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Morning Brew: Del Grande has choice words for social programs, McGuinty wants to pump you up, pillow fights hit the city, and are the Leafs set to play in the 2013 Winter Classic?

This past summer, budget chief Mike del Grande had some choice words when it came to some city-funded social programs, including school meals for low-income kids. In a conversation that was recorded on his iPhone by then-constituent Hakim Kassam, unbeknownst to del Grande, the councillor said how he really felt about serving food to kids in school: "...Why is it the state's responsibility to look after your children? I didn't tell you to wear a condom or not wear a condom or how many children -- you made that decision." Kassam said he recorded the conversation for personal reference.

Looks like the Ford brothers are not the only local politicians who want to get fit and healthy this year. Straying from his usual political narrative, Premier Dalton McGuinty gave his five tips for getting ripped this year on his familiar-sounding blog, BlogON(tario). Unfortunately, the suggestions come from Canadian body-building champ Renaldo Gairy and not the premier himself. I know we're all curious to know how he keeps his waifish figure.

In the last few years, pillow fighting has become more than just a slumber party activity between girlfriends (and a fantasy of men's). It's an actual sport now, and with the Bedlam All-Girl Pillow Fighting Revue's second event coming up this weekend, Post City tells you what to expect at the next big fight.

Are the Toronto Maple Leafs set to be a part of next year's Winter Classic. According to TSN's Bob Mackenzie, the chances are "extremely high." Here's what he had to say about it last night (video). "I can in fact confirm those reports that the NHL's desire is that the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Detroit Red Wings at the Big House, the University of Michigan football field. It'll be configured for 115,000 in terms of attendance. It's not finalized yet, but by the end of the month there's expected to be a formal announcement. The NHL is well down the road." Sounds good to me.

It's official: you can't go naked in public whenever you feel like it in Ontario. A court upheld Canada's public nudity law after it was challenged by a man who was found guilty of partial nudity that offended public order in Bracebridge (apparently he went au naturel in a public park and two drive-thru restaurants, including a Tim Horton's).

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