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Morning Brew: McGuinty promises tuition cuts, students rally at Queen's Park, Toronto man claims to be Dief's only child, and can Ford Nation influence the provincial election?

It's the first day back at school for many, so how fitting that there's a bunch of school-related news in the headlines. First up: as part of their election platform, the Ontario Liberals are promising to cut post-secondary tuition rates by 30 per cent for low-and-middle-class families. The tuition would serve as a grant and would be offered to families who earn less than $160,000 a year, which is, well, a lot of people. Much of McGuinty's platform focuses on education, including longer grace period to pay off those pesky student loans and all day kindergarten for all schools by 2014.

In light of the Liberals' new platform, students will rally at Queen's Park this morning to call on all political parties to reduce tuition fees for post-secondary institutions. Those protesting will bring caution tape and wave their ballots in the air, calling attention to what their priorities are in the upcoming election. The rally is supposed to start at 8 a.m. but seeing as it's the first day back at school, that seems a bit ambitious.

A Toronto man, George Dryden, believes he's the only child of former prime minister John George Diefenbaker. He needs a few strands of the deceased PM's hair to determine the DNA link, but that's becoming a little difficult to come by. However, just one look at Dryden and you can see he looks awfully familiar...

The political panel over at the National Post asks just how much influence will Ford Nation have over the upcoming provincial election. It's probably less than you might think.

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