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Morning Brew: Vandals target Liberal homes in St. Paul's, Dundas and Sherbourne may be on the rise, TTC rejects controversial Moses poster, the Jays win, and subway closures this weekend

Toronto Police are investigating a slew of what seems to be politically-motivated vandalism in the St. Paul's riding, which has included cars with slashed tires and scratched paint, and it seems only those homes with Liberal election signs on their front lawns were affected. This is the second time in three years that the neighbourhood has endured such vandalism. During the 2008 federal election, brake lines were cut on parked cars at homes with Liberal yard signs.

The place where you're most likely to be stabbed, shot, robbed or raped is the Dundas-Sherbourne neighbourhood's current (statistical) claim to fame. But city councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam says the time is now to change those facts. With builders buying up cheap land, new condos going up and city hall trying to fix its housing system, Wong-Tam hopes the area will clean up and get its act together like those other former problem 'hoods, Parkdale and Cabbagetown. Hey, didn't we say something similar when Smokes Poutinerie opened up shop here last year?

Given the long weekend, this story has pretty good timing. The TTC has rejected an ad for the Toronto Jewish Film Festival that depicts Moses accidentally flashing his, er, "commandments" while exiting the limo. His private parts are indeed pixilated, but the TTC still asked the fest to have Moses wear some underwear. However, the head of the festival, Helen Zuckerman, says the TTC just flat-out refused to run the ad. The festival will still feature the suggestive ad elsewhere, and it will be front-and-centre on opening night.


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