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Morning Brew: Mysterious stone sculptures appear in Humber River, tragedies continue in GTA pools, how popular would John Tory actually be, councillor spending update courtesy of the Sun, Beaches NIMBYism, troubles in Flemingdon Park

Residents around Old Mill were surprised to find that 39 rock sculptures somewhat reminiscent of inuksuit had been erected in the Humber River early Monday. The creator of the rock pieces remains unknown, as do the intentions behind them -- but area residents hope that they'll remain in place. Who knows if the artist will reveal him or herself, but I seem to recall seeing similar creations on the boardwalk near Kew Beach in the past. Perhaps there's a connection, or perhaps there's more than one person who can balance stones in this manner...

Two more drownings took place in GTA pools over the weekend. A women in her 70s was pronounced dead after being pulled from a pool on McKee Ave. in Willowdale while a four-year-old boy is in life-threatening condition after he was found without vital signs in a pool on Porcupine Ave. in Mississauga. I'm reminded of the slew of pedestrian fatalities the city experienced in January. Is there a underlying problem with water safety that needs to be addressed, or is this string of drownings a tragic anomaly.

The Post's Toronto Political Panel reconvenes to chat about the mayoral race and the news that John Tory might yet jump in the ring. And here's an interesting theory from Anthony Furey: "We only like Tory because he's not running. Had Tory entered the race, say, in February, by now people would be saying, 'Oh that Tory, just out to lose again with more of those ideas that never have purchase.'''

The Sun does its own "analysis" of municipal politics and Rob Ford a favour by exposing how much of their office budget city councillors have spent. Other revelations include Adam Giambrone's enrollment in French tutoring and Joe Pantalone's website improvements.

In Brief:

Beaches residents continue to do the NIMBY thing about a supportive housing project at Woodbine and Gerrard.

Ward 42 (Scarborough-Rouge River) may soon be home to the city's first Tamil councillor with three members of the community running for the job, but they face quite the opponent in Raymond Cho, the five-term incumbent.

The Globe takes an in depth look at the Flemingdon Park community where, despite revitalization efforts, violent crime remains.

Photo by Maryam S. of the blogTO Flickr pool.

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