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Morning Brew: Council upholds backyard chicken ban, an in-depth look at DineSafe, the cat's in the cockpit, and tracking vulgarity on Twitter

A vote yesterday upheld the Toronto's ban on backyard chickens, with the City now going after the 14 urban egg layers to order their chickens to fly the coop. The vote came hours after deputations made by supporters of the growing urban chicken movement, including little kids who pleaded for their chickens because "they're like family to us." One chicken owner says she'll move "her girls" to a safe house outside the city.

Building on our weekly DineSafe posts, The Grid has mapped out all the establishments that have been closed since amalgamation in 2001. In case the whole exercise scares you, there is good news! The accompanying write-up establishes that conditions in TO food establishments are generally safe. "Of the 258,302 inspections conducted between January 4, 2001, and December 31, 2011, 8.60% resulted in either a conditional pass or a closure notice, and only 0.14% resulted in a closure notice outright."

Things got a little hairy yesterday morning for a flight from Halifax to Toronto after a cat somehow got loose and ran into the cockpit. The Air Canada flight was grounded until the cat, who answers to the name of Ripples, was finally discovered and then secured. The Star is asking if you know this feline, so obviously there is some suspicion he might be part of a terrorist plot (please don't take that seriously).

Sorry, Toronto, we're not the most vulgar city on Twitter. The honourable distinction goes instead to Brampton. A London-Ont. web design company had the bright idea of viewing more than one million tweets mentioning Canada's largest cities in hopes of finding vulgarity. No word on their criteria for "vulgar" but I'm sure you've got the idea. Toronto did make the top five, though.

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