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Morning Brew: Ford to disband TCHC again, Toronto high schools might get TVs in hallways, Canada is the most-engaged online nation, Leafs lose

Conventional wisdom says: if at first you don't succeed, try try again. Maybe it means you're ambitious, maybe it means you're just stubborn. Whichever it is, Mayor Rob Ford is trying again to disband the TCHC board today. His plans were foiled by left-leaning councillors yesterday at a regular meeting, so this time he's going all out with a special meeting, along with rewording the motion to make it new business.

A study by the the Centre for Inner City Research at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto has discovered screening all women who come to a health-care facility increases the number who admit to being abused by their partner, which represents a major shift in thinking about the value of universal screening programs for domestic violence. "Intimate partner violence tends to be a hidden problem," Patricia O'campo, the director who led the study, said. "When health-care providers screen properly, women are willing to disclose and get the help they need. Especially in a place like Canada, where almost every woman has a doctor and has health insurance, universal screening is a perfect way to get to everybody."

Remember how exciting and special it was whenever your teacher rolled out a TV from the A.V. department? Well, that's nothing compared to what today's Toronto high schoolers could soon have: large, flat-screened TVs scattered along their walls. The Toronto District School Board will decide Wednesday night at a board meeting whether or not to expand a pilot project that saw digital televisions broadcast school news and student-generated content in four downtown high schools. Not surprisingly, the kids think it's a great idea.

A new report confirms that Canada is still the most-engaged nation online. And we can thank our parents for that. Canada's web population grew about two per cent in the last year to nearly 25 million, thanks to a 12 per cent growth spurt in the number of users aged 55 and older. The report also noted Ontario has the most Internet users in Canada with 38 per cent of the online population. So I guess your mom joining Facebook isn't entirely so bad.


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