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Morning Brew: Ford spared election sign fine, Roncesvalles residents finally enjoying peace and quiet, a couple of Jays enter Cooperstown, RIM cuts 2,000 jobs and KPMG to work on efficiency review

If it seemed Rob Ford signs were everywhere during last year's election campaign, that's because they were. From pedicabs to the mayor's former city councillor office. And there was a problem with that. According to documents obtained by the Globe and Mail, city officials waived a $13,000+ fine against the mayor for 483 bylaw infractions concerning the placement of his election signs. As a result, the waived fine will not be recorded as an election expense, which is obviously a good thing for the mayor with his impending audit.

After two years of constant digging and construction noise, residents of the Roncesvalles Avenue neighbourhood are finally enjoying some peace and quiet, as well as 100 new trees and pedestrian and cycling infrastructure. Given that some local businesses fell to the wayside during the lengthy construction period, area residents are ecstatic that project is finally complete.

KPMG is bound to keep appearing in Toronto news headlines thanks to the fact that the company has been hired to conduct part of the efficiency review, the next stage in the core services analysis of the City's Budget. This review will examine nine City programs, as well as the TTC, TPL and the Toronto Police. Interestingly, however, the results will not be made public except in cases in which recommendations require council approval.

Toronto finally got a couple of Jays in Cooperstown's Baseball Hall of Fame when Roberto Alomar and Pat Gillick were inducted Sunday afternooon. Though both men are clearly stand-outs, Alomar beat Gillick in the fashion showdown, donning a blue tie and suit, clearly an homage to his former Toronto team.

Well, this was inevitable. RIM announced this morning that the company will cut 2,000 jobs worldwide. Because, really, BlackBerry apps suck and that screen is just way too small.


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