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Morning Brew: Ford won't tone it down in 2011, Adam Nobody on the G20 arrest, Eggos are the new Leafs, city council is stifling freedom of expression and a new LCBO app can tell you're too drunk to drive

In an interview with The Globe and Mail Mayor Rob Ford says he has no intention of toning it (or himself) down as he heads into a new year. In 2011, he'll have to basically bewitch budget efficiencies his opponents say are impossible, design brand-new transit plans to replace projects years in the making and confront the city's strongest unions. Ford also said an auditor's report in January will vindicate what he's been saying for years about waste (a.k.a. gravy) at city hall -- something he's still not specific about but which he has told his staff to find, to the sum of hundreds of millions of dollars over the next several weeks. Regarding the budget, Ford says, "There are no sacred cows." Okay, seriously, is it me or does Ford use food analogies a lot?

Finally, Nobody gets his justice. The G20 protester whose vicious arrest was caught on video and caused controversy when no police officers were initially held responsible for his brutality said he's glad an officer has been charged. But the protester and his lawyers called on Toronto's police chief on Tuesday to help identify other officers who were involved in the case. "What I still don't understand is how 12 police officers who were around me when I was arrested aren't able to identify anyone," he said. "I hope that something can still be done about this."

The catchy slogan, "L'eggo my Eggo" has taken a whole new meaning for the Toronto Maple Leafs as the circular waffles made another appearance at Monday's game. The breakfast-food saga began Dec. 9 when a man threw a handful of waffles onto the ice after the Leafs lost to the Philadelphia Flyers. Someone tweeting under the name @EGGO_BOMBER, identifying himself only as Jack M., took responsibility for the ruckus and vowed to strike again--which he (or a copycat) did amidst boos and cheers from Monday's crowd. Toronto police charged Joseph Robb, a 31-year-old Oakville man, with mischief. Robb said he tossed the waffle "just to say 'wake up' or something. Stop treating your fans like Eggos." Yeah! (I have no idea what that means, but I am hungry).

This week's EYE takes aim at the recent controversy surrounding the Maclean's "Too Asian" article and the recent apology Toronto City Council demanded from the magazine for publishing it. Edward Keenan says by doing so, city council is stifling the sort of freedom of expression and open debate a civilized society requires. Basically, Canadians can be too polite and enough is enough.


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