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Morning Brew: Rob Ford takes a significant lead, G20 organizer breaches bail, the risk of internet defamation, Brampton transit tries to entice riders, a la Cart program unsurprisingly deemed a failure

Rob Ford looks to be walking away with this election. A recent Nanos Research poll revealed that of the decided voters, 45.8% have chosen Ford, while his competition, George Smitherman, is a distant second with 21.3% of the decided vote. Yes, somehow, this is all for real.

Alleged G20 organizer, Alex Hundert, was arrested on Friday after breaching the terms of his bail and attending a forum at Ryerson that discussed the effects of the G20. Hundert is accused of three counts of conspiracy pertaining to the G20 Summit. He claimed that the forum was a peaceful discussion and that it should not have breached the terms of his release.

A Toronto woman, [REDACTED], is being sued by her ex-lover, [REDACTED], after she posted information on the internet warning other women not to get involved with him. The battle raged online as [REDACTED] attempted to blackmail [REDACTED] by threatening her with a sex tape. The case highlights the increasingly hot topic of internet defamation. "As soon as you start writing comments and opinions, you are like any other publisher," Lorne Honickman told the Globe, "and you could end up being responsible for every word that you've said."

New transit campaigns in Brampton and Mississauga are revitalizing the interest in taking public transportation. By offering certain luxuries such as comfortable seating, electrical outlets for laptops (where's the WiFi?) and heated shelters, Brampton's Zum aims to draw suburbanites who would rather drive than bother with the hassle of standard transit. I get the sense that, even with these perks, this will be an uphill battle.

Diversity is not our strength when it comes to street meat. The Toronto a La Carte program is - what a surprise - being deemed a failure by Toronto's mayoral candidates. The program, which was intended to bring a variety of ethnic foods to our streets has struggle since day one with loads of red tape over regulation.

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