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Morning Brew: Fantino wins Vaughan by-election, Ford to halt Transit City, Adam Nobody is no such thing, Wellesley pet food bank in trouble, fines for base jumping at Scarborough Bluffs

In a tight race to the bitter end, Conservative candidate Julian Fantino won the Vaughan by-election last night with 49.1 percent of the vote. In his victory speech, Fantino wasted no time attacking the Liberals (naturally) before thanking his wife and promising to deliver "honesty, integrity and hard work. This is all I have ever known and this is what I will do." Just to be a devil's advocate's, I think I'll recall the Toronto Police Farce stories Parts one and two.

In his first move as mayor, Rob Ford has called a meeting Wednesday at which he is expected to tell the head of the TTC to stop building the Transit City light-rail system. Since 2007 the TTC has been designing and engineering, and has begun to build, a network of light-rail lines at a cost of $137 million, which it received from the province. Though Ford has vowed to save the city money, Toronto will have to pay back the $140 million already spent, a source close to the province says, because the province isn't going to "eat that."

Adam Nobody (his real name) has become the new face of the G20 protests with his videotaped arrest becoming the "collision point" for those seeking a public inquiry into the policing of the G20 protests. As a result of his arrest, Nobody ended up with a broken nose and shattered cheekbone. The SIU said the video of his arrest at Queen's Park was evidence of a "probable use of excessive force," but did not lay charges. Toronto police chief Bill Blair said on Monday the video evidence of Mr. Nobody's arrest, uploaded to YouTube, was "tampered with."

Another victim of the Wellesley apartment fire that displaced 1200 residents: Project Maddie, a pet food bank that helped supply food to the building's pets is closing. The food bank, which had delivered about 900 pounds of dog and cat food to help those residents forced out of their homes, cannot meet its operating funds, says director and founder Kimberly Ford. Besides the pets from the fire, Project Maddie helped those at risk of losing their pets like seniors, the disabled, and those with limited financial means. Ford says it's possible the pet food bank could be revived if there was an outpouring of interest and donations to do so. You heard her peeps: let's be good little elves this holiday season and help spread some cheer for our furry friends.

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