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Morning Brew: Rob Ford in hospital, homeless man attacked on video, slow start for new garbage collection, fighting for electric trains, and OLG eases on casino

Rob Ford is in an Etobicoke hospital this morning suffering from an undisclosed ailment, according to a statement from his office late last night. The mayor checked himself into Humber River Regional Hospital after "feeling unwell" and is currently under observation as a precautionary measure. Ford missed a media briefing yesterday morning with a stomach complaint. In February 2011, the mayor was in hospital suffering from kidney stones.

A video apparently showing a pedestrian urinating on a homeless man outside the Eaton Centre is under investigation by Toronto police. The video, viewed more than 100,000 times on World Star Hip Hop, an American music and video aggregating blog, seems to show a man deliberately attacking a person sleeping on the sidewalk outside a store window to off-camera cheers and laughter.

Yesterday's roll out of private garbage collection in the west end didn't entirely go to plan. Several vehicles struggled with the intricacies of some complex routes and wound up missing the 5pm deadline. Green For Life, the company contracted to collect west end garbage, says streets that didn't see a collection will be handled today.

The debate over what type of train should run on the upcoming airport rail link could be headed to court. Clean Train Coalition, a group of residents living on the Georgetown line that will be used for the new service, say Metrolinx opted for diesel trains over electric to meet a 2015 Pan Am Games deadline rather than taking into account the environmental impacts. Metrolinx has already agreed $53 million to Sumitomo Corp. for the vehicles.

Finally, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. could be softening its push for a waterfront casino in Toronto, according to The Star. OLG chief executive Rod Phillips told the paper in an interview that "at the end of the day, city council will decide if it's positive from a jobs and tourism perspective."


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