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Morning Brew: City unions plan for lockout next year, karaoke on the rise in TO, the City has two secret warehouses, restored war memorial vandalized at high school, water rates going up again, and transforming Front Street at Union Station

According to sources contacted by the Globe and Mail, the city's planning and solid waste department are planning a January lockout that could last six months. The city met with CUPE 416 in October to launch the negotiation process, but the union is unhappy with Toronto wanting to eliminate job protection measures, including the job-for-life clause, as well as its desire for a 10 per cent rollback of employees' benefits.

Found yourself belting out "Livin' on a Prayer" to a crowd full of strangers lately? No need to worry; you're not the only one. Apparently karaoke in Toronto is on the rise because deep inside, everyone wants to be a rock star. And you don't even have to be three sheets to the wind to enjoy it.

In what sounds eerily similar to "Raiders of the Lost Ark" or "Warehouse 13," Toronto apparently has two secret warehouses that store a vast array (like hundreds of thousands) of artifacts from sports memorabilia to details about the city's history from 11,000 years ago to today. Many of the items are rotated throughout the city's museums, while others have never been shown to the public before.

This is disappointing. No more than 48 hours after a war memorial was revealed at Malvern Collegiate in the Beach area, it was vandalized. It a cruel twist of irony, the statue, built in 1922, had just undergone a $40,000 restoration. With Remembrance Day fast approaching, the school had hoped the statue would help remind students of the First World War. Seems like Remembrance Day isn't being well remembered, and that's a shame.

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