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Morning Brew: Election blamed for low Food Bank donations, task force put in charge of what to do with city-owned theatres, is gridlock keeping more people downtown?, dismantling myths about immigrant drivers, and Pearson is back to normal

Did you forget to donate to the food bank this year? If you did, you can blame it on the election. The executive director of the Daily Food Bank said her goal of $400,000 for this Thanksgiving fell short by 50 per cent and they only collected 136,000 pounds of food instead of the desired 400,000. The nice weather has also been blamed for our depravity. So now that we know, it's never too late to donate.

A task force in charge of recommending what to do with Toronto's city-owned theatres must deliver its recommendations by November 30. The force, led by Scarborough councillor Gary Crawford, will have to determine whether or not there's any interest from the private or not-for-profit sectors to take over the Sony Centre, the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts and the St. Lawrence Centre. Crawford said the biggest question they face is: "should the city be in the theatre business?" Well, isn't politics like theatre anyway?

There's a reason why Toronto has more condos than offices: With the GTA's annoying gridlock and the high price of gas, the Star argues that it's more attractive to live downtown. Many people want to stay closer to work rather than schlepping back to the suburbs everyday. I guess they don't read Toronto Life.

A new study might help to put to bed a longstanding racist stereotype regarding Asian drivers. Produced by the University of Toronto, the report indicates that new immigrants to Ontario are safer drivers than those born and raised in the province. The study looked at 6 million Ontario drivers between 1995 and 2006 and found that foreign drivers were less likely to be involved in serious car accidents that required hospitalization.

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