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Morning Brew: Adam Vaughan wants to ban bullets, Riverdale Farm secures funding, King Street condo controversy, and those days when the Junction was dry

Councillor Adam Vaughan will table a motion at the next council meeting that would ban the sale of bullets in Toronto. Speaking to the National Post, Vaughan said there is no realistic reason for gun or bullet ownership in urban areas. "Gophers aren't chewing up our fields, we have no black bears going through our garbage bins and the raccoons aren't dangerous enough." Elsewhere, two victims' families are fighting for a countrywide ban on handguns. In light of recent events, would you sign on for a ban on the sale of ammunition?

Over at Spacing, John Lorinc tries to dispel the notion that Toronto is a violent, dangerous place in the wake of recent high-profile murders. He also points to some of the underlying issues that lead to gang violence.

Riverdale Farm is safe for now after the city's executive committee voted in favor of paying the attraction's costs while it finds a way to repay the funding. The group of Ford allies voted 5-4 against the mayor who wanted to add a 2014 cut-off to the funding agreement. Budget Chief Mike Del Grande didn't like it either - he walked out before the vote when he realized it wasn't going to go the way he wanted.

What do you do if your new condo tower gets turned down by council? Add eight storeys and move it across the street, apparently. The city planners will love it. The National Post reports that a rejected 39-storey building at 323-333 King Street West was given the thumbs up with a few more stories almost directly opposite the original site. All this displeases Al Carbone of Kit Kat restaurant located nearby. Toronto and East York Community Council will look over the plans later this morning.

Parts of The Junction were dry for most of the 20th century thanks to the efforts of "Temperance Bill" Temple, a local resident and anti-drinking campaigner. The Grid has the interesting story of how Temple kept booze out for so long.

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