Morning Brew: The man behind the mayor, Toronto's most troubled sewer, lessons from Melbourne, and more video evidence in Adam Nobody beating

There's not much new information in the provocatively titled "The brains behind Rob Ford," the Star's feature on the mayor's chief of staff, Nick Kouvalis, but it's worth reading if you've forgotten just how critical his role was (and is) in the Ford brain-trust. Karl Rove comparisons don't seem too far off. But who does that make Doug Ford? Dick Cheney?

Toronto has a major problem with the Coxwell Sanitary Trunk Sewer, the flow of which is three times that of the Don River. Two years ago, the City found a crack that could compromise the sewage maintenance of all of North York. Although the infrastructure is now being repaired (a.k.a re-routed), the already $40-million project has the potential to go way over budget. Take a look at this snazzy graphic to learn more.

Earlier this week Shawn Micallef compared Toronto to London, and today the Globe has a feature on Robert Adams, director of city design for Melbourne, which asks what we can learn from the Australian city. I suspect, however, that a number of his ideas, as intriguing as they are, probably won't happen here (at least not for the foreseeable future). Free transit before 7 a.m., and the conversion of a busy thoroughfare into a pedestrian-only zone just don't sound like they'd meet with Nick Kouvalis's approval.


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