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Morning Brew: Ford has change of heart over TCHC funds, no more Freedom Street, bed bug infestations on the rise, MMVAs cause huge slumber party, G20 compensation still MIA

What a difference a few hours can make. Mayor Rob Ford now says the funds from the sale of TCHC's single-family homes should be solely used towards the organization's enormous backlog of repairs and not, as he suggested on Thursday, divided between the TCHC and the city. Ford's change of heart came hours later as he wrote to members of his executive committee that he "fully agrees" with Case Ootes' proposal to put the money back into TCHC.

Lower Ossington is the unofficial name commonly used to refer to Ossington between Queen and Dundas. But how does Lower Ossington Avenue sound? That's the name the city is pushing to replace the private road presently known as Freedom Street. The city surveyor says the street, which is with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, is a "very cruel irony" for those clients who feel trapped by their addictions and are at the centre involuntarily. The community council will vote on the matter on June 22.

Have you checked out your bed recently? A report released yesterday by Global News says the report of Toronto bed bug infestations increased by nearly 40% in 2010. The report was compiled with City of Toronto data obtained through access-to-information laws. However, that doesn't necessarily mean there are more bugs; it may mean people are more inclined to report their bed bug cases now. However, don't relax just yet. Toronto is still known as Canada's bed bug capital, so there's no doubt we've got a problem.

Talk about a huge slumber party. A free wristband giveaway to the MuchMusic Video Awards yesterday caused hundreds of fans to wait in line for days for a chance to attend the upcoming event. Not even heavy rain (remember that mega storm the other day?), the heat or even weird looks could keep these teens away from attending the star-studded awards show. These kids must have the best parents in the world. Not only were they allowed to do this (isn't school still in session?) but they're missing Father's Day to be at the show.


Photo by gabje in the blogTO Flickr pool.

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