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Morning Brew: TTC's proposed new headquarters too expensive, another delay for big Lotto Max payout, police to keep sound cannons, snow by the numbers, and the Leafs stand by their coach

The TTC's plan to lease a nice, shiny new building near York Mills subway station is likely to be killed on Wednesday because enough commissioners intend to vote against consolidating the Toronto Transit Commission's offices in the new tower. This will leave the TTC on the hook for $2 million to break the deal. "Based on what I've heard from staff so far, they're not convinced it makes financial sense for the TTC," says TTC chair Karen Stintz, who also represents the proposed site as a local councillor. Former mayor David Miller and his one-time protĂŠgĂŠ Adam Giambrone championed the controversial new TTC headquarters as one of their final projects before leaving office.

This seems like a wise investment. Four "sound cannons" bought but never used during the G20 summit are being kept by Toronto Police and fire services, a new report states. The four LRADs cost Toronto Police $30,300. Since the G20, the report said a public safety unit officer worked with Ontario's correctional services ministry to address any safety concerns with the systems. Also, National Research Council scientists are helping determine conditions under which police can take them to the streets "in a safe and effective manner."

Another big payout and another delay from the OLG. On Monday, a group of workers from Bombardier showed up to collect $50 million from Friday's Lotto Max draw. But before the OLG will pay out the money, it says it needs to verify the ownership of the ticket "due to additional claimants coming forward and claiming an interest in a portion of the prize," the corporation said in a news release. The 24 men who are claiming the prize are mechanics and maintenance staff from the Bombardier plant in Downsview, Ont. There's gotta be a better way to handle these work pools, right?

Here's the thing: chances are, you might be stuck in this godforsaken snowstorm (that is, if the predictions are all true). So the National Post has come up with some numbers for you to ponder as you're trapped in your car on the 401 (I hope your work gives you the day off).

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