Yonge Gould Fire Building

Morning Brew: Arson not ruled out in Yonge & Gould fire, a hybrid plan for Transit City, GSP is coming to Toronto, the Leafs lose but get some doughnuts, and Canada to play Russia for gold at Junior Tourney

Not surprisingly, arson has not been ruled out in yesterday's massive fire that gutted a heritage building on Yonge and Gould Streets, according to the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal. "We haven't confirmed anything, we haven't eliminated anything, but [arson] will be a consideration," lead investigator Mike Ross told reporters gathered at the scene, adding that he is confident a cause will be found. "We don't miss anything."

Talks between the TTC and the province's Metrolinx agency are proving fruitful enough that a compromise transit plan for Toronto should be ready by the end of January, both sides say. As well, signs point to a hybrid plan with at least the Eglinton Crosstown LRT surviving, and Toronto paying a premium on the provincially funded expansion to get more of it underground and otherwise away from road traffic.

GSP is coming to Toronto. For those who aren't familiar with the abbreviation (um, that would be me), GSP stands for Georges St.-Pierre, a hunk of a man (and fighter), who is getting right back in the ring in Toronto after his big fight in Montreal in early December. GSP will fight Jake Shields at the Rogers Centre on April 30 in what surely will be an insane night for MMA fans.

First it was waffles, now doughnuts? As of Monday, Tim Hortons launched Leafs-themed doughnuts, decked out in blue and white sprinkles, so fans can satisfy both their craving for fat and support for their team whenever the Leafs play a home game for a total of 21 dates. The dates exclude play-offs but at this rate, let's face it, those aren't going to happen for us anyway. After last night's game, maybe I should say, D'oh!-nuts?

You know that huge $50 million Lottomax jackpot that you bought ten tickets for? Well, I hate to break it to you but you didn't win. Not unless you're one of the 19 workers at a Bell Canada call centre in Scarborough, who are reported to have bought the ticket as a group. Once the winners officially come forward, there will be a news conference to rub it in our faces. It's the first time the $50 million has been won by a single ticket in Ontario since Lotto Max launched in 2009.

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