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Morning Brew: Ford says daycare and the Zoo are luxury items, lobby groups speak out against proposed cuts, Toronto Board of Trade wants provincial leaders to pay attention to traffic congestion, and the Lingerie Football League kicks off this weekend

Well, looks like Rob Ford is playing the blame game. In an interview with Newstalk 1010 yesterday, Ford said it will be the province's fault if people lose their daycare spot, saying that the issue has "nothing" to do with the city of Toronto and that the province should "help the city out." Premier Dalton McGuinty, meanwhile, said the Liberals have done their fair share on childcare in Toronto. In the interview, Ford also characterized daycare and the Zoo as "luxury" items.

The backlash has only just begun. A number of lobby groups spoke out against Ford's proposed cuts yesterday, including city workers, those concerned with the waterfront development, and people from the arts community, including director Atom Egoyan. Winnie Ng of the lobby group Good Jobs For All, said of the city workers who clean police stations: "They are the invisible workers who come in to work when most have gone home."

If you drive to work in the city everyday, you know how frustrating the amount of traffic can be. That's why the Toronto Board of Trade is calling on each provincial party to commit to developing a long-term financial strategy for transportation infrastructure. A poll by the board says 70 per cent of people feel the parties aren't paying enough attention to traffic congestion.

Are you ready for some football? It's time to get ready for the start of the LFL, or the Lingerie Football League. The Toronto Triumph will play their first game against the Tampa Bay Breeze on Saturday. Of course the Sun seems pretty excited about this — but will anybody actually watch after the first couple of games?

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