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Morning Brew: Ootes approves the sale of 22 homes, a new CEO is hired to seek funding for Sheppard subway, Metro Hall to honour David Pecaut and Jays win over the A's

As expected, Case Ootes, the solo member of the TCHC, approved the sale of 22 homes in a controversial decision that highlighted the agency's disturbing rule by decree governance. Two dozen speakers spoke out against the ruling, wondering why Ootes wouldn't come to a conclusion until the board was fully restored. The Star calls the decision-making of a one-man board "arrogant". Even though the selling of the homes might ultimately prove to be the best choice for the city, the optics of this "lone gunman" approach aren't good at all.

This isn't surprising. Former North York councillor and past GO Transit chairman — and a Rob Ford insider — Gordon Chong is the new chief executive officer of the recently revamped Toronto Transit Consultants Limited, now renamed Toronto Transit Infrastructure Limited. The TTIL is responsible for preparing the business case to seek funding for the Sheppard subway. Chong will be paid $100,000 annually for his services. He was hired by councillors Norm Kelly and Doug Ford, two members of the TTIL board of directors.

Universities are coming to an end of another school session, so that means it's the last issue of the year for The Varsity. Check out their conversation with MIT linguist political writer Noam Chomsky and articles on why to avoid the voting booth and the most artistic bathrooms on campus.

Remember what putting pen to paper sounds like? Well if you don't, this week's EYE has a story on the Post a Letter Social Activity Club, which is organized by Toronto artist Angel Chen. The group meets twice a month at NACO Gallery Cafe to writer letters while socializing in hopes of restoring the dying art-form.


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