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Morning Brew: Party winds down in the Club District, Ford wants to slash Arts programs run by city staff, Ryerson seeks the truth about 9/11, Chinese restaurants protest ban on shark fins

Just as TIFF is getting off to a huge start, it's relief to hear that Rob Ford isn't going to massively slash major arts organizations, like the film fest, as previously reported this week. Instead, he just wants to slash arts organizations run by city staff, like Nuit Blanche, which would help increase funding for cultural grants and give money back to the artists, rather than the bureaucrats. Maybe the pandemonium of Brad Pitt and Clooney persuaded him?

As Canada and the U.S. remembered the tenth anniversary of 9/11, "truthers" at Ryerson University held a four-day conference this week called the Toronto Hearings, which ultimately seeks to disprove the "myth" of the terrorism angle of the attacks. Mulder would be so proud.

Members of the Chinese restaurant community were at City Hall yesterday to oppose the ban of serving shark fin on their menus. City councillors are seeking to ban shark finning for its "cruel" and "barbaric" practices, but Chinese restauranteurs argue that if it's illegal to kill the species, than it's more of a federal issue than a city one.

Is the Club District growing up? Seems like it. As condos perk up around the area that now boasts only 30 nightclubs (down from its heyday number of 90) and the defunct Circa being replaced by a Marshall's department store, the District is certainly going through a growing spurt. But party-goers shouldn't get too bummed out: even with fewer clubs, there are always long line-ups to be had.


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