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Morning Brew: Ford blasts 911 operators, remembering the Mad Hatter, the biggest diamond in Canada to be sold at the ROM, what has the city done for Casa Loma since taking it over and Bob Barker is happy with Toronto's elephant decision

Well, Rob Ford's run-in with Mary Walsh and the "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" crew on Monday just keeps on getting better. Just yesterday Walsh said there were no children in sight (contradicting Ford's claim that his daughter was scared) and now come reports that Ford was rude to the 911 operators he called in the midst of the "ambush." After he called for police assistance the first time, the mayor grew impatient, so Ford called a second time and allegedly said to the dispatchers: "You ... bitches! Don't you f--king know? I'm Rob f--king Ford, the mayor of this city!" Now imagine the wait time if police officers were getting laid off?

The Grid's story on the old Mad Hatter is a great trip (pun intended) down memory lane for those of us who grew up in the '80s and were lucky (or unlucky) enough to have gone to a birthday or two at the "Studio 54 for kids" that included pillow and whipped cream fights and shopping cart bumper cars.

Bling just went to a whole other level with the 50 carat diamond that will be auctioned off at the ROM next month. Though the rock is a bit smaller than a loonie in width, it's the the largest diamond to be sold in Canada. It was appraised at $10-million, but it's likely not to sell for that much so there's, like, a chance for us regular folk.

Did you know that the Centre for Justice Leadership at Humber College used to be an old car dealership? Well, it was before Gow Hastings Architects transformed it and now the building's won a Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Award, which honours building projects that update older structures and improve their environmental performance.


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