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Morning Brew: Toronto needs an etiquette lesson, the IIFAs at the Rogers Centre tonight, Holyday on Ford's Pride snub, and the Leafs draft a "Bigg" American

Seems like Toronto needs an etiquette lesson. At least, according to Linda Allen, who specializes in social behaviour. She believes Torontonians are increasingly becoming ruder, but in some ways, it's not entirely our fault. You see, all of this construction happening on our roads is making people more impatient by the second, and then, of course, we're constantly distracted by our smart phones so we're not even really listening or talking to each other anymore. A "me-first" mentality explains our rudeness, but the funny thing is, Torontonians are just too darn polite to say anything about it.

Get ready for a host of Bollywood-themed events this weekend leading into the International Indian Academy Awards tonight. Kicking off the main event is the Samsara Festival happening around the Roger's Centre this afternoon where more than 50 acts will celebrate South Asian music, dance, and fashion. The tickets for the actual award shows sold out in a mere ten minutes, but people are hoping to get in on the green carpet action. It's pretty major — more than 600 million people tune in each year.

Though he understands the importance of being with family on the long weekend, Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday believes Mayor Rob Ford should consider going to a Pride event to "diffuse the matter and refute what some of these people are saying," he said. Never mind that the word is defuse (not diffuse), but he also conflated the issue with last year's mayoral election by claiming that those expressing frustration and disappointment at Ford's parade snub "were adamant supporters of George Smitherman, an openly gay candidate. And I think that the election's over, they should get over that. Rob certainly got over it." Yeah, that just makes so much sense...

Speaking of family time up north, there's a public event on Facebook you can invite yourself to: it's called "Pride" and it's happening on Canada Day - at Rob Ford's cottage. Over 3,000 people have already been invited and there's talk of attending in rainbow-coloured bathing suits. Oh, the party's a fake by the way, but it sure would be cool if it was real.


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