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Morning Brew: Doug Ford really likes Chicago, U of Guelph students get to keep their vote, hundreds of people documented at G20, TriKXY the bovine picks NHL playoff winners

Famed architect Moshe Safdie said Toronto's waterfront should be more like Singapore; Etobicoke councillor and Mayor Rob Ford's right-hand man, Doug Ford, wants it to be more, um, American. Ford would like to see the undeveloped Port Lands host an NFL stadium, as well as high-end retailers like Macy's, and dramatic residential buildings. After visiting the land shortly after his brother won the mayoral election, Ford said he took in the Toronto skyline and asked himself: "'What would Mayor Daley do with this property?' He would make it a wow factor." 'Mayor Daley' being Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago, who was recognized for redeveloping the neglected Navy Pier as a tourist attraction and creating the wildly popular Millennium Park near the Lake Michigan shore. These Fords really have it bad for Chicago, don't they?

Despite the Conservatives' bid to annul some 700 ballots cast by the students at the University of Guelph, citing that its local campaign scrutineer had not been allowed to oversee the process and that Liberal campaign material had been seen in the voting area, Elections Canada has said the votes were "cast in a manner that respects the Canada Elections Act and are valid"--therefore rejecting the Tories' request. However, the agency did agree the special balloting at the university was not properly authorized.

Over the G20 summit, over 500 people were stopped, questioned, and documented in mostly non-criminal encounters by Toronto police officers in key areas. Nearly a year later, their names and personal details still live on in an internal police database. Police collected all sorts of information, including: names, ages, names of associates, dates of birth and in some encounters place of birth. Police also note the individual's skin colour. Graeme Norton, director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association's Public Safety Project says,"What happens with that information is a big question, and retaining it in a police database, accessing it for investigative purposes raises a number of very troubling issues for us."

First it was Paul the Octopus, now it's TriKXY the bovine. Despite her name (spelling and all), this cow is actually smart. TriKXY, from Pefferlaw, Ontario, has predicted the winners of each of the eight first-round playoff series, based on which bucket of grain she eats out of -- all of which have different team logos on them. So far, four out of five of her choices won the first game on the their best-of-seven series on Wednesday but on Thursday only one of her picks won. However, this is her first time betting; she's only two years old.

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