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Morning Brew: Library committee votes against closures, City defers decision on sale of Toronto Hydro stake, McDonald's in Eaton Centre closes, seventh explosive device found at party store, a strange ultrasound, and a guide to Toronto's curiosity shops

The city's new library budget committee unanimously voted against closing libraries yesterday after considering a number of suggestions for cutting costs, which including taking away computers, and the budget committee rejected all of 'em. The board will look at a soon-to-come efficiency report from DPRA Consultants.

Rob Ford's executive committee hasput off selling a stake of Toronto Hydro (for now) but has to agreed to move ahead with cashing in on the City's share of Enwave. Although the strategy behind selling the Hydro stake was to be part of an attempt to raise $600-million for a reserve fund for capital projects, the proposed move was a source of controversy on city council.

Yeah, so this is weird. So imagine you go to the doctor about a pain and you discover there's a man living inside of you. Okay, well, not quite but that's what it looks like. An ultrasound image taken in 2009 at Queen's University shows an outline of a man's face, which doctors aren't able to explain. The do, however, think it's quite funny.

If you thought the Urban Eatery was a huge change for the Eaton Centre, then you ain't seen nothin' yet: the multi-level McDonald's, the one that's been there for years and always seemed busy, closed Monday. What will take its place? A huge Harry Rosen store.

The organized crime unit is on the Amazing Party Store's case after a seventh explosive device was discovered there yesterday. Yes, that's seven. But police believe they're recovered all of the dangerous devices, some of which they've characterized as quite "sophisticated." The Etobicoke store is still debating whether it will open today.


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