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Morning Brew: Transit City cancellation will cost $65-million, Doug Ford gets mad about uneven wading pool distribution, Karen Stintz finds extra money for the TTC, two popular Yorkville boutiques closing and Leafs beat Canes in OT

Given the 2012 spending cuts (you know, no food for kids, etc.) this may be a bit hard to swallow. It turns out that cancelling Transit City will likely cost $65-million, which is $16-million more than previously predicted. The figure was announced by TTC general manager Gary Webster during the city's budget committee meeting last night. But, according to Doug Ford, it's what we want, so the cancellation fees are worth it. Hmm...what do you think?

Who knew that wading pools would represent the downtown-suburb rift? Doug Ford, who seems to be potentially harbouring some kind of grudge for not having a wading pool in his area, unleashed a tirade on the injustices faced by suburban taxpayers during a debate on the shutting of the pools. Ford said, "I don't have one wading pool in my area, but there is 8 to 10 wading pools in the downtown core in each ward."

Looks like a bit of cash has been found under those TTC cushions. The Sun has learned that TTC chairwoman, Karen Stintz, will announce today that the commission believes it can save $5-million which will allow them to preserve the same service levels until the end of January. Service cuts are, however, expected, in February.

Well, we're still talking about it, so why not talk about it a little more? The Post has the 411 on the amorous TTC couple who were caught doing the deed on Sunday, in addition to info on the cheapest places to get a room (Queen Guesthouse is a cheap choice), the most romantic subway stations (Bathurst smells like baking) and whether the whole thing was a YouTube stunt.

Two popular Yorkville boutiques are closing their doors: Accessity, the all-accessories store, and UPC, which carries edgy, high-end fashion like Chloe Comme Parris. Acessity's owner, Oriella Stillo, is calling it quits because she didn't want to be locked into another lease for a decade. UPC's owners, on the other hand, have had their hands tied with a lease that didn't reflect the changing face of the economy. The good news? A 30 per cent sale and a 50 per cent sale on Boxing Day.


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