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Morning Brew: The final "Cut the Waist" weigh-in, Doug Ford mulls Ontario PC run, more on the Radiohead stage collapse, judging graffiti, and Jays sweep Phillies

Rob and Doug Ford's "Cut the Waist Challenge" comes to an end later this morning with the final weigh-in for a contest the mayor has at times taken seriously, ignored and even dropped out of altogether, albeit temporarily. Read into that what you will. The Globe and Mail, has a Q and A with Doug Ford on the topic.

Speaking of the older Ford, as you might have heard, Doug also says he will run for the Ontario PCs if Dalton McGuinty calls an provincial vote over budget disagreements. "If [the premier] calls the election in July, I'm gone," Ford told the National Post.

Music fans are still reeling from the disastrous Radiohead stage collapse Saturday afternoon as more details about the accident continue to be released. The sole victim, Scott Johnson, a 33-year-old drum technician for the band, died when the stage canopy collapsed during construction. Several other crew members were treated in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the accident. The band said they are "shattered" over the loss of their colleague in a statement posted on their website.

A revised version of Toronto's zoning bylaws will go before the planning and growth management committee later today, with the potential for some fireworks. Some residents and developers are already appealing some of the rules - one of which says group homes for people with disabilities have to be at least 250 metros apart.

The National Post says the City of Toronto will announce the formation of a "Graffiti Panel" later this year that will decide which spray paint murals should be removed, and which should stay. Because if anyone can truly judge graffiti, it's a bunch of city bureaucrats.

Environment Canada has released a special weather statement for southern Ontario that warns of hot and humid weather from Monday onwards with temperatures set to peak around 34 degrees mid week. And so it starts...

Returning to our series of terrifying Construction Association PSAs from Retrontario, here's a classic that shows a series of frightening accidents set to haunting music and, bizarrely, comedy sound effects. Stay safe!

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