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Morning Brew: Ontario promises $12.5m to tackle gun violence, El Mocambo gets new owners, snakes in a can, iffy parking tickets, and an outraged Sun columnist

The province has pledged $12.5-million over several years to the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy, which sends police to confiscate guns, make arrests and work with communities in priority neighbourhoods, after a meeting between Mayor Rob Ford, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair and Premier Dalton McGuinty. T.A.V.I.S. funding was due to expire this year with funding for a similar provincial program, which was also renewed. McGuinty denied Ford's request for an immediate police funding boost at the meeting. Ford will meet with Stephen Harper today.

Music fans rejoice - the El Mocambo, venue to countless legendary musicians and just as many owners, is under new management, again. This time around, it's the men behind the Cadillac Lounge and 99 Sudbury at the reins, and the pair are promising a return to the venue's rock and roll roots.

Suddenly, snakes! In what will surely become an urban legend, a woman in the Annex discovered a sixty-centimetre python on the floor of her condo bathroom yesterday. It had apparently slithered its way in through the toilet. Think about that next time you use the bathroom.

Got a parking ticket while parked on private property? Make sure it's legit before you cough up. Turns out a private enforcement company is issuing dubious yellow tickets in privately-owned parking lots.

Thanks to some cutting edge reporting by the Toronto Sun's Sue-Ann Levy, we now know that some Greater Toronto Airport Authority-licensed limo drivers at Pearson turn away customers with pet dogs, sometimes for personal reasons. This is, apparently, a major issue for the columnist. To prove it, she has produced a bizarre video attacking the drivers for their outdoor prayer mats and shower facilities. The cheek!

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