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Morning Brew: A political history of the chicken suit, Toronto's top tweeters, neighbourly dichotomies, Drake brings some surprise guests, and other important stuff

As is to be expected, it's a rather light day on the news front, but there are a few things worthy of note. For instance, after the Smitherman camp hired a man in a chicken suit to heckle Rob Ford, we were all wondering about the history of such stunts and whether or not they work. Well, in an effort to provide just such information, the Star takes a look at some former campaign fowl play.

Even more important than a brief political history of the chicken suit is the Globe's guide to the city's top tweeters. I don't really disagree with their selections, but why is it that print publications always manage to seem out of touch and awkward when they write about social media in a news context? The tone here reminds me of middle-aged parents trying to impress their kids.

Holiday Monday reading continues with this look at Toronto houses and properties that are incongruously juxtaposed with their immediate neighbours. Strip club and Church, I'll give you. But the rest seem rather forced. What's so odd about the Condom Shack being located beside a hardware store? Or an ice cream store in a community centre that includes a gym?

Other stuff going on:

Unfortunately, it has not been a light weekend for stabbings in the city. Same goes for fatal and fiery car accidents across the GTA.

Local boy Drake brought Jay-Z and Eminem out on stage for surprise appearances at yesterday's show at the Molson Amphitheatre.

A Mississauga meat plant has had to shut down due to worries over Listeria and Salmonella contamination. And this isn't the first time...

Caribana wraps up today, but we've collected some great photos of yesterday's big parade.

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