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Morning Brew: The Zoo unveils newest addition, Chong backs off road tolls idea, what will happens if there's a work stoppage, local fashion leaders in diversity

The Toronto Zoo showed off its latest addition to the public yesterday: a three month old polar cub. The male cub is the only survivor from a litter of three that was rejected by their mother at birth. Presently, the little tyke who weighs 17kg (that's like 37 lbs, imperialists), doesn't have a name so the zoo is asking us to help name him via their Facebook page and website. Just please don't name him Snowball.

So it looks like Gordon Chong is backing off his road tolls idea, telling the Globe that tolls are merely "one tool in the toolkit" to the fund the Sheppard subway extension. Apparently Chong now believes that the private sector can be expected to come up with 50 to 60 percent of the costs of the line, a number that's considerably higher than former estimates. If you don't think that's realistic that just shows your "sheer ignorance and lack of any business skills whatsoever," says one Doug Ford.

I'm sure he's not the first. One Toronto Occupier actually has deep roots in the 1 per cent world. He called himself "Agent Smith" when he moved into St. James Park, but his real name is Antonin Yvan Mongeau, a former president of a once-lucrative web company, who owns a loft at Yonge and Eglinton, and is the son of an international investment banker. Mongeau is apparently estranged from his silver spoon-wielding family and claims they didn't become apart of the 1 per cent until after he left home at 20.

Although there's no way of knowing if there will be a work stoppage on account of failed negotiations between the City and CUPE 416, the Star has a good explainer on the situation and what might happen if a deal isn't reached by the Sunday deadline.

In light of Black History Month, NOW features three local fashionistas — a designer, an agent, a blogger — who are leading the way for diversity on the catwalk.

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Photo by Andy Carroll in the blogTO Flickr pool


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