Morning Brew: Fords' Port Lands will cost taxpayers, Toronto 9th greenest city in North America, bombshell found near College and Bathurst, McGuinty likens himself to Brad Pitt

Now that's a whole lot of gravy. Waterfront Toronto CEO John Campbell says if the Fords' vision of the Port Lands actually comes to fruition, it could end up costing Toronto taxpayers an extra $270-million for infrastructure costs. Conversely, Campbell stressed Waterfront's plan is cost-effective, configured to raise real estate prices in the area, and designed specifically to ease flooding from a storm as big as Hurricane Hazel. Though Campbell didn't rule out using the land for some commercial centres.

This is surprising: Toronto isn't as green as New York City. That is according to a recently released survey from the U.S. and Canada Green City index. Toronto actually ranks ninth, whereas San Francisco, Vancouver, and NYC round out the top three. The index ranks cities based on their overall performance in such categories as land use, energy, and waste - which was Toronto's highest ranking.

A rusty old bombshell scared the bejesus out of residents near College and Bathurst streets when it was found underneath a set of stairs at home on Borden Street, causing the evacuation of 10 homes. The bomb squad was called in and successfully removed the military ordnance, and all was well by 1 a.m. One question though: for such an old bombshell, how come no one noticed it before?

Forget their stances on education and health care, how about their celebrity crush? The Ontario provincial party leaders were asked a bunch of "fun" questions by CTV Toronto, including the ultimate: Beatles or Stones? All except Green Party leader Mike Schreiner chose the Stones. Other notable tidbits: Conservative leader Tim Hudak's celebrity crush is Lisa Bonet and Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty says he'd like Brad Pitt to play him a movie.


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