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Morning Brew: An uneasy year for Rob Ford, BMXers discuss new park, living a year on bartering alone, no Torontonians playing for the Leafs, and TCHC approves the sale of 700 homes

The Star's Royson James documents Rob Ford's "uneasy year," complete with a neat-o interactive timeline. James asks a lot of "what if" questions — what if Ford hadn't talked incessantly about the "gravy train"? What if his platform "No service cuts. guaranteed" wasn't exposed as, well, not true? — as he attempts to answer whether or not Ford's mayoralty is salvageable. For James, it doesn't seem likely.

Mountain bikers and BMX-ers want more flow, less sessionability when it comes to what they want their new park to look like. Four dozen of the off-road bikers appeared at a city-organized meeting to express their needs for their new home after the city closed the unofficial biking area in High Park. A final site has yet to be announced. So, what does sessionability mean?

Imagine going through a year by bartering services only? That's what financial advisor Shannon Simmons did. Fed up with the lack of diversity from her clients, Simmons decided to forgo an income for a year and instead give financial advice to young women in exchange for anything, as long as it wasn't money. Some of the goods Simmons received: trapeze lessons, home-cooked meals, and designer clothes.

Well, this kind of sucks. For the first time in history, there is not a single Toronto or GTA resident playing on the Toronto Maple Leafs roster. This fact bothers John Gardner, president of the Greater Toronto Hockey League, because it seems his players seem to end up anywhere but Toronto. So what's the Buds' problem? Why aren't they showing some local love? Apparently it's nothing but "a coincidence."


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