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Morning Brew: Protesters crash City's New Year's Levee, 2012 resolutions for local personalities, bookbinding is not a dying art, it's kind of chilly today, and the Raps top the Nicks

There are party crashers, and then there are protesters who show up to the city's New Year's Levee to rally against funding cuts in front of the host, Rob Ford. A small group of protesters showed up to the Monday afternoon event with balloons tied to a banner reading, "Stop the cuts," which was also, coincidentally, their chant. The banner was taken away, the chanting stopped, and one man was taken into a nearby security office. No one was arrested or charged.

Although we're already a few days into 2012, being the first official day of work, it's probably worth revisiting this article from the The National Post in which local personalities suggest new year's resolutions they'd like to see the city adopt. Not surprisingly, Gary Taxali, an artist, wants to see more art, and Cory Freedman, founder of Toronto Women's Run, wants the city to have better infrastructure to support those who lead an active lifestyle. Local musician Damian Abraham's wish? "To make it mandatory for the mayor to take public transit to and from work every day."

In the Toronto Standard's recent "Made in Toronto" series, we meet Don Taylor, a bookbinder. With e-books now all the rage and libraries facing an cutbacks, bookbinding would seem like a dying art, but that's just not the case. In fact, it's very much in demand with Taylor playing the good doctor who stitches up texts with some TLC.

No surprises here: the City's issued an extreme cold weather alert for today. So how cold is it out there? How about -27 C frickin'-cold-temperatures (factoring in that pesky and controversial wind chill)? It's the coldest day we've had so far this season, so you know it's going to feel even extra colder than it is (though that's pretty darn cold). And please, feel free to complain about the cold weather and winter. We Torontonians never tire of that, right?

And as someone who seems always to report that one of our beloved sports teams lost their game (literally, though maybe figuratively too), it's refreshing to report that the Raptors actually won against the New York Knicks last night.

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