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Morning Brew: Condo developer will replace glass balconies, Doug Ford says his brother wasn't looking for a handout from McGuinty, Toronto docs get ready to perform country's first face surgery, police strip search stats, and city considers more nurses

Thanks to the explosion of glass, well, exploding, Lanterra Developments will replace all tempered glass balconies with laminated glass at its two Murano Towers near Bay and College streets, and a condo at Bedford Rd. and Bloor St. Laminated glass is said to be stronger than tempered glass, akin to car's windshield glass (which would have probably been the better choice to begin with). Lanterra also says it will now use laminated glass for all future projects, which should relieve city councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam who is now calling for an investigation into the multiple falling glass incidents.

Of course you knew Doug Ford would have something to say about his brother's meeting with the premier yesterday. Making an appearance on LeDrew Live, Ford said his brother was not looking for a handout, but instead was meeting about money that was already "promised." Ford also noted that he hadn't had the chance to discuss the meeting with his brother at length, but that he "will follow up with him tonight like I do every night," which says a lot about their relationship, no?

Provided they get approval from hospital administrators, surgeons at Toronto's University Health Network and the Hospital for Sick Children are gearing up to perform the country's first face transplant surgeries as early as next year. Only 17 face transplants have been performed in the world.

This statistic's pretty scary. Apparently more than 60 per cent of Toronto arrests last year resulted in a strip search. A police accountability group says such routine searches are against the law and that Toronto police are using them to humiliate and intimidate people. It makes one wonder especially when the stats also show that in two-thirds of these searches, police found nothing. Toronto police had no comment.

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