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Morning Brew: Today could be Toronto's hottest day ever, compliance audit committee decides not to audit City Councillors, fire services recruiting classes slashed, U of T to create new toilet, and a commuter pepper sprays a TTC driver

Just in case you can't feel it (hopefully because you're blasting A.C. wherever you are), today is supposed to be the hottest day in the city, possibly ever. Before you get a little freaked, remember we've heard this hype before (Snowmageddon anyone?) Regardless, remember to stay out of the sun and keep hydrated.

The city's compliance audit committee unanimously decided not to audit city councillors Doug Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, James Pasternak and Michael Thompson yesterday. All four councillors raised more money in their elections last year than municipal rules allowed but listed extra chunks of cash as "total campaign expenses that were not subject to the spending limit" without describing what the spending was for, but apparently they didn't breach any law by doing so.

It was revealed last night that the city has cut money for fire recruiting classes. The announcement was made by Ed Kennedy, president of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association, to the Community Development and Recreation Committee, as it considered the cost-savings suggestions from those popular KPMG reports. Kennedy believes the move has put the city's safety at risk, adding to the its existing shortfall of firefighters.

In a task that might require some sitting and thinking, the University of Toronto was the only Canadian school offered a grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to design a new kind of toilet. The research team, led by U of T prof Yu-Ling Cheng, has to design a self-contained eco-friendly toilet that can run without electricity, running water, and even without a sewage system.

This is just a little extreme. A woman was charged yesterday after she allegedly pepper sprayed a TTC driver. The incident apparently occurred over a transfer. Whatever the reason is, pepper spraying someone is just not cool.


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