Morning Brew: has a new webmaster, Fire Chief says budget cuts put public at risk, monks leave Kensington market area, Levy grasps at straws, and the Leafs lose in OT

If you visited on Tuesday (because I'm sure it's bookmarked on your browser), it would have redirected you to the home page of the Toronto Star before being greeted with "Rob, we're sorry!" The website, which was registered to Ford while he was a councillor, was recently allowed to lapse, opening the door for this little prank. The best part is that it's not over yet. Now the new websmaster is taking suggestions for where the page should redirect to next. Visitors to the site are now greeted with the question "So what's next?" above the email address

The City's fire chief warns that the new budget cuts puts the public's safety at risk. Due to budget constraints, Fire Chief Bill Stewart says the response time for calls will be delayed (which isn't great news since we're already below the North American standard). The City is aware that this will happen.

The monks are leaving the Kensington Market area. Fed up with the noise and rowdiness of the 'hood, the Zen Buddhist Temple at 297 College Street will be moving to a (hopefully) quieter and more peaceful place at Bathurst and St. Clair. Their old location now belongs to Tribute Communities, which is proposing a 15-storey condo tower for the site. Anyone want to bet that there will be some opposition to this?

What's wrong with Toronto's condos? Well, there shouldn't be anything wrong with them — especially since the city is building an exorbitant amount of them right now — but apparently there's plenty wrong with them, like shoddy build quality. The bad construction is a result of cost-cutting by tradesmen, but there's hope that the government will step up with some much-needed condo reform.

It's probably not worth anyone's time of day to comment on Sue Ann Levy articles, but her latest is a real doozy. In an excellent bit of investigative journalism, the Sun writer reveals that the Toronto Public Library subscribes to a lot of magazines, one of which is Playboy. Oh, the horror! Some of the hypocrisy here is too easy to note, but it might be worth listing off a few writers who've been published in the putatively dirty magazine: Margaret Atwood, Jack Kerouac, Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer, etc.


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