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Morning Brew: City staff improperly approved $2.5-million in spending since 2009, Toronto police and TTC teaming up for safety blitz, is Rob Ford energizing Toronto politics?, Lawrie helps Jays beat Orioles

As the city is looking to make some major cuts, it seems that city council staff improperly approved $2.5-million of taxpayers' money on purchases since 2009, including almost a million dollars since Rob Ford took office. At the top of the spending list: the parks and rec division, followed by transportation. Oh, and apparently the number of improper purchases appears to be increasing, as well. So much for trimming the gravy.

Toronto police and the TTC are joining forces this week to launch "Take Time to Check," a campaign aimed at pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to prevent accidents around TTC vehicles. So make sure to stop when a streetcar door opens and pay attention when you're crossing the street to catch your bus. The campaign runs until Sunday, but it might a good idea to check that stuff on a regular basis.

The Post argues that Rob Ford is actually politically energizing Torontonians like never before. Sure, it's probably because many are scared that our city may deteriorate socially and culturally under Ford Nation, so engagement levels have increased.

Over at the Sun, they have their own ideas about how Ford can truly improve this city. Forget saving libraries and trees, they want Ford to outlaw panhandling, license bikes, and get rid of that bag tax. But what about the budgetary shortfall?

IN BRIEF:

Correction: An earlier version of this post indicated that city council improperly approved $2.5-million of taxpayers' money on purchases since 2009, when in fact it is city staff who are responsible for the spending in question. Apologies for the error.

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