." If it took a "fence expert" to tell you that, Mary Ormsby, it might be time to go back to J-school.

Far more useful is this graphic from the Post, also titled "Fortress Toronto." I like the ominous looking fighter-jets flying above the map of the city and the visual breakdown of security forces that makes up the sidebar.

After fielding a few complaints that I never say anything constructive about the G20, I'll dutifully respond by highlighting two articles (here and here) that cover some of the reasons why the face-to-face time provided by the G8 and G20 summits can help to form invaluable bonds among world leaders. It's a seductive argument, but also a wonderful example of the metaphysics of presence.

Apparently Drake doesn't expect to be thanked by everybody. With his re-arrival in Toronto for the MMVAs, there's plenty of reason for him to be nervous about his safety since the two men who robbed him back in late-May are back out on the street. Like or dislike his album and sudden rise to fame, this stuff is just ridiculous.

Also nervous today is Dieter Doneit-Henderson. After yesterday's leak of his phone conversation with Rob Ford and the mayoral candidate's alleged backpedaling, Doneit-Henderson is "afraid that something could potentially happen because if [Ford's] willing to stand in front of 15 cameras... and lie through his teeth like he has when there's so much evidence that shows exactly the opposite, what else is he capable or willing to do in order to make this story go away, discredit or whatever?"

How to relax in the face of all this fear and stress? A new hookah bar in the Club District might just be the ticket. Eschewing alcohol in favour of tea and shisha, Markaz hopes to make its mark as an alternative to the boisterousness of the surrounding area.

And lastly, are you rich this morning? Sporting the largest draw in Canadian lottery history, here are your numbers from yesterday's Lotto Max.

Photo by allanparke, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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