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Morning Brew: The Battle of Fort York Bridge, York U needs to step up security for students, UFC was a huge cash cow, and GTA gas prices are even higher today

The Battle of York: Part Deux? Maybe. Just replace suppressing Yankees with right-leaning city councillors and the feisty Brits are now feisty idealists, and this time they're battling over the Fort York foot and bike bridge. Last month, thrifty councillors decided to send the $22-million bridge, which had been voted in by the city in 2007 for the bicentennial, back to designers to cut costs. Now a group of Torontonians are coming to the bridge's defense, including former Conservative politician John Tory and city councillor Mike Layton, as well as condo developer, Steve Diamond. Layton says he has already drummed up support from 50 per cent of his political colleagues to reject the public works decision when it goes before council next week. He needs two-thirds of support to overturn the decision.

York University is being asked to step up its security after a wave of violence hit their residential Village over the last month. First, international student Qian Liu was found dead in her home in April, then last week a student was sexually assaulted inside the school, and the same suspect involved that case was seen following two women home in the Village. "The university needs to play a more proactive role in ensuring safety for students who live in that area, not just looking at liability and legal responsibilities," York Federation of Students president Vanessa Hunt said. However, the school faces a unique situation since the Village is outside of the school's jurisdiction, preventing York from supplying their own security team or emergency phones.

This isn't really surprising at all. Apparently UFC 129 brought in some major cash for Toronto two weeks ago. A new report from Moneris, the credit and debit card processor, says they saw a 23 per cent jump in transactions on fight day. The biggest jumps were found in local restaurants and clothing stores. So, I guess now the bigger question is: when's the next Toronto event?

The Star's Christopher Hume is counting down the five best and worst buildings in Toronto from the 21st century. Having just started the countdown, the only building revealed so far has been the Pure Spirit Lofts at Mill and Parliament, which falls under the best category. It's certainly a fine structure, but is it top-five worthy?

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