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Morning Brew: Ford announces new chief of staff, art thefts in the west end, the TTC responds to textgate, Phil Kessel chosen last at NHL All Star Game

Mayor Ford has revealed who his new chief of staff is will be. A former director of public affairs at Molson Canada, Amir Remtulla will be tasked with implementing "an agenda [that] requires people skills, someone who can get along with councillors and other staff in the mayor's office." So I guess it'd be fair to say that Nick Kouvalis didn't make any friends at City Hall.

The Post catches up with what we already told you about the Hideout Poster heist, but also looks into a recent art theft at Enoteca Sociale. As odd as it is that the two incidents occurred so close to one another, I doubt the theory put forward by Catherine Sezgin, who works at the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art. "Even if a painting might not be worth a terrible amount of money, if the thief can get $200, maybe that's a good night's work. Someone has figured out how to do this and get away with it. Someone in Toronto has figured out how these operations work." It seems far more likely that separate individuals just saw something they liked and made off with the work.

The TTC has responded to textgate, by asking that passengers do not take photos of their employees. "We don't require photographic evidence to discipline drivers. Cameras in the face of operators can escalate a situation that doesn't need to be escalated," spokesperson Brad Ross said yesterday. Instead of snapping away, Ross asks that people "call us, report the bus and route number and date and time of the occurrence." But what would we have to write about then?

Speaking of the TTC, if you've ever wondered about what it'd be like to ride the system for 24hrs straight, Aidan Ferriss has got an answer for you. Too bad there aren't photos to accompany the narrative, but at least that'll keep the TTC happy. Side note: if you'd like to try this out yourself, this weekend might not be a good bet, as a portion of the Yonge Line is closed for track installation.


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