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Morning Brew: Toronto police officer apologizes for "slut" remark, Rob Ford is happy with the power he has, Simon Cowell signs 10-year old Toronto girl to record deal and the Leafs need another goalie

During a safety forum at Osgood Hall Law School, Constable Michael Sanguinetti suggested women can avoid sexual assault by not dressing like "sluts". Fortunately, he has since apologized, saying he is "embarrassed" by the remark and that assaulted women are "not victims by choice." He wrote on Thursday to the law school: "I made a comment which was poorly thought out and did not reflect the commitment of the Toronto Police Service to the victims of sexual assaults." The apology was attached to an email distributed to the "Osgoode community" by law school dean Lorne Sossin who said they've been told the officer "is being disciplined and will be provided with further professional training." Yeah, stop talking.

Mayor Rob Ford showed he was back in action yesterday after having surgery for a 5mm kidney stone. Regarding yesterday's controversial comments by his brother, Ford said: "I think my brother might be spending too much time in Chicago." He also told reporters that he's always been "happy" with the amount of power he has. Asked about his availability, or lack thereof, Ford insisted his brother, Doug, is not the "mouthpiece" for the mayor's office. "I'm always available ... it's pretty hard to hide 300 pounds of fun," he said, laughing.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid a special visit to Toronto's Chinatown yesterday. He was there to see David Chen, 38, owner of the Lucky Moose. As you probably recall, Mr. Chen and two store employees, were charged by Toronto police after they tied up a shoplifter in May 2009. Their charges were later thrown out of court, with the judge concluding that, "David Chen tried to fill the void where the justice system failed." Mr. Harper's visit co-incided with the first reading in Parliament in Ottawa Thursday of a bill to amend sections 34 to 42 of the Criminal Code, a.k.a the Citizen's Arrest and Self-defence Act.

What did you do when you were 10 years old? Certainly not sign a record-contract with one of the world's leading music producers, I'm sure. Then you're not Toronto's Heather Russell, who was signed on the spot by Simon "Crankypants" Cowell. But Heather's no over-night sensation. Prior to her YouTube discovery, she was singing and writing her own songs since from the age of three. Kinda makes you feel stupid for wasting time playing Pogs, right?


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