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Morning Brew: No word after Ford's meeting with PM, TTC crashes are routine, beer at the corner store, Sam the Record Man signs in limbo, and a month in a hot car

Both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mayor Rob Ford are keeping mum about the exact details of their meeting yesterday, with the PM only saying that the pair agreed on harsher sentences for firearms offenses. According to Harper, longer sentences are "essential."

According to TTC data released Monday, surface vehicles like busses and streetcars are involved in an average of eight collisions a day. Yep, eight. Daily. If that seems like a lot, bear in mind there are over 2,000 TTC vehicles traveling a combined 130 million kilometres each year. To help comprehend the numbers, the National Post has an elegant infographic.

Want to buy beer at your local corner store? So do 100,000 other people who signed a petition being delivered to Queen's Park today on behalf of Ontario Convenience Stores Association. The business owners say they are ready to handle the extra responsibility.

Ryerson University's new student learning centre under construction on the former site of Sam the Record man at 347 Yonge is obligated to show the famous store's signs as part of its design. According to Torontoist, the sign still sits in storage with no clear indication of how, or if, it will actually be used.

A month ago we told you about Tanner Zurkoski, the man spending a month in a car to raise awareness of how much time GTA commuters spend in their vehicles. Well, time's up, and Zurkoski says the experience was hot, uncomfortable and may have cost him his girlfriend.

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