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Morning Brew: Toronto-Danforth residents head to the polls, condos get intimate with the Gardiner, Canadian Tire pledges $50,000 to rebuild High Park playground

Jack Layton's legacy looms in today's byelection as residents in the Toronto-Danforth riding head to the polls. It's thought that the race is between the NDP and the Liberals, who are represented by Craig Scott, an Osgoode Hall law professor, and Grant Gordon, an advertising exec, respectively. The byelection comes just before the NDP will announce Layton's full-time successor in Toronto next week.

When it comes to the city's condo boom, it seems no area is sacred, including the Gardiner Expressway. According to the City of Toronto, there are at least four downtown condos within several metres of the Gardiner, with more to come. But even if condo dwellers might feel traffic is coming at them (condos are allowed to be at least three metres away from the expressway) it's okay because the Gardiner meets the city's safety requirements. Really.

Boo-hoo. The National Post tells us that local gun hobbyists have to conduct their passion underground because they're usually shunned or shamed by non-firearm-toting folks, which is pretty much all of us, since only one per cent of Torontonians have a firearm license. But for those who are curious, there are shooting ranges just north of the city.

Now this is good PR — or perhaps less cynically, just a good deed. In the wake of a fire that destroyed the wooden playground at High Park, Canadian Tire has put up $50,000 to rebuild the facilities. A community event is also in the works during which people will be able to help with the rebuilding process.

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