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Morning Brew: More bleak reports on city's core services, Mammoliti threatens tax increase, Toronto will host Microsoft conference in 2012, Sun Media pulls out of OPC, and the 10 most dangerous CFL players

Well, these KPMG reports are getting scarier. The third installment of the reports on the city's core services was released yesterday, which suggested amalgamating fire services with EMS, as well as pulling the plug on long-term daycare centres. Whatever happened to no service cuts?

In regard to these savings suggestions, city councillor Giorgio Mammoliti warned if councillors fail to make tough budget decisions, Torontonians could face a 15-20 per cent tax increase in property taxes. Great. Looks like the most expensive city in Canada might get a whole lot pricier. Well, that is, if you think Mammoliti's worth listening to.

Finally, maybe some good economic news for the city. Toronto was picked to host the 2012 Microsoft Conference. I know - it's no Apple, but more than 15,000 people from 130 countries are expected to attend the event next July, so that should help bring in some tourist dollars.

This sounds a bit much, but not really surprising. Sun Media is pulling its papers out of the Ontario Press Council because their "urban tabloids" don't really mesh well with the "politically correct mentality" of the OPC. The council investigates complaints against major newspapers across the Canada, including the Toronto Sun, which recently came under fire for printing a photo of the Duchess of Cambridge when a gust of wind lifted her dress. Classy. But, hey, at least they admitted they're a tabloid.


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