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Morning Brew: Smitherman wants "Meatless Mondays," record number of advance voters, City wins tax battle with office towers, a talkative TTC driver, the Leafs win again

According to a poll conducted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, George Smitherman would endorse a Meatless Mondays resolution on city council if elected mayor. Smitherman was the only mayoral candidate to endorse the resolution, which encourages schools, restaurants and grocery stores to offer more plant-based options and ditch the meat at least once a week. The Pantalone camp responded to the endorsement question by referencing Pants' Plan for Food Prosperity, while "other candidates" (read: Ford) did not respond.

And, on the topic of the mayoral race, the City is reporting a record number of advance voters this year. 16,135 people cast their vote between October 5 to 8 and the 12th and 13th, which is almost double the number from the same period in 2003.

The city of Toronto won a lengthy legal battle against some of its tallest office towers regarding tax assessment fees. The dispute centred around the phrase "Fee simple, if unencumbered," a misinterpretation of which representatives of the office towers argued cost them millions in extra taxes. The details are a tad complicated, so if this type of story floats your boat, check out the Globe's full write up.

Perhaps Frank Murphy should be added to the TTC's Customer Service Advisory Panel. A streetcar driver on route 509, Murphy offers commentary and witty remarks as he transports passengers from Harbourfront to the Exhibition. I'm sure it'd get annoying if you took his car everyday, but I like a vocal driver every once in a while.

The Post followed Stephen Harper around for a day, which is about as interesting as you might expect.

And, that would be 4-0-0 for the Leafs this season. Phil Kessel had the overtime winner in what was a genuinely entertaining hockey game. Are these guys for real, I wonder? Or will their first loss send them into a spiral that shows their true talent level?

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