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Morning Brew: The Star says it's getting harder for Ford to get council votes, how the Toronto Public Library gets the latest books, boomboxes make a comeback with holiday carols, ex-lovers get revenge, and the Leafs' Armstrong is out with a concussion

According to the Star, Rob Ford's job of acquiring the lucky number 22 votes to win a vote is becoming increasingly harder. On most important issues, Ford can count on 16 councillors to vote with him and 20 councillors to vote against him, leaving eight councillors' swing votes. Thanks to the Star's analysis (which is subjective), "swing voters" are not voting for Ford as easily as they did when he was first elected. There's a nice (somewhat confusing) graph to illustrate their findings.

Torontonians love their books: 18.5 million of us visit the Toronto Public Library's 98 libraries checking out 32 million items each year, making it the world's busiest urban library system. Thanks to some excellent planning, the TPL also stocks the latest and hottest books, often within one day of their release.

Finally, a new way to bring back the boombox. Last Saturday, twenty people lifted their boomboxes to blast some electronic bell music outside of the ROM, kicking off "Unsilent Night." It's a 19-year old tradition from Manhattan that brings da funk and da noise into holiday carolling. It's spread to 50 cities worldwide and Saturday was Toronto's first crack at it.

Toronto is apparently buzzing over the revenge site, Isanyoneup?, which first made an appearance on Reddit a few weeks ago. It consists of naked photos and "sexts" of one's ex, which are then linked to former lover's full name and Facebook profile. Tim Richarson, a U of T social media and Internet privacy professor (yes, that's a real thing now), says there will be more of those sites in the future, so lay off the explicit picture-taking, if you can help it.


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