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Morning Brew: A second audit request for Ford's campaign, Harper credits GTA for his majority, Mississauga woman sues Sony, an arrest made in Parkdale assaults, and a warmer and drier summer expected this year

There's been another request for a compliance audit regarding Rob Ford's mayoral campaign. The new request was prepared by Toronto residents Max Reed and Adam Chaleff-Freudenthaler and their 17-page document, which is to be filed Wednesday with the City clerk's office, alleges Ford spent almost $70,000 more than the $1.305-million expense limit established by municipal election rules. They also claim that "the campaign improperly excluded 'fundraising commissions' from the fundraising limit." They also allege Doug Ford Holdings of supplying the campaign with a $78,000 loan, which would run contrary to campaign rules. The two men said they filed the audit because they felt municipal candidates "should play by the rules."

No big surprises here — Stephen Harper credits the GTA for helping to grant the Conservatives a majority government. "Toronto had always been a city . . . with a very strong Conservative presence. The splintering of the party at the federal level under Reform and Progressive Conservatives, and provincial party woes only made it appear like it was "a virtually an extinct species in the city of Toronto," he said

This was bound to happen. A Mississauga woman has filed a proposed class action lawsuit on behalf of about one million Canadian PlayStation and Qriocity users against Sony for data breach. Sony said Monday that hackers may have taken personal information, including users' addresses and billing information, from more than 100 million PlayStation user accounts. The lawsuit claims damages in excess of $1 billion. Natasha Maksimovic, 21, who filed the claim, said, "If you can't trust a huge multinational corporation like Sony to protect your private information, who can you trust?"

Finally. There's been an arrest in connection with the string of Parkdale assaults. Ricardo Morrison, 32, of Toronto was charged Monday with two counts of assault causing bodily harm in a pair of assaults last month. His arrest came as a result of evidence coming forward from the community.Police did not rule out the possibility of other suspects.


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