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Morning Brew: Council votes to move elephants from Toronto Zoo, snakes in a toilet!, Rob Ford open to selling off 10 per cent of Toronto Hydro, real-life ghostbusters, and is Anonymous after the TSX?

It was a good day for animals at city council yesterday. Along with the adoption of the shark fin ban, it looks like our elephants are on the move. City council voted to send the Toronto Zoo's three remaining elephants to the PAWS sanctuary in California. But don't worry: there's still time to see them off. The zoo has begun the six-month process of prepping them for travel. I'm assuming it's not going to be a "Operation Dumbo Drop" situation. Hopefully.

Snakes in a toilet! No, that's not the name of lame sequel. A woman, living near Jane and St. Clair, actually found a snake in her toilet on Tuesday night. By the time the cops came (because I'm guessing the snake is still considered an unwanted intruder), the snake was in the bathtub. Naturally. Earlier in the day, a couple had reported a corn snake had found its way in their home. Looks like snakes want to get away from the dropping temperatures too.

A proposal that will be considered at the next executive committee meeting could see 10 per cent of Toronto Hydro available for sale as part of a $600 million asset dump. Rob Ford, who campaigned against the idea of selling off Toronto Hydro during the election, told reporters that he's open to this idea of a limited sale. "What I said during the election is that I am not going to sell all of Hydro," he said. "There is a report going forward saying 10 per cent only... The people of this city might want to buy shares in Hydro." What do you think? Good idea or more short-term thinking?

Surprisingly, Halloween is not a good time of year for The Toronto & Ontario Ghosts and Hauntings Research Society. This is when interest piques in what they do and they're inundated with those wanting to apply to be a real-life Ghostbuster. But this group isn't just fun and games and ectoplasm; their techniques and practices are rooted in academia and historical documentation and, like, real stuff.

So are Anonymous after us or not? In a video posted to their YouTube account, they promise to erase the Toronto Stock Exchange on November 7th. That sounds scary enough, but in the comments below the video, a note reads that the action has been called off "due to alot (sic) of citizens of Canada that (sic) are a part of the 99% did not agree to the operation." Who knows if that's an "official" stance, but it's worth noting that the group did hack the NYSE for two minutes on October 10. No real damage was done. Stay tuned.

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