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Morning Brew: Can Rob Ford learn to play nicely with others?, hoarding and tossed cigarette finally confirmed as cause of Wellesley fire, and NHL condemns banana toss in London

Can Rob Ford play well with others? This week might have shown a glimpse into our mayor's ability to share and compromise. After all, he did can his Port Lands development plan. But as the Globe points out, Ford's been a lone wolf for a long time, bulldozing his way through city council without a thought to consensus — which is something he may finally realize he needs to be ultimately successful. Or not. Time will tell.

As long suspected, a tossed cigarette and hoarding was the cause behind last year's major fire at 200 Wellesley Street, a full Ontario Fire Marshal report confirmed. The report also takes aim at the building's property management for failing to take care of the hoarding problem in the first place, especially after a neighbour allegedly complained to the TCHC that the tenant above him was throwing bottles and cigarettes onto his balcony, where the fire ignited.

During a pre-season game between the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers in London, Ontario, a banana was tossed onto the ice during a shootout as Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds, who's black, skated towards Detroit goalie Jordan Pearce. The flying fruit outraged the players and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Anonymous racism — is there anything more pathetic?

If you grew up in the '80s (or just really appreciate the grandiose gaudiness of it), you might get a kick out of Dave Bidini's article in today's National Post. He complains that the decade is strictly remembered for the cheesiness we so fondly remember rather than the grittiness it actually had, like "Degrassi" and hair metal bands. He's disappointed that Michael Jackson's popularity lives on, while XTC's doesn't (who?). I guess he doesn't read Pitchfork.


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