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Morning Brew: GTA is the worst place to drive in the province, Rob Ford's press secretary to write for Sun, Kessel tops NHL all-star draft, November is the worst month for pedestrians and Santa Claus goes virtual

The GTA is the worst place to drive in the province, according to a survey conducted by Allstate Insurance Company of Canada. But the good news is that Ontario drivers have improved overall in the past two years. Phew! But, really, what good is that when you live in a region where you're more likely to get into an accident?

This seems about right. Rob Ford's press secretary, Adrienna Batra, is leaving her current post for a new beat as comment editor and writer at the Toronto Sun. In addition, she will weigh it on municipal politics at a local radio station. Batra said of her tenure with Ford: "It certainly has had its moments." And then some.

In a sign that's promising for Leaf fans and possibly the ever-elusive Stanley Cup, Leafs forward, Phil Kessel, tops the NHL all-star fantasy draft for the January 29 showcase game at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. Currently, Kessel tops at 258,446 votes in comparison to Sidney Crosby who sits at 206,863 votes.

Thank goodness November is almost over, fellow pedestrians, because, according to a recent statistical study by Global News, the end of November is the most dangerous time of year for us. Apparently, eight out of the ten worst days for hitting pedestrians occur between November 21 and November 30. It's been suggested that the darkness at rush hour is to blame. Surprisingly, Christmas Day and New Year's are the safest days to walk around.


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