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Morning Brew: The best throne in Canada, Toronto condos reach new heights, City will charge charities for trash pickup, more on OccupyTO, and the Gardiner is no easy fix

The best throne in Canada? None other than the restroom at e11even, which took the number one honour at the second annual Canada's Best Restroom. The washroom was designed by the Rockwell Group, who designed sets for the Oscars, so, you know, they've got the awards thing down. Which is also the position of where the toilet seat should be.

Believe it or not, even at 816 feet, 75-stories, the proposed condo building near the foot of York Street still won't be Toronto's tallest residential skyscraper. Looks like the new Trump Tower has that honour at just over 900 feet. Details of new Tridel residential development will be announced this morning.

Bah humbug. The city's council executive committee approved a proposal to start charging for trash pickup from churches, service agencies, retirement homes and other non-profit organizations that have previously used the service free of charge. Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong said of the charges: "Our costs are increasing. We'd like to keep the cost of collecting solid waste down." But what about the operating budgets of the non-profit organizations who rely on the city's, uh, charity?

As Occupy Toronto was handed its eviction notice on Monday morning, some packed their tents and left, while others vowed to stay, encouraging a showdown with police. So what's next for the Occupiers? Rob Ford and city manager Joe Pennachetti want them out of St. James Park as soon as possible, but they'll be given until tomorrow morning to vacate the premises. Police and city staff are meeting regularly to ensure a peaceful removal, though the city can't order the police to move in. That's the chief's call. While any attempts to move elsewhere will be stopped by the mayor, Kalle Lasn, the architect of the Occupy movement, said phase two of the movement will soon begin. It's supposed to be angrier and more visceral. Stay tuned.

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