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Morning Brew: Poll results have right-leaning councillors reconsidering Ford support, Riverdale Farm might be saved, Ontario has just as many female representatives in Parliament as Afghanistan, BBM disruptions, and a huge mural goes up on Bathurst

It appears that the Forum Research poll conducted by CUPE Local 79 might be having some far-reaching consequences within city council. Although right-leaning councillors are supporting Rob Ford's proposed cuts publicly, it looks to be another story privately — as Ford supports are telling the mayor they can't politically afford to support his cuts. One councillor tells the Star, "People don't feel good about how things have been happening and they're taking a look at those [poll] numbers."

Looks like the Riverdale Farm has a friend on the mayor's executive committee. The closing or selling of the popular farm destination was suggested in the city manager's review, but executive committee member Michelle Berardinetti, a rookie councillor from Scarborough Southwest, says she is hoping to get the farm a reprieve, thanks in part to over 8,000 signatures that have been collected by residents in protest.

NDP leader Andrea Horwarth is the first female in 15 years to run for Ontario premier, and despite the fact that it's 2011, there's still a shortage of political female representatives in Ontario. In fact, we're actually tied with Afghanistan for 30th in the world in terms of percentages of women in the legislature, which is just very sad.

No, your pal wasn't ignoring you on BBM yesterday. RIM has acknowledged there's been some disruption with their BBM services since Thursday. It's uncertain how many people have been experiencing the annoying delays and the problems don't seem to be linked to one particular network. Who cares really since we're all waiting to switch to the iPhone 5, right?

Hey, this is cool. A project that our own Tom Ryaboi worked on involving a huge photo-transfer mural south of Bloor on Bathurst has attracted the attention of the mainstream media. Although neither publication can resist a punning title based on the name of the condo project for which the piece was commissioned (B.Streets condos), it's still intriguing to hear how one of these things comes together. The 135-foot-long mural depicts life in the Annex based on a series of candid photographs taken by Tom back in June.


Photo by Mike Manalang in the blogTO Flickr pool

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