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Morning Brew: Rob Ford leads in another poll, private golf courses off the gravy train, Darcy Allan Sheppard memorial ride, Fan Expo wraps up, an unhelpful Greg Sorbara, police shoot man in Scarborough

Another week, another poll in which Rob Ford is leading. But, this most recent survey, completed by the Toronto Star-Angus Reid, has the race tighter than the most recent Ipsos-Reid offering. Not surprisingly, the poll finds that support for the Etobicoke councillor is strongest in the suburbs (if they should even be called that anymore). In other election news, campaign strategist Warren Kinsella confirmed early this morning that he will be joining Rocco Rossi's team in the election.

Toronto City Council voted 19-11 to begin negotiations that would scrap tax breaks for private golf courses or force them to allow access to the public. The tax break dates back to the 1950s and 1960s. Councillor Moscoe stated that the city has lost over $35 million in potential tax revenue due to the tax breaks. His advice for recovering the money lost on the tax breaks: charge more for martinis to the clientele who pay as much as six-figures to join.

It was a year ago tomorrow that Darcy Allan Sheppard was killed after an altercation with former Attorney General, Michael Bryant. In commemoration of Sheppard's, about 50 friends and members of Toronto's bike courier community gathered for a memorial ride starting at Bay and Bloor, the place where things went so wrong a year ago.

Fan Expo wrapped up yesterday at the Toronto Convention Centre. Lines to get in were reported to be two-hours long, which I guess is the price you pay if you're going to dress up as a superhero or anime character. Nerdy notables such as Stan Lee, William Shatner, and others did signings, at a base cost of $40 per autograph. I was going to go, but my Lion-O outfit was at the cleaners.

On Friday, Susan Fentie-Pierce, mother of four boys, two of who are autistic, sought out the help of MPP Greg Sorbara, also the foster parent of an autistic child. Fentie-Pierce's youngest son has become increasingly violent over the past few months and she hoped Sorbara would be able to lend a hand in finding her suitable care. Sorbara was unable to offer any advice, stating that the only help available would be through a criminal judge or Children's Aid.

A 25-year-old man was shot and killed by police after an altercation involving a TTC bus in Scarborough. The man fled as police entered the front of the bus, at which time they fired five shots.

Writing by Bryan Myers. Photo by mgerskup of the blogTO Flickr pool..


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