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Morning Brew: Jack Layton denies involvement with Toronto bawdy house, Ford endorses Harper, Contact Festival starts this weekend, new councillor expense report revealed, and record number of voters expected on Monday

You know people are getting scared when something like this comes out. According to The Sun News Network, NDP Leader Jack Layton was interviewed by police in a suspected Toronto "massage parlour" back in 1996 when he was a city councillor. Layton calls it a "smear campaign" while his wife, Toronto NDP incumbent, Olivia Chow, issued a statement acknowledging he was there, but that denied any wrongdoing. Maybe it's just a coincidence that this news was leaked to the Sun just when the NDP are only four points away from the Conservatives in the polls.

Apparently Rob Ford is endorsing Prime Minister Stephen Harper because, somehow, we're going to get our Sheppard subway out of the deal. Ford said other parties want to abolish a federal public-private partnership fund that is critical to the his plan to extend the Sheppard subway line, however Harper wants to work with the fund.

Shutterbugs will really dig this. The Contact Photography Festival kicks off its 15th year this weekend. What started as a grassroots organization has now blossomed into the biggest photography festival in the world. There are 212 venues across the city featuring 1,569 artists so it will be difficult to avoid art this month for Torontonians--but who would want to avoid that anyway?

So there's a new expense report out from the new city councillors. Mostly the expenses were for office supplies, but there were some doozies like hiring a lion to dance at a party. Rookie councillor Ana Bail達o from Ward 18, Davenport, was the highest spender and shelled out $4,000 on calendars. Doug Ford was the lowest, having paid for his office expenses out of pocket.


Photo by Martin Reis in the blogTO Flickr pool.

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