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Morning Brew: Krista Ford says sorry for tweet, prompts viral open letter, "Pride" could be coming to Ford Fest, closing a thrift store, and the mayor meets his likeness

Krista Ford, councillor Doug Ford's daughter, Rob Ford's niece, says she's sorry for a tweet that instructed women to protect themselves from sexual assault by not dressing "like a whore." In response to the original tweet, 24-year-old Toronto comedian Alice Moran published an open letter to Ford and others on Facebook and Twitter, identifying herself as one of the victims in a spate of recent assaults in the Bloor and Christie area. Moran told The Star the viral letter was not meant to be a direct attack on Ford.

Rob Ford's annual "Ford Fest," a public barbecue held at the mayor's Etobicoke home, is back for another year. This time, a Facebook group plans to bring a "Pride parade" with them. "We don't want anyone to cause any trouble. We want to be respectful. This is his private property... we just want to show up as invited guests," organizer Lauren Ash told The Star. Ford promised hot dogs, hamburgers, beer, pop and pony rides for anyone that wants to drop by. Just don't go near that back fence.

BJ Antiques & Jewellery at Queen and Church is closing for good this Friday. The Globe and Mail has a look at what it takes to run a second-hand store in this day and age.

It might be next to impossible to get underground transit built in Toronto, but there isn't as many issues when the tunnel contains cables. Toronto Hydro and Hydro One are building a 2.4-kilometre, $115 million subterranean power corridor between Mount Pleasant Road and Yonge Street to prevent existing aging infrastructure causing outages.

Finally, you might remember the butter sculpture of Rob Ford on display at the CNE. Well, the mayor stopped by yesterday to check out his likeness and take his two children on a few rides. "It doesn't offend me whatsoever. I think it takes a real talent for somebody to spend six days carving that or sculpting," he said, before handing out a few magnets.

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