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Morning Brew: Ford sends angry letter to Waterfront Toronto CEO, Torontonians would rather lunch with Atwood, baby born on the side of the Gardiner, and Horwarth advises NDP candidates not to rely on Layton's name for votes

Seems like Rob Ford doesn't want anyone messing up his waterfront plans. In a letter obtained by The Globe and Mail, Ford's chief of staff accuses Waterfront Toronto CEO Joseph Campbell of a "very serious breach" of responsibility regarding the comments he made to the paper last week. The letter says Campbell's comments were "a deliberate attack on the integrity and reputations of the Mayor and Councillor Ford."

So it seems most Torontonians would rather lunch with Margaret Atwood than Doug Ford. The Toronto Public Library Workers Union's "Why My Library Matters to Me" challenge had well over 500 submissions compared to the 250 entries from the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition's rival "Lower taxes are good for Toronto because..." contest. Let's be honest, it's amazing that the latter contest got as many entries as it did.

This will be a great story when she's older. A baby girl made her entrance into the world at the side of the Gardiner Expressway at the Humber River Bridge early yesterday morning as her parents raced to a downtown hospital. Looks like she had other plans. Mother and daughter are doing well. No word on the baby's name, but I think 'Gardiner' actually sounds pretty cool.

Did you smell something funky yesterday? That's a frequent occurrence in Toronto, but this time, the smell wasn't our own. It was caused by a huge wildfire all the way from northern Minnesota, which has reportedly burned 6,400 hectares of land.

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwarth has advised her party not to use Jack Layton's name in attempt to bolster votes and gain sympathy. Her request comes after NDP veteran Michael Prue's campaign used an auto-dialing system to call voters in his Beaches-East York riding saying the party was going through a "rough patch" since Layton's death.


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