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Morning Brew: McCallion calls for Toronto to step up its regional cooperation, CKLN granted an emergency stay, another G20 arrest, the TTC Chair takes the Sun on a tour of the system, celebration at Yonge-Dundas Square over Mubarak's resignation

GTA mayors gathered yesterday at CivicAction Alliance Summit, minus Rob Ford, who was suffering from kidney stones. In his absence, Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion called for better cooperation between municipalities, targeting Toronto's putative apathy in particular. "The mayor of Toronto has to do it," she argued. "Toronto is the heart of the GTA, and if the heart isn't strong...Toronto has never really been behind us." You know, it's a shame that Ford was able to attend because I would have enjoyed seeing them spar.

Community radio station CKLN 88.1 has been granted an emergency stay of decision from the CRTC. Originally set to go off the air today, the station should remain active until at least April as a federal judge decides whether or not CKLN has the right to appeal the CRTC's initial ruling.

Police have opened another investigation into a G20 arrest. Natalie Gray alleges that she was seriously injured when she was shot with two rubber bullets at close range. Gray has already launched a civil lawsuit claiming over $1.6 million in damages, though her injuries were not deemed serious enough to involve the Special Investigations Unit. She suffered two welts, one on her sternum and one on her elbow, the latter of which became infected.

The Sun took a tour of the TTC with Chair Karen Stintz to determine where the Commission has improved and what still needs work. Basically what this amounts to is some vague promises about greater attention to customer service and a whole lot of chatter about system cleanliness.

IN BRIEF

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