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Morning Brew: Torontonians speak out against city budget, love lockdown on the Humber Bridge, the battle between the city's sports networks, it might be a snow-heavy winter, and St. James turf makeover could be ready this week

Yesterday, 154 Torontonians had their say about the upcoming city budget. A major topic of discussion was the city's nutrition program, which feeds more than 10,000 students. A plea from Jennifer Lawson-Tozzi asking not to take away her school's nutrition program even prompted Doug Ford to cut her a cheque for $1000, promising her he'll also make up any further difference if the City decides to go through with $380,000 cut to the program. A nice gesture to be sure, but would it be fair to ask what will happen to all the other hungry kids?

If you take a stroll across the city's Humber Bridge, you'll witness dozens of padlocks hanging from the bridge's cables, etched with couples' names, symbolizing their love lockdown (and I don't mean in the Kanye West way either). It's a newish craze that's been most popular in Asia and Europe, which has now reached North America (including a few at the Brooklyn Bridge). So far the Humber's padlocks have gone untouched but the city will be looking into it.

The Grid takes a look at Toronto's fiercest media war — the battle between TSN vs. Sportsnet as they compete to win over those stubbornly loyal, 18-34 year old male sports fans with a disposable income that, of course, makes this competition all about the bottom line.

Though there's been little to no snow around these parts so far, it looks like that will soon change. According to AccuWeather, we can expect to have more snowstorms this winter than last year but will enjoy "average temperatures." Snowmageddon Redux? Maybe. But apparently these forecasts are most useful for power companies to plan ahead for energy consumption, so don't run out and buy that snowmobile quite yet.


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