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Morning Brew: Elections Canada says no tweeting results, Toronto resident requests compliance audit of Ford's election campaign finances, by-election called for Ward 9, and heated incident recorded on cellphone between TTC collector and customers

The social media age is making things complicated when it comes to this year's elections results. Elections Canada is struggling to enforce a decades-old law that would make it illegal for social media enthusiasts to publicly post or transmit election results on their Twitter or Facebook before the polls have closed in other parts of the country. However, Elections Canada's hands are tied because they can't really do anything unless someone complains. EC also wants us to know there is a difference between a "transmission" and "communication on a closed network." For example, if you live in Newfoundland and privately message results to your friend in B.C. via Facebook, that's okay. Posting them on your wall, isn't.

This guy's serious. Mayor Rob Ford's election campaign funding is being questioned by Toronto resident, Ted Ho, who has asked for a compliance audit of Ford's election campaign. Any elector can request a compliance audit at no charge. Contraventions can be the basis for Municipal Election charges, but the person who believes the act was contravened must give reason when the request is made. Ho gave in a highlighted copy of John Lorinc's Globe and Mail article that raised questions around Ford's borrowing cash from his family business, Deco Label. Ho says he "just wants to know" if Ford paid the money back from his family business.

Several 'irregularities' in the voters list have caused an Ontario Superior judge to rule the municipal election results as invalid for Ward 9 York Centre. This means that Toronto councillor Maria Augimeri could be facing a by-election within the next 60 days if the city doesn't appeal. The civil lawsuit was brought forward by runner-up Gus Cusimano, who now feels vindicated after being called a "sore loser." The civil lawsuit against the city focused on the missing signatures of electoral officers on 426 of 1,143 forms that allow election-day changes to the voters list. Cusimano lost by 89 votes to Augimeri in October.

The TTC is investigating a heated exchange between a collector and two customers, a pair of York University students, who recorded the incident on a cellphone for evidence. Although it's unclear what started the altercation, the collector's behaviour is aggressive. At one point the collector, referring to their attire, asks the men, "Why are your pants falling down?" Then the collector leaves his booth and follows them to the track, telling them "You cannot function in society. You will go to jail in a year."


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