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Morning Brew: Libraries win small reprieve, Kristyn Wong-Tam suggests a Bank of Toronto, Rob Ford gets a math lesson, and Leafs lose in overtime

Margaret Atwood would like this. Toronto libraries have won a slight reprieve as a money-saving plan to cut library operating hours was shelved for at least a month. This will allow the board more time to gather information and find new sources of revenue so the branches can keep their existing hours. As many as 59 branches could see their hours reduced.

A Bank of Toronto? That was Kristyn Wong-Tam's proposal when the National Post recently asked city councillors for their suggestions on how to bridge Toronto's budget gap. Wong-Tam discusses her idea of a citizen-owned bank, where all the profits and revenues would be reinvested into the bank or the city.

Rob Ford's a lucky guy. It seems that a lot of people want to help him. First it was The Grid 'rebooting Rob Ford', and now it's John Lorinc giving him a math lesson. Lorinc's need to help stems from Ford's speech at the Empire Club on Friday where he said the average city employee costs taxpayers just under $90,000, so that means it takes 37 homeowners to pay each city worker, which isn't exactly true.

This is something that doesn't happen everyday. A real-live player in a classic American conspiracy theory is in town: Judyth Vary Baker, the former lover of Lee Harvey Oswald. She's promoting her new book "Lee & Me" in hopes of clearing Oswald's name, but she's risking her life by doing so. Apparently since she's been speaking out against JFK's assassination, her dog's been killed and her brake lines were cut.


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