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Morning Brew: City votes to privatize garbage collection, First Nations end camp-out but remain at High Park, police seize a lot of fake Viagra, and WikiLeaks releases Toronto 18(+) cables

Mayor Rob Ford achieved what he called a "huge victory" when council voted 32-13 in favour of privatizing garbage collection between Yonge Street and Etobicoke's eastern edge. Ford couldn't help but exclaim, "we're turning this city around," and he even went so far as to predict full private collection in Toronto's west side by 2013. CUPE president Mark Ferguson claimed a small victory with councillor Ana Bailao's successful motion for an independent review of private bids to ensure they would be cheaper than city collection.

First Nation activists, who claim an area of High Park is actually an ancient burial ground, are ending their five-day camp-out and working for the city instead. Well, kind of. Though the city denies the claims regarding the burial ground (via an archaeological study), it claims to want to restore the area's natural beauty with some new grass and plants, and has agreed to let some of the activists lend a hand, or pick up a shovel. The work on the site should be completed by July.

Police seized more than 100,000 counterfeit Viagra and Cialis drugs, along with designer clothes and accessories worth more $6-million, in a raid on a Mississauga warehouse. The drugs alone are worth $1-million. Cpl. Cathie Glenn said the seizure was "huge" and added it was the largest they had seen in years. That's what she said. Or would have said, you know, if the drugs weren't seized...

No dirty tricks for Ontario's upcoming provincial election. This isn't a reference to the Jack Layton massage parlour scandal, but instead to the "harassing" phone calls residents received late at night by people who claimed to work for a party, and those other strange calls that told people their polling station had been moved. Attorney General Chris Bentley introduced legislation yesterday that would impose a fine up to $25,000 and up to two years in jail for those kinds of pranksters.


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